LITTLE IS MUCH WITH GOD
We are almost at the end of one of the most trying years most people have ever seen. But it is a year where God’s abundant love and care for His children, in the midst of the pandemic, have been demonstrated and experienced. Many of God’s people have been brought to their knees and are today closer to God. Many have come to see the value in spending time in the Word and are appreciating the value of corporate worship which was limited. Many have learnt to give thanks for small stuff, even those are seemingly insignificant.
As the officers of the church, we have had to shift some focus in ministry. Taking on the cares and the needs of our people at church and in the community became a new challenge. Through the help of Food for the Poor, Christian Friends and the Church own resources, we were able to distributed care packages to members of our congregation as well as other persons in the community. We say thanks and give God the glory that we could give some assistance four different times this year.
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”1 Thessalonians 5:18
Two uniform groups recently worshiped with us in celebration of special Anniversaries to commemorate a week’s celebration. In following the Covid 19 protocols, only 50 persons were allowed in the sanctuary for services. On Sunday October 22nd the Jamaica Fire Brigade launched their 150th year celebrated in the form of a Church Service. Eleven members were with us in service while others joined online. We give God praise as one of the members of the group gave his life to Christ at the end of the service. We ask that you pray for him. He is a young man and has expressed his struggles.
On Sunday November 7th the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force celebrated with us also. They celebrated their 78th Anniversary. Seven members joined in service while others were online. This group targets young men and bring them through a good discipline program of service to their school, community and country.
BAPTISM AND RIGHT HAND OF FELLOWSHIP
We are happy to report – and ask that you rejoice with us- that over the past two months we have seen some lost persons coming to Christ. A number of persons from our community that have been on our prayer list have come to Christ and some have gone on to water baptism. Three ladies were offered the right hand of fellowship in October. Donna and I are very thankful for the strength to go on in the ministry. This is our twenty-seventh years serving the people here in Black River and we are eternally grateful for those of you who have partnered with us over the years.
Recently I read a story about a man seeing a turtle on a fence. He said someone had to help it to get there because turtles cannot climb. So, you could say, we are turtles on a fence, because we could not get where we are without the help of the Holy Spirit and the people of God who have partnered with us. Thanks, and it is greatly appreciated.
At the start of this month, we have completed another room on the house. I have been taking my time to do the painting as it progresses. It is one of the blessings to finally move into our own home after 35 years of marriage. This December is two years since we are in and we continue to work on it in our time.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we do the same for you. “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9.
Audley & Donna Black