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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Message from Jael

Celeste, Please let your team know how grateful and thankful I am for all your hard work. Your posters were a huge hit at today’s kick-off for the Summer Spectacular. We had so many comments on how amazing they looked. Please carbon copy this email to the team and let them know they are celebrities in New York. Thanks again, Jael Williams P.S. I truly miss your team (I really do)

Monday, July 24, 2006

We're Back!

Thank you so much for praying for us last week. The time flew by and I can't believe it's over. We had such a great time and again on behalf of the whole team we say "Thank you"! The Summer Spectacular camp at Mosaic Manhattan began this morning. Please continue to pray for all those involved. This if their first VBS ever and we know God can and will do great things. I hope to have some pictures up soon of our trip. Also, a Mosaic friend is going to send me pictures from camp to post. Stay in touch.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Meet our New Friends

Check out our friend Dana Villegas, Associate Pastor, at Mosaic Manhattan Church and his precious family.

Gum, God and Grace

Maridell mentioned in her comment today that she would like to see some pictures. Because of the technical difficulties we have had, I have been unable to post photos. I will post them Saturday so be sure to check out the blog. Yesterday we gave out 1000 packs of gum in about an hour and a half. We stood outside of City Hall Park and offered free gum to everyone who passed by. Once again, several were a little apprehensive, but we saw how God uses us when we are weak. Missy met a lady named Betty who was an Indian Christian. She had two children with her and she is looking for a church home. She gave Missy her name and phone number and asked that someone from the church call her. Another interesting thing about giving out the gum was that people would walk toward me with a scowled face, but when I spoke to them and offered the gum it really seemed to brighten their day. Those random acts of kindness may make a difference for the Kingdom of God. Yesterday Heidi, Allison and I got to have lunch with our friend Cindi from the Brooklyn Tabernacle. It was so great to see her. I hope our time with her brought her encouragement. It was a true blessing for us. We are hoping to see Cindi and JoAnna tomorrow night. This morning we have had to divide and conquer to finish up our tasks since today is our last day of work with Mosaic. Tomorrow we will have a free day in the City and fly home Saturday. Missy, Emily and Allison braved the subway system to travel around the city to get supplies for the camp. Missy was saying how we have this misconspection that people in the City are always in a rush. She said the truth is you can't be in a rush. It took them two hours to go to 3 stores. She said in Mississippi was are spoiled to our one stop shopping a.k.a Wal-Mart. Heidi went with Jael to the school where camp will be held. They had to run errands. I stayed at the office and sent out personalized emails to 50 parents about the camp. For about 30 min. I was the only one in the office and for a brief moment thought I was a New Yorker. I said a BREIF moment! Then I got back out of the street and was once again reminded I missed the peace and quiet of home. They are doing construction outside out building and the noise can be overwhelming at times. One last thing, I think I forgot to mention that the Mosaic office is across the street from the World Trade Center site. We are one block from St. Paul's Church that was used as a relief shelter during the 911 tradgedy. Yesterday during lunch we walked through the church and the cemetary and were just reminded of the tremendous suffering that the people of NYC suffered that day! We will be prayer walking after lunch. Please help us pray for the people of NYC!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Let the Worshippers Arise

Last night we worshipped at The Brooklyn Tabernacle. It was a beautiful experience. It was a great time of refreshing and refocusing for me. The chorus we sang over and over was: Let the worshippers arise, Let the sons and the daughters sing, I'm surrendering my all, I surrender to the King. Pastor Cymbala taught from the book of Ezra and reminded us that we should worship God through the whole process and praise Him for the foundation He has built instead of waiting until He finishes the process to worship God . We should praise God all of the time!!! We also had a time of prayer for a young many whose parents are missionaries caught in the fighting in Israel. What a priviledge to pray for this family. The young man is here in the United States doing an internship this summer. God is good!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Signs, Signs everywhere are Signs

Today we finally got to pass out our gum. Allison, Heidi and I all had opportunity to do this project last year, but it was a first for Missy and Emily. They were a little nervous about being rejected, but we saw God bless. There were no bad encounters. We gave out 500 packs of gum in 30 min. It was crazy. We also gave out a card that told about Mosaic Manhattan with the gum. Later, we came back to the Mosaic office to continue the preparation for the Summer Spectacular camp. Allison, Heidi, Emily and Missy have been making FABULOUS signs for the camp all day. Those ladies have done an amazing job. I think their fingers are cramping from all of the cutting and pasting they have done today. I have spent my afternoon calling all of the parents to thank them for sending their children to camp and giving them an update on pre-camp activities. I have also been helping Jael, the children's minister, with organization of teams and other organizational responsibilities. It has been a great day. Tonight we will worship at the Brooklyn Tabernacle. Some of you know that last year when we went to the Brooklyn Tabernacle God blessed us with a a divine encounter where we met a very special friend Cindi and her friend Joanna. Tonight Joanna will have dinner with us an escort us to church. Please pray for Cindi. She can't go with us because of a night class. She has a very big presentation due and is feeling the pressure. Thank you for your prayers and keeping up with us through this blog. We praise God He has fixed our technical difficulities. God Bless!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Technical Difficulties

