FBC Foley helps support NYC church plantcomment (0)
May 1, 2014
By Bruce Sims
Feride visited Connection Church in the Queens borough of New York City for several weeks before she voiced her questions.
A Muslim from Bulgaria, Feride soon became comfortable enough to ask the church’s pastor, Daniel McGhee, to meet her for coffee to discuss Christianity. And the answers to her questions eventually led her to become a Christian.
“When she finally accepted Christ as her Savior, I baptized her,” McGhee said. “She said that when she came up out of the water it was like a physical feeling of freedom.
“Her family has seen a huge difference in her as she speaks to them,” McGhee said, noting she is continually sharing the gospel with them. “For me, her pastor, it was a humbling experience to see someone who has become a dynamo for Christ.”
And Feride is not the only “dynamo” associated with Connection Church. There are about 75 active members in the church McGhee planted about nine years ago — a church that First Baptist Church, Foley, helps support.
Speaking to the congregation of First, Foley, on April 6, McGhee, who hails from Star City, Ark., shared about his journey to Queens.
He was pastor of Grace Baptist Church in upstate New York and not interested in moving to New York City.
“I ... had a resistance about coming to New York City, which was based on a preconceived idea about what the place was all about,” he said.
But God helped him past those ideas when the opportunity to plant a church surfaced, he said, noting not only did he change locations but also professions.
He became a Yellow Cab driver in lower Manhattan and worked in a bivocational role while the church was in its early stages.
Finding himself in an area of about a quarter of a million residents speaking roughly 600 languages, McGhee said one of the church’s main ministries soon became English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
“Everyone wants to learn English in order to be able to communicate with their neighbors,” he said. “We have also gone out on the street and offered free cups of coffee. Of course nothing is free in New York so people look at us with suspicion until they have the cup in their hand and find out that we really aren’t going to charge them anything.”
Church members also reach out to people of a variety of faiths such as Muslims, Buddhists and agnostics.
Connection Church is affiliated with the New York Metro Association, the Baptist Convention of New York and the Southern Baptist Convention. It currently meets for services Sunday evenings and teaches ESL classes on weeknights in a Lutheran church building.
Along with First, Foley, churches in Texas, Arkansas and Georgia help support the ministry at Connection Church.
For more information about Connection Church, visit www.connectionnyc.com. To schedule a missions team to work with Connection Church, call Daniel McGhee at 347-407-2105.