Peter and Tobias, his co-elder at Evangelical Reformed Baptist Church in Frankfurt, have written this wonderfully helpful prayer letter in which they share a brief history of the church, along with current details of church life and some amazing things that God has done there. If you are excited about young churches growing and maturing around the world, then please read the following to see how you can better pray for God’s people and for the advancement of the church in Germany.
Dear Praying Friends,
“If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
We are most grateful for your partnership in the gospel through your prayers for us as a church. Here is an update on what the Lord has been doing among us in the last few months and what lies ahead, for which we would value your prayers.
The Frankfurt Evangelical Reformed Baptist Church was constituted in November 2016. Peter Schild and Tobias Riemenschneider were appointed as pastors and, a few months later, Horst Taxis was appointed as deacon. Since our constitution, there have been eighteen additions to the founding members; particularly encouraging is the fact that seven of these were also baptized.
Sunday morning services see us working through the first of John’s epistles. In days when there is so much pressure on God’s people to compromise and change, this book is invaluable. Pastor Peter preaches on Revelation on Sunday evenings, while Pastor Tobias has just begun taking the church through the prophecy of Haggai. Our Wednesday evening prayer meetings have been based on studies in Paul’s second letter to Timothy.
Praise God that He is growing His church here in Frankfurt! Praise Him for blessing us with such a great growth in so little time!
We give thanks to God for the birth of a first child, Elizabeth Salome, to Pastor Tobias and his wife Nicole. A few months earlier, Joel Jairus, the third son of Pastor Peter and his wife Priscilla, was born. There are currently five sisters in the church who are expecting, and another child was born in January. Also, we had three weddings of couples within the church last year.
We are thankful to have had Dr. James White come and deliver a lecture on “The Bondage of the Will” in September. Approximately 120 people were present to hear his engaging and accurate presentation on this very relevant subject.
Please pray for the ongoing ministry of the Word on Sundays and Wednesdays and for help and strength to be granted to the pastors. Please also pray for suitable men to be raised up to take offices in the church and reduce the heavy workload that the pastors and deacon currently experience. God willing, we are going to appoint another deacon very soon; we request your prayers in this regard.
Please pray for grace and strength for our deacon Horst and his family who are providing foster care for two children with significant needs.
We continue to evangelize on the streets of Frankfurt, handing out tracts and having conversations. Alas, we do not see any fruit from this work so far. Please pray that God will accompany the distribution of His Word with saving power.
Thanks be to God, we baptized two sisters in March. One of the sisters is from China and has to travel back there. Please pray for her and the brothers and sisters in China, where persecution is getting worse.
We are still without our own church building. This is a particular problem on Sunday mornings, where recent numbers have been too large to practically fit into the current venue. Please pray that the Lord will lead us to a suitable location.
We again thank you for your prayerful interest in the Lord’s work here in Frankfurt and covet your ongoing prayers. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.