New York City Mission Trip

In 2007 a group of 11 young people and chaperones traveled to NYC at the invitation of NYC churches on a mission trip.


photo from New York City Mission Trip

Advent Lutheran Church

We were invited to assist the staff at Advent Lutheran Church in New York City with their Vacation Bible School from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. This was a wonderful opportunity to share God’s love with the childeren in this racially, culturally and economically diverse neighborhood. This church hosts a variety of children and youth programs, as well as an adult education and faith development opportunities.  In addition, they reach out and serve the community through a monthly food pantry and community lunch program.

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Salam Arabic Lutheran Church in Brooklyn

We worshipped with our friends at Salam Arabic Lutheran Church in Brooklyn and heard about the difficulties of having relatives in the Middle East during this tumultuous time. At Salam Arabic Lutheran Church, Pastor Khader El-Yateem and his wife Grace bring strengh, hope and compfort to immigrants from Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, and Iraq, offering services in both Engilish and Arabic. Salam Arabic Church became the country’s first Arabic-Lutheran church two and a half years ago Pastor El-Yateem and his wife are among those leading the effort to build connections between Lutheran Arabs nationally and internationally.

Trinity Lutheran Church

We also worked with members of Trinity Lutheran Church in NYC cleaning and organizing for their upcoming Vacation Bible School. Trinity opens it’s doors each afternoon to the neighborhood children and weekly adult classes give immigrants a chance to learn English. The church also operates a homeless shelter for LGBT teens through a local social service agency. Many times youth who are kicked out of their homes or run away in other parts of the U.S, find their way to New York City where there is approximately 7000 LGBT homeless teenagers.

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Transfiguration Lutheran Church

We visited with Pastor Paul Block, who shared with us a number of opportunities for us to share in ministry with their congregation in the future.

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Lutheran Office for World Community

After touring the U.N. Building we met at the Lutheran Office for World Community in the Church Center for the United Nations. The Lutheran Office for World Community follows many issues, including the search for a sustainable environment, protections for refugees and other displaced persons, economic justice, children’s concerns, and human rights violations. It is responsible for encouraging implementation of international treaties, monitoring issues of concern to the church, net-works with other non-governmental organizations, and enables church members ~ especially those form developing countries to be heard at United Nations headquarters.

Seafarers & International House

We also met with Executive Director Pastor Sudbrock of the Seafarers & International House in NYC and learned all about their ministry. The primary focus of its outreach is to bring a word of welcome and encouragement to seafarers in port. For the crew of 20-25 seafarers, who spend as many as ten months a year at sea and in foreign ports, these visits provide the necessities of life to support the seafarers’ spiritual, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. The life of the seafarer is spent in days of isolation and loneliness, separated from home and family, friends, and the church. Sharing a meal or a cup of coffee with captain and crew, providing pastoral care for a troubled seafarer, offering worship and prayer, bringing snacks, videos, books, magazines or periodicals, driving the seafarers to a shopping mall for necessities, these are all ways that this ministry connects with seafarers from around the world. Seafarers & International House also works with other maritime agencies to ensure that seafarers have suitable working and sleeping conditions and that they receive proper medical care and properly paid wages.

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We invite you to consider going future New York City Mission Trips 

photo from New York City Mission Trip

NYC Mission Trip Important Forms

NYC Mission Trip Permission Slip
NYC 2008 Mission Trip Medication-Emergency Contact Form
NYC Chaperone Emergency contact From 

NYC Sister Churches of McFarland Lutheran Church

    • Advent Lutheran Church
    • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
    • Salam Arabic Lutheran Church
    • Transfiguration Lutheran Church

    Pastor Elise Brown
    2504 Broadway at 93rd St
    New York City, New York 10025

    Pastor Heidi Neumark
    164 West 100th Street
    New York, New York 10025
    Phone: 212-222-7045 

    Rev. Khader N. El-Yateem
    345 Ovington Ave.
    Brooklyn, New York 11209

    Pastor Paul Block
    763 Prospect Ave
    Bronx, NY 10455
    718- 378-3588

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