So I’m not quite sure what the mileage was that I put on my new tennis shoes today, but needless to say, they are thoroughly broken in. My last two teams arrived last night and this morning. The day started with a hike to the Staten Island Ferry, which we take because it gets within several hundred yards of the Statue of Liberty. I walked them down Wall St, by the famous Wall Street Bull, in front of the New York Stock Exchange, to Federal Hall (sight of Washington’s inauguration), past Trinity Church, through St. Paul’s Chapel, and to Ground Zero. …And that was all before lunch 🙂
I’ve been taking teams all over the Greater New York area alone all summer, but this was the first time I led (with the new intern) the big trip through parts of the city that I don’t often go through. (read: my father should finally believe me when I say that I know how to read a map. [love you dad]). Jeff was picking team two up at the airport, so we really were on our own.
After lunch, I joined the team on the citywide prayer walk, which I must admit is by far my favorite part of iServe. I like hanging out with the kids when they are able to connect to God in the chaos of Manhattan. Its more than just being able to tune out of the craziness and focus on God, it’s doing that and then realizing how badly the mess around needs Him. I like that.
The evening hours were spent hanging out with the Getz’s on Roosevelt Island, which was great as always. I am thoroughly beat though. I can’t believe that the summer is basically over or that I’ve been here since mid-May. That seems so long ago.
After two days of agonizing pain, I can finally walk without wincing, which means, I can go explore! I’m still in a fair amount of pain and wearing the back brace, but it’s not too bad.
I’m also in a place with my work where there isn’t a lot that I can move forward on until some folks reply to my emails and I meet with Jeff in the morning. -All the more reason to get out this afternoon. I need to create a custom map of stuff NYIC is doing across the city before General Conference, so I’m going to go run to a couple visitor centers to look at some templates.
Here’s a photo of the Manhattenhenge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattanhenge) I discussed earlier, but was unable to post.
Ah, getting settled…
My train arrived midday on Tuesday, and since then it has been an excellent mix of getting started, figuring things out, and getting lost. I’ve been staying with Jeff (NYIC director) and his family, because the Brazilian Church that I’m living in this summer is currently being re-carpeted. I’m suppose to be able to get into the room I will be staying in tonight, which will be nice. I’ve been in the process of moving for about two weeks now, so it will be nice to finally fully unzip the suitcase and get comfortable for a while.
This summer is definitely going to be exciting and challenging. A lot of the work I’m doing is focused on NYIC’s long term goals, which means I’m creating projects to do in the short term that we anticipate seeing the fruits from in 2-5 years. This is great, but is most assuredly a new kind of experience. Working on a project with few short term goals, is great, but it also means lots of planning to make sure the path you’re starting down is going to lead where you want it go. I’ve only been working for a couple of days, but I have already gotten to the point several times where I need to really stop working and think about how the project I’m working on now will shape my work in month or two. I’m finding myself in lots of situations where I really need to stop and pray, what’s next? There are a thousand projects that would serve as excellent uses of my time, but a lot of them are really unformed, many to the point that even the first step is unclear.
Right now, I’m in the middle of creating a rather large database. Think about it as a an address book that includes information on all your interactions with your contacts and includes an entire section on proactive ways to build relationships with people you are acquainted with, but don’t yet know very well. I’m creating the structure and trying to anticipate what it will look like when it starts swelling with information.
Last night was my first time out exploring on my own– definitely an experience. I’ve been to New York and small handful of times, but I’ve always had the
advantage handicap of having someone show me around. While walking around, I tried to related it to how I learned my way around DC last summer, but I don’t really think there is much comparison. The sidewalks are much more crowded, everyone walks much faster, and everything is much bigger. It’s very different. That being said, it was still nice, although I will admit, it was nicer on the way back. Finding my way back to my starting point after a couple of hours proved 1) Despite what my father says I really do have a sense of direction (love you dad) 2) I am beginning to learn my way around.
It will probably take a while to get fully settled, but I am getting my feet on the ground.