monthly newsletters already know that we're in New York City for CCMI during the month of July. During the month, I'll be posting updates here, so you might like to check back from time to time.
Just to bring you up to speed, we flew out of Raleigh, NC bright and early on Friday morning. By 10am, we were in our apartment, unpacked, and strolling down Broadway in search of our second breakfast since waking up at 3:45am.
After talking over sausage biscuits at McDonald's, we decided to go ahead and ride the subway to the central park zoo, which was high on Josiah's list of things to do. It was a good first day, and all of us were ready for an early bedtime that night.
On Saturday, we reported to Evangel Christian School in Queens for orientation where we met our staff and mentors for the month. On weekdays, we'll be spending our mornings planning and implementing an ESL course at Astoria Community Church (also in Queens). Each afternoon, we'll be in a classroom setting studying things like team dynamics, ethnography, basics of cross cultural servanthood, and language acquisition on the field.
I'm writing this first post on Sunday evening. Since our team was assigned to Astoria Community Church, we'll be worshiping there on Sunday mornings. Astoria Community Church was founded by two pastors - an American (David Ellis) and a Brazillian (Darcy Caires). Pastor Ellis preached this morning from the book of Proverbs and reminded us that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us so much that He's even given us this book full of strong, practical wisdom for day-to-day life. Then, Pastor Caires served the Lord's supper and invited us to commune with the one who gave us the wisdom of proverbs. We're so glad that in God's providence, he's connected us with this particular group of believers for the month of July. They welcomed us and fed us well this morning. We look forward to ministering alongside of them for the next 30 days!