is essential for church planters and their families. Pray for God to work through them to impact lostness and to make disciples.
Sterling and Jenna Edwards
East Islip, Long Island
The Edwards planted Crossroads Church five years ago. Today this multi-ethnic church is strong and growing in its own facility. Crossroads and the Edwards are now well into the process of launching two new churches. One of these will be an English-speaking congregation in East Islip, Long Island. East Islip is an affluent commuter bedroom community of NYC, with 265,000 people within a five-mile radius of the community’s center, 61 percent of these are below age 45. Average home values here are in excess of $400,000. One Roman Catholic Church and one Christian Reformed Church are located in the area. Fewer than 10 Southern Baptist Churches exist on Long Island for a population of three million people. The total evangelical adherence is below three percent in a culturally Roman Catholic and extremely pluralistic environment.
Marek and Kasia Sikora
Passaic, New Jersey
Marek and Kasia have extensive ministry experience with students and young adults in Poland. They moved from Poland in 2009 to pastor First Polish Baptist Church (FPBC) in Brooklyn, N.Y. Marek has resigned from FPBC, and in recent months, has initiated Polish-speaking small groups in the region surrounding Passaic, N.J. A significant Polish diaspora is present in northern New Jersey, but almost no evangelical work is in existence.
Walter and Veronica Valenica
Woodside, Queens, New York
The Valencias are a Hispanic family replanting a church in Woodside, Queens, a densely-populated Hispanic and multi-ethnic community, where they have inherited a small building and are in their first year of gathering a new congregation of Spanish speakers. The church averages about 20 in worship and has needs for financial and volunteer engagement. Walter will continue to work bivocationally indefinitely in this extremely ethnically diverse and heavily Hispanic community.