“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”Ephesians 1:3
Peace be upon you, beloved servants of White Fields. I pray that you are full of blessing and strength and that the Lord will use you and fill you. I want to share with you some of the wonderful things the Lord did with us recently.
We have continued teaching the “Generation in the Truth” course, which aims to raise a generation according to God’s heart. This course is very important and wonderful, and my prayer is that the Lord will use this course for the glory of His name and the extension of His kingdom.
The Lord blessed us by allowing us to baptize a large group of approximately 18 young men and women of different nationalities. We baptized them in obedience to the commandment of the Lord to us and them. The Bible teaches us “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19).
The Lord honored us with a very wonderful conference recently, and the presence of God filled the place. On the evening of the first day, the gospel message was presented. The focus was on repentance and returning to the Lord. On the second day, an important topic named “Internet addiction” was presented. The day was very useful and wonderful, and it was an answer to prayer. There were 49 people, both adults and youth, present. My prayer is that the Lord will glorify His name and extend His kingdom. All the attendees enjoyed the time and it was useful for everyone.
The Lord honored us with a wonderful time of praise on a preaching day to a large group of nearby refugees. The message was of salvation and the atmosphere was very open and wonderful.
We have the wonderful privilege during the morning service to visit local families and share with them the love of Christ. In the evening, we visit youth and families from our home country. Our main goal is to share the work of God’s grace and His love revealed to us in the person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
- A prayer of thanksgiving for God’s providence. We felt the presence of God and His response to prayer. Please pray for those who attended the conference so that they continue in the faith.
- Also, pray for all the loved ones who were baptized. Pray they continue in the faith, be discipled, and are a reason for blessing for many.
- We, as a family, are in constant need of you, my beloved. Please pray for us so that the Lord will use us in His kingdom with all blessing and grace amid the responsibility that God has entrusted to us.
“There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides across the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty.”Deuteronomy 33:26
At the end of our year, I agree with the statement of truth that God has no equal. He continually rushes to our aid. I wish you all a happy new year and I thank God for you. I pray that God will give you strength, grace, and blessing in all the work of your hands. It is an honor and privilege to serve the Lord in every opportunity and field that God gives us. I am excited to share with you some of the things God is doing with us in His ministry.
The Visitation Ministry:
We thank God for the visits among our countrymen. We provided household aid relief packs including rice, lentils, beans, and clothes. We also shared with them from the Bible and encouraged them in their Christian walk. We connect with the youth regularly and teach them from the Word of God and encourage them to attend the weekly church meeting. During the daily morning hours, we visit our beloved Christian refugee friends and local traditional Christians.
A story from a visit:
We visited a non-evangelical Christian local family. They welcomed us but also had questions about the intercessory role of St. Mary. We presented them with the Biblical truth clearly and with love, as we want to know the truth, and the truth will set us free.
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
1 John 2:1
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,”1 Timothy 2:5
The Bible Study Ministry:
We thank God for this continuous and encouraging ministry. We are studying God’s attributes and their application. I pray that the Lord will use this time of the week for our growth as believers and for the extension of God’s kingdom in and through us.
Youth Service and Sunday School:
We thank God for His work among this generation. We pray and believe that this generation will belong to the Lord. We have been encouraged by God’s work among this group of teens. We had a preacher who visited us and presented the message of salvation. At the end of the meeting, the youth were praying and seeking the Lord. We had a great time of fellowship.
An Impressive Phone Call:
I was contacted by a young man from my country who was working here and previously serving with us. He has returned to settle with his family and he talked to me about what God was doing in his life through what he learned during the Bible studies. He told me about what he had learned here concerning the church in his country. He also asked me to share what we were teaching in our Bible study lessons with him so he could teach others. This phone call was encouraging for me. I pray that the Lord will give us growth in His knowledge and that we will be a channel of blessings.
“and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”2 Timothy 2:2
- I thank God for His work in His church everywhere and I pray that the Lord preserves His work and extends His kingdom within our city and beyond.
- We, as a family, constantly need your prayers in all aspects of our lives. Especially for schools and exams for our children. We still request your prayers for a new home for us, and for the annual residency permit.
- For the church service, we need a van or bus to help transport people to attend the church as my countrymen here do not have cars.
Pastor N’s Story
I was born into a Christian home and in fifth grade, my older brother, in high school, passed away. This loss was hard and hurt us a lot, but at the same time, the Lord opened my parent’s hearts, and they became believers. I was far from the Lord, but I went to a church meeting and at that time I came to Christ. My faith began in that church, then I started going to Sunday school and I learned more.
When the Lord called me to ministry, it was clear that He desired me to leave my job and devote full time to studying at the Seminary. My wife and I prayed together, and we saw the Lord’s hand in this decision. I also consulted with my family; two of my brothers and strong believers and they supported me. The Lord granted me grace and success in my studies.
My target area has a high percentage of cultural Christians. I started my ministry in this target area seventeen years ago and we have sent out many servants of the Lord. Just four years ago, I began working with the refugees as well. Many of them have been sent out to serve the Lord; the majority of these are young men whose families are still in their home country. They have come here for work with a large percentage of these being from the same village as myself.
About twenty to twenty-five families are committed to the church, but all do not attend every week. We have a big ministry to the kids with Sunday schools for two different age groups during our services.
Our goal is for people to come to know the Lord. Many people do not come to the church and so we visit them. Many do not attend because they are Orthodox or Coptic. We try to begin discipleship studies in their houses with them. About five families from an Orthodox background were added to the church this year. This is a huge blessing.
We have begun teaching classes on family life from the Bible including marriage and parenting. Twice a month we have courses for the family. We do prayer meetings and Bible study once a week. We know that many of these people will return to their home country and so our goal is for them to come to know the Lord here and begin serving Him here before they return home. My wife serves in the Sunday school and goes on visits with me. We see that the world is messy, and we want our kids to know the Lord while they are young.