CP UPDATE #1 NYC
What a week.
A week that I didn't deserve to be a part of. And I will forever thank God for allowing me to be on mission for Him in New York.
New York was a week of transformation; in my own heart, the hearts of my brothers and sisters around me, and the broken hearts of NYC.
So why were we in New York? Acts 20:24 puts it simply:
"But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God."
This was our attitude and battle cry as we took the gospel to the unreached people in our own country.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK:
PRAYER IS POWERFUL:
"Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings." -Hebrews 10:22
Our purpose on MONDAY was to pray; to talk to God about our weaknesses and ask him to change the hearts of those don't know Jesus as Lord & Savior. On the streets of Queens, we walked by many different types of people from several Southeast Asian countries, most trying to find their satisfaction in the things of the world. Seeing the diversity of people that first day reminded me that the gospel is for all people and God can save the nations just like He saved me. God sustained us throughout the day and a spirit of prayer carried us throughout every hour. We prayer walked for countless hours but we never failed to find requests to bring to our great God. Probably for the first time, I prayed like I really meant it, with expectation that God would work.
BOLDNESS COMES FROM CHRIST:
"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." -2 Timothy 1:7
On TUESDAY God shook me out of my comfort zone like never before. Tuesday was our first day going out and sharing the gospel and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I often have the temptation to overthink and live in fear. Earlier that morning, it was said that "Pursuing discomfort for Christ will produce comfort of the Spirt." God used those words and His spirit to completely change my mindset. My group of three went out to share the gospel in a troubled, rundown neighborhood and when we walked into the apartments I sensed darkness all around me, yet my mind felt free of worry. Being in that environment was risky but God took every sense of fear and doubt away from me. He led me in boldness when our surroundings felt unsafe and when we thought about turning back. God gave me the ability to lead in that moment and share the gospel with a Muslim lady and share with her that Jesus is the One true God. This boldness was with me throughout the week and led me to share the gospel with a Muslims, Buddists, and those who had never heard of Jesus. God's presence in New York has assured me that I can truly find boldness in Christ and fear has no power over me.
WORSHIP IS ETERNAL:
"I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth...taste and see that the Lord is good!"
- Psalm 34:1,8
THURSDAY morning was truly beautiful. I had the wonderful privilege of worshipping unlike any way I have before. I felt joy seeping throughout the room as a we learned the ways to say "God is Holy" in different languages. All our ways of familiar worship were abandoned and our hearts praised God with gladness.
WE WERE MADE TO LIVE IN COMMUNITY:
"All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." - Acts 2:44-47
FRIDAY was a day for me to reflect on all the great things God did. What occurred in Acts 2 long ago was true and real for us. My City Project friends have been such a blessing to me and the best thing is that we're united in Christ. We encourage each other daily, go to each other for prayer, lift each other up in our weaknesses, serve each other well, and rejoice when God moves. NYC has been a time of growth and joy and I'm so thankful to have had this experience.
During our time in New York we had the privilege of
Praying for 581 people specifically
Sharing the gospel with 321 people
Following up and having further conversations with 78 people
Meeting and connecting 36 believers, and
seeing 10 new people come to faith!
Please join me in praying for the ministry of Global Gates and their mission in New York City. Also for the hearts of the people in NYC- that the nations would be reached in our own country and those who have never heard of the name of Jesus will hear of the Savior of the world.