Pastor Greg O’Brien shares, “The Lord continues His work in Christ Church. When writing our last update, we were processing the loss of five individuals/families. Christ was working to remind us to cling to this great promise: ‘I will build my church.’ He is the King and will build when, where, and how he deems best. Pray that we would remain full of faith. Since our last update we had two families join and two more families begin to attend weekly, with one expressing a desire to join while the other is still thinking through our presbyterian distinctives. Pray the latter join, too! All of this has been a joy after the initial loss. Currently two others have said they want to begin attending the church. One single woman in her 60s has
“We are convinced that, not despite but because of the trials of 2020, our mission work is healthier and livelier than it had been in 2019,” writes Pastor Cotta. “While our outreach and evangelistic efforts were reduced to a few online meetup groups, and while we were not able to meet for months and then for months met outside in my backyard, the Lord added seven new members to our fold in 2020! We had more members coming out of 2020 than going in! As well, we have six more regular visitors who are currently in the process of becoming members. To our wonder and praise as well, giving by the mission work was such during 2020 that we very nearly met our budget goals. We also saw God’s sustaining and upbuilding grace in that throughout 2020
Please pray for a quick restoration of power and running water for Pastor Miller Ansell and many others who have gone without both for the last two days due to the recent large snowstorm that hit Texas. In the midst of this hardship, Pastor Ansell is glad to report the Lord’s work growing Trinity OPC: “We have received 5 new members and have 17 in our new members class. We can give praise for the church growing through the birth of children as well. Please keep those parents in prayer. Our officer training is complete, and we look to examine and certify these men soon. This means we are getting closer to particularization. Pray that we would be patient and not rush towards it. We are preparing to utilize our grad students by putting on a
Regional Home Missions Coordinator Mike Diercks continues to build the Presbytery of Ohio’s Home Missions YouTube channel with monthly installments from the church planters throughout the Presbytery. Mike is working with several individuals who have expressed interest in the OPC from Princeton, IN and Charleston, WV. He also has been helping a Bible study in Harrison County, WV. Lastly, Mike has been assisting the provisional session and the congregation in Wilmington, OH through some difficult challenges. Pray for these opportunities that the Lord would see fit to raise up a church in these various locations. Also, pray that God would guide and direct the Wilmington Reformed church plant.
Harvest continues to rejoice in the Lord’s providence and recent growth. They had two new families join, and two more families are ready for membership class. Recently, Pastor Keller contracted the COVID virus. Pray for his quick recovery. Please pray his wife Connie, who has serious health problems, would be kept safe from COVID. Thank the Lord a recent Westminster Shorter Catechism class, held via Zoom, was well attended. They hope to continue this class for everyone interested in studying the doctrines of the church. Pastor Keller writes, “Pray for the building committee as we consider options and hope to move to a larger facility soon. Pray for wisdom as our church considers ways to reach out during these difficult days. Continue to