NYC Photo of the Day - June 25

How to Succeed in Business and Chelsea Market/High Line Park

Prayer Request
Pray for the Gallery Church, which is a church plant close to Mad. Sq. Pk.  We are serving there each Sunday morning...doing greeting, childcare and odds and ends.  Pray that they would love the city well and that God's kingdom will take root & grow in influence.


NYC Photo of the Day - June 24

Lower Manhattan at Night

Prayer Requests
Pray that we would encourage one another well as a ministry team. 
Heb. 10:24
Pray that we would continue to grow in our marriage.
Eph. 5:33


NYC Photo of the Day - June 23

Chinese Cultural Dinner

Prayer Request
Please pray for us to walk in faith empowered by the Holy Spirit.  We need to experience God's character in a deeper way in our lives.  Wisdom, peace, joy, and provision are all needed.


NYC Photo of the Day - June 22

Phantom of the Opera on Broadway

Prayer Request
Today the guys handed out 40 mini footballs on campus as an invitation to come to our Bible study tomorrow.  Pray that the men's and women's Bible studies will see NYC college students come out on Thurs. afternoon.


NYC Photo of the Day - June 21

Enjoying birthday cookie cake

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10)

As many of you may already know from experience, when you get to be my age (around 30) then you start taking a long hard look at your life.  Evaluating how far you come, what you've done, what you want to do, what you are good at and what you aren't, what makes you happy, and how you can get where you want to be at in life.  I think it all stems from a desire not to waste your life and to make an impact in the world or at least in someone else's life.  This season of searching for purpose, meaning, and significance is often also complicated by seeking to balance it against responsibilities to family, community, and work.  

In the midst of all this processing of life, I am comforted by this verse that I am God's poema...His masterpiece, His work of art.  On this day of my birth, I am thankful that the holy, God of the universe, created me and knows me intimately and personally.  I am grateful that He will accomplish His good works through me, not because I'm special or perfect, but because His Son is.  So I can rest in the work of Jesus on the cross, that it is sufficient to make me acceptable before Him; and I can rest in the resurrection of Jesus, that it is sufficient to empower me to accomplish His purpose for my life.

Prayer Requests
  So in light of all this, please pray for myself and April:

Pray that I would take the time to look carefully at how I walk and for wisdom to make THE BEST use of my time.  Pray for me to follow the Lord's will, to daily walk empowered by the Holy Spirit, to worship Him alone, and to encourage and serve others...especially my wife.  Above all to be thankful for the many blessings in my life by His grace.  (Ephesians 5:15-21)

I am grateful for my wife, family, friends, co-laborers, our supporters, and all the people with which I get to interact.  Among men, I am truly blessed!  Thanks be to God.

Pray that I would be strengthened by His Spirit to more fully comprehend and grasp the surpassing love of Christ for me.  That I would be rooted and grounded in this love that emanates from the Trinity (for God is love), share that love in word and deed with others, and delight to give love back to the Father through Christ.  (Ephesians 3:14-19)

"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen" (Ephesians 3:20-21)


NYC Photo of the Day - June 20

Then Bursting Forth In Glorious Day

Prayer Requests
Pray that God's kingdom would burst forth into the lives of New Yorkers.  That many would be able to experience sins curse lose its grip on them.  That they might know the hope, healing, and restoration the Gospel of Christ brings.  All because on the cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied.  Pray they would find that in Him, we have redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace! Lastly, that His character and kingdom values would be reflected for the good of the city and for His glory.

NYC Photo of the Day - June 19

Street View

Prayer Requests:
Pray for April as she leads a talk on God's heart for the nations.  Also pray for us as we visit Queens College on Monday.


NYC Photo of the Day-June 18

Jeff playing with the Jones' kids. :-)

Prayer Request

Thank God for our earthy Fathers, and thank Him for being the ultimate and perfect Father.

- 1 John 3:1

NYC Photo of the Day-June 17

Pray that God would be our strength and we draw on Him or power and wisdom.
- Eph. 3:16-17



NYC Photo of the Day-June 15-Worship

A glimpse of our Monday weekly meeting. We invited students who are involved in the Crusade movement here in NYC and had a good number show up! We will continue to invite students we meet on campus too.

Prayer Requests

Pray that ourconversations with students this summer would lead to new movements being launched on campuses in the fall.

