Pastors and praying friends,
We have had a busy couple of months of ministry. Much of what we do on a day to day basis looks quite similar to what you might find yourselves doing in your life and ministry in the States. The truth is, the command to make disciples of all nations means that all of us everywhere should be doing things that look very similar. We are ordinary people who spend time with other ordinary people in an effort to pour into them the truths of Scripture. It’s not always glamorous, in fact it rarely is. But, it is amazing when we see people slowly begin to grow in their faith and understand what it really means to follow Jesus. It is this unmeasured growth that we celebrate the most.
One main goal that we have as we serve in London is to see new churches planted. The church that we helped plant back in 2014, Downham Baptist, just recently celebrated its one-year anniversary of being officially organized and constituted. This was a great day, and one that I had the privilege of being a part of as the speaker. Our co-laborers Travis and Teri Snode are doing a great job of training leaders there, and we are honored to work along-side them in this city. We give God all the glory for how He has blessed the growth of the church over the last few years.
Another goal of ours is to see existing churches strengthened and revitalized. One such church that we have been working at for the last six months is over 150 years old and has gone through many changes over the years. As we mentioned in previous letters, there were some serious issues regarding the church that came to light not long after our arrival, one of which being the discovery that it isn’t in fact an independent autonomous church. Sadly, due to major doctrinal differences with the denomination that the church is a part of, we will be stepping away at the end of the month.
Lastly, although the bulk of our ministry centers in and around London, we are keenly aware of the needs of many other places around the UK. We are currently working with several national pastors and other foreign church planters to better reach the isles of Great Britain and Ireland, and we would appreciate your prayers for more gospel laborers.
Chris & Sherry Waye