A Season of Gratitude
Next week marks the typical beginning of a busier-than-normal season for churches in the United States. Most of our churches will have some kind of Thanksgiving gathering within their community or as a congregation this weekend and after Thanksgiving Day the march toward Christmas begins.
While this season can be busy, it can also create times for reflection and joy as we remember what God has done for us. So, as we move into the last six weeks of 2018, we want to pause and express our gratitude for partnership and collaboration among churches.
Within our partnerships, more than three dozen people have come to faith in Christ this year in the Coney Island neighborhood of New York and churches continue to be planted and supported in some of the most evangelistically difficult places in North America. Our cooperative effort is assisting churches to develop clearer vision and move toward health, we have greater movement in community outreach and discipleship, we are restoring dignity to children taken into the foster care system, and we are helping leaders sharpen their skills for more effective ministry.
We hope and pray that as your church pauses to focus on this season of gratitude that you will be filled with joy at what God has done, is doing, and can continue to do in your midst. We join with the Apostle Paul in praying,
“Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us – to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – Eph. 3:21