I miss home.. & today I missed home a lot. I wanted to be home to spend Easter with my family, my friends and my church. 

However, I have a wonderful church here to go too & when I walk through the doors there, I am always welcomed with open arms and it gives me a sense of being at home. 

On Friday at 7pm, we started a prayer vigil - it ended on Saturday morning at 7am. 

I am thankful for my MBC family & friends, it is my home away from home. I am thankful that MBC is a bible preaching, praying, Christ centered church. I am thankful that they are covering not only me in prayer but my family and friends at home in prayer as well. I am thankful that I got to spend most of my night with them - in prayer, worship and fellowship.

I miss home.. & today I missed home a lot. I wanted to be home to spend Easter with my family, my friends and my church.

However, I have a wonderful church here to go too & when I walk through the doors there, I am always welcomed with open arms and it gives me a sense of being at home.

On Friday at 7pm, we started a prayer vigil - it ended on Saturday morning at 7am.

I am thankful for my MBC family & friends, it is my home away from home. I am thankful that MBC is a bible preaching, praying, Christ centered church. I am thankful that they are covering not only me in prayer but my family and friends at home in prayer as well. I am thankful that I got to spend most of my night with them - in prayer, worship and fellowship.

This is Devoe Park, it’s located on Fordham Road in the Bronx. Every summer, with Priority 1 Ministries we have a bible club there, typically we have about 20-30 kids. 

The other day, I was in the school office turning in my application for a substitute preK teacher aide. The secretary noticed my home address was in Hermitage, Pennsylvania & she asked me what brought me here to NYC. I began to tell her about my involvement with Priority 1 Ministries & she said “oh yes, I heard of them!” I assumed she heard of the ministry because of Operation Exodus & how we have groups there at times, however I was wrong. She began to tell me how she seen Priority 1 Ministries in the Devoe Park during the summer teaching a bible club & that every summer her & her husband tries to come over for it! 


70 days til Priority 1 Ministries summer begins!
Bible Clubs. Teams. Prayer Walks. Love Kitchen.. & so much more!!

This is Devoe Park, it’s located on Fordham Road in the Bronx. Every summer, with Priority 1 Ministries we have a bible club there, typically we have about 20-30 kids.

The other day, I was in the school office turning in my application for a substitute preK teacher aide. The secretary noticed my home address was in Hermitage, Pennsylvania & she asked me what brought me here to NYC. I began to tell her about my involvement with Priority 1 Ministries & she said “oh yes, I heard of them!” I assumed she heard of the ministry because of Operation Exodus & how we have groups there at times, however I was wrong. She began to tell me how she seen Priority 1 Ministries in the Devoe Park during the summer teaching a bible club & that every summer her & her husband tries to come over for it!


70 days til Priority 1 Ministries summer begins!
Bible Clubs. Teams. Prayer Walks. Love Kitchen.. & so much more!!

Last week, in preK we focused on the story of when Jesus calmed the storm. We read it a few times, made a craft, played a game, acted the story out & discussed the story on numerous occasions.

On Friday, I asked my kids to draw any picture they wanted from the story & after they were done, they had to tell me about it and I would write it down for them.

I am a proud teacher, preK constantly blows me away with all that they do!

On March 2nd, I decided to take part in a prayer challenge. Everyday, I focus on praying for someone. I prayed going into this, asking that God would lay people on my heart to pray for. I then wrote names on a note card & each day, I choose a new card. I will message them that particular day, letting them know I will be covering them in prayer throughout the day - I also ask for any prayer request that they may have. 

Going into this, I wasn’t really sure how people would respond. Some of the people that were laid on my heart to pray for – I haven’t spoken with in quite some time & some I talk too on a daily basis. I have received mixed responses; there has been days where people wouldn’t respond at all but I think that just motivated me to pray a little more & a little harder for them. Then, I had the complete opposite on other days. Some respond with such thanks & appreciation! They would send request throughout the day, even in the days to follow request still came. I have also had people message me back, asking if they could take part in the prayer challenge as well! & that makes it so worth it!


When I decided to take part in this challenge, I had no idea how much of an impact it would have – not just on the people I was praying for but also on my life. God has been laying scripture on my heart to share with others throughout this challenge. 

God is faithful, I know He hears every single prayer of mine; the prayers that are spoken & unspoken. Prayer changes things! I have been constantly reminded that there is power in prayer!


11 days down, 29 more to go!

