02 May 2013 LeilaMills

On a Mission

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Regent University - Leila mission trip

Wow! I’m glad I threw out my preconceived notions of what a short-term mission trip is supposed to look like, because God completely blew my mind! I had such a great experience that I don’t even know where to begin.

I guess the beginning is the best. We arrived tired, yet excited in New York City knowing that we would unpack, have dinner and then head to the streets of New York for homeless ministry. Our group of about 50 was broken up into several different teams. My team, number three, we named “Benny and the Jets,” first went to a homeless shelter to give out supplies and pray with people.

There, I met a man who told me his story. Read more

10 Mar 2013 NicoletteAnderson

NYC Mission Trip Day 7

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Regent University - tourists

Thank you again to all who have been praying for us this week. Before we left for Virginia Beach we just had to spend a day being New York City tourists! Here is the final update from our trip!

Starting off our free day at 6:30a.m. was not my first choice, but getting the perfect lemon donut and some nice Starbucks coffee made everything better! Sightseeing and some famous food places were in store for us today. Between the World Trade Center, Central Park, and Rockefeller Center, I was toured out. I also had the chance to go to Ellen’s Stardust Diner for lunch and Magnolias bakery for a wonderful Cinderella cupcake!

Regent University - FAO Schwarz

Have you ever been to the huge Toys-R-Us right in Times Square? I have and I love it, being the four-year-old that I am at heart, but I was never allowed to ride the Ferris wheel inside of it. For the first time ever, my boyfriend, Ryan (who is slightly afraid of heights), took me on the Ferris wheel, and it was perfect!  Some of our other groups members embraced their inner child and went to another big toy store, FAO Schwarz, where they played the big piano keyboard. Then, dinner in Little Italy with the whole group and a long subway ride back ended the long and cold but pretty awesome free day.

-Jacqueline Satterfield

09 Mar 2013 LeilaMills

NYC Mission Trip Day 6

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Regent University - Brooklyn BridgeI can’t believe our week of ministry is almost over! We have been learning so much and are grateful for this opportunity to serve. Here is a recap from our final day of ministry.

Today, our last day of ministry, was a bit sad; but it also gave us a drive to do even more than we had done the previous days. We started out as a whole group doing a prayer walk on the Brooklyn Bridge. It may have been a cold and windy day, but the ability to pray for all of New York City by walking on the bridge into Manhattan was such a privilege.

Regent University - dinerOnce we got off of the bridge, we were given three dollars each and got into groups of 3-5 for our “urban plunge.” The money was given to bless people on the streets of Manhattan. I was in a group with Nicolette Anderson and Ryan Evans. We were able to bless a man with a subway sandwich, a drink, chips, money, a Bible verse, and prayer! After our urban plunge, the whole team helped Superstorm Sandy victims in Coney Island by going door to door with food, heaters, scarves, and cleaning supplies.

We ended the day with a fun dinner in a typical New York style diner.

-Jacqueline Satterfield

08 Mar 2013 NicoletteAnderson

NYC Mission Trip Day 5

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Regent University - NYCThanks to all who have been praying for us as we minister to those in New York City. Here is our latest update!

Today was definitely different than the other days. My team and I got the opportunity to serve on a relief bus in Harlem. The bus was so cool and efficient; there was so much to offer people in need on such a small bus. The back was dedicated to handing out clothing and hygiene products, as well as praying for people. The people receiving lined up and gave their names. The line went one by one with someone calling out names and we checked off what the person received. In the middle of the bus, out of a window on the side, we gave out soup, bread and hot chocolate to anyone who wanted it. Then the front was dedicated to people looking for housing and job opportunities to sit down and meet with a local volunteer.

Regent University - subwayWe also picked up trash outside and talked to the people waiting. It was hard being there because everyone spoke Spanish and very little English, if any at all. The people knew we didn’t speak any Spanish, so not many wanted to hold a conversation with us. It was also one of the coldest days here and was raining on and off. I would have to say that today has been the hardest day, but still very rewarding to see the happiness and thankfulness of the people who received help today!

–Jacqueline Satterfield

07 Mar 2013 LeilaMills

NYC Mission Trip Day 4

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Regent University - Brooklyn TabernacleWe have been keeping very busy! The Lord is faithful and has kept us safe and energized throughout our journey. We are grateful for the support back at Regent! Check out our latest update from New York City:

Our ministry for the day was prayer–simply walking the streets of Brooklyn and asking whoever we could if they needed prayer. I was in awe of this field of ministry. It was so simple, yet I got so much joy out of it! The Lord used me to pray over at least six strangers on the sidewalk with people walking all around. After that, we were blessed with some great food before meeting with a pastor at the Brooklyn Tabernacle who gave us some great advice about prayer and informed us some background of the church.

Regent University - Brooklyn Tabernacle

My absolute favorite part of the day was during the Tuesday night prayer service at Brooklyn Tabernacle. The whole Regent crew was called up to the front to be prayed over by all the pastors and deacons of the church. They laid hands on us and had the congregation of over 2,000 people stretch out their hands and pray over us. Afterwards, many people cheered for us and shook our hands and gave us high fives on the way back to our seats. It was incredible and definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Now we are winding down in the lounge enjoying some wonderful guitar playing.

-Jacqueline Satterfield

06 Mar 2013 NicoletteAnderson

NYC Mission Trip Day 3

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The amount of amazing opportunities and moments that happened today is crazy! Starting the day at 7 am with breakfast, we went to a ministry class and took a trip to the St. Johns Bread and Life soup kitchen where my team and I were able to put together over 400 bags of food for the victims of Superstorm Sandy who are still suffering from major loss. That night was children’s ministry, which totally blew my mind.

IMG_1244The whole team made complete fools of themselves for the kids and I absolutely loved it! My wonderful boyfriend, Ryan, let a little girl draw all over his face with face paint. Other people were covered in balloon animals, and I got my hair done by little hands. It was just so refreshing to be completely wild and have fun with kids who go back to crazy home lives.

The day ended with an incredible debrief and time of breakthrough for a lot of people.  Then came the best part of the day. A bunch of us were super hungry and restless so we found a pizza place still open where we ended up worshiping in the back and praying over the hilarious, outgoing owner! What an amazing day!

-Jacqueline Satterfield

05 Mar 2013 LeilaMills

NYC Mission Trip Day 2

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We’re back with another update from the New York City mission trip! We have a packed schedule, but the Lord is faithful and has kept up our energy! Here are a few updates from the different groups on the trip. Read more

03 Mar 2013 NicoletteAnderson

NYC Mission Trip Day 1

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We have officially embarked on our mission trip to New York City! Our team is excited to share our travels with you from the road. Here are a few brief updates from the four different groups on the trip. Read more