Happy New Year 2008 from NYC!!!
A friend of mine Ephany from Kenya and I went to NYC from my parents house in Ohio. Ephany wanted to see NYC before heading back to his country, so I took him. We met other friends of ours yesterday and traveled to some common sites in the city.
We are staying with Jon Tyson a friend of mine who is a church planter in Manhattan. The church he serves is called Origins and really seems to be connecting with the city. Jon is a passionate man, with a huge heart for this city. He has been incredibly hospitable to us.
We spent New Year’s Eve roaming around the city meeting people from all over the world. For Christmas I got a Cannon HV20 and was able to get some video footage that I hope to post after I get home. I probably won’t have time before that to edit and post it. I haven’t really worked with video much, but that is one thing that I hope to do more of this coming year. I would love to have more video posts on this blog. We’ll see.
At around 11 p.m. last night, we went to a New Year’s Eve party on 51st street. It was a party that was raising money for a safe house in NYC for victims of human trafficking. Jon invited us and we met a number of people.
After the party, I went around the streets talking with people getting some video footage of what New York is like on New Year’s Eve after the ball has dropped. There is high energy and many friendly people here. I had a great time.
I want to wish you a Happy New Year this coming year and encourage you to take a moment to reflect on this past year. I plan to take some time in the next couple of days to examine the past year of my life. I want to look and see what things were life-giving and what was life-draining. I want to look over the year and remember the times I walked with the Lord and the times I didn’t. I want to take some time to ask God to forgive me for the times I didn’t walk with Him and to help me to walk closer with Him in the coming year. I will take some time to review each of my roles in life and consider how God would have me focus for the coming year. I hope that you might do something similar.
May this coming year be a rich and rewarding year for you!