Forgotten Voices' Mission:

"Demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ by equipping local churches in southern Africa to meet the physical & spiritual needs of children orphaned by AIDS in their communities."

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Live from NYC


I'm spending the day and evening in Manhattan meeting with some friends from Zimbabwe and talking with some folks from our incredible volunteer team.

As I sit in Bryant Park at 42W and the Avenue of Americas watching people ice skate and sip hot chocolate all around me, I am feeling so far away from friends in Africa.

PAUSE.

Just had a long conversation with a NYC Police Officer. We talked about laptops, security in the park, entertainment schedule for the year, and he vented about Comp USA closing down their stores. By conversation, I mean I just listened. :) He had passed me 15 minutes ago and looked like he wanted to talk. This time, we talked.

That was a fun reminder of life in Africa. Meeting people along the way and becoming friends. No rushing. Just fellowshipping.

I really just wanted to write and say that I LOVE PEOPLE! I love meeting new people and catching up with old friends. Thanks to all of you for being a friend and sharing the stories our friends in Africa have to share with us.

Today, if you get the chance, make someone's day - by listening or buying a cup of hot chocolate for a stranger in line. My break in Bryant Park reminded me that the world is alive with people looking for a friend. I am thankful to be alive and well in NYC.

All the best,
Ryan

PS Picture from Bryant Park's website. Check out the fun.

1 comment:

Briana said...

oh, Ryan! I wish I had known you were going to be here - I work right next to Bryant Park! ahhh, well, next time. I hope my city treated you well and that you are enjoying your North-East travels..

-briana