Gaius* is married and has one child. He grew up in a Christian family and was converted as a youth while attending a summer camp. He is now working to establish a healthy church in a large urban area of China.
Greeting brothers and sisters! Thanks be to God for bringing us through this month! Thank you and all those who work with you for your support of my ministry. I give thanks to God for this and pray He remembers your efforts.
I preached two Lord’s Days this month and am still working through Mark. I also taught three Thursday evenings on God’s Kingdom in our “Biblical Theology” series. As I was preparing for this, I saw God’s plan through history and how He carries it out. It encouraged me again to remember that our God is great, wise, and amazing. I also saw that, though man continually rebels against God and receives God’s discipline and examination, yet He still gives grace and has chosen to grow His Kingdom through us.
We constituted our church on April 26th; my tears flowed freely out of thankfulness that God’s glorious Kingdom is being established in this city. On the 25th of this month, we gathered for a meeting in preparation for constituting the next day. Our teacher led us through a seven lesson study on how to commit to a church. This helped us to better understand the meaning of commitment. It is not just a ceremony or a term, but it is really taking action and making sacrifices.
The most encouraging thing this month was the formal establishment of our church membership. On April 26th, with singing and worship, we officially planted a Reformed Baptist church. With the help of two supervising ministers, we had eight people enter into the church covenant. These eight founding members are important for the further growth and expansion of our church. When each of us signed our names to the church covenant, it signified that our church is officially established and that we are officially committed to this church. From now on, when we attend outside events, we go as members of this church. This is our glory and blessing. We are clear about our identity, our responsibility, and our duties.
* A pen name has been used to protect the identity of this missionary