Praxis had an exciting and insightful trip to New York City over reading break. A few highlights included:
Praxis visited several churches from Trinity Grace Church’s parish network as well as attended Hillsong NYC. A highlight was Rashad’s story (pastor at Trinity Grace – Crown Heights) as he described the practices of sacrifice in planting an intentionally multi-cultural church in a neighbourhood more known for racial segregation than unity. His heart for unity was inspiring!
Praxis spent two days volunteering with Mennonite Disaster Service in Far Rockaway (Queens) helping rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Students got to meet several of the homeowners being helped and hear about the significance of the work. For example, one resident shared how after the initial push of money and help in the aftermath of the hurricane, “the Mennonites were the only ones who came back.” Through this practical love, she told us how her “faith in Jesus was restored.”
The group was able to experience the musical Les Mis, which beyond an excellent performance, beautifully expressed the truth of hope and redemption in a world of brokenness and death.
9/11 Memorial Museum
One of the most impactful experiences was visiting the newly opened 9/11 Memorial Museum. The combination of exhibits and tributes was deeply moving. For students who can’t or barely remember 9/11 itself, it was an invaluable experience of learning about this pivotal cultural moment.
These are just a few of the many meaningful experiences Praxis had in New York City. You can check out more pictures here.