Matthew 16:18 “I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”
Jesus’ words here reveal two things: 1) He will build His church despite opposition. 2) There will be opposition to the growing of His church.
The end of this month marks the one year anniversary of Quincy Bay Church and over the last year of public ministry we have witnessed the reality of both of the above statements.
The Lord builds His church: The Lord has taken our small three-family house church and grown it to over 30 souls this past Easter weekend. We have moved from one Bible study in our living room to numerous ministries ranging from a mid-week Bible study, youth group, women’s study, street evangelism, biblical counseling training, Sunday worship service, and Sunday school.
The Lord is faithful.
We have also seen opposition: Spiritual darkness, antagonism, logistical roadblocks, discouragement, and lack of enough laborers for the vast harvest field here in the Northeast. However, the most rapidly growing opposition comes in the form of our financial support. Having served as missionaries for over 9 years now we understand that funds go up and down from month to month. But recently our support has gone down over $2,000/month. That’s a drastic drop. And we would ask you to pray with us for this provision.
But despite these difficulties the way ahead is clear: Faithfulness to the Lord and the work He has called us to.
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”
The presence of the enemy’s opposition is evidence that the Lord’s work is being done. We take courage in our trials knowing that we labor for His glory. We take joy in our circumstances knowing He provides; He always has.
“So we want to share some pics of the Lord’s recent work among us and we pray you are also encouraged to see the Lord’s faithfulness to do what He said He would do: build His church!
We shared in September’s post that Alan had been asked to preach at the English-speaking congregation at the Chinese Baptist Church of Greater Boston (CBC). Well, as the Lord would have it, that role has grown and Alan has now taken over Pastoral oversight of this ministry. For now, we lead the English service at CBC on Sunday mornings and have Quincy Bay Church’s (QBC) service on Sunday afternoons. Via the providence of God, and in coordination with this Chinese sister church, the wheels are already in motion to merge these separate services so that QBC will officially inherit the English-speaking congregation to form one fellowship. Here is Alan preaching on “The Christian & Dating” to the college and career group around Valentine’s Day.
Here is a pic from our Easter service. This was our very first Easter service as a church and it blessed us to celebrate this milestone with a special service dedicated to the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord continues to open doors for the Word and we are thankful to serve as He leads. God is good!
Thank you all for your prayers and financial support. Your faithfulness to sponsor us and your enthusiasm for this ministry encourages us greatly. You genuinely make it possible for us to serve as we do and we are so thankful.
If you know of someone who does not yet support the work here in Boston please share with them about what the Lord is doing and ask them if they might partner with us.
For more information on support please contact Grace Global Ministries at Grace Chapel Lancaster at (661) 948-0855 or by emailing Cliff Huffmire at email@example.com
You can also get in touch with us directly by emailing BerthiaumeAlan@gmail.com.
May God bless your continued faithfulness to Him,
Until next time…