The Journey Church on Staten Island
hosted a Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 26. The Journey team, under the
leadership of Pastor Nick Mustakas, encouraged the children and families in the
church to invite their friends from around the community.
Nearly 20 children
attended, nearly doubling the church’s average Journey Kidz attendance. The
Journey Kidz Director, Barbara, and her volunteers led the children in a Bible
story about blessings. Then the children painted pumpkins and decorated Halloween
“It was an incredible
time to see how much fun our church had and how the volunteers cam together to
pull this off,” said Mustakas.
The Journey Church gathers for worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
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Having lived in NYC just over a year, Danielle Gonzales is
one of NAMB’s female student missionaries serving the church planting efforts
in metro New York City. Gonzales, a Georgia native, is living in the eclectic
and rapidly growing community of Long Island City, Queens. She is serving at
New City Church, also in Long Island City, as a Church PlantingTeam Member and the Ministry Advocate
“The Lord has been so incredibly faithful in bringing people
into my life that pour into me, for me to pour into, and financially assist
me,” said Gonzalez, who has also served in NAMB’s Generation Send mission
Recently, Gonzales shared five minutes of her
day with us.
how did the Lord call you into serving in NYC:
Through a series of mission trips and summer internships the Lord gave me a
love for this incredible city. He continuously grew my heart and passion for
NYC. I knew from the first day of my first trip (Spring 2010) I was supposed to
be missionally involved here. I thought it might have been organizing, leading,
and going on mission trips. BUT He had so much more planned. In the winter of
2013 I was praying over my last application to physical therapy school and
asked for a clear and undeniable sign. It went something like this: if you want
me to do something crazy like move to New York City and do church planting,
I’ll do it. BUT I will not choose that over school. Within the next two weeks I
was rejected from five physical therapy schools, yes five. I took that as more than
all of the evidence I needed that my love for NYC and church planting wasn’t
coincidental or just a hunch, it was God given. I immediately began praying and
seeking ways to pursue ministry in NYC. In the summer of 2013 I did an
internship called Generation Send through the North American Mission Board.
This internship was the final piece of the puzzle in my coming to New York.
how are you reaching the women and children within that community:
We are regularly doing community park outreach events that
have fun and games for kids of all ages. Our goal, as we are in our parks, is
to entertain the kids and engage the adults in spiritual conversations. These
have been huge in getting to know people in our neighborhood.
any specific prayer requests for you:
To “not grow weary of doing good”. Full
time ministry is exhausting and time consuming, and often easily defeating when
my perspective isn’t in check. Pray that I will remember that when it’s hard
and when I am tired, that this is where the Lord has me.
favorite place to pray in NYC:
Definitely the 17-acre park along the waterfront area of Long
You can follow
Danielle’s ministry in New York here.
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early October New City Church, a church plant ministering in Long Island City
(LIC), Queens, hosted a Community Carnival. After welcoming hundreds of LIC
locals, Pastor Patrick Thompson and his ministry team hope to develop the
Carnival into an annual event that opens doors to building new
relationships within the community.
in Hunters Point South Park, New City Church
leadership and volunteers partnered with five churches to organize and man
Carnival booths that featured face painting, a cupcake walk, karaoke, a pumpkin
toss, and children’s games.
the work of multiple mission teams and New City Church members we had
over 700 people in attendance and had 54 families/individuals express
interest in our church,” said Pastor Thompson.
New City Church strives to be a church known for
serving and loving their community with grace and peace and was overwhelmed by the response of
the LIC community to the Carnival.
Carnival attendees were greeted with a goody bag
containing information on the church ministries and asked to register, those
that registered received follow up from the church leadership team.
New City Church meets every Sunday morning at 11
a.m., follow the ministry here.
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Below you will discover what our church planters are working on this Fall and read about God’s activity in the city. Thank you for continual support of church plants in the metro New York
City area. If we can be of service, please email Send City Coordinator,
Steve Canter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A church planting movement is God’s
sovereign work in a particular area or amongst a group of people. As
with all movements, there was a deliberate and intense time of prayer
and pleading with God. As the foundation of our church panting work,
Send NYC launched a new prayer initiative called 4·5·1. The 4·5·1
Initiative represents coming before the Lord 4 days a week and praying for 5 minutes for 1 community located within metro NYC. Join us in praying for NYC and invite others to join you so that we see a movement of God, learn more and register here.
In September we celebrated the launch of two churches. Under the pastoral leadership of Steven Stallard, Mosaic Baptist Church
is reaching the multi-ethnic community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Read
more about Pastor Stallard and his heart for reaching Brooklyn, here.Metro City Church, under the pastoral care of Jon Carr,
is sharing the love of Christ in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. With 125,000
people living in a three-square-mile area, Sunset Park needs a Gospel
witness. Pray that the Lord will continue to give Pastor Carr and his
team favor within their community.