Friends....we have arrived and it has been wonderful. I am sorry we have had technical difficulties and have been unable to post until now. Thankfully, our Mosaic friends have allowed us to use their computers. We had a delayed flight Saturday because of mechanical difficulties. Thank you so much for praying. God blessed us. We worshipped at Mosaic Manhattan yesterday. It was such a unique experience and I was reminded that we may meet in very different locales with different styles of music and setups, but we still worship the same God. The ONE God! Emily and I got to be ushers. Really, we even took up the offering. Heidi and Allison helped give directions and helped with other organizational things and Missy worked in children's church. Today, we have worked at Mosaic Manhattan's offices all day. We were reminded that flexibility is the key. Most of the day was spent preparing for the Summer Spectacular Camp. The camp sounds very exciting and it is amazing that most of the children coming are not from the church, but from the community. They responded to advertising in the local newspaper. Keep praying. I will blog again soon. The TEAM says Hi!!!!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

And we're off

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe." Psalm 18:10 Well friends...it is 5:00 a.m. and we are all up and soon to be off. I am excited about the days ahead and I am trusting the the Lord's name to meet our every need. We sure appreciate Chrystelle T. for her willingness to take 4 of th 5 of us to the airport this morning. I know it is a sacrifice to give up your Saturday morning. I am not much on flying so pray especially for me. I guess my next post will be when we get to NYC. See ya then!

Friday, July 14, 2006

The countdown continues

Tomorrow morning we will be leaving bright and early...5:45 a.m. to be exact. I hope the excitement of the trip does not hinder our sleep because we will have a busy day. Of course, today is busy enough with last minute details. Please pray that we all will not be overwhelmed with the details and that tonight we will sleep well and be ready to go! Pray also for each of us as we continue to prepare our hearts and minds for the task at hand.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Compassion Knocks on My Door

"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. " Lamentations 3:21-23 This morning God reminded me of His great faithfulness and of His compassion. Honestly, last night I tossed and turned thinking of all the things I needed to do to get ready for NYC. Now for those of you who really know me the truth is most of what I worried about getting done were the things I had commanded myself to do. These things are not necessary for us to get to NYC and do the work there. I guess you would call it fluff stuff. Anyway, I spent time praying and finally drifted off to sleep. This morning however I was awaken by a call from a dear lady in my church. She had baked me cookies and wanted to bring them by to me before I went to work. She also had a gift for me to use for my trip. Now, when I cried out to the Lord last night I couldn't have imagined how he would answer my prayer, but how great it is that our God is so gracious and kind that He would send a "compassion" to my door this very morning! My visit with this friend was short, but what an encouragement it was and what an attitude adjustment I made. Today I have tossed all worry aside and I am looking forward to what the Lord has in store for me and for the 4 other ladies on this team. God is at work and what a privilege it is that He has invited us to join Him.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Big Apple Here We Come

The time to go to New York will soon be here. Our trip will be Saturday, July 15-Saturday, July 22. God is at work and we are so blessed that He is allowing us the opportunity to be involved. We will once again work with Mosaic Manhattan Church, but some of our duties will be different from last year. (You can read posts for the 2005 NYC Mission Trip on this site) This year most of our time will be used to help prepare for the summer day camp sponsored by Mosaic. It is their version of Vacation Bible School. Recently in the Morrison Heights Good News newsletter, Mrs. Rita Anderson highlighted that our team is made up of all women. She reminded everyone that God has a plan for this team. Mrs. Rita is right because God does have a plan. Our team is made up of all women, but these women are gifted specifically for the task at hand. We have 2 teachers, an artist, a college administrator who organizes special events/activities and a public relations practitioner. All of these women love the Lord and are excited about using their gifts and talents for this trip. Other things we will be doing will include servant evangelism and prayer walking. The servant evangelism is an opportunity for us to do random acts of kindness in an effort to open doors for an opportunities to share the gospel and encourage people we me on the street. It is also an opportunity for us to spread the word about Mosaic Manhattan Church. This church rents a public school building to meet in and has no signs or ways to publicize on the street. So we do it for them by meeting people face to face. It can be challenging because some people will keep walking when you try to talk to them and others will take the packs of gum we offer and then throw down the Mosaic card. Still, we press on! Last year during our prayer walks we encountered many interesting people. Some of whom let us pray with them. We walked the streets and prayed for the people there that God would open their hearts to receive His truth. Of course we need you all to pray for us. We want to be focused and effective and only God can equip us. The following are prayer requests we have as a team: Pray that we will be effective in assisting Mosaic Manhattan prepare for their week-long summer camp (their version of VBS) Pray for us as we encounter all types of people during our servant evangelism most of whom do not know Jesus Christ. Last year it was during this time we found several believers who needed encouragement. Pray for good health, strength, endurance and safety as we walk lots of miles. Pray that God will be glorified through this team and that we will not be distracted by our personal issues. I will be posting pictures and information on the blog while we are in NYC. Be sure to check us out. We want you to send us messages. It is such an encouragement for us to know you are supporting us. Thank you!