Boston, Conferences, Jellyfish & 30%

This morning about 1:30 am we got back from Boston. Well, just outside of Boston. I was there with 6 other staff members and one intern to participate in Gordon College’s Mission Week.

While we were there:

We talked to students. 

We set up our banners (we got shuffled around a little bit, so they didn’t stay like this, but that’s alright), we talked to students about what they are studying and how they can use that for ministry. I talked to a few people studying art and education and music and shared about how those fields are actually in-demand in a lot of places. Students asked good questions and gave us their contact information and a few seemed really interested in our programs.

We met a couple potential interns.

Some of the students we talked to were particularly interested in our summer and fall internships. I really hope they apply!

We set up a prayer wall.

A few of us in the office made a prayer wall focusing on praying for refugees because they are our neighbors. Students wrote down their prayers and tied them to the wall. Each prayer began with “God, please deliver the needy and afflicted who have no one to help. Rescue my neighbor from oppression and violence. I will love my neighbor by…” and students finished the prayer in their own words.

For now, the prayer wall will stay at the Gordon College Missions Office and students will be able to continue adding to it. We’re planning similar prayer walls to take to our next conference in California!

We had meetings.

Our art as mission team (pictured above) met with people from a church who run an annual arts festival, a few staff met with the college’s missions director, and I got to have a talk with a couple people in the college’s career office, including their internships director! It’s great forming closer relationships with the schools we visit and the churches around them.

We saw an old friend.

Dorothy, Dot, Taco, Dorito. She has many names, but she’s one person and she’s pretty great. Dorothy did the internship with me last year and now she’s in her second semester of college at Gordon. She is, possibly, funnier than I remember, which is saying a lot because she’s one of the funniest people I know.

We stopped in a few different cities.

On the way up to Gordon, we stopped in Baltimore for dinner in a great little Mediterranean restaurant. When we left the conference, we spent some time in Boston walking around and visiting some pastry shops. For dinner last night we got to visit Chinatown in New York City.  

We ate a lot of good, and a little bit of strange, food.

Road trips with my office are always full of good food. One of our road trip rules is that we do not eat at chain restaurants. We ate Mediterranean food, seafood, Italian food, Chinese food, German food. Lots of food.

I had what I was assured was “amazing” roast beef. It was pretty good. In case you didn’t know (I didn’t know this before last year), roast beef is a big thing in Massachusetts. Why? I’m not sure. But you can get roast beef sandwiches (think Arby’s, but better) at countless places.Sometimes these places sell fried seafood as well.

When we were in Boston, we ate Italian pastries and I had arancini for the first time. Arancini is basically a meatball encapsulated in rice, coated in breadcrumbs, fried, and topped with marinara sauce. I liked it.

Our dinner in New York City’s Chinatown was probably the most interesting meal of the trip. We had the best wontons I’ve ever eaten, some pretty awesome bok choy, beef, a whole fried chicken, some really funny tofu, and cold jellyfish. The jellyfish actually wasn’t bad, the texture was very similar to squid, and allegedly receiving the head of an animal to eat is considered an honor in Chinese culture. So I ate the chicken head (really that means I crunched down on it, got some of the brains out, and left the majority on my plate).

Gordon was a great conference. I think we’ll have at least one intern because of this trip, possibly more in the future because we got to talk to so many underclassmen. Thanks to my supporters who helped fund my participation in the conference!

In other news, my participation in my organization’s Global Council in Wales next month is 30% funded! Want to know more about it? Check out this blog post or send me an email! Want to make a contribution? You can do that here.

Thanks for reading. Let me know if you ever have any questions about the work I do, why I do it, or how you can be involved!

Written by c.l.collins

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