Man, I’m excited for y’all to hear this new @dillonchaseok album. I’m a lil salty I didn’t make the promo video with the rest of his family, but you need to pre order this joint ASAP! Link in his bio
**SWIPE** It’s hoodie season!!! We’re bout to re up on merch, so if you want some @diedailyteam gear, slide into my DMs ASAP!
Today marks 1 year living in #NYC and working at @thenysum it’s been a crazy adventure filled with ups and downs. I’ve done cool stuff, ate amazing food and I’ve grown a lil along the way. If I’ve learned anything during this year, it’s that walking out your dream/calling doesn’t mean life gets easier. Life is hard no matter where you’re at or what you’re doing. People let you down just like before, but God still reigns just like before, and He’s walking with me teaching me something new every day. Oh... and I think I can officially call myself a “local” now?
People often ask me, “what’s the best thing you’ve ate living in NYC” well, I’ve had a ton of amazing things and a million different styles. But bite for bite, the best thing I’ve ate in in NYC, maybe ever is the pork buns at Tim Ho Wan. They might be the best food item in the world that only costs $5
It was super dope to get to hang out with some of my @diedailyteam family this past weekend. @bigrobsings @kadenceokc @blesthemic @seancjohnson @chrisayeok
I had the honor of hosting an outreach event this past Saturday as @thenysum partnered with @rootsnycchurch + @diedailyteam to throw a block party in the Woodside Projects in Queens, just a few blocks from my home. We had an awesome kid’s zone, live entertainment, served lunch and dinner to over 600 people and shared the Gospel. It was a very busy, but impactful day in NYC!
Glaser’s Bake Shop has been family owned and operated in the Upper Eastside of Manhattan since 1902. Food critics from around the world say that for 116 years they’ve had the best Black and White cookie in NYC. The family decided to close up the shop, and tomorrow is their last day of operation. So I stood in line for almost 2 hours and bought 24 black and white cookies to remember them by.
City Fest was a lot of fun this past weekend. I got to lead groups from Michigan and Missouri to a park in Brooklyn for a basketball outreach.
This picture may look normal, but this tells a story about how God is using a man from the mountains of East Tennessee to help train and disciple the next generation of urban leaders in NYC. This was an “intro to urban ministry” class I taught to a group of Teen Challenge girls from Alabama and a group of graduating seniors from North Carolina
This weekend 165 women from across the nation came to @thenysum to minister over 800 ladies living in NYC shelters. It was very busy, but a lot of good came from it!
Come do some urban ministry in NYC with me this summer! We’ll take care of you from start to finish. We house you, feed you and lead you around the city to serve with our ministry partners. @thenysum is the mission trip easy button. Message me or visit nysum.org for more info!
This men’s bible study in Sevierville started in 1992. They’ve been meeting every Tuesday morning since. I started going when I was 19 years old when one of them who I played basketball with invited me. These group of men have become my brothers over the past ten years. I’m always the youngest in the room by 20-40 years, but they gave me a place to learn, grow and work out my issues. We may not talk as much as we used to, but going today for the first time in 9 months felt like I never left. We started joking around like we never missed a beat. So thankful God gave me this place with these men at a crucial time in my life.
This May marks the 1 year anniversary of God ripping things out of my life to get me back on the path He has called me to. This time last year I had a new car, new job and a new apartment in Tennessee. I was preparing to build a life with someone who was my best friend, girlfriend and fiancée for the past 5 years. I was so in love, and so excited about being part of a family for the first time that God slid down my priority list almost overnight. So I have everything set and I’m ready to get married and bam, the relationship ends in May. It was the worst/best thing to ever happen to me. God knew exactly what He was doing. It was the most painful thing I’ve ever been through and I almost didn’t survive it. After a horrible June and July of therapy and suicidal thoughts, and just trying to figure out who I was with out her, God closed and locked every door I tried to open except for moving to NYC to work in Ministry. The vision He put in my heart 15 years ago. He ripped out everything in my life, except the original mission and vision He gave me as a teenager. Fast forward just 9 months and I’m doing better than I ever have. I’m no where near where I need to be, but I’m light years away from where I was. God has placed strategic people in my life that I’m truly grateful for, and I’m excited to say that for the first time in a long time I’m heading where I need to be heading. If you’ve read all of this... you should get a reward or something, but just know that God has you and He knows what’s good for you. Trust Him and He’ll guide you every step of the way.