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Mott Haven, a community of roughly 50,000
people in the Bronx, is fighting to overcome physical and social ills. Violent
crime, domestic abuse, teen births, and failing schools are just some of the
difficulties Mott Haven residents face. Thankfully, Graffiti 2, a Mott Haven
church plant of Graffiti Church NYC, is offering the community after school
programming and a safe place for spiritual growth.
Easter weekend Graffiti 2 joined with local civic
and faith-based organizations of Mott Haven to host their tenth annual
Easter Egg Hunt at St Mary's Park, just a block from
the church. Over 4,000 were in attendance and enjoyed face painting, games,
clowns, and hunted thousands and thousands of Easter Eggs. The gospel message was shared with many of those in
attendance, and everyone had a great time judging by the smiles, giggles,
and joy expressed by kids, teens, and parents.
Graffiti 2 and the event were
blessed by the work of over 270
2 Community Ministries continues to fulfill their mission within the Mott Haven
community by meeting the needs of children, teens, young adults, adults, and
families. To find out more about their work feel free to visit their website.
Consider praying for Mott Haven, or
another neighborhood, by joining the 4-5-1 Initiative and signing up here.
Date Created: 4/15/2015 9:59:31 PM
Slava Kovalenko and his wife, Olga, are a
Russian-speaking ministry team from Kiev, Ukraine. Slava served the Church in
Kiev for many years until hearing God’s call to the United States. The Kovalenkos relocated to New York City in 2000 for
Slava to attend Alliance Theological Seminary. Upon earning his Master of Divinity in
2003, Slava was called as an associate pastor to Grace Baptist Church in Brooklyn. Olga is a professional
violinist and holds a master's degree in Christian counseling.
couple lives in Nyack, NY, but love serving and working with the Russian-speaking
population spread throughout metro NYC. In Manhattan, the couple has
established an Upper West Side hub to reach Russian-speaking people throughout
the boroughs of the Big Apple. Additionally, they are working toward launching
the Russian Baptist Church, also on the Upper West Side.
Slave shared five minutes of his time with us:
We are planning official
launch on September 27, 2015. We are already having regular Sunday
services, fellowships, and Bible studies. You and your friends in the area you
are welcome to visit. We met every Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan New York
Baptist Association building, in the first floor chapel. Our worship conducted
in English and Russian. (www.russianchristiansny.com)
1. Weekly worship
2. Memorial Day
picnic (May 25, 2015)
3. This summer we are
planning several outreaches with short-term mission teams in Brighton Beach,
I was born in the Soviet Union. My
parents were committed Christians and active members of the Baptist Church
during Communist régime. I graduated from Medical University in Kiev, Ukraine.
Within approximately one year after
receiving Jesus as my personal Savior and water baptism at Central Baptist
Church in Kiev, I was invited to lead small Bible study group. Then I became a
Youth Pastor in the same church. In 1993, I was called to be in the ministry
full time – I became the Regional Director for Medical Ambassadors
International (MAI) mission in Ukraine.
In 2011, I was called by NAMB to begin
church planting among Russian-speaking people in NYC. At this point, our
Russian Core Group is having consistent weekly fellowship gatherings on the
Upper West Side of Manhattan.
1. Stability of the
core group members
2. For partners who
could help our Russian Church Plant
3. Resolution of the
crisis in Ukraine, where much of our family still lives
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Spring is headed to New York City, and we are so thankful!
Metro NYC has experienced the coldest February in since 1934. Snow and bitter
cold temperatures have proved challenging for our city but, praise God, our church
planters and ministry teams have been able to bundle-up, brave the weather, and
further the cause of Christ.
There is much to pray for in the coming weeks. Our Send NYC team will host a Catch the Vision tour and our church
planters will welcome Spring Break mission teams and prepare for Resurrection Sunday.
As always, we remain thankful for your prayers and continued support.
If we can be of service, please email Send City Missionary, Steve Canter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
God has continued to bless our
451 Initiative (451prayer.org),
providing hundreds of prayer warriors willing to pray 4 times a
week for 5
minutes a day for 1 metro NYC community each week. But, there are
still NYC neighborhoods that need a prayer partner.Jersey City sits just across the Hudson River from Manhattan in New Jersey.
There are over 250,000 people living in Jersey City and it is one of the most
diverse cities in the word with no ethnic group making up a majority of the
population. It is an influential city with a great need of the gospel. Consider
praying for Jersey City, or another neighborhood, by joining the 4-5-1
Initiative and signing up here.
