Missionaries

The Rev. Bill Wilkins and the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church congregation hosted two short-term missionaries to New York City on Sunday morning — Vernon Hill native the Rev. Dr. Bill Greenwood Jr. (right) and his co-worker, Vincent Sawyer.

The Rev. Bill Wilkins and the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church congregation hosted two short-term missionaries to New York City on Sunday morning — Vernon Hill native, the Rev. Dr. Bill Greenwood Jr., and his co-worker, Vincent Sawyer.

The pair spoke about their 11 days in New York City this past week. They joined 170 other Messianic Jewish believers and Gentile followers of “Yeshua” (the Jewish way to say, Jesus ) in an effort to reach out to both Jewish people and Gentiles in the city.

“We gathered in teams to work Grand Central Station, subways and Central Park with flyers and leaflets-aimed both at Jews and Gentiles,” said Greenwood.

“New York City is home to over a million Jewish people and hundreds of other people groups from around the world. It’s far and away both America’s largest and most diverse urban center,” added the Halifax native. “God arranged dozens of divine appointments as we shared the Good News of the Messiah.

“We got to share the Gospel with people from every walk of life — policemen, international visitors to the city, street people, businessmen and women in high fashion attire. Some were merely curious, while others were drawn in to longer conversations,” said Greenwood.

“While the harvest might seem meager, we were largely sowing the seeds of the faith,” said Sawyer.

Mt. Vernon Baptist helped to fund some of the expense of these two short-term missionaries via the church’s Thompson Missions Fund.