Greetings in the name of our risen Savior Jesus Christ! I am grateful to God for His saving grace, for the privilege of serving Him and His people, and for the blessing of being in partnership together with you in this work. Thank you for praying for us!
Our children have been taking advantage of the warmer weather to play outside more often and to fill our driveway with chalk art and Christian messages for people to read as they drive by (it’s been fun to watch). It has been an encouragement to us as parents to hear them express more concern for the spiritual well being of their friends as they pray for them and try to think of different ways to reach them for Christ. As you remember us, please pray for our children. Our greatest desire for them is to love and follow the Lamb!
What a comfort it is to know that the Lord never changes, that he is steadfast and immovable, a refuge for all who hope in Him, and that nothing can separate us from His love! But by contrast, what a miserable plight the lost live in; even when their lives are ‘going good’, they are building on sand, and the storm will surely come. On any given day, feelings and experiences can change so quickly. I am continually reminded, not only in studying, but also by experience, that we are not only saved by grace, but we are kept by grace all the way through our pilgrimage. This is particularly comforting in ministry.
A few weeks ago, we received our first wave of members into the church – a major milestone for us in this work – and I am thankful for the people that God has brought together! The saints are zealous for truth, and desire to hear the Gospel preached and to be fed the Word.
Over the past several months, I have been trying to help a couple work through a long and painful situation that has often left me feeling powerless and unable to help. It seemed like no matter how much counsel had been given or prayers had been raised, change just wouldn’t come. But very recently, I was told how a message from God’s Word broke through and now there is repentance, restoration, and joy! This has been a tremendous encouragement to me! It is also a reminder that the power is not in any of us, but in the Spirit of God and His Word to bring transformation and new life.
In recent weeks, the people have been faithfully inviting friends, family, and members of the community to a live worship event that we are having at the town hall for Easter as a community outreach. Hundreds of invitations have been given out and the response to them has been very positive. We are hoping that many will come out to hear about the good news of the death, burial and resurrection of the Son of God, and that they will respond in genuine repentance and saving faith in Jesus Christ!
We look forward to what God has in store in the days and weeks ahead! I cannot thank you enough for praying for us, and for supporting and helping us like you do. May the Lord be exalted here, and all over the world, as he gathers in His elect, to the praise of His glorious grace!