January 12, 2017
Praise for 2016 • Prayer for 2017
Dear Praying Friends and Family,
I’m sure that you have also seen the many different tweets, posts, and articles decrying 2016 as a terrible year. Nevertheless, like we’ve done in past years in these updates, I want to take a moment to look back on some of what God has accomplished and praise him.
Praise for new churches
Presently, Orchard Group is helping to start churches many places. Here is a list of those that are around 5 years old or younger; please join us in praising God for them:
- Central Harlem Project, New York City
- City Church, Lagos, Nigeria
- Paris Project, Paris, France
- Thrive Church, Orlando, Florida
- Cape Town Project, Cape Town, South Africa
- Trace Church, Colorado Springs, CO
- Epiphany Church, Brooklyn, New York
- Collective Church, Los Angeles, California
- Miami Church, Miami, Florida
- Restoration Church, Philadelphia, PA
- Renaissance Church, New York, NY
- Renewal Church, Chicago, Illinois
- Redemption Church, San Francisco, CA
- Foundry Church, Baltimore, MD
- Elevate Church, Limerick, Ireland
- Restore Church, Silver Spring, MD
- Mustard Seed Christian Church, Osaka, Japan
- Village Church, Buffalo, NY
- Mission Church, Ventura, CA
It is extraordinary to consider that none of these churches even existed just a few years ago. Now through them, there are thousands of people who are discovering the good news about Jesus.
Prayer for new churches
- Please pray for all of these churches, their leaders, their volunteers, and the cities where they are working. Ask God to work in and through his church to bring real transformation to communities. Ask that Jesus’ name would be known and worshiped by the those who are not yet believers.
- I personally serve the Renewal Church Chicago team, the Miami Church team, the Pro Deo Cape Town team, and the City Church Lagos team. Please pray for me and my service with these teams.
- Please pray specifically for Pro Deo Church in Cape Town and for City Church in Lagos. City Church had their launch Sunday this week, and Pro Deo Church launches next month.
As always, thank you for your partnership with us and with this work of establishing churches in challenging and needy communities around the world.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” –John 1:14 Merry Christmas from Luke, Lindsay, Isabella, Olivia, and Elijah!
Please Pray: Pro Deo, El Jubileo, Renewal, and City Church
Dear praying friends and family,
First, thank you for your prayers for the new churches that are launching this year.
It’s been a good, busy