Psalms 145:9 says, “The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” No matter who we are or where we are, God has been good to us. God has been so good to us throughout 2019. Thank God for His incredible mercies as we serve Him, reaching others with the Gospel.
November began with enjoying a Harvest Sunday, which is similar to a Thanksgiving service, where we praise God for the harvest He has provided throughout the year. During this service, we begin taking collections for Christmas hampers (food baskets) for struggling families in our area. The church rallies behind this with special offerings and a lot of non-perishable food items. Through this, God enabled us to provide six large hampers of food filled with turkeys, vegetables, and much more food. This has greatly opened the door for us in schools and other Gospel opportunities.
Later in November, Holly enjoyed taking ladies from several area churches, including SBC, for a scavenger shopping trip at an area mall. The ladies really enjoyed this, and other churches were encouraged through it. Pray for the Ladies’ Ministry, as God has been wonderfully growing this ministry.
December began with burdens and excitement. One of the larger families that started coming this year and were growing tremendously suddenly decided to leave the church. God turned a sad situation into a building and growing opportunity for me, my family, and the church. God used this unfortunate circumstance to bring unity and strength to young and older Christians alike. The spirit of the church is wonderful, and since then, God has brought families back, more visitors, and great opportunities to preach Jesus Christ.
One of the opportunities God gave us was to sing Christmas carols in three care homes (nursing homes). This was such a blessing, as we preached the virgin birth of Jesus and gave the Gospel. Some responded to the preaching and were gloriously saved! One of the men has started coming to our Sunday services with one of the nurses!
The Christmas services were blessed with visitors at each service, and some of the visitors were from invitations from church members. Pray for them as we follow up with the Gospel and discipleship.
Thank you for expressing your love for my family and me this Christmas season through cards, gifts, and encouraging emails. Your faithfulness this year in prayer, support, and love gifts has enabled us to serve our Saviour here in England. Our sacrifice together enables the Gospel to be preached to regions beyond! May the Lord richly bless this new year God has given us as we step out by faith to do more for our loving Redeemer and Friend!
Yours for the souls of England,
Justin, Holly, David, Jonathan, Nathan, and Samuel Williams