BBC NEWS

Hello my Brothers and Sisters,

In America NBC (National Broadcasting Company), ABC (American Broadcasting Company), and CBS (Commercial Broadcasting System) are the nations’ ways to broadcast media to the country. In the capitol of England (London) the media is displayed by the BBC – the British Broadcasting Corporation (the largest broadcasting network in the world!). However in New England there needs to be a new BBC…

Welcome to New England’s BBC!

“Building the Boston Church”

The BBC is a weekly email that will deliver cool fun facts about the great city of Boston. Like did you know that Boston is unofficially considered the “capitol” of New England (which is composed of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)!  As well as, Boston was founded in 1630 and is one of the oldest cities in the country!  In fact, the first university in the United States was established in Boston just 6 years later and is now the 2nd best school in the world known as Harvard University!

God is going to do amazing things in this great city!

As we call the “roots” of America and our former fellowship to the standard of God’s Word, we are literally going to have a Radical Restoration! (Radical: to go back to the root.) – Coltin L. Rohn

Scripture for the week:

Nehemiah 1:8-9 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’”

Welcome to the BBC News: Pt 2 Falling in Love with the City.

One of Boston’s major industries is Tourism. Boston is known for its many Historical Landmarks. Its awesome to be called to this incredible city, the purpose of this News report is to help you fall in love with Boston.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace was built in 1742 and is Located in the “Heart of the City” This Market Place is a very lively atmosphere to do some shopping in or to grab a bite to eat as it is comprised of 49 Shops, 44 pushcarts, 13 Restaurants, and 35 food stalls.  Many Famous Speakers such as Samuel Adams, George Washington, Oliver Wendall Holmes, Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy have delivered speeches here. However we know Jesus was the greatest speaker to ever live and we plan to evangelize at the Market place and to deliver the words of God to this Location!

The infamous Boston Commons! This Park is the Oldest Public Park in the U.S.A.  We can look forward to many early Morning Prayer walks through this Beautiful Park.

The Charles River! This river flows past Harvard University and MIT. Here you will find disciplined runners and Bicyclists. Be a great place for date night prayer walks and even to have some baptisms!

Take a journey through time and enjoy the incredible Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile journey that connects 16 different nationally significant historic sites by connecting them with a red brick road. You might have dreamed of following the “yellow” brick road (we are not in Kansas anymore!), but now you can truly follow the “red” brick road! Lana, we would love to take this journey for the first time, together J.

And of course Boston is known for its autumns. As one preacher from the Boston movement once said “You can see every color of the Rainbow!”

-Love, Mandee Rohn

Scripture for the week:  “9 By faith we will make our home in this promised land like strangers in a foreign country… 10 For we are looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” Hebrews 11:9-10 (emphasis added)

Welcome to the BBC News: Pt 3 A Key to World Evangelism.

Boston is a city that is set apart from any other place in the world and is one of the keys to world evangelism! Metropolitan Boston is the center for 52 institutions of higher education, ranging anywhere from 108 students to over 30,000 students enrolled at one university! That’s a total of 229,196 students from Nations all around the world in one city!

Here is a list of the Universities in Metropolitan Boston:

Andover Newton Theological School, Bay State College, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Bentley University, Berklee College of Music, Boston Architectural College, Boston Baptist College, Boston College, Boston Conservatory, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, Boston University, Brandeis University, Bunker Hill Community College, Cambridge College, Curry College, Eastern Nazarene College, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Episcopal Divinity School, Fisher College, Harvard University, Hebrew College, Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Hult International Business School, Labouré College, Lasell College, Lesley University, Longy School of Music, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Mount Ida College, New England College of Business and Finance, New England College of Optometry, New England Conservatory, New England Institute of Art, New England School of Law, New England School of Photography, Newbury College, Northeastern University, Pine Manor College, Quincy College, Roxbury Community College, Saint John’s Seminary, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Simmons College, Suffolk University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts Boston, Urban College of Boston, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Wheelock College.

(Wikipedia 2007)

Of Special Note:

Harvard is rated 2nd in the World.

MIT is rated 5th in the World

Boston University is rated 64th in the World.

(QS World University Rankings 2010)

Scripture for the week: Acts 19: 9-10 Paul took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.”

Welcome to the BBC News: Pt 4 “A Spot of Tea”

“Would you like a spot of tea?”

