San Antonio, Texas – Andrew Moody and his family were living in San Antonio. His call in Amarillo, Texas, had come to an end. So he and his wife, Billie, had come back home, to the city where they had grown up.
At first, Andrew and the family made a weekly eight-hour drive to Houston, helping to gather a group there. Andrew and Billie prayed that God would give them opportunities to minister God’s grace closer to home in the northeastern section of San Antonio. They had some contacts there. Although San Antonio is already home to Grace OPC, the city is a large place. It covers four hundred square miles. The city proper is home to 1.3 million people. It is the seventh most populous city in the United States. There is close to another million people in greater San Antonio.
God began to gather a group. Initially, people with many challenges in life, including financial struggles, were gathered into a Bible study. As the group grew to about twenty people, the Presbytery of the Southwest gave Andrew permission to begin public worship. Then the Presbytery called him as an evangelist to continue gathering the group. The denominational Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension made a one-year financial commitment to encourage the effort.
Andrew, Billie, and others began to pray that God would send visitors and add them to the group. Visitors began to show up at worship. Some found San Antonio Reformed Church (OPC) online. Others heard through word of mouth. These new visitors kept coming back. Average attendance at worship grew over the summer from the low twenties to forty. Every local visitor who came over the summer stayed. Most of them are now pursuing church membership.
Other visitors have come throughout the fall. If everyone were there on the same Sunday, the group would number in the low fifties. Some of the new people are connected to the military. San Antonio has a large military presence, with Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, and several other military installations in the region.
San Antonio Reformed Church is now meeting just outside the city near Randolph AFB. Many of the new people came with challenges, as Christ drew them closer to himself. Husbands have had to come without their wives and children. Wives have come without their husbands. Some are single moms. Andrew began to pray that God would send households with mature believers to help with the discipleship that needs to be done in the body. God has begun to answer that prayer by sending a military chaplain and his wife. He is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He worked for a number of years with the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation near the seminary. Please join in praying that God would send other mature believers into the gathering group.
Despite the financial hardships that many face, they give regularly and sacrificially. However, this developing congregation needs a stronger financial base. Please pray with them that the Lord would provide for all their needs. Praise the Lord for his many mercies in these early stages of San Antonio Reformed Church, and pray that he would continue to bless its development.