Tuesday, September 25, 2007

country girl merges with inner city life...

Yup I'm here! I was nicely chauffered by my dear brother Adam to Manhattan a week and a half ago... after dropping me off he headed up North to New England.

So I've officially been here for a week plus. I got here not this last Sat. but the Sat. before. I have been here for 10 days:) Wow! I'm still such a Newbie!!! Which is totally evident in my lack of knowledge about the streets and knowing the subways.

It's definately an adjustment. One of the biggest things is adjusting to the size of the apartment, the living quarters. For NYC we have a big apartment but compared to where I've lived all my life it's rather small and will be close to alot of other people...not even outside the apratment. As people students join us there will be alot of people.

This week we have 8 girls and 4 boys joining us as our 1st Dicipleship Training School in Manhattan! Yeah. So we'll get 8 more people living here. There will be 4 girl students per room and than 2 staff girls per room. So twelve of us are fitting into 4 rooms! This is going to totally be COMMUNITY LIVING! Wow! But I do have some parks out there with bigger spaces and grass and trees:)

Hey it'll be like when Jesus lived with his twelve disciples;) THey probably squished sometimes too. I've never really thought about Jesus having living accomadations too. He lived Urban to in Jerusalem...there ain't alot of room there either!!!:) Cool beans:) I'm doing my staffing a DTS like Jesus did...'cept he traveled all over the place too.

Well I have indeedy seen a celebrity. Which was kinda weird and like wow! Really!!? I have officially seen Jonathan Taylor Thomas with my own eyes! I was goin' to an evening service via subway and JTT and his girlfriend got on where we did. I ended up almost across from them...a little diagonally...and I looked at him, and said to Rachel next to me, "Is that Jonathan Taylor Thomas?" and she was like "I think it is." Like she really did...and you tend to question if you really see a celebrity when you do...it's like if Jesus showed up at your front door and he said who he was would you believe him;) well kinda like that:)

JTT is short with tall hair...and still attractive. He was with his girlfriend who had an accent. We could hear her talk but when JTT talked you didn't hear him at all. He probably didn't want people to recognize him! He's going to a university near us. Which is like 4 stops from us. So that was cool.

Made me start thinking about celebrity status... basically it means alot of people know who you are and know your name. Does that really matter? If I didn't know Jontathan Taylor Thomas from a few movies/shows etc....I'd have admired him but not remembered him much. It wouldn't have made such an impact. And if God and you don't know each other, it don't matter much that people know you 'cept if alot of christians know who you are, they can pray for you;)
(my deep thought of the day;)

I talked to Krista this evening. I won't be seeing here until next year:( We are officially best friends! There's been alot of time in life where our hearts weren't in unity like they are now. Which is really awesome. God's done alot in both our hearts. He IS VERY GOOD:)

So the next few months here will be an adventure in learning more about God and hearing more from him and growing and encouraging others to grow and blessing and imparting and listening to others. And it will be awesome to see what God will do. He is doing alot even now and in the past to bring this school together to bring all us staff together, to get us here to this place that HE has called us to for this time!

Pray: for all the students as they arrive. A couple of them have international flights. Pray for the ones that are suppose to be here to be focused on getting her. That people won't be disctracted by things that keep them from coming. That all their finances will come it. Also for Gods peace and unity as 18 people learn to live together in small NYC apartments. (the apartment I'm in though is big for NYC!)

I know God will do some awesome things!

Please drop me some comments! I do miss my family while I'm here....and people. Love to all!


Adam said...

Miss you sis, love you lots!! Hey, nice talking to you the other day...See you soon!!

MOm said...

Dear Marie,
We called you last night when we were on the road from Pitsburg. We had a great weekend. We were recognized as new 4000's. That was special. Dad has a cold and took the day off today. God will be with you. I bet it was exciting to have the kids come. We are proud of you. Love, Mom