Subject: West Side Update – January 20
January 20, 2014
Two years ago, Lynn Bound attended a coffee hour on Missions Sunday and learned about a short-term missions trip to Lily of the Valley orphanage in South Africa. She went on the ten-day trip that August. At Lily, Lynn taught the teenage girls cooking classes and the art of making a meal. She came away with a whole new perspective.
“Seeing how happy the children are, and where they live — you know they have so much less than people here do, and yet they’re so happy and they’re so loving to each other,” says Lynn. “It just gives you the perspective that in the dark, there is so much hope. It’s easy to believe when everything’s going your way. It’s harder when the road is bumpy.”
Lynn was born in Trenton, N.J. and attended The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.J. She is currently the executive chef at the cafes at the Museum of Modern Art. Through a co-worker at MoMA, Lynn learned about Redeemer five years ago. She’s been coming ever since.
Lynn is a dog-lover and has four cocker spaniels that are rescues. She donates a lot of her time to volunteer work, and is involved in a Community Group. She’s lived in Greenwich Village for 20 years.
Lynn’s trip to Lily of the Valley orphanage is an experience she treasures. She enjoyed working with her teammates there, whom she now considers lifelong friends. And the trip got her both more involved at Redeemer and more aware of how the Lord moves globally. Lynn now plans to go on another missions trip this year. She says, “You always hope that you can do more, but you have to know there’s lots of work to be done and that whatever the contribution is that a person or a group can make, it helps.”
As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a gospel movement that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
After the last snowfall I was on the phone with my mom, who mentioned how dark her house was because of how her skylights were covered, and how it’s only after the snow melts that she can see things clearly again.
In this current season of Epiphany during which we are taking a closer look at Jesus, it reminded me of the significance of his self-proclamation as the light of the world (John 8:12). His presence was both an indictment of our condition (darkness) and a word of hope and invitation (“Follow me”). On this holiday when we remember the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is good to remember that the light of Jesus includes bringing to bear justice in the dark corners of injustice in our city and world.
So as we look forward to the light and vibrancy of spring, may we follow Jesus by bringing hope and light to our surrounding communities. One good way to practically follow Jesus this way is through signing up for Hope for New York’s Don’t Walk By campaign.
Thanks, and have a great Monday!
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! (Amos 5:24)
Rev. David Bisgrove
Handful of spots still open for winter classes!
Winter Intro to Redeemer is full
Here are some opportunities from Hope for New York for you and your family or Community Group to serve this week.
Mentor kids from Washington Heights
Serve Lunch to UWS Seniors
WS Families: Come pack homeless care kits!
Marriage Renewal Dinner & Discussion
City Rhythms: NYC’s New Food Movement
Saturday morning cartoons at W83!
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