Brian and Savina KimJohnson wrote this post in January of 2010. Five years later, they still support this work, pray for Priscilla and I, and are invest in the transformation of this city! Check out Savina's story!
"After graduating from college, I volunteered as a NYCUP co-director for Spring Break ’06 with my friend Marcella. We had both taken a week off of work in our corporate jobs to lead college students through this catalytic experience (our co-workers raised eyebrows when we told them we were going to the South Bronx for our “vacation”).
I was once told that the poor is not a problem to be solved, but a portal to the heart of God. Because I serve a God who cares deeply about justice, to follow Him means to love Him, love others…do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with him (Micah 6:8) – and invite others to do the same.
I support NYCUP because I believe it is one of the best service/immersion/internship opportunities out there. Through it, I’ve seen students grow in so many ways, including:
· Justice - by being placed to work in quality, faith-based, non-profit organizations that serves the under-resourced in NYC
· Spiritual formation - through meaty Bible studies on poverty and service & deep theological reflections
· Leadership – because once you experience all this, you’ll be bolstered in faith to be a part of God’s transformative work in bringing change and renewal to the places of deepest brokenness
...that’s only a part of it.
NYCUP provides a robust context to live out these values and delve deeply into God’s heart by investing one’s time, energy, talents, and resources into His city. In the process, students are empowered to be agents of restoration and justice in areas of desperate need, and serve as the prophetic voice and life-giving hope in the midst of poverty and despair. I pray that God will continue to use NYCUP to raise up leaders who will advance his kingdom in his city."
That was five years ago and over the next five years, we will continue to inform, inspire, equip and commission leaders to live LoGOFF in communities all over the world with NYC as our classroom.
LoGOFF stands for Local, Green, Organic, Fair and Free. Wanna know more? Click here.
LoGOFF is what Facebook, Yelp, Seamless, Tumblr and Google Maps would be if they were focused on informing and equipping users to participate in redemptive justice
Like Facebook, building online and offline communities through sharing photos, videos, events and engaging content.
Like Yelp, an easy to use, searchable database of curated products, goods and services.
Like Seamless, facilitate the purchase of goods and services from vendors
Like Tumblr, share expert contributor and popular user generated content.
And like Google Maps, an accessible, up-to-date map of people, products/businesses and events where users can search, rate, and purchase products and services; and connect with users online and offline via events and opportunities to serve, becoming "neighbors" much like friends on Facebook.
Our platform will guide “Neighbors” through 4 ways of personal, relational and systemic engagement. They are Prayer, Partnership, Purchasing and Policy.
Over the next 6 days, you'll see what we're doing, why we're doing it and who is already on board! And of course you'll have the opportunity to help us reach our goals!