This week has contained extremely long days and today was no exception. For missions today the students in groups went canvassing in Harlem. What that entailed was everyone had popsicles to pass out for free, and offered prayer to anyone who wanted it. Some groups kept very mobile the whole time meeting lots of people while others, like mine, got into a great conversation with a man for 45 minutes. The students really had to step out of what's comfortable to approach strangers for prayer, but the popsicles broke the ice... pun intended. After canvassing we set up on two street corners with hot dogs, water, cookies, and various toiletries. People lined up and students walked them through the process of getting a few things from the table and then spent some time praying with them at the end.
We met a bunch of hurting people and were able to minister to them by meeting their immediate need for food and water on a hot day, but also spent time in prayer and even presented the gospel to some who wanted more. Chris even gave his pants away (he had an extra pair in his backpack don't worry). This was after a half hour talk with an amputee who showed great faith in God providing for his needs, which Chris witnessed first hand as a random man walked up and gave him food and water. He had been praying to acquire a change of clothes as his were very rugged, and Chris felt prompted to help him in this. It has been the only day all week he packed an extra pair.
As there always is in this kind of ministry, you have the people who solely want free food, but there really was so many who genuinely wanted someone to talk to and be prayed over. I think all the students grew in their boldness to help the hurting today.
As we do each night, the students split to go to different touristy locations. One group saw another Broadway play, and got to go backstage AGAIN... lucky. Another went to Central Park and then Top of the Rock (that was my group and it was stunning). The last group went to little Sicily to relax and eat dinner. Everything has been going smoothly, one more full day to go!