This summer our Generation Send program welcomed 45 student
missionaries. The group assisted our church planters and researched
metro NYC neighborhoods.
Iglesia Bautista El Redentor
is reaching the Spanish speaking community in Rahway, New Jersey. Join
us in praying for Pastor Pedro Hernandez and the congregation as they
prepare for ministry events in the fall and early winter.
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Jamie Rogers, a NAMB and Send NYC Church Planting Intern,
is working near the campus of Stony Brook University to launch TransformationChurch. Rogers, a husband and father of four, is working diligently to build
and maintain relationships with Stony Brook U students.
Rogers recently shared five minutes of his time to tell us
more about the Gospel movement on Long Island.
how did the Lord
place metro NYC on your heart: The metropolitan area of NYC is one of the best areas in the
world to be able to reach the WHOLE world!
share about the
neighborhood in which you’re planting: Stony Brook University is the largest university on Long
Island, with over 21,000 students, 6,000 of whom are internationals!
how are you reaching
that community: By spending time on campus, meeting and hanging out with
students, and starting outreach Bibles studies.
when will your church
launch: We are starting Bible study on October 7th , and
hope to launch during the fall semester of 2015.
where does your
church meet: Our Bible studies are meeting in the Hilton Garden Inn which
is right on campus of Stony Brook.
give an example of
how the Lord has blessed your church: We have a large donor that stepped up immediately to provide
the funding to rent the Hilton.
how can people be
praying for your church: Pray students will be given a hunger for TRUTH, and that
relationships can be built.
requests for your family: Pray that we would remain satisfied in God’s call to Long
favorite place to
pray in NYC: On the campus of Stony Brook U!
Yankees or Mets: YANKEES! Who are the Mets?
Jets or Giants: Giants, if I have to choose.
Best slice of pizza
in NYC: Carlo’s Pizza in Shirley, NY
Facebook:Transformation Church NYC
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With the support of his wife, Veronica, and their four
daughters, Pastor Walter Valencia is sharing Christ’s love within the
Spanish-speaking community of Woodside, Queens, at Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida. A New Yorker for nearly three
decades, Pastor Valencia is passionate about Woodside—a
working class and commercial neighborhood in the western portion of Queens.
Recently, Pastor Valencia shared five minutes
of his day with us.
Tell us about
…how did the Lord
place NYC on your heart.
I’ve been living in NY for nearly 30 years and wanted to
share the love of God to the many that don't know it or ignore it.
… the neighborhood in
which you’re planting.
Diverse, many cultures represented in so little space. We’re
excited for the opportunity.
…how are you reaching
Building relationships and programs designed to reach and
engage people. Such as VBS, Ladies conferences, and coming soon, a men’s
…when did your church
…where does your
It is a blessing that
the church owns the property in which we worship. The church is located at
45-04 48th Ave Woodside, New York, 11377.
…snapshot of your
We’re Spanish speaking, and many Latin Americans countries
are represented. We are hoping to be multicultural in the near future - please
pray for this!
…how can people be
praying for your church.
Pray for maturity within our members, and we do not want to
…favorite place to
pray in NYC.
While stuck in traffic in the Long Island Expressway! And
walking west on 48th, while looking the empire state building.
The name of Jesus Christ is being advanced in Woodside;
please join us in praying for Pastor Valencia and the impact of Iglesia
Bautista Nueva Vida.
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Throughout the summer months, Send NYC has been greatly
encouraged by the work of our church plants that are diligently seeking ways to
reach our city’s Muslim and Hindu populations. Our church planters, along with
their ministry teams, have been faithful to their calling and are seeing firsthand
how God is creating opportunities to change lives and regenerate hearts among
the Muslim and Hindu people of our region.
ethNYcity, a book and website sharing
research on gospel influence in metro NYC neighborhoods, reports that there are
over 800,000 Muslims in metro New York City, meaning that 1 out of every 10
Muslims in the US live in the NYC area. Additionally, over 400,000 Hindus live
in Metro NYC – both groups with very little Gospel witness.
Send NYC has opted to not share the
names of this group of church planters due to sensitivities within their
ministry and out of respect for their families overseas. But, we can share that
the summer months have generated reports that our church planters are
taking advantage of opportunities to engage Muslim and Hindu families at local
festivals, through one-on-one conversations, and during dinner gatherings. Together
with these faithful church planters, Send NYC is celebrating that the Gospel
message has been shared numerous times and is praying for the individuals that have
asked for Bibles translated into their native tongue.
The fall and early winter will provide our church planters opportunities
for additional outreach, please join us in praying for these events and that
monetary needs will be met. Send NYC’s prayer initiative, called 4•5•1, is a
powerful way that you can become a prayer partner for a metro NYC church plant,
including those reaching the Muslim and Hindu communities. Click here for more
information on 4•5•1 and join us in praying for gospel advancement in NYC.
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