Youth Ambassadors (YAMS) Ecuador 2013, Day 7

VIM Teams

March 07, 2013

Day 7 – Hetheru Shango Today is the day we have all been looking forward to, the day we go into the hot springs.  We were less than a five-minute walk from the hotel in Baños.  When we get to the place, we find out that the girls have to wear shower caps in the water.  I was planning to get my whole head wet and just lay back.  When we saw the area where the hot spring was, everybody was turned off.  It was a good amount of people in the warm springs and the hot spring.  The water looked dirty ...


Youth Ambassadors (YAMS) Ecuador 2013, Day 8

VIM Teams

March 07, 2013

Day 8 – Stefanie Henry Today is the final day of our trip.  There are mixed feelings amongst the little family we have formed for the duration of our stay in Ecuador.  There are some who are eager to go home to their families and return to their life in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.  Others, like myself, would be fine with a few extra days to enjoy one another’s company and really soak in the culture, but whether or not we are ready – it is time to go home. Our day started bright and ...


NY Sandy-related NFIP Flood Claims

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

March 04, 2013

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, thousands of New Yorkers have filed claims for flood insurance. While many policy holders have received satisfactory settlements, others may not have. Policy holders who still have open claims should consider taking the following steps. Click title to read more.
 


Memories of Past Help Coping With Present

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

March 01, 2013

Mem’ries, Light the corners of my mind Misty water-colored memories Of the way we were . . . As we hear in these words from Marvin Hamlisch’s song, “The Way We Were,” memories of the past, are at best, blurred, and at worst, just plain wrong. We often long for the good old days, as if they were free of problems. Many older adults tend to gloss over the past. They often romanticize it, neglecting to recall the fear of the Great Depression, forgetting how many were starving and homeless; or see ...


The Archives Helps Solve a Mystery in Brooklyn

Beth Patkus

February 25, 2013

It is always a pleasure to help solve a long-standing mystery for a researcher, and this past week I was fortunate to be able to assist New York flutist Sato Moughalian in her search for an altar constructed by her grandfather David Ohannessian. Click the title to read more...


Support from Virginia

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

February 21, 2013

The Brooklyn Disaster Response Office recently received a boost for its work from the Virginia Annual Conference when we were loaned one of their tool trailers. Click title to read more...


Youth Ambassadors (YAMS) Ecuador 2013, Day 0

VIM Teams

February 21, 2013

YAMs enjoy some time to have dinner, and even do some homework, after their first day in Ecuador. The first day the YAMS meet with each other after the last meeting in New Rochelle. We bonded with each other very well, and it was all during our six hour layover in Bogota, Columbia. However, it never did feel like six hours; it felt more like three hours of laughing, playing cards and telling jokes as well as sharing information about one another. Although we didn’t and still do not remember ...


Youth Ambassadors (YAMS) Ecuador 2013, Day 1

VIM Teams

February 21, 2013

Today was our first day doing vacation bible school with the kids. I was so excited! We had already met some of the kids from the church service on Sunday, and I saw them coming in as I was finishing my job today. When we walked in after my team completed our job, I saw some new faces and some from the church service, and we began saying our names and ages to introduce ourselves in Spanish. Soon a 7 year old girl named Victoria came in and sat next to me with a huge smile and was such a ...


Youth Ambassadors (YAMS) Ecuador 2013, Day 2

VIM Teams

February 21, 2013

The bus ride from the hotel to the church is long but worth it. You are able to see all of the different scenery, mountains and rock formations. When you think of beautiful scenic countries, you don’t really think about Ecuador. After the ride, we got to work on three different jobs. One job was to pick stone. Another job was to shovel dirt. The last job was to carry dirt filled wheelbarrows to Pastor Jessica and Elizabeth (The Bishop’s Secretary) down the road. The dirt was used to fill holes ...


Youth Ambassadors (YAMS) Ecuador 2013, Day 3

VIM Teams

February 21, 2013

Today was the second day of work at the church. We were broken down into teams and given different assignments to work on. I was put on the #trenchteam and we were to build a long trench in the road next to the church. The work was really hard, but my team was fantastic. Gaius would take the pick axe to the ground and break up the dirt and concrete, and then Stefanie, Kyshaun and I would shovel it away. Pastor Oscar thought the project would take us the entire day, but with lots of effort we ...


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