All the nations have come together in New York City. It blows my mind how God has brought people groups in just one city, and not only that, God has brought them together in their own communities and neighborhoods.
Brenda Sanders, my Go Now Missions supervisor, recently came to New York City. I was so happy to see her and spend time with her. I am so thankful for her passion to send college students to make disciples of all nations.She attended our Get Connected event at Metropolitan New York Baptist Association, where she learned about different ministries at the association, as well as our new summer internship program, MultiplyNYC.
Brenda and I—along with a group from First Baptist Church in Houston—took a Vision Tour and visited the ministries that take place in the borough of Queens.
First, we went to Flushing, an Asian neighborhood. There, we talked to a church planter and learned about his ministry—and also drank some bubble tea.
Two subway stops after Flushing, we visited Corona. In this neighborhood, you will find people from Mexico, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and El Salvador. We visited Pastor Juan Carlos Suero, who told us about his ministry. He has planted a Quichua church in Corona.
After Corona, we stopped at Jackson Heights, also known as Little India. We heard from one of our church planters, Boto Joseph, as he shared with us the needs in his neighborhood. As he gave us a tour, we went inside one of the Indian stores. There, Boto explained to us a little about the Hindu religion—what they believe and how Hinduism and yoga go hand-in-hand.
I got to try Indian food for the very first time in my life and I loved it! We also had real chai tea, which is very different from Starbucks chai.
I am captivated at how God works and brings people closer to the gospel.
Leilani Estrada, a graduate of the University of Texas Pan-Am, serves in New York as a Go Now semester missionary with Metropolitan New York Baptist Association.