In the same way that Roman roads were used in Jesus’ time to spread the gospel throughout the world, the subway system is a useful tool to spread the gospel throughout New York City. The boundaries of ministry are almost limitless since the trains connect the four boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx to each other!
We take advantage of the ease of public transportation during our annual summer outreach. And to celebrate Chosen People Ministries’ 125th anniversary year, Shalom Brooklyn has become Shalom New York! This outreach will be our largest single effort ever to reach the Jewish people of New York City. God willing, 125 people each week from all over the world will join together on the streets of New York City for two week-long missions: July 27–August 3, and August 3–10.
Participants will be staying in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Teams will be trained and then sent throughout New York City to engage in a vast variety of street ministries. At night, there will be follow-up phone calls and visits, gospel cafés, debates, and even an opportunity to experience the richness of Jewish culture in the Big Apple!
Richard Flashman, the director of Shalom New York, described an encounter during Shalom Brooklyn last year:
I met Ben* in Borough Park. He is a member of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. He graciously agreed to stop and answer my survey questions. This led to an in-depth gospel conversation. We seemed to make a connection. Since then, we have had a number of email exchanges through which Ben has been examining the Old Testament evidence for the Messianic identity of Jesus.
While this type of openness does not happen every time we witness on the streets, it certainly can. We hope you will join us in prayer for this kind of receptivity as we prepare for this intensive summer outreach in New York City.