Nov
23
by: SRC Church Planting

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Praying for Pete Armstrong at Dwell Church in New York City

Prayer Focus: Pete Armstrong at Dwell

Pete was born and raised in Olympia, WA, and educated at Calvin College, Fuller Theological Seminary and Calvin Theological Seminary. 527279_10151295969521844_2001380579_nPete and his wife Lily moved from Seattle to NYC to start Dwell Church.
 
Dwell Church is a growing gathering of New Yorkers exploring the life of God in community. Their vision is simple: connecting the Mission of God to the Bowery. That means that they both encourage people to be in relationship with God but are also fully engaged in serving their neighborhood. They started meeting in an apartment in September of 2011 and launched public worship on April 15, 2012. 977151_10151756327471844_1464075933_oSome have been Christians for a while and others are investigating Christianity for the first time. Many live in the neighborhood of the Bowery but others commute from Brooklyn, Queens or uptown. There is a strong sense of internal community but they are also enjoy reaching out to serve the neighborhood and city.
 
964649_10151756331221844_254903184_oPete writes how God is at work at Dwell “two more people recently came to faith and would like to be baptized. God be praised! I’m going to take them through a short course on the meaning of baptism. I find that this is often when spiritual attacks come from the enemy. So I want to pray protection over Susie, Janay and myself during this crucial season. They are hoping to be baptized on December 8. Susie is an Ivy League graduate (married to another Ivy League grad, of course!) who works as a consultant. She is Korean-American. Janay grew up in the projects in Brooklyn and works in retail. She is African-American. I am so thankful that God is drawing folks across borders of class and race together at Dwell. May He bless our times together and not let anything stand in the way of their baptism and growth as they follow Jesus.”
 
Pete and Lily are thankful for:  believers being called to NYC to build God’s Kingdom here, my brother and sister-in-law worshiping with us, seeing the fruit of their prayers the last few years, a powerful testimony in worship from a Columbia grad changed by God’s love, ready to change the world, more folks than ever connecting through our gospel communities, a  wonderful core group who gives of their time, leadership and finances, powerful times of prayer and worship together, financial faithfulness of friends who continue to support us, the opportunity to serve Christ in a wonderful urban environment, increased confidence and marvel at the gospel through preparing and giving sermons, Lily taking classes for a counseling degree at Alliance Theological Seminary.
 
Pete asks that we join them in praying: for a bigger vision of what God wants to do with Dwell in this city that He loves, for more families and children from the neighborhood to join up with Dwell, for the teenagers who live, study and play along the Bowery, for deepening relationships, especially with those who don’t know Christ, for connecting our faith in Christ with our busy days at work, for new and emerging leadership at Dwell and in Christ’s church more broadly. for our Leadership Development Network currently ongoing, for ways to connect with couples and other young marriages we can pray for and encourage,  for a larger space we’re hoping to move into on January 1,  for favor from landlords and for the finances to make the move into a long-term sustainable space for Dwell.

 

Nov
9
by: SRC Church Planting

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Inauguration of Training Center at Sarampet

A note from Pastor Sudhakar after the first training held in the Bad News Good News Training center in India.

Dear Brothers in Christ, IMG_0577
 
Its a great joy and blessing to see the work completed and the first batch of church planters trained this week at Sarampet. 
 
For two days I spoke about the Bad news and Good news and God has given me more clarity and also new illustrations while I was speaking to them. The more I speak about this the more I am getting to know and experience.
 
 Also we had each church planter demonstrate preaching the complete Gospel so that they would learn more effectively and also learn to practice.  Out of these ten church planters few of them have really understood most of it and have demonstrated very well. I was so happy to see the seeds being sown on good soil.
 
Your prayers and support will bring a great impact in the region of Telangana.
 
Nov
5
by: SRC Church Planting

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A Baptism in India by Ron Tobias

On a recent trip to India, I had the privilege to experience a picture of the Church when it is being a true community. It was near the end of a rather long journey, which took me to England, Scotland and India. It was a 20,500-mile trip that included visits to 11 different airports. On my last Sunday in India, I had the opportunity to preach at a church in which most of the congregation were Hindu converts. The service was held at 1:00pm on a warm day in a very small room. Needless to say it was extremely uncomfortable in the building. After the service the Pastor of the church asked if I would be willing to baptize a new believer in their Church. I agreed without much thought to what that actually meant. The thought of being involved in this young mans baptism was exciting until I realized that Hindu converts would only be baptized by full immersion. I have traveled enough in India to know that the rivers are not exactly the cleanest in the world. We agreed that we would meet the next afternoon, and find a river that be sufficient for this baptism.
 
