Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving/Black Friday 2013 & Project Ezra Holiday Plans

Hello Project Ezra!  It’s been a few weeks now, and I hope you are all doing well.  For those who did not read our most recent post, the project is undergoing some renovation and re-thinking.  Due a variety of factors, Tony Miano and I have been talking over changing the format and frequency of posts.  We are still considering exactly what that will look like, but for now we will likely be doing a smaller number of more focused reading, particularly around days and seasons where they can have the largest impact.  That was the original format of the project, so we will likely move back in that direction.  A list of suggested holidays is below, and we would love your feedback.  These are primarily US holidays, so we would particularly like feedback from those overseas, and more information on holidays where you are, so we can work on integrating them as much as possible.  However, nothing is final, and we are still talking about and praying about the future.  Your prayers would be very much appreciated as well.

Next week is the official start of the holiday shopping season here in the States.  For those abroad, next Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, followed by Black Friday, by far the biggest shopping day of the year.  If you haven’t been out on Black Friday before (I certainly wouldn’t be if I didn’t work in the retail industry), people will be out in droves, many from the early hours of the morning until late in the evening, trying to get the best deals on their Christmas gifts.  Malls will be packed, shopping districts will be packed, and the heavy vehicle and foot traffic means plenty of opportunities to pass out tracts and preach the gospel.   I would encourage you not to go alone (people who have been up all night can get a little tense), so this is the perfect time to gather some friends and members of your church body, and make a short-term missions trip out of it.  Even if you can't make it on Friday, the whole weekend with be a shopping frenzy, so find a different time if you have to, but be sure to get our there! 

I'll be posting some suggested passages for the reading this weekend, so be looking for those.  Be sure to take a look at and sign up for our Facebook Event HERE, if you are on Facebook, and share with your friends.  Also, when you do sign up, let us know where you will be participating.  I will be putting together a participation map, which I will be sharing on the event page.  And finally, if you would like to be part of our event prayer team, please let me know.  I will have a separate list for our prayer team, hopefully with more specific information and updates.

Thanks again for joining us.  I'm looking forward to your event reports, pictures, and videos.  May God be glorified!

All for His glory,


Suggested Project Ezra Events for the Next Year
November 28th/29th     Thanksgiving/Black Friday 

December 25th     Christmas

January 31st     Chinese New Year 

February 14th     Valentines Day

March 17th     St. Patrick's Day

April 20th     Easter Sunday

May 5th     Cinco De Mayo

May 25th     Memorial Day

July 4th      Independence Day (US)

September 1st     Labor Day

October 31st     Halloween

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