80 Days in America

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Looking back at a great adventure

I joined my friends from the ministry to church this morning and in the afternoon I went my own way again. I took the subway to Union Square, to the same place I had lunch last monday with Felicia. I think Union Square is one of my favorite spots of New York, because there is so much going on and at the same time it also has some kind of peace, because of the park. Read the rest of this entry »

Being a photographer and a clown

Today was saturday, what means a busy day here at the ministry. After we started the day in the church early in the morning, the first busses went out to pick up the kids. I stayed at the church, because they planned me for taking pictures today. I was really excited about that. Read the rest of this entry »

Visiting Queens

This morning there was a meeting planned for me with the IT-manager of the ministry. We talked about the current website and about how it could be improved. I enjoyed sharing my ideas and giving my professional opinion about the website. I’m happy that I can also help the ministry this way. It was an interesting meeting and it will probably be followed next week with another meeting with more creative people. Read the rest of this entry »

Another day in the Bronx

Today I joined a guy called Peter to the Bronx. We spread flyers for the sidewalk sundayschool of tomorrow. After a rainy wednesday (I heard it’s raining here every wednesday) we had a bright day and it was nice to walk around in the streets. It’s pretty cool to be in neighborhoods of New York where I normally would never have walked alone. Read the rest of this entry »

A day in the zoo

Today I had a free day and I had planned to go the Bronx Zoo. When I woke up, the weather made me doubt about my plans for a minute. The sky was grey and it was continuously raining. I decided not to let the weather determine my plans and to go the Zoo anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

Visiting The Bronx

After I spend some time at the office in the morning and helped a group of people with wrapping candy for the kids, I joined one of the trucks to The Bronx. We did three stops at different areas and I realized that I came to places today where I would never have gone on my own. Read the rest of this entry »

Biking in Manhattan

Monday always is a free day at the ministry, so I went with my friend Felicia to Manhattan. We planned to go with the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, but the line for the ferry was so long that we decided to skip that. Again my advice: if you want to go to the Statue of Liberty, be sure you are at the ferry before 09.00AM, because else you have to wait for probably more than an hour. Afterwards we were happy that we skipped the Statue of Liberty, because we had more time to see all the other places. Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday in Central Park

In the morning we went to the Metro Church what made me think a bit of a gospel church. People were really happy and the preacher was super-excited, it was a good time. The weather was beautiful today, so with a couple of friends I went to Central Park in Manhattan. That was a great idea, I really enjoyed it. Although it was very busy in the park (apparently more people had this idea), it was still very nice. Read the rest of this entry »

Saturday-sunday school

Today was another impressive day. We went with many schoolbusses to the streets of Brooklyn to pick up kids for saturday-sunday school, a cool child program in the church. Meeting all those kids was really touching. In my first busride a small girl sat down next to me. Although she had never met me before, she immediately gave me with a big hug. I think she was about seven years old. We talked for a while. Read the rest of this entry »

Reaching the streets of Harlem

Today was another exciting day. In the morning we had a staff meeting which was lead by the founder of the ministry, a guy called pastor Bill. I heard I was lucky to have a meeting with him, because he is out of the country most of the time for fundraising. The meeting was mainly about how all the different projects are going. It’s interesting to hear what this ministry is doing. They are reaching a lot of children in the worst neighborhoods of New York, feed a lot of families and help many people from everywhere. Read the rest of this entry »