Jon, Jonathan, Steve and Alex headed to the Big Apple, August 9-13, to serve Silvanus and Aleno. They are planting churches among the Nepalese in influential NYC. Queens is a place where almost 50% of the population comprises of those born outside of the US. Here is a glimpse of what these four men experienced:
"After getting off the 7 train at 74th and Broadway we were blindsided with culture. Smells, sounds, languages, clothing, music—all so foreign. It was hard to believe we were only a four hour drive from home.
When walking around and praying for this area known as Jackson Heights, there was an excitement. Besides the swirling sights, sounds, and smells, there was a whirlwind of emotions, as we sought gospel conversations with Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, and Buddhist peoples from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. This was New York. And yet it felt like we were everywhere in the world.
That morning, we had meditated on what Christ had said to his disciples, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” And here we were. Four of Christ's witnesses from Medford. Speaking his truth—His death for our sin and resurrection to new life—to the ends of the earth.
A Punjabi music store owner who practiced Sikhism was particularly interested in the idea of Christ’s resurrection. He even said, “Wow, that’s pretty good!” Yes. The good news indeed! When inviting him to Global Mission Church, he tapped his hand to his heart a few times. It was a sweet moment. Pray for this store-owner to hear more of the good news of Christ. Pray for Silvanus and Global Mission Church to have more gospel conversations in the surrounding neighborhoods. Pray for God to send laborers for the gospel to Queens—a highway to the ends of the earth. Thanks for your prayers and support for this New York trip. Look forward to the next one with you!"