Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hello Spring!

Our first Easter in New York City was fantastic!  Although we definitely missed our Heritage family in Montgomery, we were reminded many times throughout Holy Week that God has called us to serve Him in this amazing place and we are blown away by his goodness to us!

Easter Egg Hunt

We had our first mission team from sweet home Alabama come and serve the week leading up to Easter.  A group of college students from Judson College came and taught ESL, prayer walked Jackson Heights, and helped us pull off a great Easter Egg Hunt for one of the Jackson Heights neighborhoods!  We even got our hands on an Easter Bunny costume which one of the students wore throughout the day.  Let's just say she was a hit and definitely the most popular one in the park that afternoon!  Our Egg Hunt festivities included face painting, balloon animals, the resurrection eggs story, and of course, an egg hunt.  It was a very windy day and with no grass in the park, you can imagine what happened to all of the well hidden eggs.  They were rolling all over the place and the kids were in chasing them trying to get to the candy before it blew away!  The egg hunt itself seemed to only last about 5 minutes before they were all gathered and scoured for the lout.  We made several contacts with the moms who were there, sharing with them about the South Asian Center's free ESL classes as well as kid's club throughout the year kid's camp in the parks during the summer months.

ESL and Monks

Adam has started teaching 4 Thai Buddhists Monks ESL and he loves it!!  These monks are part of a Buddhist Temple that we visit frequently.  The abbot (temple leader) asked Adam if he would teach them weekly so they've been coming to the South Asian Center for 2 weeks.  These guys are lots of fun and keep the class very entertained with their humor and excitement over learning more English.  Sunday is Thai New Year and the monks invited us to come to their New Year Festival.  The abbot is allowing us to hand out information about ESL classes and kids' club to the families who will be there.  What great opportunities the Lord is literally dropping into our laps!!

Summer Interns

Erin is working with Urban Nation Outreach to interview and hire summer interns.  She has been able to talk with several college students about coming and is excited to help them through the process of getting here in June and developing a discipleship program for them while they serve this summer.

Spring Break

Our family time has been rich this week as the kids have been home for spring break.  We took a quick trip to Baltimore to visit seminary friends (Lance and Debra Conklin) we hadn't seen in 10 years.  Between both families there were 7 kids.  Let's just say it was a wild and crazy time but oh so fun! Thank you Conklins for a wonderful time!!

Prayer and Praises

  • Praise God for mission teams from Judson College, Southeast Christian Church, and FBC Haleyville for prayerwalking Jackson Heights and doing ministry alongside us.
  • Praise God for old friends (Dickeys and McAdams) who recently visited us in NYC. It is refreshing to see familiar faces!
  • Pray for continual relationship building with the South Asian men and women in our ESL classes.
  • Pray for our presence at the Thai New Year Festival on Sunday to be welcomed by all and that we could make contacts with some of the families.
  • Pray for our upcoming monthly gathering on April 25.

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