Season of blessing, season of growth

Since starting my new job with NYCR (see previous blog post) I have really seen God’s hand of blessing on my life. It’s been an interesting couple months since I started and I am slowly getting the hang of things. There is still soo much to learn but my peers have been very encouraging and helpful in all areas. I felt like I had to learn everything anew when I first started but I know now that that wasn’t and isn’t the case. God laid the foundations for this job while teaching me in Haiti. Never did I think that I would be doing this kind of work in the US, much less in NYC! But as we know, God rarely ever works inside the realm of our understanding or imagination.

I’m learning how to care for people who aren’t like me, better. I’m learning how to sacrificially serve those who I wouldn’t necessarily want to be around or in contact with, much less talk to. I’m learning how to love. Years ago I thought I had that down pat but as I mature I realize that I don’t really know that much and everything is a lesson, its just up to me to learn from it or let it be wasted.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy. It’s physically tiring running an outreach but it’s more so spiritually and emotionally. On the days when it’s tough emotionally or spiritually I find myself exhausted rather than just tired. It is so worth it though! It’s humbling and exciting to be a part of the work that God is already doing in someone’s life. Often times it’s heart-breaking or depressing but to come out of a one-on-one meeting with someone and have been their daily dealer of hope is marvelous.

I’ve experienced this feeling this week as I have walked alongside a young gentleman named Kevin. He is 28 yrs old and has been on the street for 2+ months after losing his career job as an interior renovator with a company in NYC. He is smart. He is hardworking. He is even-tempered. He’s even patient, which comes as a surprise for someone in his position. I could see myself becoming best friends with this guy who’s my age if I had the time to put in to a relationship. We are currently in the process of sending him down to FL where a friend of his has a job and a place to stay for him if he can get the bus ticket down. If all goes according to plan, he will be on a bus at 6PM tomorrow night traveling towards his new life; a life of hope, security and prosperity. It’s been my utmost pleasure to be the point-person for this guy and to arrange everything. I wish that I had more time to get to know him but we are excited for this opportunity that has been given by God! Tomorrow I will be meeting with him for the third day in a row to give him his bus ticket confirmation and a last encouragement and prayer as he starts this new and exciting chapter of life. Please be in prayer for him! Cover him and his journey to FL with safety, prosperity, and faith. Where his situation was hopeless just a couple days ago, there is now hope!! And I get to be a part of it?!? Like whaaaaaaat?? MAN God is so good.

AH! don’t we serve an awesome God?

As I continue to step out onto the streets of NYC each day, I pray that God uses me in ways such as these. I want to continue to be a beacon of love and hope for those who are disdained and shunned. It’s only by God’s grace that I can be.

My heart is so full. My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me into the heart of one of the darkest places on the earth. I am a weapon against the forces of evil that entangle NYC. I am God-sent.

Please continue lifting myself and NYCR up to God. We need protection from the Enemy! We need rest and renewal each day. We need faith and hope to share with those who don’t have any. We need Grace to be grace!

God bless,

Ben

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