I have no pictures to post just yet - all my technology is not working together the way I envision that it can. So for now, just the words and your imagination!
I just returned from back to back trips. Both involved large amounts of people. Both yielded a highly satisfactory outcome. Both left me exhausted but exhilarated at the end of the day.
First trip was with a group of 14 singers from Voices, A Music & Arts Studio. After months of painstaking, diligent practice individually and as a group, we joined a large contingent of singers from around the country at the Hyatt Grand Central Station in east mid-town New York City. We practiced 3 times together. Mozart's Requiem in D minor. So beautiful. And challenging. And wonderful. And complex. And a work he actually never finished - he died before its completion so it was finished by some of his colleagues. On Monday, January 19, in front of a packed house, we performed in Carnegie Hall. The orchestra was incredible. I could have just listened to them for hours. I stood in the second row and could watch the orchestra in action. So amazing!
We had a lot of free time while in NYC. I spent most of my time exploring various parts of the city. I walked to Central Park. Shopped at FAO Schwartz, browsed through a massive Apple Store on the famous Fifth Avenue, walked through The Plaza Hotel, took a quick picture at "30 Rock", contemplated ice skating for about 60 seconds then decided against it, took a quick picture at Radio City Music Hall, took a long walk to the upper east side to Hunter College for a church service on Sunday night. It snowed the whole time I walked, great, soft, slushy snow. The church service was wonderful. Redeemer Presbyterian Church. 5 services every weekend. Tim Keller is the main teaching pastor. Music was jazz-flavored, played by really great musicians. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of slippery snow after church. I chose to take the train back to home base!
My second trip began right after the first one! I landed in Phoenix on Tuesday afternoon, off-loaded dirty laundry, added in some more essentials, made dinner for Steven, then headed back to the airport. Made my way to Dallas for the E3 World Conference! I'm so glad to be part of E3 Partners Ministry! There's so much going on in the world of missions and we get to be an integral part of it!!
Lots of changes within the organization. Incredible new vision was cast for this current season of ministry. We had some fantastic times of worship first with John Hewlett from Valley Ranch Baptist Church in Coppell, TX then later in the week with Pocket Full of Rocks. So refreshing and energizing and fun!
Hopefully I'll be able to post links later to photos of both trips and links to keynote speakers at conference!
For now, I'm off to one of my favorite conferences ever - Re:create in Franklin, TN.