We hope you’ve been encouraged by our features this week on leaders who love New York City. Valentine’s Day may have passed, but the love this next leader has for NYC has not waned.
We interviewed Greg Woo, pastor of Faith Bible Church @ Hope Center’s English Ministry. Faith Bible Church is a non-denominational church founded in November 1995 by Rev. John Hao when God showed him the great demand for faithful and truth-pursuing pastors to build more profound and lively churches rooted in the Bible.
1) What is the need you are addressing?
Faith Bible Church is located in the heart of Chinatown in Flushing, NY. We aspire to be a bridge between two cultures and generations, equipping people to become active, successful community members and to become ambassadors for Christ.
2) How do you make a unique difference?
Our ministry focuses a lot on children. We engage them through our after school programs, summer day camp, art and music school, dance school, and Chinese language school. We are also planning to open a nursery in the near future.
3) Why do you do what you do?
We help integrate immigrant children into the community by equipping them with a strong educational and social background. On the flip side, we help parents recognize and understand how to communicate and understand the nuances of their Americanized children growing up in an ever-changing, culturally diverse community. We’re here to set families up for success. If the church wants to be relevant, its people need to be relevant.
4) What are you trying to achieve?
The Chinese are known to engage in hard work, and work long hours at the peril of their families. We want to preserve families and help them as they raise up bi-cultural children. Recognizing that we are not an acceptable substitute for these immigrant parents, we just want to help ease the transition for these children to be fully integrated into their schools and community. While we lack resources and abilities now, our hope is to build Christian schools that encourage the growth of young Jesus followers.
5) How can others help?
Continue to pray with us as we church plant and build locations all across NYC. Pray for workers and opportunities to expand and grow a ministry that turns families over to Jesus.
For more details on Faith Bible Church @ Hope Center, visit their website.