Partnership Update – September 2016
Dear Partners in the Gospel
Please take a few moments to read – and pray – through this update from Grace Baptist Partnership.
Almost 150 people from 48 different churches gathered for three days in August in Swanwick, England to consider the big challenge of serving the Lord in small churches. Messages were delivered by John Benton, David Chapman, Barry King and Ali McLachlan. All the messages are available for viewing on the Grace Baptist Partnership YouTube channel located at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO0SEY867fdYw_wT0aIbKRQ. Next year’s gathering – meeting jointly with the Euro Evangelism annual conference – is 22nd – 24th August 2017 at Swanwick. Our focal point will be Spirit-empowered preaching and evening ministry will be provided by Arturo Azurdia. Why not make plans now to join us for these days of ministry and fellowship?
A new training cycle for leaders in the London area began on Saturday, 10th September 2016. Thirty-six people were on hand for a day of serious reflection about the effect of moral failure on marriage and ministry. In the morning Nigel Hoad spoke to the men and Sandra Watts spoke to their wives about the effect of moral failure on marriage. After lunch, I spoke to everyone on the effect of moral failure on ministry with particular emphasis on the impact ministerial misconduct has on local churches. Warm appreciation – expressed verbally and in writing – confirmed the fact that many people found the day immensely helpful. Please pray that those serving the Lord in GBP-related projects will be examples not only of doctrinal reliability but of moral purity as well.
We are privileged to have become involved in multiple new planting and replanting situations this year. Hopefully, in the coming months we will be able to update you on the work in Lea, Leagrave, Logie Green, Ryarsh and Walthamstow. This month, however, we want to invite you to pray for the replanting of the Baptist church in Beech Hill in Berkshire. On Saturday, 8th October 2016 we are inviting interested friends to join us for a day of instruction and witness in the village. I will give two talks on evangelism in a village context beginning at 11am. Following lunch we will go door to door in the village to share the gospel and to invite villagers to attend the Sunday afternoon meetings beginning on Sunday, 9th October. Please pray for the work in Beech Hill which is under the oversight of the church at Southall. If you are able to come along on the 8th of October do let us know.
We are pleased that Mariusz Bartkowski and his family will begin a church-planting internship alongside Ali McLachlan and Grace Baptist Church in West Edinburgh this autumn. Please pray for the Bartkowski family as they seek the Lord concerning future church-planting ministry in Poland in the coming months.
We are pleased that one of our trustees, Chola Mukanga, has been sent from the church at Thamesmead to lead a church revitalisation project at Bexleyheath beginning in October. He will be assisted in weekly evangelism for the first three months by Daniel Shwe from the church in North Watford. Please pray for this project as well as a similar project which will begin in Dunstable in January.
There will be an Effective Evangelism Conference on Monday, 3rd of October from 11am to 4pm at Manea Village Hall. Barry King, Ali McLachlan and Jeremy Walker will speak and a complementary book by Mack Stiles will be given to everyone in attendance. It would be helpful for catering purposes if you could let Robert Read know that you will be in attendance by emailing <firstname.lastname@example.org>. The address for the hall is School Lane, Manea, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 0JN.
We are grateful for those of you who prayed for Ryan’s and Uliana’s recent wedding in Ukraine. They have returned from Ukraine and are now living and serving the Lord in Wood Green. A special thanksgiving for their marriage is planned for Saturday, 22rd October 2016. If you would like to attend, do be in touch as your presence would certainly be appreciated.
We also give thanks to God for providing a new house in which our family can live in Dunstable. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Christian friends which has made this purchase possible. The house is well situated to my local ministry areas of Edlesborough and Leagrave as well as my involvement in the church revitalisation project in Dunstable in 2017. It is also a good base for my frequent travels to other parts of England by rail and to other parts of Europe by air. We praise the Lord for His faithfulness.
The continuing growth of Grace Baptist Partnership means that our financial needs continue to grow as well. Please prayerfully consider a gift to the general fund this month.
Warmly in Christ
Grace Baptist Partnership