Taking the City by Storm

There’s something both amazing and terrifying about taking a team of 15 youth and 2 youth-at-heart to New York City for a week.  Not that I was terrified, but those youth-at-heart dads that came along probably were wondering how it would go with this group of (mostly) country kids in the big busy city that never sleeps.

Our time in NYC was incredible. The inexhaustible energy of the team was awesome and we got to see a lot of eye-opening sights.  Those crazy people spent almost every night in Times Square.  I was able to go with Don to some of the places in the City which were really special to me and it was so lovely to share them with him.  The team was able to visit Ground Zero, Central Park, Columbus Circle, Little Italy for some delicious pizza, the Mets stadium for a game, Flushing (an Asian neighbourhood), and we did even more shopping on Canal St. It was fun for me to be back in the city that I love and bring some wonderful friends to some of these places.

Some of the highlights of the Grace Youth’s time in NYC, for me, were the trips on the subway (so great!), going to church and worshipping on Sunday (and hearing Tim Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian), meals at some interesting places, resting and relaxing in our apartments, good talks and all the laughter.

I’d like to thank everyone who supported us and gave us the opportunity to spend a week in the City.  Special thanks to those from Grace Church in Brantford who made donations and prayed for us and our trip!  Much love to y’all, you are such a blessing <3

* this post is only to highlight some of the fun trips and team-time that we had during the trip.  Following will be pictures and words on the real reason why we went to the City – to serve with the Operation Exodus Inner City kids’ summer achievement program.

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