Just wanted to give you a brief update on a couple of our GO TEAM MISSIONS this past summer!
June 24th – July 2nd a great team from Immanuel Community Church in Fort Collins, Colorado (plus my wife Vicki and my daughter Heather) partnered with Emmanuel & Associates to work with Exmouth Baptist Church, Exmouth, Devonshire, England to reach out into their community to engage people with the the Good News that you will live forever, if you put your trust in Jesus. The team first distributed Gospels of John through home letter boxes and then followed up by going back to try to win souls for Christ. Some of our GO TEAM members were discouraged that people in Exmouth where a bit stand offish but we did see some encouragement from the mission outreach.
We used the Costa Coffee shop in the town center to invite the community to a free coffee and a piece of cake. That evening we had music by my wife Vicki and my daughter Heather and a good crowd of people turned up for the event. I gave my testimony and the other team members mingled with our guests. We had some great opportunities to tell people that God loved them and Jesus died and rose again for them and they could live forever if they put their trust in Him! Pastor Mike Martin had a great conversation with a homeless man who made a profession of faith in Christ that evening! Pastor Mike has seen the Lord double the numbers of church attenders on Sunday and has started a ministry to children and teens and a cafe in the church building to reach out to people in the town center. Some of the church members were challenged by the witness of the team and they have committed to regular evangelism in the town as a result of GO TEAM partnership. Please pray for the healthy growth of this fellowship of believers in Exmouth Baptist Church!
July 2nd – 9th a veteran GO TEAM from two churches in Birmingham, Alabama (Southcrest Baptist & Grace Community Church) partnered with Emmanuel & Associates (E&A) to minister the Gospel with the Garden City Alliance Church in Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage which are just north of London, England. Many of the people in these communities commute to the London area to work. This year was the third year that E&A GO TEAMS have partnered with Garden City Alliance Church to engage their communities with the Gospel. We held an outreach in the Costa Coffee shop, visited people in their homes, distributed Gospels of John through letter boxes and had a BBQ that church members invited their family, friends and neighbors to join us. The couple that hosted the BBQ had contacts and relatives that belonged to the Traveler Community (Gypsies). We had some great opportunities to challenge people with the Gospel at this event.Pastor Dave Turpin is an old friend and colleague who worked with me as an assistant pastor in London for eight years. Dave and his wife Linda and their son Andrew and his wife Chloe have been involved in church planting in both Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage for a few years now. Most of the people who are now church members are people who have been recently saved or were backslidden Christians who have repented and come back into fellowship with Jesus. I was very encouraged by the spiritual growth of members of the congregation that I witnessed over the past three years. The Garden City Church is small in number but to see many of the young men growing in their faith and commitment to Lord and to their young families and the church was also very encouraging!
Thanks for taking the time to read this ministry report! I am beginning to organize GO TEAMS for 2018 and if you and others that you know would be interested in joining us next year, we would be happy to talk through how you can be a part of our GO TEAM ministry to the United Kingdom next year. Also please continue to pray for us as we seek to win souls, make disciple making disciples and multiply the church! Finally if you would like to support Emmanuel & Associates financially, please send your gifts to our address below! Thanks again for praying, going and giving to the work of the Gospel in the United Kingdom!
Yours by His amazing grace,