With Bill Jones at one of their daily services held at Manor Church.
Where can I begin to explain or detail all the work of this ministry at this point in the ministry’s existence? New York Gospel Mission was started in 1895 by Dr. Bernard Angel, a Jewish man who sought to preach the Gospel to his brethren, the Jewish people. The church building in which NYGM now resides was itself built as a mission in the old port/industrial west side of Manhattan during the mid-nineteenth century. By God’s grace, 350 West 26th Street, Manhattan still houses a Gospel ministry.
On any given Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday at three in the afternoon, a Gospel-focused chapel service begins. Crowds commonly numbering a hundred to a hundred forty bring their pushcarts to receive food from the mission’s breadbox at the end of the services. While we seek to care for those in need, we are in heart an evangelical ministry, and our focus first and foremost is the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through Him, man is truly and eternally blessed, and there is no lack of the things for which we might praise Him or magnify the greatness of His salvation. We have been saved through Him. “For by grace you are the ones having been saved through faith; and this not of yourselves; of God is the gift, not of works, that no man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God before ordained, that in these we should walk.” We know His grace and eternal life through faith in Christ. We stand on the fundamentals of the faith. In our modest way then also, we seek, through the means God has given us, to care for the food-needs of the widow, the orphan, the foreigner, and those who fall on economic hard times.
Our breadbox ministry is supported through donations of food from three Trader Joes supermarkets in Manhattan. Throughout the week, we pick up these donations of bread, produce, meat, dented merchandise, and floral items. Last year, Trader Joes donated $1,590,000 of food items they would otherwise have thrown away.
In looking at the technical aspects of our ministry, we sometimes marvel how God provides for us. Today a church group from New Jersey came for their bi-monthly day-trip to New York to help in the work. They couldn’t have come on a better day. Our donating supermarkets had heaped upon us an unusually large donation. By midday we started seeing snow. By 3:15 in the afternoon, our “morning pickup” was finished, and amazingly God had sent these volunteers to help in the pickup and distribution of food on this snowy day. The attendance at our chapel service was then unusually large, and much of the food was distributed. That which we had remaining we donated to a fledgling breadbox ministry in the region of town in which NYGM used to be located and in which we still seek to minister as we have opportunity. God certainly works in mysterious ways.
Pray for us, that we would remain faithful to the Word of God and the Gospel of Christ as preach, that we would be filled with the Holy Spirit, and that we would be pleasing to God in all things. Pray that, if it be God’s will, He would add souls to His kingdom through the preaching of the Gospel in our day and in this place.
Gasoline. Gas is in short supply. Gas is needed for the vehicles in order to pickup the food from 3 Trader Joe's throughout the day and distribute it to the needy areas of the City. Gas is also needed to keep our portable generator running for heat a [ ... ][ abbreviated | read original blog ]
Last week we had over 430 and probably will have nearly 500 by week's end. We are having 8-12 new people in every Sunday and Thursday evening service. We asked the people how many they are helping with the food they receive and the best estima [ ... ][ abbreviated | read original blog ]
Greetings friends! We have a new ministry video available from the New York Gospel Mission. Watch this short 10-minute video to get a taste of the active outreach ministry that we are involved with. Please contact us to schedule a time for your... [ ... ][ abbreviated | read original blog ]
This week we had the joy of seeing two people put their trust in Christ and this Saturday Lord willing we will baptize seven people at Brighton Beach. I am looking forward to this service. [ ... ][ abbreviated | read original blog ]
We had six individuals respond to the gospel tonight with an upraised hand and publically confess before others that Jesus is Lord. Yesterday we made a trip to the ocean and baptized two individuals. Two weeks from now we will have anothe [ ... ][ abbreviated | read original blog ]
This evening's service had nearly 90 in attendance. One lady who lives in our neighborhood and for 17 years did not know we were here wanted to walk another direction but reversed coarse and came into the service. She stayed afterwards and put [ ... ][ abbreviated | read original blog ]
We had a full house tonight with nearly 90 in attendance. During the closing prayer nearly a dozen raised their hands saying they wanted to put their faith in Christ. After they raised their hands I asked how many of them would testify p [ ... ][ abbreviated | read original blog ]
The chapel was full with 85 people in tonight's service. At the end a lady asked to give a testimony. She was here last week for the first time and announced tonight that she had given her heart to the Lord and was a new creature. She co [ ... ][ abbreviated | read original blog ]
Last Saturday over 40 students from BBC spent the day evangelizing in the city. It looks as though I will have four college interns for six weeks and two of them for the whole summer. We have had visitors in everyone of our services for the [ ... ][ abbreviated | read original blog ]