When Donna Elmore went to New York City on a mission trip in the fall of 2014, she learned the importance of following God faithfully.
During a routine bus ride in the city, a Muslim woman sat in the seat next to her. The two began a conversation, which eventually turned into a discussion about the gospel. Even when the entire group had to change buses, Elmore and the rest of the team remained with the woman, sharing the good news of Jesus with her.
This fall, Embrace and Women’s Evangelism and Discipleship will sponsor another mission trip to New York City. The trip is scheduled for Sept. 15-18. The cost is $550, and the deadline to apply is May 4.
While on the NYC Embrace trip in 2012, Wendy Mitchell also saw the importance of being flexible to God’s leading in the midst of our circumstances. One Sunday, due to a rerouted subway system, the group missed their stop to go to church, and instead decided to worship God together in a nearby park.
“We sat there on the bench, Ashley (Allen) read Matthew 9:37-38, all while looking out over Manhattan,” Mitchell said. “It was truly amazing and gave me an increased desire to serve the Lord in that city.”
While there is a unique need for a gospel presence in all cities, the need in the Metro New York area is especially great. The Metro New York area includes 22 million residents – and less than 3 percent of those residents have a relationship with Jesus Christ. “God has definitely brought the nations to us,” said Becky Richardson, who has participated in the Embracing NYC trip in the past. “In New York City, you have the opportunity to reach so many people groups. You just have to be willing and obedient.”
In the past, Embrace mission trips to New York City have included everything from ESL (English as a second language) lessons that included a gospel presentation, to henna parties, where participants drew biblical art on their arms using henna.
“My favorite part is seeing women who go on this trip realize, ‘I’m not supposed to be about just being on a mission trip, but this should be my life,” said Ashley Allen, who leads the Embrace and Women’s Evangelism and Discipleship ministries of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC). “I should live my life on mission – the same things that I’m doing here, I can do in North Carolina.’”
If you or your church would like to know more about Embrace and Women’s Evangelism and Discipleship, please visit ncbaptist.org/embrace or contact Ashley Allen at [email protected] (800) 395-5102, ext. 5559. To find more information specific to the NYC mission trip, please visit ncbaptist.org/embracingnyc.