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Nas grew up in Queensbridge, one of the housing projects I worked in for three years, in NYC.

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All Camp Day

A quick look at All Camp Day. It’s an intense day!

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Promise got his head stapled!

My intern from Malawi named Promise was playing a game with the kids and slipped and hit his head against a steel rod (a dunk tank, actually). He had to get his head stapled! Scary, but also kind of funny.

Watch a video of him in the emergency room here.

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I have really neglected this website. I haven’t been super busy, just focusing on other things. Here’s what we’ve been doing in urban children’s ministry during the last three months:

January

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We had two major snowstorms, getting something like 20″ one week and then another 15″ inches the next week. There was heaps of snow around Camden and the streets were extremely difficult to drive upon. We had several dozen snow fights and used a snow mound as a ski slope. I found some sleds in the basement and the kids had fun sledding!

Watch the video here.

February

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We had our annual Martin Luther King Jr speech competition. Kids in 3rd-9th grade wrote speeches about civil rights leaders that they admired. Staff members coach the kids and help them with their speeches. I coached three boys and two of them earned 1st and 2nd place! I was shocked my third boy didn’t get a place (he’s the one in the picture with his hands extended as if to say “Oh well!”). It was fun and the kids wrote some hilarious and slightly offensive things. ๐Ÿ™‚

Watch the video here.

March

My staff and I had a sleepover on campus. Well, it was more of an all nighter since we didn’t go to sleep until 5am. We played an almost two hour game of hide and seek that was hilarious. Great time of bonding with my high school staff!

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Five of my kids went with the president of our ministry to speak at a church. I was really proud of them. Future leaders of America!

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Please support this trip! For more information, leave a comment or email me!

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We’re teaching the kids about the life of Jesus and last week’s lesson was called Jesus Was Born For Us. One of my goals is to communicate the gospel in a culturally appropriate way. So, with our urban context, I pieced together a video about the life of Jesus and put the song “Our God” by The Cross Movement as the background music.

When we played it, the kids started laughing. They were kind of freaked out because whenever they’ve seen videos of Jesus and Biblical stories, it’s always been classical (White) music in the background. Not some guys rapping, “Yeah Lord!” The song even says,

“You prolly never had the living God unpacked,
Unpacked by some rapper the living God donโ€™ jacked.”

Over dinner a few days later, my teenage staff members brought up the video in conversation and was like, “Yeah, Miss Jenn, I didn’t know what to think…”

I’m happy with how they responded. I didn’t mind that they laughed or thought it was weird. I want them to realize that Jesus is just as accessible and real as the rap music they enjoy. The music is modern and so is Jesus. Does that make sense?

I think it’s good to see old stories with a fresh perspective and I’m thankful music helps us do that.

I posted the video below, along with the lyrics of the song. For me, it was really powerful seeing these images of Jesus and hearing the words “Jesus our God.”

[Intro]
Yeah Lord! (Yeah Lord!)
Can we tell ’em about you? (Can we tell ’em about you?)
I know they don’t know (I know they don’t know?)
But they listening right now so we might as well. (But they listening right now, so we might as well.)
We just gonna talk about you. (We just gonna talk about you.)
We gonna vibe with you. (We gonna vibe with you.)
Help ’em vibe with you, Lord. (Help ’em vibe with you, Lord.)
They prolly never heard. (They prolly never heard.)

[Verse 1]
You prolly never had the living God unpacked,
Unpacked by some rapper the living God don’ jacked.
For His own purpose, you know it’s seems to bug,
People the way He mends though he picks up scrubs.
Like you won’t like me, but enough of this intro,
Introduing this God, gotta give up for this info.
Info all about the One that the texts calls ‘Yahweh’,
Yahweh is the I AM he had a Son come our way,
Our way to Yahweh is the man Christ Jesus,
Jesus is the Son Yahweh sent to man. Christ breezes,
Breezes to another person known as God the Spirit,
The Spirit is the third person of the God Head, hear it.
Here it is, the foundation. God’s Triune.
This things hard, Hard to lay out in sixteen bars.
Bars of truth about God, Doesn’t this seem odd?
A rapper would bring truth heavy as 16 cars.

[Chorus]
Our God!
I decided to write. I aquired a mic,
I want your eye on The Christ,
‘Cuz he is our God!
Aint no body like Him. Thats just why we like Him,
Plus we got our life from,
Jesus our God!
We won’t stop till every block is listenin
He’s on top, cuz on top is his proper
‘Cuz this our God!
What other God would cop from every race
of people so we could show off His grace.
No one but our God!

[Verse 2]
You ever heard the word attributes?
Attributes describe; God’s got so many vibe, some of them I have to shoot.
Shoot, eternality just to start it off.
Off the timeline, he was here before he started all.
All knowning, all powerful, all present. Yes yes,
These are the omni’s of God. He’s at His best,
In every way, in every class. His very breath
Creates and sustains every day and every step.
Step with me. Get with me, you know im movin’ y’all.
I’m movin y’all. To see the sovreign Lord who proves it all,
It all comes closer as sin comes to the forefront,
Front if you want His grace and mercy. We all want,
We all want love, but none of us want wrath,
Wrath is in the package, the enemy won’t last.
Last, but not least He’s beautiful.
Holy, He’s Just, Transcendent, He’s Immanent Plus Immutable.

[Chorus]
Our God!
I decided to write. I aquired a mic,
I want your eye on The Christ,
‘Cuz he is our God!
Aint no body like Him. Thats just why we like Him,
Plus we got our life from,
Jesus our God!
We won’t stop till every block is listenin
He’s on top, cuz on top is his proper
‘Cuz this our God!
What other God would cop from every race
of people so we could show off His grace.
No one but our God!

[Verse 3]
I kick this for you, though it bores you. Isn’t it disloyal
to dis God, when this God picked us from soil.
Soil was given the shine like he dipped us in oil.
Oil is the sign of God’s Spirit who boils,
Boiling. Hot flashes is what he gives. It’s for you,
For you to give it back. Lord, let this adore you.
A door to this God is all narrow is all, Get out.
Get out, is what you hear to narrow tree. Spit out,
Spit out the lukewarm. The Lukewarm,
Those who really dont know, The God of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
But now you have life, so does the Ambassador,
Ambassador, Uses the mic just like a rapper does,
A rapper doesn’t usually recite the story of,
His story of Him, who gets the sole “Gloria”,
Glory to Jesus, the way to the father,
Father now we can call you more than God.
We can call you ABBA. Your God.

[Chorus]
Our God!
I decided to write. I aquired a mic,
I want your eye on The Christ,
‘Cuz he is our God!
Aint no body like Him. Thats just why we like Him,
Plus we got our life from,
Jesus our God!
We won’t stop till every block is listenin
He’s on top, cuz on top is his proper
‘Cuz this our God!
What other God would cop from every race
of people so we could show off His grace.
No one but our God!

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Top 60 Ghetto Names

This has been floating around the internet for awhile, but my friends Craig and Abby showed it to me in Northern Ireland.

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