This month we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord, and then like the disciples in the weeks following, we launched our outreach and mercy plan for the city of Ponce! During the Lenten season, we spent our time getting to know the members of the congregation and learning about the needs in the city, putting together a three-year plan. The Wednesday after Easter, we had a congregational convocation to discuss the plan and take the first steps towards implementing both the plan and the formation of a lay council for the congregation. The event was an incredible success and many good ideas were shared by the new believers who now form our congregation!
The congregation decided to focus on four different areas, building up fellowship in the congregation, dedicating ourselves to the study of the Word, prayer and worship, giving witness and mercy outreach to our surroundings, and faithfully administering the gifts that God has provided through His people. This will be accomplished through weekly, monthly, and annual activities in each area. We also were able to adopt a tentative budget for our activities, gradually moving from mission subsidies towards congregational funding for all ministry expenses. We also adopted a three-year curriculum for Bible Study, which covers the entire Bible in three years through weekly classes as well as special once a month courses in theology. We already started the first five-week course, which introduces the Bible, it’s major themes, and how to interpret what we read. The schedule of activities for outreach, study, and mercy are really starting to pack our schedule full!
The big unknown moving piece in all of these plans right now, and for which we ask your prayers, is that we have narrowed the search for a church and mercy house building to two properties, each with a lot of promise, but also some significant barriers to purchasing either of them. We are confident that God will open the right doors, but He nevertheless asks for us to ask that He would! Rest assured that when the building is secured, we will dedicate an entire newsletter to showing you the space!
Christ is Risen! Let’s go out and tell everyone!