I started this blog for a simple purpose. I just wanted to create a way for friends to be able to keep up with my service in New York City. For me, it has become so much more than that.
I learned how to write this year. I mean, I guess I knew how before, and I certainly have a long way to go, but I feel like I’m finally starting down the path of actually knowing how to use my words to convey the exact sentiment that I am meaning to convey. This blog is my first attempt to write something non-academic. It’s my own thoughts and experiences.
I love having a forum to communicate the powerful ideas that spin like fireworks in my mind. I know I’m not the best blogger. I’m constantly nervous about boring anyone who occasionally clicks on this page or who might come across a more personal post and might use it against me. I intentionally write in such a way that I would never be embarrassed if someone who was not a part of my intended audience came across it.
I know I still have a lot to learn about how to blog, but I also know that I’ve avoided the greatest sin of the blogosphere. -I post regularly. Sure, some are better than others, but I’m trying to work through the awkward ones. Guess it’s all apart of that continually perfecting process.
Anyways, I say all of this because I’m leaving New York in 24 hours, so it no longer seems fit to title my page “Summer 2011 NewYorkIsCalling.” I’m still not sure whether this blog will be retitled for my fall semester in Madrid or just default to a “fallfirst” theme to match the web address, but regardless, the title will be changing in the next day or so.
This is the iServe video I made for General Conference. It will also soon be on the new NewYorkIsCalling.com website.
It’s not perfect, but I’m pretty proud of it. Video editing is like digital scrapbooking, beautiful, but time consuming. Wordpress will charge me $60 if I upload a video to this site (rip off), so instead, I’m sending you to youtube. So please, click on the link and see what I’ve been doing while the teams are here.
Tomorrow commences the beginning of summer, which is always an adventure. I put all my stuff in storage a few days ago and have one ginormous suitcase sitting on an empty floor, ready for what will undoubtedly prove to be a rather uncomfortable train ride from New Haven to New York City.
So happy it doesn't have to be <50lbs
This summer I will be working with NewYorkIsCalling. I will be overseeing the ministry’s development with some long-term goals in mind. Over the last seven months, I have watched plans for this position come together in surprising and extraordinary ways. My family and I have been praying over this position since October, and despite other plans and opportunities in another city that I have long-since planned on pursuing, I am confident that New York is where God is sending me instead.
NewYorkIsCalling connects leaders, families, and students who love New York City and are committed to loving New Yorkers the way Jesus does. The ministry does this by coaching leaders, tutoring children before placement exams, serving the homeless, working to alleviate sex-trafficking in the city, and doing whatever else it can do to meet the needs of communities in practical ways. My primary responsibility with NewYorkIsCalling will be to put together a long-term funding strategy that will allow the ministry to pursue its mission in even bigger ways.
I will do my best to keep this updated, so you will know how it is going. I’m not sure to tell you what to expect, because I’m not sure what to expect. I suppose that’s why they call it an adventure…
What I know is this. I’m here because of God and whatever comes next is up to Him, so with that in mind, I’ll just take it one step at time.