In early February,
downtown Brooklyn church plant The Bridge Church hosted a student ministry
event at Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus.
The event, titled “Everything You Need to Know About Love, Sex, & Dating,”
gave LIU Brooklyn students the opportunity to ask questions about how the Bible
is relevant to relationships and, more importantly, hear the Gospel message.
“This program is continued evidence of God’s favor upon this campus,” said the
Bridge team. “The administration is completely in our corner and now we are
meeting students who need and want guidance.” Read more about the event here.
leadership of church planter James Roberson, The Bridge Church gathers in Downtown Brooklyn
every Sunday at 4 p.m. The fellowship is currently walking
through a sermon series, also titled, “Everything You Need to Know About Love,
Sex, & Dating.” Follow The Bridge on Twitter and Facebook.
Pastor Daniel Bondad has served the
church for many years, working as an executive pastor in Pasig City,
Philippines, and planting several Filipino churches in Makati and Manila, and
also in Cambodia. In 2014, the Bondad family followed the Lord’s call to relocate
to the United States and reach the diverse population living on Staten Island.
Together with his wife, Lot, Pastor Bondad is working to launch The Vine’s
Church in early 2016. Bondad is planting in a highly populated, vibrant, and
diverse Staten Island neighborhood near Clove Lakes Park.
Pray for Pastor
Bondad and The Vine’s Church team as they seek a location for the fellowship to
meet. Pastor Bondad recently shared five minutes of his time to tell us more
about the Gospel movement he is praying for on Staten Island, read more here.
Date Created: 3/12/2015 3:14:06 PM
In early February, downtown Brooklyn
church plant The
Bridge Church hosted a student ministry event at Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus.
The event, titled “Everything You Need to Know About Love, Sex, & Dating,” gave
LIU Brooklyn students the opportunity to ask questions about how the Bible is
relevant to relationships and, more importantly, hear the gospel message.
As preparation for the event,
throughout the winter months The Bridge ministry team began work to reach the
students of LIU Brooklyn. The Bridge began cultivating relationships with the
LIU Resident Advisors (RA’s) through the delivery of care packages. They
followed up by hosting a workshop where three RA’s committed to help plan and
promote the February event.
“We have heard so many students talking
about relationships since we arrived on campus. So we structured a program to
speak truth into their lives and offer a chance for them to do some Q&A
with us,” said Josh Edney, Bridge Church Discipleship
and Collegiate Director.
Edney and The Bridge team were told by
the LIU Brooklyn administration that the program was valuable for the student
body, but LIU Brooklyn events typically attract less than 10 students.
“We felt like with the relevancy of
this program, our presence on campus, and the RA’s taking ownership in helping
us plan, that more than 10 students would attend,” said Edney.
The team moved forward with planning,
promoting, and praying that students would attend and the Biblical stance on
love, sex, and dating would be well received. The night of the event arrived
and The Bridge was thrilled to welcome 52 students. Students enjoyed food and
music, and then James Roberson, Lead Pastor of The Bridge, led the discussion.
The Bridge team was pleased to see four LIU Brooklyn administrators in
attendance as well.
“This program is continued evidence of
God’s favor upon this campus,” said Edney. “The administration is completely in
our corner and now we are meeting students who need and want guidance. Because
of this program’s response, we are scheduling a second event in March that we
are going to promote campus wide to increase our exposure and so that students
can hear biblical truth about relationships.”
The Bridge Church
gathers in Downtown Brooklyn every Sundays at 4 p.m. The fellowship is
currently walking through a sermon series, also titled, “Everything You Need
to Know About Love, Sex, & Dating.” Follow The Bridge on Twitter
Date Created: 3/1/2015 11:59:44 PM
Together with his wife, Lot, Pastor
Daniel Bondad is church planting on New York’s vibrant Staten Island. Pastor
Bondad is working to launch The Vine’s Church in early 2016 near Clove Lakes Park;
he is still prayerfully seeking a location for the church to meet. Pastor Bondad has served
the church for many years, ministering as an executive pastor in Pasig City, Philippines,
and planting several Filipino churches in Makati and Manila, and also in Cambodia.
In 2014, the Bondads followed the Lord’s
call to relocate to the United States and reach the diverse population living
on Staten Island. Pastor Bondad recently shared five minutes of
his time to tell us more about the Gospel movement he is praying for on Staten
How is your family enjoying the community of Staten Island?
My wife and I moved here in December
2014. We feel at home because of the presence of many Filipinos. Pretty much
everything is here — restaurants, malls, etc., just like our community in
Manila. We have learned that this is a very diverse place in terms of ethnicity;
we are looking forward to meeting the people and sharing the gospel.
