“Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks…” (Proverbs 1:20-21)
This proverb was fulfilled on Sunday, July 31, 2016. It was a momentous day in the history of KAPCQ and of our Flushing community. Despite the dire weather forecast for thunder and rain, God ordained this event to take place. Starting at 5:30 p.m., at the apex of Main Street and Kissena Avenue, the two most central and populated streets in Flushing, we were able shine the light of Jesus Christ to our community. The Queens Public Library at Flushing served as the entrance of the city gates for our church-wide evangelism campaign to the numerous denizens of bustling Downtown Flushing. Through the concerted efforts of KAPCQ’s Gloria Choir, Grace Dance Troupe, Korean Ministry (KM), English Ministry (QPEM), Chinese Ministry and our new Russian Ministry (RM), our church came together to “fish for the least and the lost” in our local community.
“A voice cries: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God..’” (Isaiah 40:3)
God granted our church this blessed honor and opportunity to raise our voices, first with the music of Heaven through Gloria Choir and then with the impassioned cries of our church pastors to all of the lost souls out there for Christ in Chinese, English and Korean languages, as well as with the calls of our evangelists inviting and imploring the people to join us. God used our cries to draw crowds from all walks of life and from all nationalities, races and socioeconomic backgrounds to an eternal relationship with Him in Christ alone.
Initially, the church met obstacles in obtaining the proper permits for this outreach event. However, by God’s will and grace, all the right authorities were contacted and permission was granted to utilize this central location.
As light drizzle fell from the heavens, Gloria Choir members, dressed in matching green tops, opened up with a beautiful hymn, drawing curious pedestrians to stop and listen. Almost simultaneously, the rains suddenly halted. It is definitely not unlike God to reveal Himself as the Author of life and the Almighty Creator who also holds up the rains.
At this time, evangelists from QPEM, KM, CM and RM sprang into action to approach the crowds—whether passing by or standing still—to invite them to the performance, to our church and to salvation in Jesus our Lord. This was done naturally, yet strategically, so that as many as possible could be drawn in. Gospel tracts and church bulletins in four different languages, and gift tissue packets were passionately disseminated to all. If the opportunity arose, the witnesses shared the Gospel message and personal testimonies to all those willing to listen.
After the opening hymns, the six female members of KAPCQ’s Grace Dance Troupe came out dressed in matching colorful hanboks and performed traditional Korean dance numbers to draw further attention from the crowds. This provided our witnesses more opportunities to “fish” for God’s beloved people and to bring them from this world into His Kingdom and to share in His wedding banquet.
A heart-rending message was then proclaimed to the crowd by Pastor Chen in Chinese Mandarin, declaring Jesus Christ to be God’s precious gift to man for salvation. Passersby were riveted. His voice amplified through Main Street Flushing like it was modern-day Rome. The sermon was reminiscent of powerful street evangelism efforts such as those of Moody, Spurgeon, and John the Baptist.
After a few more songs, Pastor Peter addressed the crowds in English with a powerful message of the Greatest Judge, who is loving and doesn’t want to punish us, but who is also just and must punish our sins. He proclaimed that this great tension was resolved for good through His Son, Jesus Christ, who is offered to us as a free gift. The crowds soaked it all in and were moved by the Story of God’s love in Christ.
At the closing of the event, with impeccable timing, God once again opened up the heavens and let down the rains that served as a natural acoustic to Gloria Choir’s finale of the Lord’s Prayer to a moving crescendo.
Senior Pastor Kim concluded the event with a final message of hope in what often seem like a hopeless and despondent situations; hope like the rains that nourish the dry and barren desert. Under open umbrellas, the crowds received Pastor Kim’s powerful prayer for Flushing and its people. And we know God hears us and will fulfill His mighty mission for this great city.
As immeasurable as the raindrops are, may God’s blessings pour forth like a flood of living water over Flushing, His Bride the Church, and His People from all nations. Soli Deo gloria.