On March 2nd, I decided to take part in a prayer challenge. Everyday, I focus on praying for someone. I prayed going into this, asking that God would lay people on my heart to pray for. I then wrote names on a note card & each day, I choose a new card. I will message them that particular day, letting them know I will be covering them in prayer throughout the day - I also ask for any prayer request that they may have.

Going into this, I wasn’t really sure how people would respond. Some of the people that were laid on my heart to pray for – I haven’t spoken with in quite some time & some I talk too on a daily basis. I have received mixed responses; there has been days where people wouldn’t respond at all but I think that just motivated me to pray a little more & a little harder for them. Then, I had the complete opposite on other days. Some respond with such thanks & appreciation! They would send request throughout the day, even in the days to follow request still came. I have also had people message me back, asking if they could take part in the prayer challenge as well! & that makes it so worth it!


When I decided to take part in this challenge, I had no idea how much of an impact it would have – not just on the people I was praying for but also on my life. God has been laying scripture on my heart to share with others throughout this challenge.

God is faithful, I know He hears every single prayer of mine; the prayers that are spoken & unspoken. Prayer changes things! I have been constantly reminded that there is power in prayer!


11 days down, 29 more to go!

Let’s start off by saying, I LOVE MY JOB!

I said “Lucas you have to put your name on the paper..” & he responded “I just don’t remember how some of the letters go!” and before I could say anything else.. Gabby said “Lucas you tell me the letters & I’ll help you write them!” 

The support and encouragement that they show one another is remarkable! They definitely are an example of God’s love. Whether it’s helping someone write their name, cheering them on during a game of duck duck goose or congratulating a classmate for leading  prayer during praise & worship - they constantly lift one another up!


I truly do adore my kids! Yes at times we might get a little crazy & we may talk a little more than other classes during assembly but they are my talkative crazy class & I wouldn’t trade them for the world! We are our own little family in preK(:

Let’s start off by saying, I LOVE MY JOB!

I said “Lucas you have to put your name on the paper..” & he responded “I just don’t remember how some of the letters go!” and before I could say anything else.. Gabby said “Lucas you tell me the letters & I’ll help you write them!”

The support and encouragement that they show one another is remarkable! They definitely are an example of God’s love. Whether it’s helping someone write their name, cheering them on during a game of duck duck goose or congratulating a classmate for leading prayer during praise & worship - they constantly lift one another up!


I truly do adore my kids! Yes at times we might get a little crazy & we may talk a little more than other classes during assembly but they are my talkative crazy class & I wouldn’t trade them for the world! We are our own little family in preK(:

thankful for answered prayers!

Today at work was just what I needed, I do believe it was an answer to my prayers.


I always make an effort to speak with each parent when they pick up their child. Today, when one of my little boys was leaving I was talking with his father. His father is kind of tough, so he always makes me a little nervous. I wanted to make sure that he knew his son had a good day, as I told him – he extended his arms to hug me. He said, “I love you, we love you.” It kinda threw me off, so I just smiled. He then thanked me for what I do for his son & all the other kids at Operation Exodus. I thanked him for allowing his son to be apart of our program, I thanked him for allowing his son to be apart of my life. He said, “I mean it, thank you.” He then went on telling me how it isn’t easy for him to work long hours and be away from his son for so long but he knows he has to provide for his family. He said, “My son spends more time with you & the tutors here, then he probably does at home with us – thank you for raising my son.” I was left speechless, I wasn’t sure really what to say. Since yesterday afternoon, I have been praying that God would lead me. I asked Him to show me if He wanted me here or was I supposed to return home, there has been a lot happening at home & I wasn’t sure if that is where God wanted me now.


As my student’s father thanked me for being here & being such an important part of his son’s life, I smiled & thanked God for giving me an answer to my prayers.

Who is up for a challenge?!

I am doing a prayer challenge for the month of March. Everyday, I focus on praying for someone throughout the day. I have written names on a note card & each day, I choose a new card at random. I will message them that particular day, letting them know I will be covering them in prayer throughout the day - I also will ask for specifics. I choose note cards so I can write their specifics on them & carry it with me throughout the day. 

I am challenging you all to pray for someone new everyday as well.. to just reach out to people around you & pray for them.

Who is up for a challenge?!

I am doing a prayer challenge for the month of March. Everyday, I focus on praying for someone throughout the day. I have written names on a note card & each day, I choose a new card at random. I will message them that particular day, letting them know I will be covering them in prayer throughout the day - I also will ask for specifics. I choose note cards so I can write their specifics on them & carry it with me throughout the day.

I am challenging you all to pray for someone new everyday as well.. to just reach out to people around you & pray for them.