Monday, December 1, 2014

The Ultimate Gift

As I sit here on this Cyber Monday followed by Black Friday, it’s hard not to think about gifts.  What does everyone want for Christmas and how can I get the best deal possible?  

Within minutes of reflection on gifts, I am reminded of the ultimate gift given to all of humanity – JESUS!  As we prepare to celebrate his birthday in just a few short weeks, I am humbled and grateful for the calling God has placed on our family to go and share the ultimate gift of Jesus with those in New York City.  As we prepare to move in just a few short months, I am humbled and grateful, yet again, for the gifts of love, prayer, support, and encouragement we have received from so many people.  God is so good to put people in our lives who are excited for us and want to help with the church plant however they can.  How can we be anything but thankful?  Our family, like many, used last month to reflect on Thanksgiving and all the things we are to be thankful for.  How can we ever express our thanks to our great God and our thanks to so many of you as you have provided what we have needed during this time of change?   Behind the simple words, “Thank You” are deep and heartfelt feelings of gratitude and praise.  Our cup is overflowing and we are blessed! 

"Every good gift and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Support Update

Whether you are reading this blog for the first time OR you've been following us over the last few months, we encourage you to check out this awesome video done by the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association.  It will give you a glimpse into the area we will be living and ministering.

We have been busy, busy, BUSY throughout the month of October sharing our vision of the New York City church plant with groups, individuals, and churches.  During the month of October alone we have traveled in four states, spoken to almost 15 groups, and had innumerable meals with others! These have all been sweet times of fellowship and we have been so encouraged, not only by the excitement of the people we've met with, but also by the Lord's goodness as he provides in miraculous ways.  We are so grateful for all the support we've received.  Through these meetings, God has given us yet another confirmation that we are walking in exactly the way He has planned for us!  If you would like for us to come to your church or home to share about the church plant, please e-mail Erin at to get a date on the calendar.

We are still working hard every day to raise the financial and prayer support needed to move in the early part of 2015.  Our monthly financial goal is currently at about 30% and we feel strongly that we need to at least be at 80% before we move to New York.  Please continue to pray for supporters to rise up and start giving now especially to our monthly funds.

We would like to encourage those who have made a verbal financial commitment to the church plant to go ahead and join the support team.  You can set up a monthly draft easily and post-date the draft to start whenever you like.

God has been so good to already send committed groups to come to New York City starting summer 2015 and possibly even a summer intern.  We feel so blessed and are excited to watch the Lord work through these people!

We would appreciate your prayers Nov 13-21 as we travel to New York on a mission trip with our church.  We will have an opportunity to tour several schools and look at some apartments while we are there.  Please pray that the Lord would guide our decisions and also that we would have a great trip with our church!!!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Festivals of Darkness

Navratri Celebration

As Adam and I learn about the many people we will  be ministering to in New York City, we are eager to share what we learn with our readers so that they may pray with this information in mind, helping to intercede on our behalf and the lost peoples in the Jackson-Heights communities.

Festival Season for Hindu peoples is in full swing in India as well as in parts of Jackson-Heights, Flushing, and other areas of New York City. In India, the festival season begins with a 10-day celebration honoring the Hindu god Ganesh (Aug 29-Sept 8). People bring giant idols of Ganesh into their homes. They worship him for 10 days, then they carry him in procession for immersion in the nearest large body of water. September's end will see nine days of celebration known as Navratri (Sept 25-Oct 3).  The word “Navratri” literally means 9 nights.  People will dance far into the night, worshiping the goddesses of the harvest, specifically the deity, Durga.  

In NYC, entire communities are very involved in these celebrations and worship of their gods and goddesses during this important major festival.  Hindu temples offer free celebrations, engaging in dance programs and cultural events.  The 9 days of Navratri, Hindu believers fast, eating only fruit. Will you pray right now for the Hindu people residing in Jackson-Heights, that we may engage them with the gospel?  Will you also consider taking one day during Navratri (Sept 25-Oct 3) to fast and pray?

Prayer Points:
  • Pray for the Light to shine this dark month. Ask the Holy Spirit to break through the evil, that God may reveal himself in miraculous ways.  
  • Pray for Christian Indian believers to stand firm and bold before their neighbors and families.
  • Pray for the Hindu background congregation of the church plant and the leaders.
  • Pray for the South Asian Center and other centers like it.  
  • Pray for the Christian workers in India.
  • Pray for Adam and Erin as they learn knowledge about Hindu people and seek ways to share Christ.

