New City Fellowship sought God in prayer before starting the church in St. Louis. In 1992, an answer came out of those prayers–a church was planted going beyond the words, mere platitudes, for racial reconciliation. How many times have I heard that Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America. New City Fellowship defies this sad reality of segregation born out of a long history of racism in the US.
I expected I would be worshipping with African Americans and whites at their church service on a Sunday.
I was excited because I got more than I expected that morning in St. Louis. I went straight from the airport to the church and walked into an international congregation. We worshiped, singing together in Swahili. And to my surprise, I found myself sitting in the back of the church surrounded by a large Burmese family of about 20 people. One of the Burmese men read the scripture in his own language. And the bulletin included the scripture in both English and Burmese.
I stumbled onto the church through a quick search online. And I was blessed. My prayer is other churches around the country will follow New City Fellowship’s lead!
WPA Commission on Archives and History