Well...we had our last day of training in New York. We managed to get our bags (without incident) to the church where we had our last meeting. However, I insisted we take a taxi to the airport so there would be no recurrence of my first day in New York - no falling down stairs! We finished the event off with presentations and a play from the kids. They had been working on it the entire month - Madison played Haman from the book of Ester. She did a great job! Then we took off - the first to leave, but we had our plane to catch! It was bitter sweet farewells! Most of the folks we won't ever see again, and after having spent a stressful month with them, we got to know people so well! We arrived at JFK with just enough time to catch a meal, and load the plane. Headed off to Salt Lake City where we spent our 3-hour layover doing blogs and playing Blokus. So ready to be home -so ready to sleep in my own bed! Welcome home to everyone! So happy to be back. Of course, we are only home for 3 days before we take off to Arizona for 10 days to say farewell to our friends Dannie and Jeff, and visit the churches that are supporting us! No rest for the weary!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
This is an area at the Cloisters where we went on Friday. This is the medieval portion of the Metropolitan Museum - it's in an old fort turned church. The Met owns it, and shows all of their medieval things that aren't at the Met.
It's coming to a FAST close! The beginning of the month seemed like we had so much time left to go. Now, we are down to 3 days left! Incredible! We had a day of some relaxation - took some time at the Met, played Frisbee in Central Park and had a dog, walked around Time Square again, went into the HUGE Toys-R-Us there, then home for more homework! Tomorrow is another day of church - it will be our last time at Nueva Vida - last 3 1/2 hour Spanish speaking sermon (at least in New York).
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Here is our last full week in New York. We are still actively involved at the church we were working with. New area to paint. Will try and complete the doors in the children's ministry wing this week. Still having some lectures in the afternoons. It's good to know that life goes on as normal, even in the middle of all our training. Madison finally managed to lose another tooth, and yes, even in New York the tooth fairy came to visit. Madison wanted to show off her new smile.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Redeemer Church in Manhattan:
Inglesia Nueva Vida in Queens:
Our Sunday's are packed full from beginning to end. Our first church service is at Nueva Vida church. As an example, church service started today at 11:00 and concluded at 2:45. During this service we stay during the initial worship time - lasts until about 1:00, then we leave to help out in the Sunday School classrooms. After church service we have late lunch, and go to the Redeemer Church near Central Park. Starts at 5:00, and ends promptly at 6:15. The second video gives a good example of our experience there. Quite a difference in cultures and experiences, but both filled with people worshiping God. Madison enjoys both services for different reasons. I asked her if she wanted to dance, and she politely declined.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
This was our third day of language acquisition. I was in a group that was working with a man from Gauna who spoke Shanti. We worked with him as he gave us names of places, rooms in a house, pronouns and modes of transportation. We then had to duplicate back to him what we learned. Madison was able to work with a group as well. She was frustrated, but enjoyed the time. At the end of the day we were given "homework" to do to prepare us for the next days work.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Sean, our future Honduras team mate doing the "ohhh ohhh ohhh"
This is Cam from our mother church - Valley Springs joining the "fun"
Language acquisition day two. Let me just say - it was a very funny day! Madison has been able to join us in our classes - she is learning to say sounds and make faces that she has never done before in English. It is quite humerus all around! Many times we are prevented from putting our mouths in the position we are supposed to because we are laughing so hard at each other - AND at ourselves! It's been very fun. Can't wait to see what tomorrow may bring.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Today we were at Nueva Vida, the church we have been working with. They are a very energetic bunch of folks! Madison said, "mom - it's like a concert!" Our job on Sundays is to be in worship until the children are dismissed. Typically, church starts at 11:00, and children are dismissed by 1:00pm. The 2 hours are for about 1 1/2 hours of worship, then 30 minutes of prayer time, etc. I am working in the 3/4 year old classroom - if you had a chance to read my earlier blog about the time - let's just say I have to be able to be creative on the spot. At least this time I came mentally prepared that I was going to have to entertain 15 or so 3/4 year olds for that length of time. Also, many of the same children were there from last week, and they had already warmed up to me. Here are some pictures of some of the kids in my classroom. I think I'm going to make them some chocolate chip cookies for next week - kind of excited about that - I've warmed up to them too - already love many of them :-) Madison is in her own classroom, but in her room they use both English and Spanish. In my classroom it's strictly Spanish - so I'm learning - and the kids love to teach me :-) After that we went out to lunch with some folks in our group going to Peru. Then we went to Redeemer church, then went to dinner with some other folks who are going to Honduras with us - Sean and Lindsey McCann. Finally managed to roll into our apartment at about 9:40pm. Long day!!!! Tomorrow - up at 6:00, out the door by 7:00! Night night!
Saturday, July 14, 2007
A good ol' Nathan's Hot dog!
An incredible time in the Ocean!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Madison on the carousel in Central Park (location of our first cache)
Madison with the cache in hand!
We then divided and scattered throughout New York. Here are a couple of examples of our tasks: find samples of three ethnic foods found outside of the Western Hemisphere, bring back a Korean language newspaper, bring back a card from the Kine Africa restaurant, and what is not allowed in the post office in Chinatown.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
This is the subway entrance we go into everyday to get to the number "1" subway we take to get to Time Square. It's about 1/4 mile long. Dirty, smelly, long, busy, graffiti, messy...
This is a picture of the outside of our apartment. We are in Washington Heights. It's an old area of Manhattan - but a lot of historical events took place in this area. We live in an apartment that is the farthest away from everyones apartment on our team. In other words, we have the farthest to travel every day. It's always an adventure.
This is the local laundry we take our clothes to. There are no washer/dryers in our apartment. Many apartments have a general use washer/dryer in the basement, but just as many do not, so many utilize the local laundry. They have two services - you can stay and wash/dry your own clothes, or they have a drop-off service. Drop your clothes, and return in 3 hours to pick them up. We are going to have to drop them off as we have almost no spare time to be able to stay and wash them ourselves. Almost every minute of every day is taken up in ministry work!
This is a very typical mini-mart. They can be found on almost every corner in the borough's in Manhattan. We are right outside of Harlem. Fitz has already become our friend - they recognize us as we are there almost every day. As no one has cars, you just can't buy lots of food at any given time. You only buy what you can carry, or carry in small wire carts. So - fruits, veggies, bread, milk, etc. we go often to purchase these things. The water from the tap has an interesting taste, so we prefer bottled water - heavy - so only 1 or 2 large containers at a time. As it is very humid here (although nothing like the South), we are drinking up a lot of Gatorade.