No matter where you go in England you can find that delicious brew mixed with milk and sugar. Tea came to Great Britain around 1660 by the wife of Charles II. It wasn’t until the 19th century that tea became the staple drink of the local commoner.  As the English men moved to North America and colonized New England they couldn’t survive without their tea. As the trading of tea became a monopoly for the East India trading company, tax on tea was enormous. It was cheaper to buy smuggled tea from Holland then to buy legal tea at the corner store. Yes, people made money by selling tea on the street! As taxed tea came into the Boston Harbor people began to get a burning sensation deep inside their souls. On December 16th 1773 a group of local colonialist boarded three ships and dumped taxed tea into the Harbor. This was know as the Boston Tea Party, and was a spark to the American Revolutionary War which began just two years later near Boston in 1775!  So remember the next time you wake up and brew your favorite English drink, God can do anything even with a “spot of tea”!

Scripture of the week: Matthew 17:20  “He replied…“ I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. ”

Welcome to the BBC News: Pt 5 “Booming Job Market”

“What’s the Job Market like in Boston?”

 “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:2-4

Hello Brothers and Sisters who are “Full of the Spirit and Wisdom!” We are increasingly excited about the upcoming move to Boston. As you know our primary Mission is to “Seek and Save the lost”, however in addition to our primary purpose; many are called to work secular jobs to help support the “Ministry of the word.” It is cheering to inform you that God has blessed our Mission Field with a booming economy! According to Monster.com Boston is the third hottest job market in the Nation, trailing only behind Washington, D.C., and San Francisco! Equally cheering is that a report concerning job increase has been released this month from the Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The article reads:

“BOSTON MA – March 8, 2012 MASSACHUSETTS JOBS INCREASE BY 6,600”

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today reported that the preliminary January 2012 estimates show that Massachusetts added 6,600 jobs over the month, for a total of 3,218,400 jobs. The total unemployment rate was 6.9 percent, unchanged from the revised December 2011 rate and well below the    national rate of 8.3 percent.

The Top Companies to work for in Boston are:

  • Macy’s
  • Staples
  • Nordstrom
  • Wyzant Tutoring
  • Oracle Financial Services Software
  • Starbucks

The most commonly listed Boston Jobs are for administrative assistant jobs, sales representative jobs, account executive jobs, cashier jobs, inside sales representative jobs and cook jobs. The leading industries are Educational services, and health care, and social assistance, 28%; Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services, 14%; and Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing, 9%.

With the convenience of applying for jobs online, please consider beginning your job search sooner rather than later. Let us be praying for jobs that have many open people in them, flexible hours, health care, and excellent pay so that God’s work can be greatly supported.

Welcome to the BBC News: Pt 6 Transportation

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

What fun exploring this historic city will be; we can spend time strolling on foot, navigating a car through the narrow curvy streets, and even bicycling through the townie neighborhoods. Boston offers many means of transportation that will make familiarizing ourselves with this city nothing short of an adventure! While inquiring about the transport in Boston I came across http://www.cityofboston.gov/transportation/modes.asp, The information below has been borrowed from this very helpful source!

Walking

Chances are you’ve heard Boston referred to as “the walking city.”  The City of Boston works hard to live up to this title.

Driving

Boston has developed a reputation for having savvy drivers who are able to navigate the city’s historic cobblestone streets with ease.  Many of Boston’s streets were once horse-cart paths and today present a challenge for drivers in those ubiquitous SUV’s.  Parking can be difficult but with services such as vanpools and car-sharing companies, it is possible to navigate the city capably.

Bicycling

Mayor Menino is committed to improving the bicycling climate in Boston.  Boston Bikes is part of Mayor Menino’s vision for a vibrant and healthy city.  The program seeks to make Boston a world-class biking city by creating safe and inviting conditions for all residents and visitors.

Commuter Rail / Subway / Bus

Thousands of residents and visitors use the extensive MBTA system of trains and buses to get in and around Boston. Over 300,000 people commute into Boston daily for work. Public transportation via bus, subway, and commuter train serves as a vital link between Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods and the greater Metro-Boston area.

Also available:

Boat Taxi Amtrak  & Coach Buses

Scripture for the week:

Genesis 26:3-4”Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham.  I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring[a] all nations on earth will be blessed”

Welcome to the BBC News: Pt 7 Festivals and Celebrations!

“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.” Colossians 2:16

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Each of us is most likely familiar with our home states festivities. Every state in the USA, from California to Main, offers a variety of events to amuse both participants and spectators alike! Alaska is known for it’s dog-sledding events, and Idaho (where most my family lives) is known for it’s  “Paul Bunyan Days” This is where we race beds on wheels down the street, Karaoke, and the locals light up the sky with the most incredible firework show I’ve ever seen. This raises this question, “What annual events is Massachusetts known for?”  Below you will find a list of events that take place in Boston! Some of which may be great Family bonding opportunities that we may be able to participate in together , whereas some of the events like the “Polar Bear Plunge” we may want to stay away from!