NYC Photo of the Day - June 14

The Rush of City Life

Prayer Request
During our community group dinner time, most of our students shared that they are still learning to adjust to life in the city.  Almost everyone asked for prayer to be refreshed and learn how to spend some time just to themselves here.  So like many of you, whether you are working, raising kids or traveling, our prayer request is that we would go to Christ and continually find our rest in the Gospel.  That we would be able to work hard, but stop at the end of the day knowing that He is in control and will accomplish His purposes in His timing.


NYC Photo of the Day - June 13


Prayer Request
Pray that our students would have vision to see the lost, respond with compassion, and help to launch/build Gospel movements in NYC.


NYC Photo of the Day - June 12

We attended the Big Apple BBQ Festival at Madison Square Park.  It was one of my favorite things so far...loved it!  It was great to eat some food featured on The Food Network, and it was delicious.  If you are in NYC in the summer, you have to go.

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party from UM Media Documentary Projects on Vimeo.

Prayer Request:
All sorts of people are fond of repeating the Christian statement that "God is love." But they seem not to notice that the words "God is love" have no real meaning unless God contains at least two Persons. Love is something that one person has for another person. If God was a single person, then before the world was made, He was not love. Of course, what these people mean when they say that God is love is often something quite different: they really mean "Love is God." They really mean that our feelings of love, however and whenever they arise, and whatever results they produce, are to be treated with great respect. Perhaps they are, but that is something quite different from what Christians mean by the statement "God is love." They believe that the living, dynamic activity of love has been going on in God forever and has created everything else.
C.S. Lewis

Pray that God will help us, our project, and the college students of NYC to understand the love of God, His character, and His plan for us to share and grow in this love through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.


NYC Photo of the Day-June 11

Me and Jeff with our new friend, Mrahil. We had a great conversation with him about the gospel. Please pray that we will be able to meet up and talk with him again and that he will come to know Christ.

Other Prayer Requests:
The Puerto Rican parade in NYC is tomorrow. Pray that people group would actively make a difference in their community and that Christ would be victorious over the social ills that trouble many of their people.

Pray that we will make disciples of all nations this summer.


NYC Photo of the Day-June 10-Tour Bus

Yes, we were crazy tourists today!

We took a city tour on a double decker bus!

Prayer Request

Pray that God will prepare individuals to understand and respond to the gospel - John 6:44


NYC Photo of the Day-June 9-Exploring the City

Our ministry team (minus April and plus Ross) at the Wall Street bull

Prayer Request:

Pray that the Word of God would dwell in our hearts at all times.
- Col. 3:16


NYC Photo of the Day-June 8-City College

City College, one of the campus where Jeff and I will be working. Love that Gothic architecture!

Prayer Request:
Pray for students as they transition into the city and learn how to navigate the city tomorrow.

NYC Photo of the Day - June 7 - Yankees vs. Bo Sox

Prayer Request:
  15For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
Ephesians 1:15-21



NYC Photo(s) of the Day-June 4-Peeps

Here is much of our staff team
(Jeff took the pics so he's not pictured and Ron and fam are also not pictured-the fam isn't here yet!)

Jason, Mary, and Jacob-today is Jacob's 1st birthday!

Katie, Becca, and me

Prayer Request:
Pray that we would not be ashamed of the gospel.
- Rom 1:16-17


NYC Photo of the Day-June 3-MMM Shake Shack!

Jeff and I had our first Shake Shack experience tonight. LOVED hanging out in Madison Square park with Mary and Katie!

Prayer Request:
  • Pray for our students' financial support to come in! They arrive here on Thursday of next week.
  • Praise God for the awesome church partnership we have with a church plant here in Manhattan. we will be attending The Gallery Church and serving with them this summer, as well as helping them get unchurched college students plugged into their church.
In Christ,
April and Jeff


NYC Photo of the Day June 2-Mmmmmm

I've been waiting for this!
A Crumb's raspberry swirl cupcake.
Like heaven.

Prayer Request:

Pray for the leaders of the project. Pray that we would lead in love, truth and grace.
- 1 Pet 5:1-4

Also, see and hear some more of our journey on April's blog.


Photo(s) of the Day-June 1-Outside Our Summer Home

I won't always post multiple pictures-just trying to give you a general idea of where we are living for the summer!

Here's where we live from the outside

We live in tourist central, as you can see from the Empire State Building in the background. It's a fun place to live in spite of that!

Our neighbors:

Forever 21 and the Gap. and guess who lives across the street? H&M. The Lord is testing my will power.

Our other neighbor across the street:

  • Pray for safe travel and smooth transitions as staff arrive in the city tomorrow!
In Christ,

Jeff and April (but I'm sure you can tell April wrote this. No, Forever 21 and H&M do not tempt Jeff. Shocking, I know.)