The Lord has taught me a lesson, a truth that has brought a renewed focus on Him. In Isaiah 40:27-31, we read a very familiar set of verses. I have heard many messages from this passage over the years, but I misunderstood the context. The Jews were given a promise to return to Jerusalem, and yet during the 70 years of captivity, they would begin to complain that their punishment should be over and/or God had forgotten them. God then reminds them of Who He is and the strength He supplies. The truth God brought to my heart is that without the captivity, the problem, and/or the punishment, we would never know what God can do. God uses the negatives (as we see them) for positives so we see how strong God is! Our God is so strong that the struggles in life are one of His ways to show us how great He is!

SBC celebrated its seven-year anniversary in September by looking back at what the Lord has done and looking forward to what the Lord has in store for us. God has given us a building and has provided an incredible opportunity to remodel the facilities. We took up commitments for the building repair; and, by God’s grace, we should be able to complete all the remodels before our target date! So far, over £3,700 (US$4,800) has been given in less than two months! Great is our strong God!

Several times a year, we travel to Liverpool One Centre, about 30 minutes away from the church, and serve in street ministry. Often several cars are needed to bring those wanting to be a part of this Gospel ministry. Hundreds of tracts, John & Romans, and church invitations are given out, along with publicly preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One of our men loves to serve in this ministry, and he and I often preach together. After both of us preached the Gospel, a man named John, who was living on the street with his family, heard us preach. The street is very wide in this area, with hundreds visiting the shops and mall in this area. John yelled across the street, “Would you come here? I want to know more about Jesus.” Heaven rejoiced moments later, as John trusted in Christ alone for His salvation! Praise God for His strength to forgive sins!

The Missions Month was an incredible time of renewing our vision for the world’s need to hear the Gospel. God blessed with an increase to our Faith Promise giving, and we are excited to partner with more missionaries! God’s grace has enabled His church to give.

Thank you for praying for my upcoming operation on my gallbladder. Your prayers have made a difference! I had an operation scheduled for late October, only for it to be cancelled by the NHS. I am still waiting for the operation to be rescheduled. God has strengthened, though, as I have not had a major gallstone attack since mid-September. Please continue praying.

Please pray for our Christmas service schedule and outreach time. We’ll be enjoying a Carol Service, a Candlelight Service, and a Christmas Morning Service, along with banquets and other activities. Pray that God uses this to see souls saved and the church strengthened.

My family and I pray that God blesses and strengthens your ministry in this Christmas season. Thank you for faithfully partnering with us in prayer and support.