So I recently shared about our summer theme, Beloved! We want our families to know they are dearly loved by the Almighty. They are also loved by yours truly. The video above makes me smile because these babies have just stolen my heart! Last week, I had a moment while waiting to cross a busy street in the South Bronx where I realized... this is my home. I live here. I live in the Bronx. I'm a part of Graffiti 2. This is certainly not the first time I've had this feeling and they happened more frequently when I first moved to New York. While the moments are few and far between, they serve to remind me of how faithful God is.
Not too long ago I was having dinner with a group from church. They were all young adults from G2 that were a part of program as children and youth. Soon they began to reminisce and it was not long before they were pulling up videos. The video above was one that was shown. They all laughed at how young they looked but I had a completely different realization. This video was used as a part of Lifeway's Big Apple Adventure, the VBS I learned where I learned and taught about Graffiti 2. While Proof was the star of the show, the kids in this video stole my heart back then just as my kids in the video have done. I knew G2 was where the Lord was calling me to be. This was in 2011. Fast forward to 2019 and I am looking around Andrew's apartment at the group of young adults that were some of the kids in these videos. Talk about full circle! Not only has the Lord allowed me to serve in the place I fell in love with, but also to be able to share His love with crew I already loved many moons ago!
I'm JoAnn. I am a God worshipping, Jesus following, child teaching, puppy petting, daughter of the King of Kings, who is grateful for daily grace and forgiveness!