God's Colony in Man's World

God's Colony in Man's World

God's Colony in Man's World

God's Colony in Man's World

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In the spring of 1948 four Protestant denominations agreed to begin an experimental, store-front ministry in the East Harlem section of New York City. Executives responsible for city mission work were by and large sincerely troubled about the failure of Protestantism to remain in our inner city areas and looking for any kind of new pattern that might be tried. The East Harlem Protestant Parish became a symbol of the new concern with Protestant witness in the city. Within a short time eight denominations were united in this Protestant ministry. Substantial resources of money and personnel were made available, not only from home mission budgets, but from individuals and church groups all over the country. Freedom was granted the staff to try a variety of approaches and experiments in the one central effort to confront the people of East Harlem with the good news that Jesus is both Lord and Christ.

In the early days of the Parish the staff was besieged with requests for speaking engagements. People wanted to learn about the problems in such a community and about the work of missions there. Most of the speeches were designed to tell the story of the Parish, to trouble the conscience of the listeners about the needs of the inner city, and to elicit support for substantial missionary work of this and similar types. But in recent years the tenor of the requests for speeches has . . .

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