Recently a small team spent several days in New England engaging in ministry with our North American Mission Board (NAMB) partners who live and work there.
In Boston we heard an encouraging report from Chris Causey, pastor of Encounter Church. Despite significant challenges over the last couple of years, it is evident that this has also been a time of substantial growth. By the grace of God, lives are being transformed through the ministries of Encounter Church, and their influence is touching more and more people. Praise the Lord!
The team also spent a couple of days in New Hampshire, where the value of our partnership with NAMB church planters was confirmed. With very few healthy evangelical churches and significant spiritual realities, the team saw a place of great need. As we spent time with Pastor Scott Kearney (who was with us on Reach Sunday ‘22) and Pastor Chris, both from The Well Church, we were encouraged by their commitment to their church and community, as well as their endurance.
Just across the border in Vermont, we visited with church leaders at Riverbank Church, who are seeing God work powerfully through their ministry, resulting in literally hundreds of professions faith. As we participated in an evening worship service with them, we observed their commitment to gospel clarity and gospel urgency. After the service they showed us their “YES to Jesus” wall, where they have literally filled an entire wall with the names of those who have come to know Christ through their ministry. It was a beautiful display of the power of the Gospel at work through this young church. These victories have not been without a fight. The pastor shared several examples of how the powers of darkness have attempted to prevent the work from going forward, but to no avail. By the grace of God, the church is growing rapidly and has already started another church and has plans to start many more.
Would you pray…
…that God would help the many affluent in the city of Boston to recognize their need for salvation and for Chris Causey as he leads Encounter Church in how to reach them?
…for Scott Kearney and The Well Church, that God’s will would be done as they seek to establish presence for the long term?
…for the church in VT to effectively disciple these new believers in a way that would produce disciples who make disciples?
…for our three teams that will be partnering in 2023 with Encounter Church and The Well Church (Boston Egg Drop, Regeneration Student Choir and the Nashua Triple Play) to prepare spiritually by abiding daily in Christ and walking in obedience to His will?