Coats for the City – 2014

Announcements / New York City

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December 11-13, 2014
MNYBA
New York City, NC

Two years ago, Bethlehem Baptist Church in Gastonia had a vision for Coats for Queens. The church partnered with Boto Joseph, a church planter in Queens, to distribute coats and Bibles, and to pray with residents of Jackson Heights in Queens. This ministry was a huge success. Last year the effort was expanded as a result of Hurricane Sandy to include Rockaway Beach.

This year the project has been expanded even further. Partnering with church planters all across New York, this year we hope to collect 30,000 coats and either a Bible or Jesus film in the language of the person receiving the coat. To do this we need your help. Your church can get involved by promoting Coats for the City to your church, recruiting volunteers to help with coat distribution in New York, and praying that Coats for the City would open the door for the gospel to be shared with those who are not yet believers in Jesus Christ.

We need for churches to collect new or gently used coats throughout October. The collected coats must be sorted into heavy duty lawn bags, according to three styles: men, women and children. The coats should be delivered to the collection centers listed below by October 31.

We would also ask people to donate $2 for every coat they drop off. This will help cover the cost of the Bibles and/or Jesus videos. This is not required, but would be a big help.

If you have people willing to go to New York to help distribute coats we ask each of them to commit to the following:

Each volunteer needs to arrive in New York by the evening of Thursday, December 11. A training session will be held Friday, December 12, as well as preparation for distribution the following day. Each volunteer will be asked to be prepared to pray with and share the gospel with those they engage on Saturday, December 13. We have room for 40 volunteers at the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association and can arrange other housing if needed. Volunteers will be responsible for their own transportation and lodging cost.

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