After much prayer and deliberation, Bible Baptist Church of Astoria was started. (1992) About 6 months later, they were able to rent a store front, about the size of a one car garage. Finally, they were in the public eye. Having a place to put up signs opened the door to meet and witness to many more people, on an even more personal level than before. But, in New York City, the pull of false teaching, bound up with the ethnic ties of family, made it extremely difficult for new believers to leave their roots and join up with the Baptists. With little growth, and some health problems, in the fall of 1995, Pastor Bob resigned from the church in Astoria, and took his young family (of six) to Ohio for a brief sabbatical that wound up lasting for three years. This was a time of spiritual learning and growth.