Wednesday, July 04, 2007

A NYGO Update

Thanks for the Comments everyone... at the end of a VERY LONG day yesterday, I was able to read nearly 60 words of encouragement, scripture, and prayers to our team.

Yesterday was very full. It started off with our morning training session. I don't think the team realizes how fortunate they are to sit under the training of Mark Mittelberg (Becoming a Contagious Christian auther) and Cliff Knechtle (from The Great Debate and Give Me an Answer!) have been training us in apologetics, evangelism styles, and basic Christian Doctrine.

Cliff took some time to address some of the tough questions we have encountered on the streets or at home.
Mark took walked through understanding "Truth". He talked about 3 this world tries to define truth:
  1. Truth is "what works." (If it works it's true)
  2. Truth is "what Fits." (If it lines up with other beliefs I have, it's true)
  3. Truth is "what IS".
It was some Great Stuff.

Then we headed to Battery City Park, which is on the South Point of Manhattan (great view of the Statue of Liberty. The day was filled with very meaningful conversations (Justin Easton and Dave Peppin both talked to a one person for nearly the entire 2 1/2 hours), there were also continued points of rejection and hard hearts.
We are definitely learning what the first scripture we memorized is all about...

I Peter 3:15
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have; but do this with gentleness and respect.

From there we had "Free Time". We were just a few blocks from Ground Zero. We took some time to visit what is still a very heartbreaking site. There is still nothing "built up" there. We walked over to the St. Paul's church, the old church building where the rescue workers slept during the cleanup efforts. We took some time to pray for those still working through the loss of 9/11, for the people we had talked to that day, and for those at home God is calling us to minister to.

Next stop, Madame Tussaud's was museum. You can check out the pics below and see the fun from that.
Supper was in Times Square.
We capped our free time with a trip to the top of the Empire State Building to see the City.

Even though it was a free evening, it was exhausting.

This afternoon we head to Central Park for our ministry time.
It will prove to be an afternoon where we learn what it means to find our strength in Christ while we are weak.

Then we're going to get some down time... about 2 hours where I'm going to make everyone stay in their rooms, rest, and relax.

This evening we head to the west side of Manhattan to see what many say is the greatest fireworks display in the entire world. They take place over the Brooklyn Bridge this year.

Continue praying, God is up to good things!!!


Anonymous said...

Looks as though you are all having a great time! We enjoy the pics! We are praying for all of you, keep spreading the word!! Brock, we love you and are proud of you!
Kari & Cameron Miller

Anonymous said...

I want to encourage all of you there who think you have had a rough time getting through to individuals during your ministry times. Take hope in the fact that you are not the ones who change hearts, God changes hearts, and all He asks is that we make ourselves available to be used by Him. Being used by Him; that's what each and every one of you are doing no matter if you "get through" or not.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Romans 3:23-24

Anonymous said...

Hey Nick
Every time I feel the cross in my pocket i think of you! I'm praying for you and that God will be so real to you. I hope you are having a awesome time. Thanks for praying for me!
Love yah