People often ask me, "How do you keep focused on your mission and not get overwhelmed by how enormous your task is here in Metro New York?" My answer always begins with, "Prayer. Prayer keeps us focused on the only One who is adequate. Prayer reminds us how dependent we are upon the Lord to empower, sustain, and guide."
I've been reminded of that once again this week. Your MNYBA staff meets every Tuesday, and we open and close in prayer. We are reading through Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and paying special attention to what he says about prayer in the Christian community. This week we met at a restaurant in Jackson Heights, Kabob King. We were joined by some staff members of the University Baptist Church of Houston. We prayed together.
This month we have had several enVision tours, showing potential partners the ministry of our churches. At the close of one tour, Bill Greenwood of North Carolina reached across our conference room table and prayed for Sterling Edwards, our Director of Church Planting. It was a special moment.
On Tuesday, led our guests from Houston to a Nepali restaurant in Jackson Heights. Boto Joseph, our Evangelism Mobilizer, introduced us to the owner of Mustang Takali Restaurant, and we prayed for him and his nation in the aftermath of the earthquake there. From there we spent time in a Hindu Temple, and offered prayers for many Hindus here in NYC to see the light and truth of Christ.
Tuesday evening our Spanish pastors met as an Ordination Council for a new pastor in Tarrytown, NY. After a 90 minute session of question and answers, they gathered around Miguel Sandoval and prayed for him as he lead our church there.
This is a little of what Bonhoeffer said about prayer, "The body of Christ is praying, and I as an individual recognize that my prayer is only a tiny fraction of the whole prayer of the church. I learn to join the body of Christ in its prayer."
I invite you to join us as we pray for you, and for our association. Use these emails to offer prayer for your sister churches and ministries. Pray we all build ourselves up in our most holy faith, and pray in the Holy Spirit, and remain in the love of God (Jude v. 21).
I look forward to seeing you NEXT SATURDAY at our Midyear Meeting. Check out our website for more information!