It has been a long time since I have done a blog update. Mostly because we haven’t been up to much because our supervisors have been coming up with thing on the fly for us to do, but this week has been an exciting one. We started the week by working with Arab Muslims in Paterson, NJ. We were working with a family there that is trying to reach that community. Paterson is the second largest concentration on Muslims in the United States. We started the days by doing ESL from 10-12 then we would spend the rest of the day just walking around trying to have conversations. Since we were working among those people we were eating in their restaurants and bakeries. On Thursday and Friday I worked with a church that was doing soccer camp. One of the cool things about the soccer camp is that one of the children there was the first cousin to Tim Howard, United States National Team goalie. It was a pretty busy week, which felt great. Some of the highlights were:
While we were working in Paterson we were able to experience Arabic food. It was probably the best food I’ve ever eaten. Well, specifically the Shawarma was the best food I’ve ever eaten. Also, on Saturday MaeLee and I experienced Nathan’s hotdogs for the first time. Pretty much incredible. MaeLee had a hotdog and I ate a corndog. We highly recommend both.
Over the course of the week I have experienced more than a few mishaps while traveling. Let me pause here to say that New Jerseyians do NOT drive well. I not usually one to categorize people in such a big group but I’ve seen enough to know that I’ve seen too much. The driving here plus the roads being all crazy is enough to make anyone want to only take public transportation. And that’s what we do mostly. We don’t have much better luck there. Sometimes trains decide they want to leave early some decide to arrive late, which is a huge problem when you are trying to get a connection train. Tuesday while going to Paterson, MaeLee and I missed a train and had to wait for the next one which cause the person picking us up to have to go to a different station to pick us up. Then Thursday afternoon when my train was supposed to arrive I got on just to hear a lady over the PA system say, “If you are looking for the train that goes to Newark Penn then you are on the wrong train!” Luckly I got off before the doors shut. Like I said some times they are on time, other times… not so much. I could go on and on about almost missing or actually missing trains.
In all of that madness we have had a great time this week. Meeting people that are in our stages of life doing work for the Kingdom has been such a blessing to us. This morning we were able to worship at a Haitian church that conducted their services in French and Creole. Going in I was praying that God would allow us to be able to understand the service. Of course I’m thinking an amazing Acts kind of way where we supernaturally hear their language as our own. God answered faithfully as usual. The pastor’s wife found us a person to sit next to who could translate for us! It was awesome. During the service while one man was singing he randomly called me up there and gave me the mic to continue the song… that was intimidating but he told me what to say and it only lasted about 10 seconds.
We ask that you all would continue to pray for us in this upcoming week as we will be working for World Changers. I’ve never done anything with World Changers before but MaeLee has so I’m hoping it’ll be a blessed week.
Counting all things loss,