Pastors and praying friends,
Earlier in the month of August I was able to make a trip up to Derry/Londonderry Northern Ireland to spend time with pastor James Wilson. He is the pastor of the church that Travis Snode started nearly ten years ago. While there, we were able to install a new media system for the church and teach on baptism. The real highlight of the trip was seeing James baptize a recent believer. Pray for James and Northwest Baptist as they are saving and raising funds for a permanent church building.
Our summer youth camp in Wales went great. Together with two other churches, there were 56 young people in attendance to learn more about God’s “Marvelous Grace”, which was the theme for the year. I am very thankful for the good group of young people that God has brought our way.
This month, on the 17th, Downham Baptist Church will officially organize as a recognized church here in London. Much preparation has gone into this day dating back just over three years ago when the church began meeting in a youth leisure center. We had no idea what to expect that first day, and certainly could not foresee how God would form a gathering of His people in SE London. This month we have thought a lot about what would bring together so many nations, cultures, and backgrounds. What would cause otherwise complete strangers to join together each week for several hours? Where does this unity come from?
Unity in the gospel is the only answer that I can give for such a question. God in His grace has made a way for man to be unified to Him once again through faith in Jesus. This union with Christ causes church planters to go and then watch Jesus build His church anywhere in the world. There, we get to see first hand the union that not only God puts between Himself and people of all nations, but the union between mankind in the body of Christ. Celebrate with us this month as we simply recognize what God has done in this place.
One final thought about unity. We know that without the missionary/church partnership, we simply could not financially carry out the work here. We praise God for the union you each have in Christ, with each other as a church family, and with each of the missionaries that you support.
Chris and Sherry Waye