My first two years in NYC were extremely challenging and difficult. I work at a hotel and at that time I was alternating between the graveyard shift or working on Sundays. If I made it to church I was completely exhausted or left for work shortly after the service ended. My first apartment in the city was a two bedroom shared with a family of four along with another roommate. The only solitude I could find was in the bathroom. My second apartment in the city I had my own room, but with so much solitude it turned into isolation. I had a tough time getting to know new people in the church. Eventually I stopped trying.
Two years in and I thought my time in the city was finished. I thought I'd be moving on to a new city and starting over. However in the spring of 2008 something changed in me. I no longer wanted to move away and I wanted to get involved in the church again. I found it hard to connect and make friends at Trinity Grace, and I helped start it! Nothing is easy in New York. All I knew is that I didn't want to keep living in isolation. I couldn't keep closing myself off from other people, because God is in other people. I could no longer choose the death of isolation over the vulnerability of life.
As I look back on 10 years of life in the city and with our church I realize I wouldn't have made it if it weren't for the people who call TGC their home. Through every heartache I've encountered and every struggle I have overcome, the constant is the body of believers at Trinity Grace Church. If you feel like the city is beating you down, I strenuously encourage you to seek refuge within the doors of our church, and you will find that same life and acceptance that I found and continue to experience.