BSC sends $50,000 for N.Y. church planting
    April 14 2010 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications

    The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) has sent $50,000 to its new urban partner, the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association (MYNBA), for church planting.

    Following initial discussions in December and vision trips in February, the BSC wasted little time in sending help to New York Baptists. North Carolina churches already are signing up for mission projects in New York.

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    Ed Yount, left, president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), and Milton A. Hollifield Jr., right, BSC executive director-treasurer, present George Russ, executive director of Metropolitan New York Baptist Association, with a $50,000 check for church planting efforts.

    “I am so appreciative for the Kingdom-minded leadership of the BSC that allows us to make an eternal difference in the lives of New Yorkers through church planting. Only eternity will reveal the spiritual dividends of souls through this $50,000 investment,” said Chuck Register, BSC executive leader for church planting and missions development.

    BSC President Ed Yount presented the check to MNYBA Executive Director George Russ during the N.C. Baptist Missions Conference in Charlotte April 10. Russ shared about MNYBA work and led a break out session.

    The funds will help five association churches, such as Graffiti II in the Bronx. Graffiti II, led by church planter Andrew Mann, began 18 months ago in one of the poorest, most violent neighborhoods in New York City. “Andrew will need assistance for quite some time as he grows a church comprised of a low-earning, multi-ethnic demographic,” Russ said.

    Other church planters receiving assistance from these funds include:
    • Karim Camara, a 35-year-old bi-vocational African-American church planter who launched Crown Heights Church in Brooklyn in late January.
    • Won Kwak, who is planting a multi-ethnic English-speaking church in a very diverse and densely populated community just across the George Washington Bridge in Ft. Lee, NJ.
    • Richard Perez, 29, a Dominican who grew up in the predominantly Hispanic Washington Heights area of Manhattan. He is a bi-vocational pastor who also teaches school.
    • Vladimir Danaila, a Russian-speaking Moldavian and an experienced church planter and evangelist. “I have been working for a year to bring Vladimir to New York City as a catalytic church planter amongst Russians and Jews,” Russ said.
    BSC Executive Director-Treasurer Milton A. Hollifield Jr., looks forward to the two-way nature of the partnership.

    “Our Convention will be blessed because Baptists from this huge metropolitan area will be able to teach Baptists in North Caroling how to be more effective in reaching the cities and urban parts of our state.”

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    4/14/2010 10:22:00 AM by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications | with 1 comments

Patrick Fuller
WOW! This is what it is all about. Great investment in the kingdom.
4/15/2010 5:31:32 PM

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