This year we have been speaking on the theme “By Grace We Grow; By Grace We Serve.” As we have studied and focused on God’s grace, we have seen how grace is liberty to obey and serve. God’s rich favor enables us to grow and serve in ways we cannot without God’s help. His people have been strengthened and emboldened to step out by faith through His grace these past two months.
The summer break for school doesn’t begin until the end of July here in the UK. It is then that we hold our Holiday Bible Club (VBS). This year the church did much of the work. We organized and set up things, but the actual preaching, teaching, games, activities, and invitation work was all done by the workers. God’s grace helped people serve, who had not served before, and see souls saved for the very first time! It’s our desire to teach and train, and God truly helped mightily! Pray for the children’s workers as they follow up with the families and encourage them to continue in Sunday school.
During our Holiday Bible Club, we host a Community BBQ. We had a great response, with a lot of families coming from the community. It started to rain heavily about halfway through, so we did not have as many come as in previous years, but the spirit and the opportunities to teach the Gospel and the Word of God were greatly increased. Pray for us as we follow up on these families with the Gospel and discipleship.
August was a quiet month, with families traveling during the summer break, but God brought visitors throughout the month. We had the great privilege to see people saved while out soul winning. In August, we launched a building project to repair our entrances, remodel our bathrooms, and put in a new insulated ceiling. We are excited about this project and trusting God for £35,000 (US$43,000). This is a step of faith, and we are excited to see how God is going to provide!
This autumn, we are continuing and beginning some new discipleship classes during the Wednesday service time. These classes have gone well so far this year. One of the men will be teaching the future discipleship classes, and I’m praying God uses this to strengthen His church.
I found out that I have gallstones and need surgery to remove the gallbladder. The healthcare system here, called the NHS, has a lengthy waiting list (estimated 20 weeks) for the operation. Pray that this will be expedited and that the surgery will be sooner than anticipated.
Next month is Missions Month. Pray for the Faith Promise commitments as we look to increase our missions giving.
Thank you for praying for us. God’s grace is abundant, as we have seen Him protect and help in so many ways this year. It is our joy and privilege to serve Christ here. May God richly bless you all!