I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" (Psalm 46:10)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coast to Coast Giving

We want to praise God that our first few donations have come in!! Thank you Lord!! One of our first monthly gifts of $25 comes to us from the West Coast. Our first gift to the launch fund is $5,000 and comes from the East Coast. We are encouraged that God is raising up supporters for the Jackson Heights Church Plant from all over the United States!  As you probably notice, these two gifts are quite different in terms of amount but God will use every single penny for His work to be accomplished. Every dollar counts and we are so thankful for those who give toward our needs both out of a spirit of generosity as well as those who give with a sacrificial heart. May God bless the gift and the giver!   

Will you consider giving financially in the form of an annual gift, monthly gift, or toward our launch fund?  Annual and monthly donations will go directly toward the $10,300 we need per month to live in NYC and begin phase one of the church plant. We need to raise an additional $16,000 for the launch fund. This fund will allow us to pay 4 months rent, which is what is needed to secure an apartment in NYC, as well as provide for our moving expenses to Queens.  

Our family is entering a season of urgency for these funds to begin to pour in. Our goal is to move in January so we can transition our son into his new school after the holiday break. Ministry is also a bit slower in NYC from December to March, therefore it is a great time to move and figure out how to live in and navigate the city.   

Will you give? Will you encourage others to give? Will you speak to your church on our behalf? We are eager to come and speak to church groups and others who are interested in how they can partner with us. If you can’t give, will you pray that God will prick the hearts of others to give?  Will you pray for our family and for the lost people in Jackson Heights? Click here to join our support team through prayer, providing, participating.

If the Lord is prompting you to financially give in any of the 3 ways listed above, please begin your monthly giving todayBelow is a diagram that presents various levels of giving for people, churches and businesses.

Even though we are not in NYC yet, the monthly donations will be directly applied to our launch fund until we actually move. This is why we are encouraging others to set-up their online giving today. Our family cannot move until we have raised all the launch funds and secured all commitments for monthly donations! Thank you for the overwhelming support we have received these past few weeks since we have made the big announcement. Words of affirmation, phone calls, texts, cards, hugs, and prayers have been in abundance and we have felt so very loved! Thank you for your investment in us! Thank you for your investment in God’s Kingdom!  We love you!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bishops in the Big Apple

So, if you are reading this you must have figured out that we have some pretty life-altering news we are excited to share about our family colliding with God's plan.  Let's see, how do I say this?  I guess I just need to spit it out to make it real.

Here goes.....We are moving to New York City to plant a church!!!!

Say what?!?

Yep, it's true.  The good Lord has been chiseling away on our hearts over the past couple of years.  After much prayer -- saying, "huh?" -- more prayer -- and more asking, "are you sure Lord?" -- we feel a deep sense of confirmation that we must obediently follow His steps.....all the way to NYC!!

Jesus delivers a profound, final message in Matthew 28.  He's just been crucified, buried, and has risen from the dead.  He's appeared to a few folks and now he says these words, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me."

Let's stop right there.  First of all, I would venture to guess that the disciples were hanging on Jesus' every word after he states that he has been given ALL AUTHORITY IN HEAVEN & EARTH.

Jesus then says, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Simple and concise.  GO, MAKE, BAPTIZE, TEACH.  Oh, and, by the way, I'll always be with you.

This command is clear and direct and is one I've never been able to just skip over as I study God's word.  This command has gripped my heart from an early age and just seems to "keep coming up" in sermons, books, through people, in work & play, and as the spirit speaks to me. 

As we hope, dream, and pray for the nations to know Jesus, we recognize that our family's purpose in this mandate is to go specifically to "the nations" residing in New York City.  Exciting.  Scary. Wonderful.  Overwhelmingly blessed.  These are some emotions we are feeling as we consider this task, accept His call, and move toward making it a reality. 

Here's the thing.  This final message from Jesus is THE most important message he had to say or else he would have ended with something different before ascending to heaven.  It's not just for us to follow.  It's for you too.  How will you be part of bringing the gospel message to all nations?

Would you pray for us?  Would you pray for the nations residing in NYC?  Would you pray for this new church plant?  Would you ask God to reveal your role in this church plant?

If you have questions or would like more information, please e-mail us at
Written by Erin Bishop