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By Coy Shaw But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with com- passion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd (Matthew 9:36). When Jesus saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion. If we are to be Christ-like as the Bible teaches we should be, then we are to be moved with compassion when we see the multitudes. New York City is a city of multitudes—multitudes of people from every economic level and from almost every nation on our planet. If one honestly wants to reach the multitudes with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then New York City is where one needs to be. There are other cities in the world that are larger than New York City but none as diverse. The mayor has stated that of the nations represented in the last Olympic Games, only two countries are not represented in the population of New York City. Maybe you have thought about start- ing a church in some large city. Baptist International Missions has a long history of establishing churches in New York City. Today, one of the stronger independent Bap- tist churches in New York City was started by a BIMI missionary. Have you honestly prayed about going to New York City? Have you taken time to look at the multitudes in America's largest city? Has your heart felt the compassion that Christ felt (and still feels) for the multitudes of lost people? What the church planter needs to know before beginning a church in NYC: Know that working in NYC is different from working in other large cities in the United States. Serving the Lord always requires commitment, but a church planter coming to NYC must realize he is making a long-term commitment. That commitment includes living in an apartment, walking more than you drive, reaching people that speak English as a second language and working in a city with a complex bureaucracy. Know that to live and work in NYC is expensive! You will need to raise adequate funds from mission-minded churches for both personal support and for planting a church. Rent for an apartment will cost $2,000 or more depending on the area. Holding church services in an apartment is almost impossible, so funds for renting a place to meet must also be raised. One church planter has held services in a house, a garage, a catering hall, a funeral home and a former strip club. At least $3,000 will be needed for renting a place to hold services. Know that you are committing to a lifetime ministry. There must be a determination to stay where God has called