New City Church hosts hundreds at Community Carnival


In 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. 

Held 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.

“Through 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.

Date Created: 10/21/2014 8:57:19 PM

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SEND New York City October Update

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

Praying for NYC

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. 

He is Faithful

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.   

Planter Highlights

Just a ferry ride from Manhattan, Staten Island is a retreat from NYC’s busy streets for nearly 500,000 residents. For Pastor Nick Mustakas, the Island is a rich mission field. Please pray for Mustakas and his church plant, The Journey Church Staten Island. Send NYC is working towards planting another church on Staten Island. This fellowship would reach Staten Island’s Filipino population — a ministry opportunity we’ve been praying for.

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. 

Date Created: 10/7/2014 12:43:36 PM

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Five Minutes with Jamie Rogers

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.

specific prayer requests for your family: Pray that we would remain satisfied in God’s call to Long Island.

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 



Date Created: 9/18/2014 9:32:14 PM

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5 minutes with…

Pastor Walter Valencia

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 that community. 

Building relationships and programs designed to reach and engage people. Such as VBS, Ladies conferences, and coming soon, a men’s conference.

…when did your church launch. 

May 2010

…where does your church meet. 

 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 church. 

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 be complacent.

…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.



Date Created: 9/4/2014 11:20:12 PM

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Reaching Muslims and Hindus in the tri-state region

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.



Date Created: 8/28/2014 11:26:29 AM

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New Jersey church plant celebrates a summer of growth and impact

Under the pastoral leadership of Pedro Hernandez, Iglesia Bautista El Redentor has been reaching the community of Rahway, New Jersey, during a summer full of church activities. In addition to Sunday services and children’s Sunday school classes, the Spanish-speaking church plant is hosting Wednesday night bible studies and Sunday morning discipleship classes.

“We've had the joy to have our first baptism and families from the community getting involved in our church and activities,” wrote Pastor Hernandez.

In July, the church fellowship hosted over 50 children for their Vacation Bible School. The 18 VBS workers from Iglesia Bautista El Redentor were blessed to have VBS assistance from a 33-member strong P2 Missions team from Central Baptist Church in Douglasville, Georgia.

Hernandez wrote, “We are very excited and thrilled to see how God has been working within our community and how many lives are being touched by this ministry here in Rahway.”

Iglesia Bautista El Redentor will be is already preparing for ministry events in the fall and early winter, including English classes and Friday evening children’s events. Please join them in praying for upcoming events and that monetary needs will be met.

Iglesia Bautista El Redentor meets each Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at 177 Elm Avenue, Rahway, New Jersey, 07065.For information on how you can support or serve this fellowship, see the North Jersey Church Planting Network.

Date Created: 8/21/2014 10:51:39 PM

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Prayer Powers the Work: the 451 prayer initiative

Communities, like individuals, are unique—and the communities of metro-NYC are part of the most influential, unique region in the United States. Send NYC is working to raise up pastors and ministry leaders to reach the 22+ million individuals in metro NYC. To accompany this great work, Send NYC is asking for prayer support with a new initiative, known as 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 New York City, Long Island, or northern New Jersey

“The 4-5-1 Initiative is a prayer ministry done by the people, for the people,” said L.J. Slan, the Send NYC Church Planting Intern. “The 4-5-1 concept is simple but the results are powerful, very powerful.”

Participants of 4-5-1 will work with the Send NYC team to adopt a metro-NYC community—one of New York City’s 59 community districts, one of Long Island’s 16 towns, or one of northern New Jersey’s 11 counties—and bring the people and ministry efforts in that specific community before the Lord in prayer. Slan will connect 4-5-1 prayer partners to church planters and ministry leaders within their adopted community.

“We are seeing God move in metro-NYC, and we firmly believe the substance for this is prayer. The power of prayer is real,” said Steve Canter, Send NYC City Coordinator. “In Midtown Manhattan the evangelical growth has been from less than 1% to greater 3% in 20 years. During that same period you had local and national movements of prayer established in and for the city. I believe that the evangelical growth corresponds to God’s grace in answering the prayers of His Church.”

The 4-5-1 Initiative is a meaningful, effective way that individuals or church groups can be a part of God’s work in perhaps the most influential city in the world as they support our church planters and their efforts.

To read more about the 4-5-1 Initiative and to inquire about adopting a metro NYC community, see or email L.J. Slan at

Date Created: 8/12/2014 11:29:13 AM

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