“It’s evident You run the show, so let me back down. You take the leading role and I’ll play the background,”
-Lecrae

For the past year, I have been taking part in bible study with a group of woman from all over on facebook. Yesterday morning the scripture we focused on was 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. One of the question that as brought up was “What are some ways God is trying to use you to be a light for your community?”

After reading the passage & praying, I sat for awhile and thought about the question. My answer was:

This is my first week with a week long team this summer & working with high school students can be a challenge. I love it but it isn’t always the easiest – maybe I just have gotten used to working with preK students. A couple months before our team arrives, we do a training with them. We present to them everything that they need to take care of & what to expect when they come to NYC to do bible clubs in the park. This year, I made a packet with all the information they would need to know. I tried to include everything they would need to know, so when they came - everything would just go smoothly without a lot of bumps. Well, I was wrong - things don’t always go as planned. The night before club, I kept asking God to give me strength. I kept telling Him  - I need you to take care of this. We attempted to practice bible club the evening they arrived but after being in a car for over five hours & being a group of teenagers in NYC, who would really want to sit inside & go over stuff for bible club? (If I was in their position, I don’t know if I would) The next day, we had a little free time before club and I asked God to help prepare us.. & I asked Him (well, maybe I told Him) to take care of things. I took a deep breath & walked down the street to the park. He is faithful & He took control, club went smoothly for the most part & we had almost 50 kids there!! At one point doing club, I was standing in the back and I looked around - every single kid in that playground was standing/sitting with us for bible clubs. Parents sat on the back benches and they were even tuned in. I realize that God was reminding me that I just had to stand in the background & let Him take control. God is teaching me to prepare & pray — and allow Him to take care of the rest. God is calling me to be the light by allowing me to stand in the background & trust Him. I’ll admit, I can be frustrating at times because I wanted to jump in but God reminded me that as long as I did my work - He does His. God reminded me that Him and I are a team & I am not in this alone. He showed me that by standing in the background - I can be the light.  It’s not always easy standing in the background - I like to cover all the little details: I like things to be in order because I want the kids in our park to know and love Jesus. I know that it is impossible to fail because God is there & He is always ready to work ..  So, God is calling me to be the light in my community right now by stepping back & allowing Him to shine through.

Summer 2012, Operation Exodus - PreK♥

Three Years..♥

Three years ago, when I came to Priority 1 Ministries (P1M) as an intern - I had no idea what God has in store for my life.

Three years ago, I never imagined that I would become P1M Children Ministries Coordinator.

Three years ago, I never imagined that those who were on staff would become like family to me.

Three years ago, if you would’ve told me that I would end up living in New York City – I would have thought you were crazy. Three years ago, I decided to answer His call on my life.

My God is an awesome God (although I feel awesome is an understatement, you get the idea) & I am thankful that three years ago – I decided to step outside of my comfort zone. I am thankful, that I finally listened to what He was saying.  I am thankful that even though everyone was telling me not too, I said yes to Him.

My life has been flipped upside down & I have been turned around; it is nothing that I ever imagined but it is far better than I could ever imagine.


He called, I answered.

He leads, I follow.

I trust, He provides

This past weekend, we had a team serving with us here in the Bronx. I must admit, they were an awesome team to kick off our summer with! No matter where we went or what we did – they were a reflection of Christ & the love He has for us. In just two short days, they were able to work with World Vision, Operation Exodus, The Love Kitchen and Manna for Life! Saturday evening, we spent time walking around the city squeezing in some sight seeing & praying for NYC. Many memories were made & relationships that will last a life time! Thank you ‘Heart 4 Missions’ for coming and serving with us!

This past weekend, we had a team serving with us here in the Bronx. I must admit, they were an awesome team to kick off our summer with! No matter where we went or what we did – they were a reflection of Christ & the love He has for us. In just two short days, they were able to work with World Vision, Operation Exodus, The Love Kitchen and Manna for Life! Saturday evening, we spent time walking around the city squeezing in some sight seeing & praying for NYC. Many memories were made & relationships that will last a life time! Thank you ‘Heart 4 Missions’ for coming and serving with us!

Operation Exodus 2013-2014, a look back!

I am so thankful for my preK kids, those pictured & not pictured. It truly has been a blessing to show up and teach these children everyday, although I feel they have taught me so much more than I have taught them. I truly do adore these kids, I love each and everyone of them like my own. I am thankful that their parents have trusted me with their babies and allowed me to be apart of their lives. This year has been filled with laughs & tears, prayers & songs, lessons & activities and so many more memories.

They way they care about each other amazes me. They don’t always get along but they always seem to be there for one another, no matter the situation. 
The one little boy fell outside & all the kids were so concerned about him. When he fell, he scrapped his elbow. They constantly kept asking “Are you okay?” “Should we get him a cold cloth?” “Where else does it hurt?” “Do want to go to the hospital?” The one little girl wouldn’t even leave his side because he might need something & she wanted to be there just in case. 
When his mom showed they ran over to her before I or even he could get to her. They told her that he fell when they were all running & scrapped his arm but “he didn’t even cry that much, so he is okay.” 
I am beyond proud of my class & how much they are for one another, especially only being four & five years old! I pray, that as they grow that they will continue to care for each other like they do now. I truly do love these kids like they are my own!!

They way they care about each other amazes me. They don’t always get along but they always seem to be there for one another, no matter the situation.
The one little boy fell outside & all the kids were so concerned about him. When he fell, he scrapped his elbow. They constantly kept asking “Are you okay?” “Should we get him a cold cloth?” “Where else does it hurt?” “Do want to go to the hospital?” The one little girl wouldn’t even leave his side because he might need something & she wanted to be there just in case.
When his mom showed they ran over to her before I or even he could get to her. They told her that he fell when they were all running & scrapped his arm but “he didn’t even cry that much, so he is okay.”
I am beyond proud of my class & how much they are for one another, especially only being four & five years old! I pray, that as they grow that they will continue to care for each other like they do now. I truly do love these kids like they are my own!!

God is good! & He is faithful to answer even the smallest of prayers. Today, when I got off of what seemed to be a crazy day at work.. I came home, put the key in the door & it broke. I was locked out with a broken key. God blessed me with amazing neighbors who was willing to help me in any way possible.. the one guy even left his apartment open when he left just in case got hungry or needed anything. As I sat on a chair (that my neighbor provided) in the hallway, my phone reached 4%.. I think I was on the verge of crying because I still didn’t have a way in. I prayed. I asked God to help me, I asked Him to be my strength. I then got up, put my broken key in the door (before, it wouldn’t even go in) & opened my door! I went to tell my neighbor and their friend showed up with a new temporary lock to put on my door until I got the other one fixed. I am so thankful for answered prayers, even answers to the smallest prayers. My God is faithful & He always takes care of me.. I am thankful that He blessed me with loving & kind neighbors.