Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, from the work, He is accomplishing in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. In my report from July, I mentioned that it had been one of the busiest months since the ministry began. That was quickly and immediately surpassed by the pace of August through October.
My background, prior to ministry, was mostly carpentry and construction. Needless to say, it has been put to use during these last three months as we continue to erect the church building. I have been working at the site, along with a few other capable men from the church, upwards of 30 hours a week. This is all in addition to raising three young boys in a godly manner, attending to the needs of the sick and dying in the congregation (of which there has been an increase), and the regular work of the ministry.
I have found the strength and focus to do this only by spending more time in prayer, especially in the evenings after everyone else has gone to bed. The Lord has blessed that time, and in doing so, multiplied my own. It is incredible, what the Lord can do when he is asked. I fear that many churches and Christians suffer scarcity (a scarcity in regards to holiness, life, vigor, and fruitfulness) only for lack of asking. The Lord is able to hold us up and deliver us through whatever trial or challenge we endure… and when we come out of it, having been strengthened by the Lord, we do not emerge as men tired and worn, but as those full of Joy, having been refreshed by our Father. Thank you for continuing to lift us up in prayer.
It is not just the building or my family that’s growing, either. The church continues to grow in number, and we have added a family of four from South Africa, a family of three from a nearby town, an older couple who recently moved to the area after having been missionaries in Columbia for 17 years, and a handful of others. The Lord has continually blessed us and used the ministry here to care for his sheep and bring them into the fold and provide a pasture for them where they can be protected, well-fed, and watered. Please pray for the many children in the congregation, as at least 12 of the 80 who are regularly attending are 5 years old or under.
One of the difficulties, and I am sure this is being felt around the world, are the many questions and concerns regarding the government and COVID restrictions. All of this has made Evangelism more difficult in many ways, but easier in others. For example, speaking with people one on one, either on the street or to an acquaintance, has not been easy, as many are offended simply because you are speaking with them and have no desire to talk about anything with anyone they don’t know for fear of catching COVID. Some who otherwise would have joined us on Sunday morning are staying away. Others associate Christianity with a denial of any kind of pandemic and take offense before the conversation even begins. On the other hand, since we are now broadcasting our sermons and putting them online, they have been reaching hundreds of people a week. Pray that our evangelism would continue to give Glory to God, to bring people to Christ, and to be carried out boldly, that we would know what to speak and when to speak, and pray that our decision to put our services online would be fruitful and not invite unwanted criticism or difficulty.
Thank you for the continued support and blessing it has been to be a part of HeartCry Mission Society. It brings me great peace and confidence knowing that there are men and women out there who are holding me up in prayer.