How can we specifically pray for you, your family, and
Pray for wisdom as I lead this church.
Please pray for my R1 visa to be approved on time so I can bring my family here
from Philippines. Please pray for growth of the church spiritually and
Are their any special events coming soon to The Vines
Please pray for our upcoming Bible
Evangelistic Basket and our evangelistic mix martial arts training for kids,
both are free. Tentative date is March 2015.
Briefly describe your call to ministry?
I surrendered to the call and preached
my first sermon when I was 17, maybe because I was greatly impacted by the life
and ministry of my father, since then there has been no turning back. After attending
Bible college I was able to work with an American missionary and I was able to
lead a church planting ministry in the Philippines. And the Lord opened an
opportunity for me to plant here; I heeded the call and I’m here! Praise God!
You can contact Pastor Bondad by email him at email@example.com
Date Created: 2/16/2015 9:22:58 PM
Lord greatly blessed New York City church planting efforts in 2014.
There was over 20 new church planters that saw people from all around
NYC accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior! Bible studies and
discipleship groups sprouted throughout every borough! Great plans were
laid and, thankfully, we saw much fruit.
As we eagerly anticipate how the Lord will move in our city during 2015,
we are reminded of the words in Psalm 78 – “set their hope in God and
not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments." So as we fully
set our hope in God, we move forward throughout this city to reach the
people for Him.
Thank you for continual support of church plants in metro New York City.
If we can be of service, please email Send City Missionary, Steve
Canter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send NYC began the development of the 451 Initiative in Spring 2014
with several goals in mind: first, to bring attention and prayer support
to the vast number of communities in metro NYC; second, to deepen
people’s understanding of the cultural and ethnic differences existing
in each of NYC’s neighborhoods; and third, to saturate this region of
our county in deep, continual prayer.
Since the formal launch of the 451 Initiative, we continue to be
encouraged by the response. Hundreds of people from all over the country
are helping shape a Gospel movement in NYC through their prayer
commitments. Still looking for a New Year’s Resolution - join the 451 Initiative today!
Date Created: 1/23/2015 11:52:40 AM
A faithful ministry servant in metro New York City and global
ministries, this past year Florence Chen Co began training to become a NAMB
Evangelism Catalyst for metro New York City.
Co’s heritage is Taiwanese, but she was born in the
Philippines. She has since settled in West Orange, New Jersey.
Recently, Co shared five minutes of her day
how did the Lord call you into ministry?
As early as 12 years of age, I heard the call and committed
my life to fulltime service in a youth camp. From there on, different
milestones in my life would bring me back to the original calling. After high
school, I enrolled in a Bible College and got my AB in Church Music. From then
on, the Lord continued on His calling into the different areas of His Kingdom
how did the Lord place NYC on your heart:
When I was visiting my college buddies; I drove through the
streets of NYC on a Sunday morning and I saw the church doors closed – tears
rolled down my cheeks and I prayed, “Lord, if You want me to join you in your work
here in Metro NYC – I am willing.”
In 1998, Rev. Manansala invited me to give three months to
ministry with The City Chapel, in Jersey City, NJ. It was a fruitful ministry,
and that led to my joining MNYBA as a consultant in the ministry of Church
Music and Worship in 1999, which led to my ministering to different church in
organizing and reviving their music and worship ministry.
what has been your largest ministry struggle:
I’ve struggled in ministry, because I am a woman as well as a
minority. But I’ve learned to wait and be faithful in serving with whatever/wherever
When He called me to join Him here in NYC, I struggled in
working with people who do not know my training and ministry experiences –
leading them to doubt me, so I would always have to prove myself first.
give an example, or a few examples, of how the Lord has blessed your
I am so blessed to see that the youth that I got to work
with from 1999 are now actively involved in the ministries. The worship members
that I train in Chinese churches are now training others, and the music
ministries of the Haitian and Spanish churches are growing. The Filipino
churches are already seeing the results in their second generation of worshippers.
The women that I have shared Christ and spend time in
discipleship are now reaching out and building their own discipleship groups
what is your favorite place to pray in NYC:
In my car while driving through Chinatown, and while driving
though Jersey City, NJ.
what is the biggest difference between your hometown and where you’re
Loneliness, I see more lonely people here in the USA than
where I grew up.
you can follow Florence’s
ministry in New York here:
Date Created: 1/5/2015 1:19:18 PM
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