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Bay Road Church is committed to a strong missionary presence to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.  

There are a number of short and long term projects that our church family supports.  If you are interested in more information on any of the missionary projects listed, please contact the Missions and Outreach Ministry at the church. 

  

       Good News Evangelistic Outreach  

Under the direction of Skip & Gwen Sanders, the Good News Evangelistic Outreach started and maintains an orphanage sharing the love of Christ with over 100 children in Malawi, Africa.   These children have lost their parents to AIDS.  Over the years that Bay Road has helped support this mission, the children have gone from sleeping on mats on the floor to bunk beds, have adapted to eating at tables with chairs, and have running water, including clean drinking water and an outdoor shower.  Three of our members visited the orphanage in 2004 and developed life-long friendships.




       Dave and Sandy Bird - Operation Mobilization 

Have served for many years as missionaries in various places including Mongolia, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  David grew up in the Bay Road Church.  Dave and Sandy are currently serving at the headquarters of Operation Mobilization in Georgia, ministering to those overseas. Their son Byamba is in college and their daughter Enktul is in high school. 


The Open Door 

Is now located at 47 Lawrence Street in Glens Falls, and serves those in need of a meal, Christian spiritual guidance and encouragement. The mission was started in 1991 by founding director Rev. Bruce Hersey.  He worked cooperatively with New Beginnings, a drop-in center sharing the love of Christ through encouragement, prayer and Bible study.  New Beginnings was begun on South Street in 1991, when Elder Joe Simpson and the Bay Road Church answered God's call to reach out to those less fortunate.  From 1994 until his retirement in 2004, Joe Simpson operated the merged ministries under the name of  The Open Door Mission.  Bruce Hersey returned as Executive Director in 2004, and the ministry continued to grow under his leadership. The ministry is now under the direction of Kim Cook. Currently over 5000 meals are served each month to those in need.  The Bay Road Church provides financial support and each second Wednesday of the month three or more volunteers serve dinner from 4:45 to 6:00 p.m.  A sign-up sheet for those interested in serving is on the bulletin board in fellowship hall at Bay Road Church. During the winters of 2014 and 2015, The Open Door ran a "Code Blue" shelter for the homeless when the weather dipped below 20 degrees. or a foot or more of snow was predicted. For More information visit www.opendoor-ny.org



Upstate Jail Ministries 

Is under the direction of a board including Peter Bailey who began this ministry in 2003. Volunteers minister in the jails of Warren and Washington Counties in Upstate New York. Over 30 volunteers from various professions and denominations (including the Bay Road Church family) work together to provide Christian outreach and discipleship for those who are incarcerated.  The Angel Tree program, providing Christmas gifts for the children of inmates, is also part of this mission. For more information, visit www.upstatejailministries.org 



Young Life 

Is a relational outreach to young people who would otherwise be unlikely to hear the Good News of Christ.  It is a team ministry that meets kids where they are, immersed in the youth culture of their local high school.  High school years are a time when young people make lots of choices, including what they believe about God.  Young Life leaders and volunteers build relationships with kids and share with them the great news of a God that loves them.  Young Life also ministers at the local college, SUNY Adirondack. Kyle Esposito is the director of this ministry with many adult volunteers guiding and encouraging our young people.  Several members of Bay Road Church serve on the "Committee" for Young Life.  In addition, a couple of activities are held here each year, and Kyle's office is located at the Bay Road Church.  For more information, visit www.younglife.org/us  


Neighbor to Neighbor 

Is our local outreach initiative. After sending teams from various churches to help rebuild the Gulf Coast, we felt God leading us to assist those with similar needs in our own community. The mission of Neighbor to Neighbor is simple:


Providing labor and materials for building-related projects that address safety or health-related needs of the elderly, infirm and at-risk, as a demonstration of God's love for the people of this community.

Neighbor to Neighbor is not solely a mission of the Bay Road Church. It includes many individuals outside our walls who long to make a difference.


Hope for Haiti and the Haiti Mission School

Our newest mission has developed out of our partnership with Tom and JoEllen Parsons and their Haiti Mission School at LaBastille, near Jeremie, Haiti.  After several years of discussions, six members of our congregation made the trip to Jeremie to visit the school.  From that experience, we have started our own initiative in the village of Leon - supporting 15 children at a local catholic school through a Foundation started by one of our guides/translators, Jhon Kendy Dorange - "My Village Foundation & Orphanage Kids".  Education is an important tool in the fight against the abject poverty that exists in Haiti.  Proper nutrition and clean water are other important needs.  We are currently exploring opportunities to assist with these as well.  Check out photos from our recent trip and other activities on Facebook:www.facebook.com/bayroadchurchhopeforhaiti/

     Bay Road Church Hope for Haiti Mission's Profile Photo