October 4, 2019
Ministering in the Context of an Ecological Disaster
“And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” (Ps 50.15)
Last week, there was a major fire at a chemical processing plant located just blocks away from our church building. Schools and businesses have been closing sporadically and without prior notice because there are still fumes coming from the plant that have made people sick or given them headaches. Because of the toxic smoke, farmers in affected areas have lost their crops. People are worried and angry. So far our regular church services have not been affected since we have been generally upwind from the fumes. Pray for grace and wisdom in ministering the Word in this context. Pray for wise decisions and clear communication from government officials. Pray that the toxic waste will be cleaned up soon! But more importantly we ask you to pray that disheartenment with the shortsightedness and selfishness of sinful humanity will cause some to look to the Creator.
Since the neighborhood in which we live is upwind, and up and away from the industrial part of the city (see picture), we are affected only when we visit or drive through certain areas.
On a More Positive Note
The renovations are moving along. The walls are in and so are the new light fixtures. Alexis has had good Gospel discussions with one of the contractors, the same who will be doing more work. The first of propositions for new bylaws will be presented to the congregation on Sunday. Pray for good, open, edifying communication. We regularly have first time visitors as a result of our church website. Pray for follow-up. Melanie has begun an evangelistic Bible Study with a young woman who is a student at the University. Please pray that the seed of the Word will fall into good ground.