NYC 2011 Part One (by Jon Allen)
When the party was over, which was late already, it was time to tear down the room. Ugh I had been up since before 6 am and here it was after midnight and we still had so much work to do! We pushed through it and I went and crashed right away.
Wednesday we woke up around 6:30 to grab some breakfast and head out to our work sites. My group went to three different public schools in Jefferson county and did some landscaping work. Our kids were amazing, they worked hard and got some great work done in less time than we could have imagined. The people that we were helping were so nice, they even busted out a concession stand for us and hooked us up with some free nachos lemonade and candy!!!! Lunch got there at the end of the day and it was Chick Fila sandwiches which are awesome! We headed back to the Hotel and as you might imagine I was exhausted. So as the rest of the kids went to the pool, it was time for me to take a nap. When I woke up it was pretty much time to go to dinner. I headed down in an elevator so packed full of youth pastors and teenagers it was most definitely a fun ride! Obviously someone hit every single floor button too! We headed to a little "Sports Grill" that had some bowling alleys and games for dinner with the rest of Tennessee. Afterwords it was time to head out or the Yum Center, for the opening night! Starfield played our worship and Chris Folmsbee spoke a message. The most quoted line from his message I believe was this: The Gospel does not manage brokenness it simply unbreaks it." After the service I headed out to Taco Bell to pick up 400 tacos for our kids and headed back to the Hotel! That was an experience! The kids were in a Toby Mac concert and two of our girls got to play his guitar as he was performing! After everything was said and done last night I sat in the room with the boys talking over the service and watching some great episodes of "Storage Wars' on A&E.
Pretty good Conference so far. We have Francis Chan speaking tonight. The guy is everywhere! Hope you are able to pray for the students here this week, It isn't even halfway over yet and it feels like we have been here forever! Until next time -Just Jon