Boston Harborfest- July
Boston Harborfest is a six-day Fourth of July Festival that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the cradle of the American Revolution: the historic City of Boston. Now in its 28th year, Harborfest is considered to be the largest patriotic celebration in the nation with visitors enjoying more than 200 activities during the Festival. Over 200 daily events are concentrated in Boston’s historic downtown and waterfront districts, with sponsored Main Events on Boston’s City Hall Plaza.

Boston Marathon-April
The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events. A Boston tradition for more than 112 years, the 26 mile, 385 yard Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity and method of gaining entry into the race. To qualify to run the Boston Marathon, entrants must run a qualifying time at a certified marathon. In 2007 more than 20000 runners completed the race.

Strawberry Dessert Festival – July

During strawberry season, from mid-June through early July, the Massachusetts Farmers Market and area restaurants in downtown Boston present a number of special strawberry presentations by local chefs and bakers, with proceeds going to support local farmers.

Boston Children’s Festival-August

Children from throughout the city are invited to enjoy summer fun at the ParkARTs Boston Children’s Festival coming to The Playstead in Franklin Park on Tuesday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fenway Park Open House- April
A free event for fans to come into Fenway Park and enjoy every part of the 100-year-old ballpark. There will be historical artifacts, photographs and banners on display along with a chance to meet Red Sox legends and visit parts of the ballpark generally inaccessible to fans. Information: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/fenwaypark100/events.jsp

Polar Bear Plunge- January

Hundreds of swimmers plunge into the frigid waters of Boston Harbor on the Morning of January 1st to welcome in the New Year!  (Note:  the ice in the water!)

Welcome to the BBC News: Pt 8 Boston Architecture


Hebrews 3:4:“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.”

We hope everyone is doing very well! As you know our upcoming trip to “spy out the land” is just 5 weeks away, and we are waiting with anticipation!  During our trip we will get to explore some of the City we will soon call our “home”.  Lord-willing we will be visiting the New Hampshire and New York disciples as well. Please pray for our travels as we will never forget the first time we see the great city of Boston.

You often remember a great city by the architecture showcased within it. In London England the city is recognized for architecture such as the Houses of Parliament, and the Clock Tower that houses the world famous bell “Big Ben”. Below you will find some incredible architecture that gives Boston the character and experience we will soon come to know and love.  Please Enjoy!

– Coltin & Mandee

MIT’s Stata Center: The home of various types of research was completed in 2004.  The building appears spontaneous almost as though its design was unplanned and even a bit make shift. Despite it’s dizzying appearance it’s architecture like this that makes Boston unique!

Boston’s TREEPODS

Treepods are more than just a striking site! These “Trees” mimic the genetic purposes of natural trees by literally cleaning the air. The “Treepods take in the CO² and release O². Developed by Dr Klaus Lackner.

The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge: The Bridge is a memorial dedicated to Leonard Zakim a Civil rights leader, and the American Colonist who fought the British in the Battle of bunker hill. The Bridge is one entrance into Boston. Leonard’s wife wrote about her Husband and she said, “Lenny lived by the belief that each of us has a moral responsibility to make the world a better, more inclusive and respectful place for all people. He worked tirelessly to build personal bridges between our city’s diverse people and neighborhoods.” I find this quotation prevailing. Let us remember as we cross the bridge into Boston that we too believe that we have a moral responsibility to make the world a better    place.

Massachusetts State House

Constructed in 1798 the Massachusetts state house was the first Capital building with the centralized dome. The dome inspired the architecture of the White House and, is also a

famous sight on the Boston Skyline.

John Hancock Tower

The John Hancock tower was completed in 1976. The Skyscraper stands as the tallest building in not only Boston but in all of New England. The tower is 60 stories and grazes the sky at 790 feet high!

Welcome to the BBC News: Part 9 Sports

1 Corinthians 9:22 “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”

             Greetings mission team! I hope everyone is doing well. I cannot wait to see you guys in July and hit the ground running in Boston. I just have been falling in love with the city of Boston with each BBC headliner.

We know one of the key things to having an amazing city is its sports teams, and Boston has some amazing, historic professional teams! I am especially excited to be in the same town as the Boston Red Sox’s! People are so fired up for sports, and how much more so will this city be for God! Please Enjoy!

Jibreil Graham

Boston Red Sox’s: Boston’s professional baseball team was founded in 1901. The “Red Sox” name came from John I. Taylor in 1908 because previous Boston teams were known for their “Red Stocking!” They played in eleven World Series and won seven World Series, which means they are a force to be reckoned with!

