Today we're going to Jamaica - but not the island
one. This Jamaica is a neighborhood in New York
City that is part of the borough of Queens. That's
across the East River from Manhattan, where the Empire
State Building and the like are located. About 217,000
people live in this Jamaica.
Our missionaries serving in Jamaica are Romeo and
Marietta Gonzales. They have planted a new church which
has been reaching mostly people from the Philippines
like Romeo and Marietta themselves are. Our church
is supporting them through our Cooperative Program
giving. They named the church Lighthouse Church
International. It got started by getting families together
for Bible study and worship. Then the new believers
invited people they knew and gave out Gospel tracts in
grocery stores, flea markets and restaurants around the
neighborhood - and the church grew. One woman had
attended another church, but when she heard Romeo
explain the Gospel she realized she had not been truly
saved. She accepted Christ and now is a faithful member.
New York is a huge city, where more than 500 languages
are spoken by people who have come from every part of
the world. It is a missions field that is also a gateway to
most of the nations of the world. That's why Southern
Baptists have sent a number of missionaries like Romeo
and Marietta to New York.
Today let us pray for Romeo and Marietta and their son
there in Jamaica, New York. Let's ask God to bless their
ministry and help their church become a truly bright
and visible lighthouse for Jesus.