Pastors and Praying Friends,
One month ago we completed our furlough and landed back in the city of London. Since then, it seems we have been running non stop with getting settled back in and staying busy with the growing ministry here. It has been great to see so many that are dear to us at Downham Baptist Church as well as reunite with our co-laborers Travis and Teri Snode. We had the privilege of working with them during our first term here three years ago and we look forward to working along side them once again.
Just a couple of weeks ago we had our international missions Sunday. There were 73 people in attendance that day and we were blessed by the preaching ministry of missionary David Velasquez to Spain. Our theme verse for the missions Sunday was Psalm 117:1 O praise the Lord, all ye nations: Praise him, all ye people. Because of the diversity of London, which is also reflected in our church, we were able to hear our theme verse read in several different languages including French, Spanish, Nigerian, German, Swahili, Italian, Bemba, Mauritian Creole, Hindi, and Arabic. It was an amazing day to see so many of God’s people from many different backgrounds all worshipping the same God!
As you probably are aware, there was yet another terrorist attack on this country; the third in three months. Happening in the city in which we live, this attack made it all the more real to us, and was another reminder of the great need for gospel laborers here. There is much work to be done in this city!
This past Sunday I was able to preach at a church near central London that is currently without a pastor. This church is over 125 years old, and like many others in this country, is in need of help to see growth once again. We hope that we can be used to help strengthen and encourage this church and others around the city. In a city like this, the possibilities are endless when it comes to church planting and church revitalization. We rest assured that God is at work in the hearts and lives of people in this city, and we know that we are but meager tools in the hands of God.
Chris and Sherry Waye