Pastor Austin Gardner is joined by special guest, Pastor Ken Baker, from New York City. Pastor Baker has been a missionary to New York for around nine years, and he and Pastor Gardner discuss how God called him and used him in the city. Do you think that New York is to closed to Gospel witness? Do you think it would be too hard to start a church there? Listen to Pastor Baker’s testimony to see what God can do in New York!

  • Introduction
    • Ken Baker 
    • I was saved when I was nine
    • I thought God was calling me to Guatemala 
    • God directed us to New York
    • We’ve been there for 9 years 
    • Jon Canavan
    • Missionaries to New York
    • Spent 3 summers in New York
    • Able minister to Jews and serve in a local church during those times
  • Why did you go to New York, Brother Anderson?
    • God used my brother-in-law who lives in Connecticut 
    • I helped him at his church, and we weren’t far from NYC
    • God used that time to call me there
  • How much support did you raise 
    • We aren’t weren’t fully supported when we went 
    • We needed $8,000 but we had $6,000
    • Our midweek is on Thursday, so I was able to travel to churches on Wednesday
  • What were the first few weeks like
    • Finding a building was hard
    • All the places I thought were right didn’t work
    • Three month’s before we started, God provided a building
    • We paid $1,100 a month for it
    • We ran a bus at first, but we weren’t reaching the community where the church was
    • We ran the bus about a year and then stopped
    • It cost $600 a month just to park it
    • After we gave it away, we really began to grow
    • We needed to focus on the area the church was in
    • The building we were in wasn’t the best place, but we weren’t able to move
    • Then, Hurricane Sandy came and basically destroyed the building
    • The very next building we looked at was the one we were able to move into
  • How many were in attendance?
    • Between 40-50 on Sunday
    • The new building was a challenge financially, but God gave us the money
    • We didn’t really see the building as long-term though
    • Our monthly support actually went down, but the church people really started to grow and started giving
    • Our people are first-generation Christians
    • We were in that building for 3 years
    • It wan’t uncommon for people to park several blocks away and walk to church
    • New Yorkers are used to that though
    • Most people drive, some take public transit, and some walk 
  • Where did God lead you next?
    • God lead us to an auto parts store that had 6,000 sq. ft. 
    • We signed a lease of five years and the rent was $7,200 a month
    • It cost $80,000 to renovate, but God really provided 
    • We tried to borrow money to buy a building, but no one would do it 
    • The owner of this building offered to sell it to us and finance it for us
    • Our mortgage is actually cheaper than our rent was 
    • The mortgage is for 20 years
    • The building is worth 1.5 million, but the owner is only charging us $950,000 for it
    • We saw this building as long term from the beginning because of the size
  • Why should someone consider New York?
    • There are plenty of reasons why it is hard
    • But ultimately it is God’s work
    • It’s not our work
    • We need to yield to Him
  • How many are in attendance Sunday morning?
    • 150
    • Our most effective outreach has been putting literature on houses 
    • People will just come out of curiosity
  • What are your services like?
    • We have discipleship classes on Saturday
    • They go about an hour and a half verse by verse through a book of the Bible
    • It’s more laid back and conversational 
    • Midweek is Thursday 
    • Each service we are preaching through a different book of the Bible
  • How has God grown you?
    • God really has grown our family more than our church in some ways 
    • I really had to learn to depend on Him in a way that I didn’t when we first started
  • How do we get in touch with you?
  • What is the racial mix of your church?
    • 35-40% Hispanic
    • 20% Asian
    • 10% Caucasian
    • 20-25% African American
    • That is the kind of diversity that we would love to see in our churches down here
  • Closing Remarks
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