Subject: West Side Update – January 27
January 27, 2014
Managing Director of Community Groups
Pamela grew up in Jos, Nigeria, and lived in the Midwest (U.S.) and then London before coming to NYC in 1990. She has a background in public health and previously worked in HIV/AIDS prevention among women, first in the South Bronx for nine years and then in rural Uganda for two.
Pamela has attended Redeemer since 1998 and came on staff in 2008. She now oversees the team that serves our Community Groups and spends much of her days meeting with leaders, hearing about their lives and groups, and strategizing about how we can care for them better. She supports and prays for Community Group leaders, coaching them on how to deal with the challenging and messy parts of life in community. She's all for discussing real life in the city: "Knowing that the pace and intensity of life in NYC can burn anybody out — it burned me out ten years ago — I'm always eager to think and talk about how to enjoy this great city while living in a healthy rhythm of rest, work and play."
Her favorite West Side spot?
"Fort Tryon Park," she says. "A little slice of heaven."
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.
As many of you know, our church community is spending this season of Epiphany exploring the person of Jesus through the writings of his friend and disciple John. I was recently struck by one author’s summary of why he wrote a 500-page commentary on John’s Gospel, which he stated was, “our great need is to see Jesus better.” The powerful simplicity of that statement reminded me of both my need and purpose — to know Jesus and to make him known.
One story I recently read underscores this idea. Sadhu Sundar Singh was born into an affluent Sikh family in India in 1889. Early on, he hated Christianity because it was a foreign religion, publicly burning a Gospel text at the age of 15. Shortly after, he had a vision of Jesus and converted to Christianity, becoming a wandering holy man and preacher. At one point a professor aggressively pressed him on why he abandoned his old religion for Christianity. “I have Christ,” was Sadhu’s reply. The lecturer continued his attack, saying, “I know, I know, but what particular principle or doctrine have you found that you didn’t have before?” Sadhu’s answer was this: “The particular thing I found is Christ.”
What more is there to say?
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:31)
Rev. David Bisgrove
Questioning Christianity live and online
Here are some opportunities for you to serve this week from Hope for New York.
Get a glimpse of what’s in store for Don’t Walk By
Mentor youth with special needs
Pilot Program: Deliver meals to homebound elderly in UWS
Weekdays, between 3:30 and 7:15PM; Saturdays from 10:45AM to 4:00PM
Help 6–12th graders improve their grades and learn core concepts in math and English. Volunteer in one-hour sessions during the week, or on Saturdays at 115th and Lenox Ave. Contact Whitney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for Gotham Fellowship are open
Got a question about short-term missions?
Unscripted: Discovering the Gospel through the Art of Improv
Thank you, families!
Thank you to all the West Side families who came out on Saturday to pack 950 (!!!) homeless care kits, which will be given out at Don’t Walk By in February and March. It was a great morning of community and serving our neighbors who do not have housing during this very cold winter.
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