Friday, March 07, 2008

Welcome to Phoenix

Posted by: Steven Gallo

The junior class groggily, but excitedly departed Ft. Lauderdale International Airport yesterday morning; destination: Phoenix. Before arriving here in the dry and chilly Arizona climate, we experienced many an adventure passing through our connecting flight in Atlanta. While waiting for our plane to arrive, we were even captured on film by a CNN camera man reporting on airline delays (keep your eyes peeled!) After exploring concourse B of the ATL airport, we boarded the plane.

Following our arrival in Phoenix, we eventually found our way to our current location, the Dream Center at Church on the Street, after navigating across town in our four-van convoy. Yesterday evening, we had the opportunity to visit Popago Park where we all hiked, and those those daring enough climbed atop stunning rock formations. I know I can speak on behalf of all of us when I say that experiencing the sun set from atop the glorious mountains is a view none of us will forget. Gazing upon the red glow from behind the Phoenix skyline, we were all reminded of God's power and majesty.

After yet another early morning, we set off to "the Zone" today, an area near the Dream Center where we served in an outreach to the local homeless people in the area. By serving them hot food and coffee and sharing praise and worship songs with them, we reached out to those in need, and it was definitely as much of a testament to all of us here as it was to those we met. A pastor from Church on the Street also met with us as we all gathered around Katy to pray for her, her family, and her mom as she is undergoing surgery. Following the outreach, Katy shared the following: "I really enjoyed how everyone came together and prayed for my mom and how I saw God open doors of opportunity. I love you Mom."

Thus far, we have been welcomed by a warm reception here, and have been blessed by many inspiring testimonies from the disciples at the Dream Center. For the remainder of the day, we will be doing some more work around the Dream Center, but for the most part our schedule is tentative and we are open and awaiting for an opportunity to serve here at Church on the Street.

P.S. - My fellow roommates Ben and Jay send their regards to all of their friends and family back home, along with everyone here. More updates to come soon.

My apologies for the length--I like to write. >.<


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys!

(Very nice post, Mr. Gallo.)
I love you all and I'm so glad to hear that God's been blessing you already! You're in our thoughts and prayers! :)

Love and Hugs,
Gayle L.

3/07/2008 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steven, I see that you have continued with your amazing "7th grade" journaling skills. ;) Juniors, I can visualize every part of your trip. This is going to change your lives! Mrs. Barnhill, we're especially praying for your leadership as you fly solo this year! I'm waiting to here many of you share when you return.
Love to all, Mrs. Stapleton

3/07/2008 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys! Whats up, hope you all are having a great time!!!!

Love ya KT!!!!!(AND OTHERS)

3/07/2008 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Paigey and Juniors...
Sounds like you guys are already enjoying yourselves. We're praying that you will have an awesome experience and that God will use you in a special way to minister to the people there!!!
Love ya, MOM Miss you too.
P.S. Katie, praying for your mom.

3/07/2008 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Shakespeare... WOW Steven, great job! Where are the pictures? So glad to hear from you guys. What a great trip, can't wait to listen to all the stories and to see how God continues to work in the class of 2009. Have fun, stay safe and we'll see you tomorrow. Maybe with some pictures???... Mrs. H

3/07/2008 8:48 PM  
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