From June 2-7 the Impact Singers had the opportunity to SING and SERVE in NEW YORK CITY! While ministering in the Big Apple, the singers and their chaperones stayed at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church. At the church, they attended a workshop on homelessness and street care at their Urban Outreach Center. The students prepared food, sorted clothes and helped organize their thrift area. After singing, they visited with the homeless over a meal.
They also sang and played bingo with residents of Upper East Side Rehab Center and served NYC Parks & Recreation by weeding, planting, and mulching in the Bronx. They sang at Pier 83, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the Neighborhood Esperanza Service (English/Spanish service), and the ArchCare Senior Center.
The Impact Singers served with their whole hearts. Although exhausted, the reward from serving others made it all worth it. Michael Roberts, Director of Music Ministries, said, “God was present with us the entire week. Thank you again to the whole church for supporting us through Broadway Bound and all the volunteer hours that made our trip possible!”
“We all arrived yesterday safely at 7:00pm after a long day of traveling. The group got up this morning and ate breakfast at 8:00am. The group was super excited for church in the morning! We all got in there van after a delicious breakfast at Thelma’s and made our way to church. The kids sung some songs with the locals. Then, the kids went to another service in a different room. Also, the young kids made cards for their dad’s for Father’s Day. While, the older kids made bowtie gifts. In the other service, the moms sang Amazing Grace. After church, we all got back in the van and went on a little trip back to Thelma’s.
At Thelma’s, we had a delicious lunch that consisted of burgers, pasta, and of course rice and beans. After lunch, we all went back to our rooms and put on shorts and t-shirts to get ready to go to visit the water towers made by Agua Viva. All of the kids climbed up on a water tower built by Agua Viva. We passed by Agua Viva’s 50th water tower with a cross made by the locals. Adding to that, we visited the first well by Agua Viva. Finally, the group made it ways down to a river to go on a river adventure! On the river we saw monkeys, fish, and birds. On the river adventure, we all got to cross the border of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. After a long day of fun, we made our way back to Thelma’s and enjoyed pizza for dinner and devotion.”
Happy Father’s Day from Naivasha, Kenya! Although we missed celebrating with family, we spent the day celebrating Father’s Day with our new Kenyan friends and family.
Our eyes were opened this morning to an amazing way of worshiping God. The church service at Trinity United Methodist Church was three hours long! The morning flew by, however, because there was so much singing, dancing, and praising our God. Dancing in church…can you imagine? It was fun! We have all decided that we need to do this in our own church in Winter Park. Who is in?
After church we got to play games like Duck, Duck, Goose with children from the Sunday School. Those kids were so adorable! It is Winter here in Kenya. Many of the children were bundled up in sweaters and jackets. We Floridians were hot!
After church we all had lunch at a cool Kenyan restaurant. We ate Chinese food, Indian food, fried chicken, and pizza. Let me tell you – they had it all! And it was good!
After lunch we Skyped our family and friends from Winter Park Methodist Church. Some of our Panua students were with us and got to meet their prayer partners. It was quite moving.
Dinner was served at the hotel as usual- the Kenyan food is quite tasty. And we celebrated our own Heather Rodriguezs’ birthday with singing and a birthday cake. Happy Birthday, Heather!
Now we are all going to bed to dream about where our adventures will take us tomorrow. We love and miss you all!
~The Panua Elevate Mission Team