Gloria Fraczak is a devoted volunteer at New Life Fellowship, but the fire that burns in her heart to love her neighbor as herself started 9 years ago at NYCUP Summer 2006. Check out her story!
I have called NYC home my entire life so I participated in NYCUP because I loved my city and saw NYCUP as a way to love and serve the city and its people. Although when I first heard about NYCUP, I didn’t know how NYCUP would serve the city but I realized I was discontent with the large emphasis churches placed on international missions while ignoring local and domestic missions. To me, NYC was my home and the people, my family; therefore I could not imagine myself serving overseas while ignoring the needs back home.
We lived in the South Bronx while five out of 14 of us interned at a local summer program as teachers. As a female, middle-class, Chinese-American college student, I felt out of place living in the South Bronx and teaching the neighborhood kids. I didn’t even think I was effective as a teacher and that I probably did more harm than good. I was disheartened that I was finally in a place where God’s love was really needed but I was not able to serve them in the way they needed. I was scared for my students’ futures because I knew statistically their futures were dim, but I did not know what to do for them. I felt useless and helpless.
This is where NYCUP changed my perspective through discipleship. Prayer, journaling, and identifying and embracing gifts were practiced but in the light of urban ministry. I became more capable of loving my neighbors well without the pressure and pride of succeeding because I realized I am one part of something larger and greater (John 4:37; Romans 12:4-6). It’s not about me; it’s about Him and His heart for His lost sheep.
Looking back on it, I feel almost foolish for thinking I could serve my city at the time with so much blindness to my spiritual immaturity and narrow-mindedness. I had the heart but I lacked everything else.
But that’s the point of NYCUP: to develop leaders with the character and capacity to change the world. And this is why I support NYCUP. I want future students to have the opportunity to journey out of their comfort zone, whether physically, spiritually, and/or emotionally, to grow into people who have a heart for urban ministries and are capable of responding effectively towards brokenness with true healing and reformation.
New York City is different because of people like Gloria and we want to bless and send thousands of women and men just like her to transform NYC. That's what we aim to do with the LoGOFF Movement.
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 few 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!