Okay. March 2012.
We spent some time talking to the leadership of other churches, leaders who have lead both successful (and by their own admission) failed churches and ministries. There’s a lot to learn and we went over a lot of their notes, probably over 1,000 pages. First of all we learned that church planting in Canada is much harder than in other places in the world. It’s not like America. 80% of churches fail within 5 years in the USA, and the number is harsher here in Canada. Here in Brampton, Ontario – churches are shutting down on a monthly basis. (8 so far in 2012 according to our count). We even met full time and part time missionaries from South Korea and America who have come to live in Canada because it’s like a missions field according to them. We feel this is both bad news and good news. Mostly bad news though.
At a recent outreach we did at the Bramalea City Centre bus terminal (Where we gave away free donuts, candy canes and prayer) it was mostly non-Christians who accepted prayer, and Christians who refused prayer. This seems to always be the case. A Hindu lady and a Muslim lady both asked if they could attend our church! So there is good news as well.
Sonoma did 2 family movie nights, one which was a disaster and another which was a great success. Here’s a tip – don’t rent a movie starring Seth Rogen for a church family movie night. Even if it says “rated PG” on the back cover, it probably won’t be. We had to censor out the audio about 90 times.
The second movie we watched, was really good.
Worship night was blessed, it took 5 of us a frantic hour and a half to set everything up plus our sound setup was extremely complicated that night because we had a guest DJ. It’s not super easy to make a great impression on new attenders when you’re covered in sweat. We don’t even have those light and easy plastic chairs, we have the heavy steel cushioned banquet chairs. The night ended a success and we all had a lot of fun.
A highlight of the night was a cute little baby who grabbed a wireless mic and ran out the kitchen door (which leads outside). It’s good to know that even the young ones are taking outreach and evangelism seriously. Haha 🙂
We increased Outreach efforts, and went back to the drawing board to figure out new fresh ways to reach the City of Brampton. We went back to the drawing board about a lot of things actually. Brampton is a beautiful, well run city with over 500,000 residents. But most do not know Jesus as their Lord. Actually a lot of the residents don’t speak English.
Tuesday night’s were reserved for volunteering at a local soup kitchen which serves over 100 people a delicious dinner. Saturdays were mostly geared towards street evangelism. Every person who dedicates or re-dedicates their life to Christ gets recommended to a good church in their area, and we’ve realized that we’ve probably built up a lot more churches than we’ve built our own home church. Hmmm.
We received some great testimonies in March. One of a man who had been unemployed for over 17 months who got a great new job and within 6 months, a promotion!
Another testimony of one of our brand-new-youth who has quit drugs and other bad influences.
Yet another of a young lady rededicating her life to Christ.
We are still very new and small, not even close to the 5 year mark as yet, not even the 2 year mark. So we have a very long way to go. Please, readers, keep us in your prayers. The Lord be with you!