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What a Fall Season We have Had!

What a Fall season we have had!

It has been a crazy Fall season with schools starting classes and meeting new students and campus outreaches happening across the Capital Region of New York.  There is so much to thank God for!  This email update features both the stories of Steve and Rich who are two guys we have ministered to both in New York City and here in the Capital Region, respectively.  You can download our newsletter by clicking on the image below.

September 2010 Newsletter August 2010 Newsletter

Please Pray for Ellen’s talk at the Health Conference at the College of St. Rose

We hope you will pray for Ellen’s talk she will be sharing with St. Rose students on Wednesday (11/3) morning (as mentioned in the prayer requests in the September letter, see link above).

A Fixer upper… a personal update…

God has blessed us with a house with personality! We knew what we were getting into, thank the Lord, (since we rented out the downstairs apartment in our house first before buying) and yet the learning process for painting, scraping, and installing doors and windows to replace drafty ones (while tax credits can still be obtained) is a journey full of surprises, sweat, and hard work.  We want to thank so many people who have been able to help us work on it and all that but also thank the many more people who prayed for us while we went through the first stage of changes in our home.  God loves us through people like you!


Ellen looking through new door we installed

God Speed,

 

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How do we get to Heaven? “By doing the best [you] can to lead a good life”????

How do we get to Heaven? “By doing the best [you] can to lead a good life”????

Not quite. As you will read this month in our New York City Summer Project Newsletter’s page 2 highlighting our Campus Track, our friend Max didn’t quite understand God’s grace for us.  Max thought he simply had to do his best to earn a place in Heaven.  The truth is that Jesus has already earned it all by going to the Cross for Max.

We’re Back Home in Albany!

Our summer has been quite an adventure.  We were leading 21 students in the Campus Track out of 60 or so total on the entire project for the 5 weeks that they were in NYC.  We teamed up with the other segments of our project including the Arts Track, Bridges Track (International Student ministry), Epic Track (Ministry to Asian-Americans), and Inner City Track (ministry to homeless and children in NYC).  Of course this diversity of ministry is to be expected in a city so diversely populated!  The truth is that there are so many more areas of ministry in the city that I wouldn’t have time to mention them all here if I tried.  Please enjoy our project’s newsletter attached.  Our Campus Track is featured on page 2.  Ellen and I are hiding behind the word “Campus” at the top of the page!

Page 2 of NYC Summer Project 2010 Newsletter

Our Continuing Adventure: Home Ownership and Fall Semester Planning!

It's Good to be home in the Neighborhood!

Our adventure picked back up again only 2 days after we returned from our 6 weeks in New York City when we bought a 2-family home in Albany!  We have been working on it quite a bit and reconnecting with supporters and planning for the fall outreaches coming up ever since!  We have enjoyed the Albany weather since coming home. It was much hotter in New York City!  We will update you on some more personal stories from our work in the city with our next newsletter coming soon!

With the help of many friends and family, we have finished both phase 1 and 2, as we call them, of patching up cracked walls and moving out the kitchen cabinets and repainting all the walls and cabinet doors!  Phase 2 has been sanding and refinishing the floors.  We will be moving in within a couple days (though the work in the kitchen and bathroom is not complete yet).  Attached are some pictures of our new place (where we rented the downstairs apartment for 1 year until last month, ironically)

Our New Home

Ellen and a Friend painting

John Scraping old floor up in Kitchen after cabinets removed

A Big Thank YOU!

You may remember our prayer request in our last online post from July 1:

“You may have read about our project in NYC this summer and meant to pray or meant to give but haven’t taken the opportunity.  You can partner with us today by praying and giving financially.  We are trusting God to bring in the remaining 30% (or $1500) in the next couple weeks that we need to serve to our fullest in New York City.”

Well GOD PROVIDED! Only a couple days short of 2 weeks after our last post, a generous donor filled the gap we had between where we stood and the need we had in NYC.  We are so grateful and thankful to have people and churches like you who pray and people and churches like you who give to make sure that the work continues in this ministry.  We know first hand how so many people heard the good news and others began their walk with Jesus for the first time because of what you did so far away.  We are honored to be partnered with people like you.

Fall Outreaches require God’s people to (Please) PRAY

Please pray as we plan out the details of these critical Fall outreaches and launches on the campuses of the greater Capital Region.  Specifically, all the major schools in the area start on 8/30 except for Siena and a couple others.  We will start most outreach events within the first few days of classes.  One early Freshmen outreach is already planned on 8/27 and our Kickoff gathering event for our upperclass Real Life students is the same day and 8/28 as well.  Our first large group event called City Wide is on 9/2.  Please pray that God works in our student leaders to come to the kickoff event in force and to galvanize around the cause of Christ in reaching the lost, especially focusing on Freshmen, who are very very open to the possibility of connecting with Real Life students and with God (last year 50% of UAlbany students and 40% of RPI students surveyed indicated they were open to talking with other students about how their life purpose and knowing God go together).

God Speed,
John and Ellen

“Ellen, I want to tell you something…”

Well, anyone who knows me (Ellen), knows that I love to ask questions. I love learning about people and each person’s story. Well yesterday at about 9:30AM  I had the chance to talk with students about using questions(in the context of a conversation) to bring people closer to Christ! It was a privilege! I basically meshed 3 books together into one 3o minute talk (well for the record, it ended up being about 35 minutes with a prayer at the end!) The three books were God Space by Polluck, Questioning Evangelism by Newman and Finding Common Ground by Downs. I even took a picture of the students practicing “smiling”.. I’ll have to post that soon! The part that was most exciting to me is that most of the students come from a culture I don’t quite understand.. I’m a Northeast girl.. we don’t pretend to know Jesus to fit in! (apparently in the south, many would say they are Christians or know Jesus just because).. So as you can imagine, some of these students have never talked to an Atheist or even felt like a minority on a campus! I spent my time talking about Spiritual conversation killers, how to relate to others, as well as listening  and how to ask good questions.

Later that afternoon one student, Ashten took me aside. She wanted to talk to me about my presentation earlier that day.  She slowly and clearly said the following.. ” Ellen…. I want to tell you something…… your talk today was really helpful for me… my parents and family aren’t good communicators… they haven’t taught me how to communicate….. so I really appreciated your talk…. it’s something I’ve learned a lot from.” If this was the only person that God broke through to that AM, it was worth it! This takes the cake on all encouraging things that day! Praise God that he used me in this girls life and that not only has this girl learned something new, but the next generations will be different as a result! Thanks for investing in her life with me! It’s a privilege. When telling John about it last night I was almost in tears thinking about how sweet this girl is and how exciting it is to be able to serve Jesus here in NYC this summer.

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