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Greetings from the Mission Field of NYC, one of the most international cities of the world. Founded in 1984, in the past 37 years the New York School of Urban Ministry (NYSUM) has hosted, trained and deployed over 150,000 youth and adults for urban ministry by partnering with inner city pastors, churches and ministries in New York City. NYSUM’s staff trains short term mission teams coming from churches, Bible schools, mission’s organizations, colleges and universities. An average of 5,000 people come through our doors every year, with 80% of our visiting ministry teams starting similar outreaches back home. Our groups learn about inner-city ministry through cross-cultural, “hands-on” urban ministry to the homeless, abused women, at risk children, Muslims, Jews and the NYC community in general. Outreaches take place via street meetings, soup kitchens, kids programs, city shelters and more. Stationed as a training & resource center, our 70,000 square foot training facility is located in the heart of Astoria, Queens where NYSUM provides accommodations and home-style meals for small and large groups.

On behalf of my wife, myself and our staff, we invite you and your ministry to share together in the life-changing NYSUM Experience in New York City.

Rev. Peter & Darleen DeArruda NYSUM, President
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Statement of Faith We believe…

Why Short Term Missions in New York City?

  • Massive Population – NYC has a population of approximately 8.3 million people, which is roughly half of the whole NY state! It is roughly equivalent to the combined populations of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.
  • Ethnic diversity – New York City is considered one of the most diverse cities in the world. Approximately 60% of the city’s population is comprised of foreign ethnic groups, and 650 languages are spoken here.
  • Homelessness & Poverty – Around 14% of the U.S. homeless population resides in NYC. Nearly one in every 106 New Yorkers is homeless, that’s nearly 80,000 men, women and children. Every night, nearly 4,000 people sleep on the street, in the subway system or in other public spaces.
  • Pandemic Relief – As a result of the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise of needy and hurting New Yorkers has skyrocketed since March 2020.

Examples of NYSUM Outreaches:

  • Blessing NYC’s homeless who are living on the city streets.
  • Food truck Ministry
  • Soup Kitchens & Food Pantries
  • Evangelism, Prayer Stations & Open Air Street Meetings.
  • Reaching At-Risk Kids – Clowns, Puppets, Music & Drama
  • Prayer Walks – Over the Brooklyn Bridge, 9/11 memorial, Muslim Mosques, and more.
  • Cross-cultural outreaches in Hispanic, Afro-Caribbean, Muslim & Jewish communities