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Church Expansion Project update and Pastoral Message by Minister Daode Chen – 8/27/2017

     Recently I was told that the church I served in my home town China had suffered severe persecution. The local officials shut down the children and youth ministry of the church. Classes were dismissed and students not allowed to meet in church buildings. Despite such harsh measures, believers began to open their houses for children and youth worship and Sunday school. On the contrary, here in our church, I recently heard that our junior and high school class has grown so much that the church library where they meet every Friday was not able to accommodate them. Right now, teachers and ministry leaders were trying to find ways to solve this urgent problem.

     Spiritually speaking, whether we have the church facilities to meet or are lacking of it, this will not affect the growth of children or youth ministry; nor can it prevent God’s church from increase. Bible says:” Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” (Zech. 4:6) However, God has been so gracious to us and given us an additional property to expand our ministry. Let us always be mindful that additional space is not for our comfort, but a responsibility given by God to reach out more and to share the gospel even further, both children, youth and adults.

     With this ministry purpose in mind, many work projects are going on right now, like securing the property by putting up fencing on the Nordhoff side, and preparation of the house to be used for various ministry needs. Many church volunteers will be called to participate in these work projects. Many will continue to give, by the prompting of the Holy Spirit. According to the report of August 20th, church has received additional offering and pledge of $27,530.00. Now the cumulated total has reached $486,793.60. In other words, within lest than a month, God has provided us almost the targeted amount ($500,000.00) through the faithful giving of brothers and sisters from our church and beyond. This is truly abundant grace that God has shown to our church. At the same time, this is also a beautiful collective response by our church members to God’s bountiful grace. Praise the Lord!

     In the midst of this building project, we should not forget the real priority of our church ministry, which is to build up believers’ commitment to engage in Great Commission. Our church pastoral team continues to be devoted “to prayer and to the ministry of the word” by providing daily devotionals and various discipleship training sessions, in addition to the pastoral work. Church fellowships, Sunday school classes as well as children and youth ministry are progressing well. Now the summer vacation just over, campus and student ministry is getting ready to welcome new additions with great enthusiasm. This week our annual Bible recitation culminated in a Friday night celebration. Many things are happening. Most importantly, we want to build up each other’s spiritual life.

     Today, let us give thanks to the Lord for what He has done in the past and keep our prayers fervent toward God for the future of our church. Let’s ask God that He will continue bless us financially. We also need God to give us wisdom in planning and managing the new property as well as in the major renovation and upgrading of facilities for children ministry. Last but not least, let’s pray that God will revive the whole church with zeal so that everyone will “Rise Up and Build”!

Minister Daode Chen

 


Message from Pastor Ken:
     
     Perhaps you remember the first kite that you built, using newspaper and paste made from rice. Or the cricket cage? A plastic model airplane or ship? For me it was a bamboo fishing pole, made entirely of parts and pieces that I found as a boy.

     Making things, building things, give us great satisfaction and feelings of accomplishment. It is a part of being a human being made in the image of God. We all want to create, design, and complete things that have value and beauty.

     This is a part of the goodness of our future building program.

     But it goes well beyond personal satisfaction. We have three or more collections of people within our congregation at MBC, depending on whether you use age, culture or time of attendance. Our mutual participation in a substantial endeavor will bind us together. Belonging comes through participation and contribution. Identity is forged by challenge and success. These provide the foundation we need to be God’s lighthouse here.

     The National Heath & Safety Performance Standards tells us that each child needs about 50 square feet of space for activities. While we cannot reach that optimum, we can alleviate the current crowdedness. This is a third value of building.

     Jesus marveled as he watched a widow’s magnificent faith donation. He saw someone who was determined to do her part for the glory of God. She was following the saying of King David who said he would not offer to God that which cost him nothing. (2 Sam. 24:24) That same God now watches to see what each of us, and each generation of us, will do for his glory until he comes with his rewards. This is the eternal value of building, to please God and give him glory on earth in our generation.