Global Night Commute Debrief / Update
My Images from the Event
This is really the first time I have sat down in front of my computer since saturday night so I am finally able to give my reflections on the night commute. here they are for what they are worth:
1. We met at The Well and there were about 25 people from our church along with about 40 more from the local Bible College to head down on the train with us. After about an hour ride, we arrived at the Independence Park in Philly. The park was a great spot as it was all grass and right on Market Street. (This is a very main road in center city).
2. When we got there, the place was already packed. We had a few people who were volunteering and they counted at least 1200 who had signed up by the morning.
3) The night started out great. The only strange thing was that i think there is a city rule that you can’t sleep on the street in the city so we weren’t supposed to bring sleepign bags and we weren’t supposed to sleep at all (at the threat of being asked to leave by the city) I being one who likes to follow rules for some dumb reason didn’t bring my sleeping bag and brought a few blankets instead. Bad idea. Those who either didn’t get the memo about the sleeping bags or just didn’t care had a much, much more pleasant night once we were told sleepings bags were find and sleeping was fine too. My night consisted of shivering in the fetal position and not sleeping at all…
4) Not sleeping isn’t usually a problem for me as i can just catch up the next day. The problem was in the fact that I had to preach in the morning. Of course, i can’t complain because i knew what i was getting myself into. It was worth it because i believe in the cause. Though, it was quite a morning at church on no sleep whatsoever! Somehow i made it through and preached a half-way decent sermon i think…
5) It’s interesting to me that in Uganda children flock to the city for safety and in America we flock to the suburbs. A friend in church made the observation that perhaps these children have it right and we’re missing something bigtime. They find safety in community and somehow find safety in isolation of the burbs. Just a thought, yet i think a very powerful one.
6) I was impressed with the amount of churches that showed up for this event. Kudos to teh variety in denominations that showed up as well. A vineyard church, PCUSA, bible church, a baptist church, a calvary chapel, pca, and i am sure more were there.
That’s all my thoughts for now…see my few images of the event here…