Pastors and praying friends,
This week we are enjoying the beauty of the snow here in London, but also trying to manage with how it affects life here. Soon it will be gone and things will get back to a normal pace. We have been busy as usual and thank the Lord for the many opportunities to serve here.
Last week I was away preaching for Tasso Baptist Church. This is a church in west London that is, like so many other churches, without a pastor. We are praying that God will provide this church with a pastor but in the meantime, we are doing all that we can to help them. This is a small congregation that really represents so many churches not only across London, but all across the United Kingdom.
As we serve at Chelsea Community Baptist, it is our desire to help as many churches like this as we can. We understand as well that there are many places in and around London that are in need of new churches to be planted. The task is huge, but we know that our God is able to do great and mighty things in this city. It is our desire and prayer that we would be able to train many laborers for this field that will be able to not only plant new churches, but fill the existing empty pulpits nationwide!
Church planting in this city is no small task. In fact, church planting anywhere is no small task. Being in this large, expensive city however creates extra hurdles that must be crossed. One of these hurdles is finances and the ability to have a permanent meeting place that is affordable. While we are sad to see so many churches that have dwindled to near closure, we also see an opportunity for future church revitalization to take place. This is where a difficulty of church planting and the reality of struggling churches can come together. If a church planter with a desire to serve in this city can come along to a struggling church, he can in a sense achieve two things at once.
The need here is great, and there is no denying that, but the news is not all bad. There are some great churches here that are growing and seeing God work. We praise the Lord for the opportunity to just be a small part of the great things He is doing here!
Chris & Sherry Waye
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