New England Patriots: Commonly called the “Pats,” are a professional football team. The Patriots are becoming one of the most successful teams in our generations. They have won Super Bowl Championships in 2001, 2003, and 2004. With seven conference championships, and 19 playoff appearances!

Boston Celtics: Boston professional NBA team was founded in 1946. The Celtics lead the NBA with 17 championships titles! The Celtics has also produced hall of players such as Bill Russell and Larry Bird.

Boston Bruins: Boston professional ice hockey team has been around since 1923! It is the league’s third-oldest team. The Bruins have won six Stanley Cup championships, fourth most all-time and second most of any American NHL team. The Bruins are the defending Stanley Cup champions this year!

This city is used to wearing the crown when it comes to sports! I hope this inspires you to pick up one of these teams jersey and root for are soon to be home teams!

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Famous Foods in Boston

 

 

I hope everything is well as you prepare to go to Boston in a few months. For the past weeks, we learned about Boston’s amazing public transportation, culture, architecture, and much more but Boston is also known for its amazing dishes and desserts. Below are a list of some tasteful dishes and treats that we would soon taste and love to enjoy!

Clam chowder is creamy chowder that is made with Potatoes and clam. It’s such a famous dish that it’s known as “Boston” Clam Chowder. Usually it would only be served on Friday’s to satisfy religious requirements for Catholics, but today it is served every day.

Boston is also known for its Baked Beans.  One of Boston’s many nicknames is “Bean Town”. In colonial New England, baked beans were cooked in brick ovens and were cooked on Saturday’s with brown bread at night, so people can wake up to a hot meal on Sunday. Today we now can buy Candy Boston.

Boston is one of the best seafood places on earth. With its various different restaurants near the water harbor, you get some of the finest clams, lobsters, shrimp, and king crab legs for all you sea food lovers

Boston Cream Pie is a round cake that is filled with cream in the middle with chocolate topping. It was created by French Chief M. Sazian at Boston’s Parker House Hotel in downtown Boston in 1868 but was declared the official dessert of Boston in 1996. In Boston restaurants, you will find this sweet desert on the menu!

Let’s continue to be feed spiritually by the word of God to win the hearts of Boston!

John 4:34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

Love,

Jasmine Miller

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Pt 11 The Deaf Community in Boston

Deaf Residents in Boston

Boston is one of the largest cities in the U.S., yet unlike some other larger cities, deaf residents report that the government and hearing residents have good attitudes toward deaf people. The State House always provides interpreters for public events. Several public facilities, such as the baseball stadium and theaters, hold special reserved seats for deaf people. Several plays are held with sign language interpreters every year. Many museums provide captioned shows. There are signs and TV screens at all subway and most other transportation stations to inform deaf people of schedules and events, and even us that can hear. Many of the universities also offer deaf programs, ASL classes or Interpreter Training Programs

Deaf People in a Hearing Work World

There are several deaf-friendly businesses in Boston. There is a deaf eye doctor, and a deaf dentist. You can also find deaf realtors and deaf mental health professionals in the city. Many deaf people are students, educators, or work in various human service fields such as group home care. The Westborough State hospital is staffed with deaf mental health professionals and a deaf psychiatrist. Some hospitals, including Beth Israel Hospital, have full-time staff interpreters on stand-by for deaf emergencies. Boston encourages hearing people to learn sign language by offering a public education program in American Sign Language.

Deaf Events in Boston

Deaf events in Boston happen all the time

  • ASL Interpreted Programs at the New England Aquarium.

Every 1st Sunday of the month from 1pm-4pm.

  • Silent Rhythms Dance Class

Blackstone Community Center next to the Blackstone Park

Every Monday from 6pm to 7pm,

(Silent Rhythms is the new program for the deaf and hard of hearing that makes learning how to dance fun, easy and accessible! Silent Rhythms will be teaching a class in sign language by a deaf dancer who has performed all around the world.)

  • Salsa in the Park

Every Monday from 6pm to 9pm, June 13th through August 29th

FREE outdoor dancing! They meet rain or shine! Free Beginner and Advanced Beginner salsa lessons (lessons in ASL will be inside)

This is a fabulous community that really wants to include people from all walks of life (young, old, hearing, and deaf).

The Deaf community is dear to my heart not only because I am studying their language and their culture but also because it reminds me of the kingdom. Disciples today can sometimes be underestimated by the world and so the deaf community can sometimes be underestimated by people who can hear. So when we get to Boston if you see anyone Signing share your faith with them as Jesus wants them to be disciples J

1 Peter 2:17 “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, Fear God, Honor the emperor.”

Love,

Ana-is Cool ! Anais Veras