por: RMaxT at 7/28/2006
Very interesting community! It's beginning to feel more like home, except for one thing... I don't have a home yet! I'm still waiting for an apartment to open up. I have been graciously hosted by the Founder of BCM up til now. Looks like an apt. next to my friend 'John' is gonna be available soon. Check me later. btw, dont make any comments, whatever you do... keep your comments to yourself... unless you wanna click the link below and leave something for the whole world to hear/read.
It's good to be getting pix from home! Thanks to everyone who is lifting us up in prayer during this transition. C Ya on the 13th!
por: RMaxT at 7/24/2006
p.s. Subsequent day registered 114 in the Oakland area, but today (7/26/06) the temps are.
As we drove up to Oakland from the EPA area, the first comment came at 107 degrees, then everytime I took a picture to upload, by the time I got ready to upload, the temp had already climbed another degree! It went to 112degrees on the open road, and at the UrbanFest site 110 was registering. Nonetheless the crowd was present & active! The water-splash games/activities were popular!
July 21, 2006, Friday 5:50pm local time
sitting in the front room of the Northern California Urban Development Corporation... and I heard a 'boom.' Not so small as a 'crack' of small caliber gunfire, but more throaty, big-caliber sound. As we step to the door, you can still smell gunpowder.
Welcome to East Palo Alto! At one time, a few years ago, it was the murder capital of the U.S. (i think even the world.. i'll check that stat). Today at noon in my drive through/get acquainted tour of the community we rolled up on about 6 police cars and bout 10 officers (uniform & plain clothes). The road was semi-blocked while they collected the 20 or so shell casings in the street... probably of larger caliber weapons.
I'm hoping I will find out tomorrow that this recent sound was a starter gun for a community foot-race. In any regard, praying for the Prince of Peace to rule in E.P.A. would be a good thing!
It seems that God is up to something here... and the devil is nervous!
por: RMaxT at 7/21/2006
P.S. The return took 30 minutes! It flowed well... but the next day I heard that a motorcycle accident tied up several lanes for a considerable time. It's legal to SPLIT lanes here (drive in between the cars) on motorcycles, but I have a feeling it is contributing to SPLIT HELMETS.
por: RMaxT at 7/18/2006
For those faithful (and intermittent) bloggers...
I just want to use this opportunity to communicate to the Blog-o-Sphere my upcoming move from H-Town! This can be a good thing, be happy with me :) it's hard enough as it is.
On July 17, 2006 I will be transitioning from Houston
to begin working in the San Francisco Area with
Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) in East Palo Alto,
CA. Some of you have been listening to me shuffle my
feet for a few years, waiting for God's Direction in
these decisions. I will keep the Yahoo address, and
Houston cell # for at least the next year, but I will
keep you informed by posting info and address changes on
my online profiles when I settle in on the job.
Part of my joy will be to recruit college-age interns
around the country to be part of the BCM team during
the year. We always need more interns to be able to serve
the growing numbers of these children and preserve our staff/student
ratio and be effective (There is currently a waiting list of children who want to participate and cannot until we get more volunteers). At the same time these visiting interns will grow in their life and ministry experience. Please feel free to look at the website @ http://bayshore.org to see more information about this ministry. If you are interested in talking about this, or have more questions, please feel free to contact me as we take this next step in serving YOUth.
I apologize if some of you will receive this info on
several lists, since we may be cooperating members in several different groups. Have a wonderful summer! I'll keep you posted
por: RMaxT at 7/16/2006