Sovereign Grace Emerging Nations: January Update
Psalm 93, ‘The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from old; you are from everlasting. The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty! Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, for evermore.’
None of us really knows what the weather ahead looks like in 2021, but what we do know, and what we can be absolutely confident about, is that the LORD reigns! The majestic and mighty LORD, our sovereign protector and ruler, He reigns!!
What a wonderful truth!! Here then is how you can be praying to Him for us in the month ahead…
Please pray for our work in Pakistan. One of the annual activities of the Pastors there is a Christmas Outreach, an outreach that involves 370 small village churches who endure great trials and persecution for their faith. Please pray that the seeds that have been sown in 2020 will be harvested in early 2021. For many years the Lord has been blessing the ministry of these Pakistani Pastors, increasing the number of small village churches they support and together, they have seen many people come to faith in Jesus Christ. Please pray that great favour will once again abound to them in 2021.
Please pray for our two Church Plants that have recently taken place in the Philippines, under the leadership of Nilo Ebo - Davao City, led by David Quir, and Negros, led by Peter Magquilat. Both of these Churches have a history with Sovereign Grace and are now pursuing adoption with us. Please also pray for our Churches in Surigao del Sur, Mindanao, who have recently been devastated by Storm Vicky. Especially our church in Cabangahan led by Rolando Agyang, whose house, church ministry centre and farm were all destroyed by a landslide. Please pray for Jeffrey Jo and his church as they seek to care for these churches and help with the rebuild.
Please pray for the Emerging Nations Team as they begin to make tentative travel plans for 2021. It can be hard to make plans at this time, but God-willing there’ll be trips for Doug Hayes (Ethiopia, Zambia) and Allen Dicharry & Aaron Mayfield (Nepal) in late January. Please pray for God’s guiding and covering hand in these endeavours, and that if they are able to go, that these trips will be a great blessing to our brothers and sisters on the ground in these countries.
Please pray for Croatia and our Pastor there, Mario Vucenovic, as they seek to navigate their way through what has been a very difficult season for them. Just before Christmas the country was in 75% lockdown because of the Coronavirus and then on December 28th, Zagreb and the surrounding areas experienced a major earthquake. Please pray for safety for the people and also for many opportunties for the Church in the coming weeks and months to minister the gospel. People there are feeling lost, helpless and without hope for the future, and so in Jesus, may they find all the answers they need.
Please continue to pray for me (Dave Taylor), Mark Prater and the SG Leadership Team as we continue to pray, discuss, and plan for global expansion in Sovereign Grace Churches. The last few months of team conversations have been wonderful and we’re certainly moving forward! We greatly value your prayers though, that His wisdom and grace would abound to us in this great endeavour, and that we’d look to the future with clarity, faith and courage.
… With so many different weather's to navigate, may we never forget: The LORD reigns!
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Rather than give you several different updates this month, I wanted to share with you this one 20 minute video to watch.
During out recent Pastors & Wives Livestream Event on November 11th, 2020, I had the privilege of giving an update on what God is doing through our small family of churches around the world. On paper, you’d assume that 2020 has been a terrible year for Global Missions, and yet nothing could be further from the truth!
As you watch this video, I hope it encourages you, excites you and reminds you just how glorious He really is. For this is all the Lord’s doing, and so may it always be marvelous in our eyes!
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