Last year, when the BSCNC entered into a partnership with the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association (MNYBA) I was excited because New York City has always been so appealing to me. At the time I had never been to NYC. My knowledge of NYC has come from movies that have been filmed in the City, Broadway musicals, and books that found their plot lines in the heart of Manhattan.

While NYC is filled with everything you see on television and can possibly imagine – lots of lights, noise, and action couched in the midst of tall skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle of a very lively city – it is the people that are the heartbeat of the city.

And NYC is filled with people.

Eight and half million people to be exact.

In visits to NYC, one of the things that has amazed me is the diversity in the makeup of the population. You can stand on a street corner in a neighborhood in Queens and hear dialects from India. You can stand on a different street corner in Queens and examine business signs that are in Korean, Thai, and Chinese and hear dialogue on the streets in those languages. In a different part of the city you can encounter people from other countries all over the world.

Truly the nations are represented in NYC.

God’s heart is for the nations.

In my quiet times the last several weeks I have been reading through the Psalms. Throughout the psalms the psalmist – whether it is David, Asaph, or the sons of Korah – continually note that the nations are to exalt God. Psalm 67:2-4 says, “That Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations. Let the people praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for You will judge the people with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth.”

God’s heart is for the nations.

I think what is incredible, and simultaneously humbling, is that our almighty, holy, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Heavenly Father allows us, as believers, to have a role in seeing that the nations come to faith in Jesus Christ.

What a privilege.

What a task.

But, how are we doing at our task? Are we faithfully and obediently sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ among the nations that the Lord has placed an hour plane ride away?

The picture below was taken this past February when I flew into the city.

While this is a picture of Manhattan and a tiny part of Brooklyn, among all those glorious buildings are people – many, many people who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

I am excited that in September of this year I will get to lead a group of ladies to NYC for a mission trip where we will be able to spread the news of Jesus Christ among the nations in the heart of a city seen daily on television, but filled with people who don’t know Christ.

I can’t wait to start spreading the News.

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