The week has come and gone! Thanks to all of the churches for serving in New York City this week. Thanks to you guys for sharing the gospel with complete strangers in hopes that we will see them in Heaven one day as believers. You helped change the city, so you helped change the world. We pray for boldness and courage as you continue the great commission in your own home.
Today was exciting! The participants came back reporting more than seven people giving their lives to Christ today! We got to be a part of seven people’s eternities changing! God is so good!
Del Cerro church has been humbly serving Homero and Ana Hernandez at their church, Iglesia Bautista La Roca. They gave flowers and flyers to people in the neighborhood, inviting them to a Vacation Bible Study for their kids. The Del Cerro participants have set up and are leading the VBS in order to allow for more kids to come and hear of God’s love for them. God was made famous!
God is so good. His Kingdom is growing. Please pray for miracles. Pray that the Lord will raise our understanding of His power. Don’t forget to send E-couragrams!
Your Summer Staff
It has been another hopping day here in New York City. Today we held the gathering and took up the offering, which totaled $608.00! How awesome that we are able to bless our church planters with that gift, but we want to reach $1,000 to meet our giving goal. Keep up the giving guys and serve your church planters well!
Today we were able to catch up with two more ministry sites. The first site was Lakeview Baptist Church and they were helping clean a local hangout spot in New York City.
We also caught up with Southbury Baptist Church and they had a tent set up in a park. Kids came to get their faces painted, received balloon animals, and made friendship bracelets.
Keep up the good work guys! Tomorrow we are going to catch up with our last group out in Long Island.
“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
Today was the first day of serving the Church of the San Francisco area. Each church had countless stories of how God moved at their site. Specifically, North Hills Church is serving Nicolas Pacheco, the church planter of Iglesia Bautista Dulce Refugio. Today they were sent out on the front lines to invite the children of the community to a VBS at this new church. The students boldly rang doorbells, walked near intimidating dogs, and spoke to complete strangers to try to welcome them into a time of hearing The Good News. After a while of bringing people in, the youth ministry from North Hills served at the Vacation Bible Study and helped lead the children in their pursuit of the King.
A group of students from Airway Heights Church and Central Baptist Church came together to serve Mustafa and his church plant, B.A.S.I.C.. The team spent notable time serving at a food bank, preparing for a large scale event to reach the community. At this event, the people of the community will be given a meal, plus groceries to bring home. There will be a sports camp for the kids and a prayer tent for all those in need. This event is to bless the community and to introduce people to B.A.S.I.C. and its heart for the community. We pray that through this event, the Lord is glorified and people are drawn to be discipled by Mustafa and his church.
Continue to pray for each church planter and for ways for the P2 participants to bless them. Send your E-couragrams to participants!
Your Summer Staff
Today was the first work day for the Second Combo week here in Cleveland. We have teams stretched as far as possible over the Cleveland area. Today several of the groups were frustrated because a lot of what they were doing today was setting up for the rest of the week. Our prayer for them as a staff is that they would see the big picture of how everything will build on itself!
Be sure to check back here to see how things continue to grow as the week continues
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Today was spent on the preparing of hearts. The students from Central Baptist Church Round Rock, Good Community Church, North Hills Church, Del Cerro Church, and Airway Heights spent today leaning into the Lord. After worshipping with the church plants they will be working with, the participants returned to our gracious lodging facility and went through intensive training. The first year students attended three, one hour sessions led by Edward Paz, founder of The Movement Church in Oakland, California. He laid out the truth of The Gospel and it’s transforming power. The second year students attended corresponding sessions led by Dr. Lisa Hoff, a former IMB missions strategist in China and professor at Golden Gate Seminary. In these sessions, the students discussed the Kingdom of God and our role in it.
The night culminated at the Concert of Prayer, where the churches were reminded that this is all about Jesus. The students were filled today so that tomorrow they can go out and pour into the church planters. Pray that God would empower the students with boldness to walk in His will and to humbly serve the churches of the area. Don’t forget to send E-couragrams to the participants.
Your Summer Staff
So, our Seattle project has come to a close and everyone is back home.
Thursday, we finished up our last day with our church planters. We finished the night with our Worship and closing celebration. We celebrated all that God had done and showed our project cam. This week we presented the Gospel 68 times, 5 people recommitted their lives to Christ, and we raised $1,012.40 to go to Generation Send.
Check out our project cam to get an idea of what our week was like:
Here we are in New York City at New York School of Urban Ministry (NYSUM) ready for the awesome week ahead. The churches serving this week include:
Chatham Baptist Church from Chatham, Illinois
Temple Baptist Church from Jonesboro, Arkansas
Lakeview Baptist Church from Hartsville, South Carolina
Fincastle Baptist Church from Fincastle, Virginia
Southbury Baptist Church from Southbury Connecticut
Clovis Hills Community Church from Clovis California
Manteo Baptist Church
All of the churches arrived safely to Queens.
Tonight we held opening celebration to welcome the churches to their new home for the week.
After this, we started church plant training sessions where the participants learned how to best minister to New York City.
Today has been a packed with lots of activity, but has been amazing! It is so awesome to see people from all over America coming together for one love—Jesus Christ and one goal—to make His name famous.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”