Dear Church Family,
Our Spring Missions Gathering on April 12th was a great success and confirmed that God is moving us to partner with SEND DC Church Planters Zack Bekele (Gilgal Ethiopian Church) and Zack Randles (Waterfront Church). Please continue praying for our DC Partnership. Over the next three years, we will be partnering with both “Zacks” based on three values: Prayer, People and Provisional support.
We will be returning to Washington, DC during fall break, October 3-8, for another mission trip. We will be once again be engaged in evangelism, acts of kindness, community service projects and more. The tentative cost is $150 per person. Lodging will be at the Woodlawn/Pillar Church and Volunteer Center. Please call the association to reserve spots or if you have any questions. Spaces are limited.
As our world becomes more urbanized, we are able to witness to those who are originally from many different foreign countries without even leaving our own nation. Brad Stanley recently spoke in our association regarding this effect in today's urban world. We have posted this important message on bradleybaptist.org’s home page to help explain the urgency of reaching DC. Let's be ready to reach the world within our own cities.
Recently, I returned from ministering in Albania and Kosovo. Over an eight-day period, a team of four American pastors including myself and one pastor’s wife engaged in what may well have been the first ever church revival meetings in the Eastern European countries of Albania and Kosovo. The Albanian Bible Institute, under the leadership of IMB missionary Lee Bradley, has been a catalyst in the region for evangelical activity and discipleship. Originally only ten churches were scheduled to participate, however, as word spread about the revival, we had a total of twenty churches participating! Praise God! Relationships were restored, sin was confessed and there was much weeping and joy in our meetings. In several churches, extra chairs had to be secured to seat all the people. It is amazing to think that only 25 years ago these countries were freed from Communism’s grip.
We will soon be returning to Romania this July 9-18. Last year, we partnered with Pastor Pop and the Biserica Crestina Church in Cernavoda, Romania. Through the ministries of IMB missionaries Kevin and Lisa Kail, we were able to share Christ with the Roma people. We helped turn a shed into a children's ministry room that now is averaging 96 children. This children's ministry is very important as eighty percent of Roma girls end up in human trafficking