3.22.2009

Philly Blog Day 7-8-9

We are back in Greenville now, and what a trip it has been! Here is a recap of the evening of Day 7, as well as Days 8 and 9

Day 7: It was a rainy day, so we had the football camp inside of the church. It was really a lot of fun though. We didn't have quite the turnout since the location had changed, but there were still around 40 kids there. After the camp, some people in the church made us a Puerto Rican dinner. It was great. Then we hung around the church for the evening for the Teen Bible study. After that it was off to the Art Museum front steps, more commonly known as "The Rocky Steps".
After several trips up and down the steps, fists pumping in the air upon reaching the top, we had a time of worship and reflection looking out over the city. It was a very memorable experience.

Day 8: This day was almost too much to take in. In the morning we went into downtown Philly and saw; Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, First Bank of America, and much more. We hurried to the park after our sightseeing and had our last day of football camp. We signed more autographs than the Dallas Cowboys on our way out. It was sad to go, many of the kids were upset, and some tears were shed. They all were begging us to come back, and I really hope that we can again next year.

Then it was time for Coach Hehman's surprise he had planned for us. He announced that we were going to New York City for the night! We were all so excited because none of us had ever been to the Big Apple. It was about an hour and a half ride into Jersey City, New Jersey, where we rode a subway to New York. We were greeted right away with that notorious New York charm by some subway security "AYE! Yous guys! Yous betta put dat camera away or I'll throw ya (butt) in jail! Ya I'm tawwkin to you!!" I should have known that cameras aren't allowed in subways since it was so clearly posted with no signs anywhere, and the Greenville Subways don't allow cameras either so why did I think New York would be any different. My bad.

Our first stop was Ground Zero. It was chilling to think about what it must have been like to be there on Sept. 11th. They are beginning construction on Freedom Tower, which is being built in the place of the Twin Towers.

Next we walked down Broadway, saw Wall Street, Trinity Church, and the Bull Statue. Then we arrived a Battery Park, which is at the bottom tip of Manhattan. We boarded the Staten Island ferry so we could drive past the statue of Liberty. It was already past midnight so we unfortunately could not go to Ellis Island. Once we returned we took a subway to Times Square.

Times Square is unbelievable. Seeing it on TV doesn't do it justice. It was so bright! Everything was lit up and so much was going on at once. It was almost too much to take in.

Coach Hehman let us go off and do some exploring. Some people saw Madison Square Garden, and others saw Central Park. The group I was with went to Rockefeller Center. It was really cool. The ice skating rink was closed, but that didn't stop Zach Friedrich, Kaeo, and Jordan Mac from jumping the fence and making a memory.

Around 4 am we got back on the subway into Jersey. Then back on the bus for Philly. When we got back to Philly, we packed up and began the 14 hour drive home.

Day 9: Rode the bus all day to Greenville. Boring.

This trip was such a worthwhile experience. 25 guys from Greenville College came into a city of millions and made an impact. We couldn't have done any of it without the support and prayers from all of you. We are so thankful for the work that God did through us on the streets of Kensington Ave, in Needles Park, and in the lives of the people we met.

To God be the Glory, great things He has done!

Check back next week for a video compilation of our trip. And thanks for reading.

-Jered

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