New York: Learning and growing

Summer interns working at Metropolitan New York Baptist Association.

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We are more than halfway through our Multiply NYC emphasis, and it is going great.

I am enjoying working with college students. They really motivate me, and it’s so awesome to see them serve the Lord every single day. They have so much energy.

leilani estrada96Leilani EstradaWe have 15 interns working in 13 ministries around New York City. One of them, Jessie Mendoza, is working at Iglesia Bautista La Palabra. He and I have been working with the youth and have also been discipling people in home Bible studies.

Recently, we went with about 20 volunteers from La Palabra to Easton, Maryland, to help Easton’s First Baptist Church with Vacation Bible School. We were there three days, and it was very helpful, because we are taking the same VBS theme to our church. We learned from them, and it will help us organize and be prepared for our VBS.  

Every Thursday, we schedule development days, when we invite church planters, missionaries and pastors from all over New York City to train and equip our interns. Our first week, we went to Staten Island to visit Pastor Ray Parascando, who told us about his church and the needs in his community.

metronyb office300Our second week, we visited Boto Joseph, a missionary in Jackson Heights also known as Little India.  We took a walk around the neighborhood. Boto explained to us about what Hindus believe in and how we can present the gospel to them.

During our third week, while Jessie and I were in Maryland helping with VBS, our interns visited church planter Jamie Rogers in Long Island.  Rogers told them about what God is doing in his church and his community. That same day, our interns had a Bible study together. They really want to grow in biblical community and counsel one another.  

Most recently, we spent time with Pastor Tom Richter from New Hope Christian Church in Jamaica, Queens. He presented a great message based on Matthew 11:28-30 and talked to us about the importance of prayer and community with Jesus.  We also had about 60 students from Generation Send, an internship from the North American Mission Board. Our interns and Generation Send interns got to meet and know each other, and we will be joining them in a couple of weeks during their training. 

Please pray for our interns, that they can keep the same energy in their ministries.

Leilani Estrada, a graduate of the University of Texas Pan-Am, serves in New York as a Go Now missionary with Metropolitan New York Baptist Association.

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