The following is from Barnabas Olare in Maweni, Mombasa, a pastor of the Gospel Missions Agency Church:
Just to update you that we’ve been working on formalizing membership in our church in Mombasa for some time now. We now have an official membership of 17, that number is likely to rise to 20 shortly if some applications we’re processing now conclude successfully. It’s a joy to see that the last 7 or so years of gospel preaching is being used by the Lord to bring about genuine conversions and therefore credible confession of faith. It’s also been tough, especially when interviews reveal that people who have been part of the congregation for years realize that they may not be truly saved, and therefore their membership not immediately approved or recommended for approval by the church. There’s been a good measure of controversy and even hard feelings, but the dust is settling now by God’s grace. Still we need much prayer as we seek to reform into a truly Biblical church.
The Wisdom Training Centre is doing well. We’ve started a diploma class this year, so currently we have 40 students in all, 20 in the certificate and another 20 in the diploma class. It’s obviously an increase in the workload, but it’s also a great joy to witness some of these men and women find true saving grace, and others delivered from error. We’re so graceful to the Lord for the tremendous opportunity to serve Him in this area.
I have been asked to do another round of Africa Pastors Conferences in Durban South Africa and also in Lesotho next month between 2nd. and 12th., on the subject “Preaching Salvation”. Please pray for much grace and fruit for the glory of our Lord Christ.