So...looks like I haven't posted in a whole week...it wasn't that there wasn't time...there just wasn't much to talk about. Timmy spent the whole week with his grandparents in PA so in the mornings I was able to sleep a little later and sit in on some classes(on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) as well. In the afternoons I just did what I usually do...help as needed. Thursday morning the head cook(Ruby) and one of the assitant cooks(Linda) wanted to go grocery shopping so I made lunch and baked cookies all morning(which was really easy to do because it was Poverty Day and all they were allowed to eat was rice...for lunch we could mix onions, garlic, green peppers, and some celery into it but that was it). On Friday Jay Z and Elycia Yoder flew in midmorning. We spent that afternoon on Times Square and walked on 5th Ave. for awhile as well. Saturday, we slept in then went to the New York Hall of Science and walked south on 5th Ave down to Washington Square where we took a long and much needed rest and were even able to watch some street performers. That night we rode the Staten Island Ferry to Staten Island and back(which was a fail both Sat. night and Sun night cause the only ferry they were running was one without a deck and so you couldn't see the amazing skyline like usual). Sunday we went to Life in Christ for church then went to Henry and Deb Blanks for lunch. In the afternoon we walked through Central Park for awhile and then went to Staten Island again(which, as was previously stated, was another fail). And now I'm sitting on a soft couch relishing the feeling of having my feet propped up.
These are just a few of the pictures...I'll post more later.
An AMAZING chicken gyro from a Halal stand
On poverty day, instead of outreach the trainees had an activity called poverty simulation. They were all divided into "families" of four or so and for a living had to make paper bags with paper and a flour-water glue. They would sell them to the shop keepers and try to make enough to pay that week's rent. If they couldn't make the payment to the Slum Landlord, they would be sent to Mr. Deep-in-debt and would borrow money from him in hopes that they could pay both him and the slum lord by the next week. If they couldn't make the payment, then they would have to go live under the bridge which is next to impossible to get out of. The whole setup was made to fit a real slum as much as possible. Though everyone had fun, it was humbling to think how many people actually live like this. How many people can't just clean up the mess an hour later and walk away like we did.
Wall of m &m's in Times Square
Wall of legos in the lego store at the Rockefellar Center