...but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 1 James 4:12
October is Youth Month for Soldiers of the Cross churches internationally. Our youth leader for the northern region of the United States, Edwin Cruz Abreu (Tito), organized a special event that was held here in North Bergen last Sunday. We had youth come from Maryland, Philadelphia, and Camden; a total of 60 people attended. Due to the restricted space of our current location, we held the service at a nearby establishment. We sincerely appreciate the generosity of the CuGino's Pizzeria and Ristorante owner and staff for their great service and kindness.
After the special program and delicious meal, we went as a group to a beautiful park off of River Rd. in Weehawken. The park is about a mile from our house on the banks of the Hudson with a spectacular view of the New York City skyline.
Our sister Belkis Fortuna, a very talented photographer, took the following pictures of New York from the park that day. The event was a real success. In everything, may the Lord's name be glorified.
Moving on to another subject all together, I cannot contain my excitement! My dear, dear friend Lisa, along with Enny and Bonnie, will be coming to visit me this Thursday! Lisa and I have been friends for over 10 years and have lived no further than a block away from each other for 7 of those 10+ years. This separation has been so difficult for both of us, heart wrenchingly painful in fact. I am overjoyed to finally be able to show her my new home, take her to the store where I buy my groceries, to the park where the children play, etc. For so long, I've shared every aspect of my life with her and she has been so intimately acquainted with the details of my daily activities, that the thought of settling into my life here and not sharing any of it with her was unfathomable to me. So, what if there is no QuickTrip here for us to go to at 2 am? There's a QuickCheck baby! Lol!
The Lord has been so gracious and loving toward me, holding my hand through this whole separation process. He allowed me to make the trip down to Texas 2 weeks ago, to enjoy the precious companionship of my loved ones. Now, in 5 days, I will have my wonderful friend Lisa here with me. My parents will then be coming to visit for the Thanksgiving holiday, along with my in-laws. A short two weeks after that visit, with the Lord's help, we will be traveling down to Texas with the whole family for Christmas! You think that's amazing? There's more! My little brother will be traveling back with us from Texas after the holidays and will be here for a week or so. Has not my Father been good, cushioning the difficult shock of isolation with these visits? The Lord is good. I've tried Him time and time again, and found Him faithful every time. To Him be all honor, glory and praise for what he has done and is doing yet in my life.
**Now, I will just continue to pray for the Lord to bring my lovely sister, whom I also miss desperately, my "sister from another mister" Lisita, whom I love, my dear cousins Kaynita and Michelle, sweet Lulu,.....I could go on and on. You think I'm pushing it? Most definitely not! My God is a big God and if faith can move mountains, it can bring Texas to New Jersey! Love you all!