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Flip like a Flapjack

So I’m not really sure how I went from isolation and just feeling out projects that I wasn’t really sure how to start to having more to do before I leave, but somehow I have.

My schedule has, generally speaking, been wide open for the last couple weeks.  I’ve had no specific plans, just a handful of projects to work on.  Tomorrow morning I need to call Apple Store Business Solutions back to see if they have any information about how I can sync my mammoth database (the one I’ve spent most of my time building) with Jeff’s new ipad.  Then I need to finish news updates for the new site, which I promise is coming very soon.  And let me tell you, it is AMAZING.  My LSAT study books arrive tomorrow (yeah!)  I’ve been tossing some ideas on what I need to get in order to formalize the intern program, and the new intern, here to prepare for the tutoring program starting next summer arrived- today.

Beyond that, I have maybe a 100 or so pages still to read and I need to buy a new suit jacket for  before I leave for Baltimore on Sunday.  When I get back, I have a week to wrap everything up, go to Wesleyan and pick up my winter clothes, put on another iserve for two more teams, and on August 10th I fly home.

That trip will include an eye appointment, loan appointment, and dentist appointment.  Oh, and then spending time with my family.  Also my 21st birthday.

On the 17th, I fly back to New York, were I will pick up my bags and spend the night.  On the 18th, I fly to Spain, where I will have two weeks of MUCH NEEDED language skills prep, then schools starts.  I haven’t spoken in Spanish in over a year, and none of my classes will be in English.

Holy cow.  I’m really not complaining, because of all people, goodness knows I needed my schedule to fill up a little bit.  I think it’s just the transitioning phase back to normal crazy life that is the challenging part.  And hey, at least I’m healthy now.


A Few Words

Today was my first day off since the weekend before the first team arrived (the second one is here and the the third arrives tomorrow), and I can’t even remember when that was.  It was nice to get a little extra sleep.  Unfortunately, I had to spend most of the day doing laudry, but it still wasn’t too bad.

On another note, one of my projects stretched out over the whole summer is to formalize the internship program.  In that handbook there will be a list of things to bring to New York.  On that list will be walking shoes.  Someone as smart as my mother might think that’s a no-brainer, but it’s not one that I picked up on.  I’ve worn walking shoes maybe 2 days in the last 2 years, so I didn’t think it was necessary.  But I’ve done enough walking all over the city with teams that walking shoes has become a (painful) necessity.  Hopefully I can take care of that tomorrow.

In addition to finding walking shoes, I hope to finally finish the layout for the General Conference display…and get 2 (more) passport photos for my visa (for Spain. I’m studying abroad in the fall)….and get a money order to get my visa….and makecopies of all my paperwork for my visa….and fill out the paperwork….and get the documents for my visa that is currently en-route from Indiana…. and be paranoid that I’m not going to have everything I need to leave the country and get approved in time….and file my receipts with Jeff so I can pay my bills…and meet team number three.

Full day. But a day that will be good if I attack it with the right attitude.  The visa stuff is stressing me out though.

Sunny, Silent, then Sleepless (but the good kind)

The first three weeks moved at pace that was completely set by me, which had its advantages, but also some significant challenges, like the absence of people.  I was completely in control of my own life, but only because I preparing work to reach out to people.  I just wasn’t doing it yet.  -Well, that’s changed.  It’s no longer just about preparing, which I am so excited for.

A group of teens at Swan Creek Community Church just headed back on their bus to Delta, Ohio.  I was able to write about a few of my experiences with them while they were here, but just know that so much more happened.  The first 48 hours felt more like a week, but in a bad way.  We just accomplished a lot.

On Sunday morning the team headed out to a Haitian Missionary Church in Long Island and we all experienced our first service in Creole.  After service, Swan Creek put on a children’s program for the kids, which I hear went really well.  I didn’t have a part in their little production, so ducked out with Swan Creek’s youth pastor, Josh, to hang out with the teens.  I have to say that was definitely one of the highlights of the week for me.  Josh asked a couple opening questions without much of a response.  He walked the group through a devotional, still without much interaction.

Afterward though, God broke through.  One girl started talking, I commented with a question, and the group got going.  The formerly totally silent crew started sharing their thoughts about their church and community.  It was really cool for me because I’ve led groups like this before, and sometimes I’ve gotten to a point like that, but it usually doesn’t happen in one meeting.  I also observed the importance and value of tag teaming.  I wasn’t leading the discussion or anything, Josh was, but before people really started talking I jumped in once or twice, which I think helped break the ice.  It was nothing major, but I’ve been spending a lot of time studying the interactions between churches, culture, and how ministry is done.  Our meeting with the teens just really felt significant.

Heather with several of the girls

Sunday night Swan Creek put on the same program at a Brazilian Church in the Bronx.  This time, we swapped the Creole for Portuguese, but I know the team still really enjoyed the worship.  I don’t any of us had ever line danced to worship music before, but that’s what they did, so we joined in.

The guys praying before leading games with the kids

On Monday, the team took part 2 of the prayer walk.  We stopped a major symbols in the city and took the time to pray on location.  Monday’s stops included Bryant Park (culture), Grand Central Station (people in the city), Pfizer World Headquarters (health), the UN (world peace), Trump International Tower (money and greed), and St. Patrick’s Cathedral (closing location/personal reflection and prayer).

All in all, a great trip.  Lots of positive experience.  Learned lots about how to do it next time too (which is good because 2 more teams are coming in the next week!)

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