We have experienced several winter storms here in New York City, and I’ve pretty much had it. My body is constantly shivering. I can’t go outside without having to wear thermals under my clothes, not to mention sweaters, jacket, gloves and hats. So, I’ve been hibernating a little. But the work goes on.
I have started a new discipleship program with the youth at Iglesia Bautista La Palabra called Sembrados en Buena Tierra or “Planted on Good Soil.” The first chapter of our program is Aprendiendo a ser un Discípulo or “Learning to be a Disciple.” I brought this material from my church back in Texas.
I want the youth to know that it’s not enough to be just a believer. Jesus called us to be his disciples, which means to remain in him and in his word (John 8:31), bear fruit (John 15:8) and multiply (Matthew 28:19). The youth are very excited with this new program, and they seem to be putting what they are learning into practice.
Currently, we are organizing our summer internship program at Metropolitan New York Baptist Association, which we decided to call Multiply NYC. We also are getting ready for PASSPORT NYC, in which we will receive several mission teams during spring break, and they will be sent to serve churches in our association.
I am very humbled to be a part of what God is doing in New York City. One thing I was reminded of recently is that God doesn’t send us to places. God sends us to people.
Leilani Estrada, a graduate of the University of Texas Pan-Am, served in New York last summer with Go Now Missions and returned to New York City to serve as a Go Now semester missionary with Metropolitan New York Baptist Association.