Preparing for ministry in NYC

My first trips to NYC were with my church youth group during Easter Break Junior & Senior years of high school. We visited the United Nations, saw sights on Manhattan, shared devotionals and bonding time. These trips awakened me to missions opportunities, and for the first time I encountered international people who did not share the same perspective of the USA, or our western version of Christianity. I was challenged to understand a different world view of what it meant to be a Christian and how to live out my faith and share it with others. Since then, God has allowed me to encounter many people of different Christian and non-Christian faiths and engage in respectful, from the heart meaningful dialogue.

When it was first announced that Blackhawk Ministries would be offering a short term ministry opportunity in NYC my mind immediately thought of Gary Rowland and his work with International Project. I renewed my prayers for the effectiveness of his outreach, and hoped I would have an opportunity to participate in similar ministry. When I heard that our NYC missions trip would involve working with International Project, that further confirmed God was calling me to this work. I encourage you to join me in praying for the needs of foreigners living in NYC who need to hear the Gospel, and in praying some will respond positively to the life changing impact the Gospel can have in their lives.

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