Nearly a year ago now, Grace Reformed Fellowship in Lander, WY completed their program of denominational support. Since the broader OPC had been praying for the church there for several years as they received reports of their progress in Home Missions Today, we thought it would be nice to give an update on how the church is doing. What follows is the report Pastor Philip Strong shared with us.
Grace Reformed Fellowship is moving along steadily since our support was completed a year ago.
They body of believers continue to serve and be involved. The congregation continues to grow slowly, and people continue to be challenged in their faith! The spiritual ground is hard- the American culture is not one that is conducive to the work of the church- but this does not stop the Lord, Who will save all His people!
The biggest issue facing us in the past year has been where we were going to meet as a congregation. We had a wonderful place that we were leasing, but our lease wasn’t renewed because the owners wanted to make the existing Antelope Museum, bigger! (This IS Wyoming!!) We moved our location of worship to one of the existing public school buildings. While not the most ideal location as it was located between two buildings and accessed from a back door, the Lord was gracious to us in that it kept us warm and dry and provided us ample room in which to do the things we do as a church.
I am pleased to say, that after moving six times in six years, it would appear that we have found a home for Grace Reformed Fellowship! We are now leasing a building on Main Street in Lander, and have before us the option to purchase it at cost! This is truly a kind providence as these sorts of opportunities do not come along but infrequently! We are located on the most prominent of streets near the most prominent of corners and in one of the most visible locations in all of Fremont county!
We are now in the process of remodeling the building, which has been one of the biggest eye sores for some years in our town. We are grateful to the Lord for the people and gifts with which He has blessed this congregation. We do realize that the building is a tool given to us to help us advance the Lord’s kingdom in Lander, Riverton, and the rest of Fremont county through His means of grace.
We do still need prayer, as anyone knows who has ever worked on building renovations! And we still need prayer for the work of the Church, aside from the building! We are always thankful for faithful giving and outside financial support to help with these expenses. While saving a substantial amount of money as a congregation, the outright purchase and continuing renovations of this building are still a mountain to be moved.
Thank you for your continued prayer!
Your Brother in our Lord Jesus,