We met together with church leaders and church members from the five congregations for a second round of discussions on Thursday 4 September.
Right now, the churches are at an exciting but difficult point of transition. The churches have seen a decline in membership and a few of the leaders have struggled to remain in ministry because of the financial strain that they have faced as families. The faithful within the congregations have taken on the responsibility to try to think about what the problems are and how they should be corrected. Please pray for wisdom in resolving the general challenges of pastoral support and numerical growth and answering specific requests from the church leadership. We have been trying to reply to them in such a way that we can show openness and trust and reinforce the attitude that we have tried to have of treating our brothers and sisters as colleagues in ministry.
Pray for wisdom to know the right course to take and the best way to express our love and trust. Pray for diligence to accomplish the tasks that need to get done in response to the issues raised by the churches. Pray for effectiveness in our labor, that the discipleship work that we are trying to doing would be fruitful.