文：陳熾牧師 Rev. Mike Chan
Transform City in Desperation to City of Hope
“Mercy to the needy is a loan to God, and God pays back those loans in full.” (Proverbs 19:17)
The three-year epidemic has devastated millions of people in New York City: homeless people cluttering in the upper and lower Manhattan, asylees pouring in from the southern border at night, and people living in slums continue to increase; exacerbated by depression, soaring prices, unemployment, sickness, and death…these scenarios indeed reflect an image of a “City in Desperation!”
Yet, the “epidemic” that completely hollows out people’s minds is far more serious than material shortages. For “A man is not hungry because he lacks bread, nor thirsty because he lacks water, but because he does not listen to the voice of the LORD.” (Amos 8:11-12)
The purpose of the publication of the “CCHC-New York Ministry” is to let everyone see how the staff of the four New York Gospel Centers (Herald Mission Center, Herald Gospel Center, Brooklyn Herald Gospel Center, Haven Café) are working diligently every day to expand the caring ministries, and collectively express God’s love by serving groups with different needs, with the conviction to gradually transform the “City in Desperation” into a “City of Hope”, so that people–men, women and children, can see the true light of the Lord, witness how his love transforms lives, and restores broken families. Through our caring ministries, vulnerable groups are being cared for and children and youths’ character being molded, as we closely collaborate with the churches to lead the non-believers into His Kingdom!
Thank the Lord for all the abundant resources given to the four gospel centers in New York. Please continue to pray for all our co-workers, and you are also welcomed to join our ministries as a volunteer. By utilizing the spiritual gifts, talents, and workplace experience that God has bestowed on you, we believe your contributions have more eternal value than chasing short-term wealth in the world!