When we landed in London in February of 2014, we had great expectations of what God would do in us and through us. We know that anything that we have and will accomplish in the world of church planting will not be done in our strength, but in the power of the great God who sent us there. Not long after landing, we began work with our co-laborers Travis and Teri Snode in the planting of a new church in SE London. In August of that year, after holding Bible studies for several months prior, we launched the Downham Baptist Church. Hundreds of hours of planning and work went into the launch of the church, and countless more since it’s start. It’s been nearly two years since then and we are excited to see how the church has continued to grow!
Though our furlough has just begun, we very much look forward to our return to London where we will begin work on another church plant. London is filled with pockets of areas that are without a solid Bible preaching church. With the rise of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the ever decreasing belief in a God at all, there is no better time than now to plant a church in London!
We have a great desire to see a church planted in one of the more international parts of the city. The boroughs in the eastern part of the city are made up of a largely international population, many of whom have immigrated from places with very little gospel access. Our time spent working among a primarily Buddhist people group this past year will greatly help us understand the hearts and minds of those we seeek to reach in this particular area of the city.
With Downham Baptist, we were able to acquire and old and unused church building from the London City Mission. It has been a huge blessing for the church as a meeting place. Finding suitable and affording facilities for a church plant are, among many other things, one of the major difficulties in church planting in London.
Still, there are several old and unused church buildings that are scattered across the city and the country. We have been in contact with another pastor in London that is helping us to possibly get into one of these unused buildings. We ask for your prayers that God would give us wisdom and direction in the exact location that He would want us to plant in.
Meeting places, however, are just one small objective when it comes to church planting. We are asking God to raise up laborers, and send us those that we might train for ministry. We desire to see men and women transformed by the power of the gospel and ready to make disciples of Christ. It will only be through this muliplication process that a city such as London will ever be reached. We are praying for men that we might one day see as pastors in what are now empty shells of old church buildings.
Please continue to pray for Downham Baptist, our co-laborers Travis and Teri Snode, and for us as we make plans to plant a new church in the very needy city of London.