Visit to Greater New York Adventist Community Services Center in Preparation for Back2School Compassion Bash

Just around 2 AM this morning, my oldest son Jose III and I returned from a brief trip to New York City. During the Trip we stopped at the Greater New York Adventist Community Services Center, where the preparations for our upcoming Back2School Compassion Bash are been made. During our time there, we were able to check on the items which have already arrived and confirm the ones which will be arriving today (over 200 boxes of supplies arrive today). I also thanked Pastor Ruben Merino, the Director there, and his staff, Oscar, Iris, & Rasandi for their great support and hard work.

They have already received and stored several hundred boxes. After a few hours there we prayed together and we left, grateful to God for people who are committed to loving and serving others. My faith and commitment for ministry and for Compassion was strengthened with this visit. As we were leaving I thought about the team I had just met with and of many others who are making a difference through the Compassion Movement in the Northeast of the United States, Bermuda, and other cities around the world, and this Bible passage came to me:

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:37-40)