Dear Partner in the Gospel
Today is day 23 of our 29 Days of Prayer and Giving for Grace Baptist Partnership. Each day we will focus our attention on a particular church planting, church replanting or church revitalisation project in which we have an interest. We trust you will remember these situations in prayer and that you will take advantage of the opportunity to support the spread of the gospel by means of a donation to Grace Baptist Partnership this month. It will also help us if you will share these requests with your friends by forwarding these emails to them.
Wood Green, Haringey
Ryan King, Pastor
I will never forget the day Ben Cunningham handed me a tract as I walked down Wood Green High Street with my family. Who could have dreamed that a tract and a brief conversation would set in motion a chain of gospel events that continues till this day?
It was through that brief conversation that I knew I could contact Ben when our small church plant meeting in a library hall needed to borrow a baptistery. It was through the baptism of our first three converts – including Daniel Shwe – that we first met the small congregation meeting on Park Ridings. It was through this meeting that the suggestion was made that our two congregations meet jointly for three months. It was through these three months of joint worship and fellowship that two congregations became one.
It was through this amalgamation that we came into fellowship with the Association of Grace Baptist Churches (South East). It was through this fellowship that we came to know men such as David Chapman, David Whitmarsh, Nigel Hoad and Geoff Gobbett. It was through our relationships with these men that further church planting opportunities in Angel and North Watford came our way.
It was through taking up these opportunities that further avenues for service opened to us in Halstead and Edlesborough. It was through these avenues of service that the formation of Grace Baptist Partnership became a practical necessity. It was through the formation of Grace Baptist Partnership that a sequence of events would unfold resulting in the appointment of Ryan King to the pastorate in Wood Green and me being sent to serve the Lord at Edlesborough.
But the Lord was not finished at Wood Green. Not at all. Under the leadership of their new pastor the church is actively engaged in local evangelism. They go door to door. They set up book tables on the High Street. They organise small group evangelistic Bible studies in places like Sky City and Alexandra Hall. The Lord has blessed these efforts with converts, baptisms and additions to church membership. More than one person has remarked that the church probably has the highest number of young men per capita of any Grace Baptist church in the country.
This renewed focus on the local area – which was needed after my long pastorate – does not mean the church has lost it’s church planting ethos. Far from it. The church releases their pastor two days a week to research evangelism and church planting opportunities on the continent of Europe. Last year he presented his initial findings to a gathering of leaders from some 20 different European countries. Plans to develop and deliver training to men in several of these countries are in formation at the moment.
Would you pray for the ongoing efforts of the church to evangelise Wood Green? Would you pray for Ryan King’s work more widely in Europe? Would you pray that faithful people distributing tracts on their High Street week after week would be encouraged by the simple testimony of the difference one tract can make?
Grace Baptist Partnership