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an illegal church, they were forced to renovate the garage so the church would have a place to meet. This facility was very small and had no parking so they tried to purchase a pool hall. Although unable to purchase the pool hall, they were able to rent the property for two years. From the pool hall they relocated to a funeral home. Seven years later the funeral home was sold and the building demolished. The church now meets in what was previously a strip club. Transforming the former strip club into a church building required a lot of work. Brother Davis believes that had it not been for the work of CLAIM, the combined cost of labor and materials would have been close to $200,000. Bronx Building Baptist Church is praying for God to supply a permanent location. Real estate in New York City is among the most expensive in the nation. At present, rent for the Bronx Building Baptist Church is over $3,000 per month. By faith Alan and Sabrina Davis came to New York City and by faith they press on, trusting God to meet their personal needs and the needs of the church. Dana and Julie Dice are located in what is known as Jamaica, Queens. Their church is the Gospel Light Baptist Church. Most of the people in their part of New York City are of Caribbean decent and have their own special culture. Jamaica has a lot of one and two family homes which make for easier access than the apartment buildings. However, there are still a multitude of obstacles to be dealt with. Brother Dice mentions two special problems: gaining people’s trust and finding people at home. In general everyone is suspicious of everyone else. Also, home is mainly a place to bathe and sleep, but not a place where one spends a lot of time. The Dice Family The work of the Lighthouse Baptist Church is now eleven years old. Brother Dice and his people meet in a store front which rents for $3,500 per month. There is property available for purchase, but an empty lot costs between one and two million dollars. Add a building and you add another one to two million dollars. It goes without saying that inner-city ministry is a work of faith. The New Life Baptist Church (Igreja Batista Nova Vida), a Portuguese language church, was started by Coy and Nancy Shaw in 2005. After serving for twenty-seven years in Brazil, the Lord directed them to the large Brazilian population in Astoria, Queens. According to a recent census there are some thirty thousand Portuguese speaking people in Astoria and surrounding area, mostly BIMI WORLD – Number 2, 2011 33