That Monday I taught a pastor’s conference in which 415 pastors and leaders of various churches in the area attended. It was an exciting yet exhausting day. After the training, I met the young man and his pastor by the local river. The river was brown, smelly and fortunately way to shallow for a baptism. The pastor suggested we meet early the next morning, and travel up to the mountains where he knew of a stream that would be perfect for a baptism. So, the next morning we drove some 4-wheel drive vehicles up the mountain to search for the river. After getting stuck in the mud a few times, we finally started hiking up the mountain. It was at this time that I started feeling how much effort we were going through to baptize just one man. I was scheduled to leave in few hours and started feeling the pressure of time. I was also concerned that I may not have time to shower and change clothes before boarding a 20 plus hour flight back to the states. As all of these selfish thoughts came to me, I forgot what was really important. When we finally reached a section of the river that was deep enough for a baptism, I was exhausted from climbing the mountain.
 
 BaptismphotoThe new believer was a young man from Nepal, he was engaged to be married in only a few days. When I asked him his testimony, he spoke very clearly about his faith in Christ. As I was bringing him up out of the river, I heard this loud alleluia coming from the banks of the river. I looked up to see about 25 people that had climbed that mountain to be a part of this young man’s baptism. All those people had been walking up this mountain with us, but I never noticed them. I was too consumed with my own discomfort to notice what God was doing that day. This was a picture of the Church being the Church. These 25 people spent a good part of their day hiking up this mountain to be there with their friend. But, even more important is the fact that they walked back down the mountain with this new believer. They walked back into his life to love and care for him and his new family. This was a great picture of the Church, and something that I needed to see that day.

 

Oct
24
by: SRC Church Planting

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Gospel Fellowship – Making the Gospel Relevant in Boynton Beach, Florida

Hear from Rodney Wilkinson on the story of how Gospel Fellowship is making the Gospel relevant in Boynton Beach, Florida.

 

Sep
21
by: SRC Church Planting

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The Cartersville Project – A Mission of Grace

stancils2Recently, Jody Stancil updated us on what is happening in Cartersville, Georgia and the Cartersville project. Please pray along with us for Jody and The Cartersville Project.
  
“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:1-2)
 

Our Lord spoke these words as He sent His disciples into the world to spread the good news of the gospel. He assured them that there was plenty of work to do, but that there would also be problems they would encounter. Our first two months living in Cartersville has brought many blessings, but also many challenges. The Lord has blessed us with a faithful group of committed laborers that make up our “launch team,” and we have begun meeting weekly for fellowship and training in launching this new church. However, as we assess our gift mix in light of the needs of Cartersville and our new church, we find ourselves in a situation similar to the first disciples…there is much work to be done, but the laborers are few. Though this challenge is far greater than we are able to handle on our own, we take great comfort in the Lord’s strength and His promise to build His church, as well as in the gift of prayer He has given us, to ask Him for the laborers needed to join us in gathering His harvest. With that said, we ask that you would pray to the Lord on our behalf – to provide us with more laborers who are gifted in the areas of evangelism, gathering people, music, and more – so that we can see our vision “that the glory of God to become the glory of Cartersville and the nations” developed into reality.

Praises and Prayer Requests

- Praise the Lord for providing 90% of our funds pledged! Please continue to pray that the Lord will provide for our partners that they may fulfill their pledges, and that He will bless us with additional partners through whom, He will get us to 100% of our funds raised.

– Pray for our upcoming Launch Team and Fourth Sunday Fellowship meetings. Pray that the Lord will give us wisdom in choosing a name for the church, that He would continue adding more people to our group, and that He will show us what He wants this church to look like, that we may effectively minister to those around us. Pray for unity among our group, that we would love one another and the people of Cartersville well.

– Pray for the Lord to introduce us to many new people here, especially the lost. Pray that He would give us divine appointments that lead to relationships that lead to gospel conversations and conversions.