New York City Update
Perhaps you are wondering about some of the specific mission projects that we will be involved in during City Uprising. Here are some specifics from the folks at The Gallery Church.
First, here is a little piece of information that Aaron Coe (pastor of The Gallery Church) shared with the team leaders yesterday during our conference call. I had always heard that there are approximately 191 different people groups in New York City, but according to Aaron, there are over 500 different people groups. This drives home the concept of New York being the crossroads of the world. This is amazing!
Now, let me share some specific mission information regarding our trip. We are going to work alongside students and adults from all over the country. There are approximately 300 participants in City Uprising. Our service projects are divided into three specific ministry categories;
· Community Projects - This will involve light construction (painting, cleaning, moving furniture, some hammering and such). We will be working with two public high schools (PS 9 and Rushton High school in Manhattan) and Health People (an organization that ministers to orphans of AIDS )in the Bronx.
· Hosting for HIV Testing – It is estimated that over 50 thousand people in New York are HIV positive and aren’t even aware. Last year, through our partnering agencies, we saw 881 people tested. Our main task will involve passing out invite cards and welcoming folks as they arrive.
· Renegade Arts Initiative – The Gallery Church is renting new space at 27th & Broadway called Salt Arts Space. We will be assisting them as they launch this unique ministry in the City. The church is located in the heart of the arts district and this new space will provide multiple opportunities to reach the community.
These are the three main areas of ministry that we are working with in New York. In order to stay up to date on all of the arrangements from City Uprising, a new Twitter account is being developed. We will have more details coming in the days ahead.