Reflections on the 85th General Assembly of the OPC, Part 2: Home Missions
On Wednesday evening we had another joint session between the OPC and the URCNA. We heard from six church planters from the OPC and six church planters from the URCNA. God is building His kingdom. People are coming to Jesus Christ around our country and around the world. These particular church planters were from North America.
The six speakers from the OPC were: David Graves (Coeur d’Alene, ID), Daniel Doleys (Springfield, OH), Micah Edmondson (Grand Rapids, MI), Bradney Lopez (Arroyo, Puerto Rico), Jim Cassidy (Austin, TX), and Chris Cashen (Clarkston, GA). These are just some of the churches we often pray for. It has been a blessing for me to get to know these men who are laboring around our country. Coeur d’Alene is where our oldest son attends. Arroyo is a mission work in our own Presbytery. And Jim Cassidy used to be the minister in Ringoes, NJ. It is indeed a small world. A representative from the URC prayed for these men and their work.
The six speakers from the URC were: Mitch Persuad (Scarborough, ON), Taylor Kern (Ontario, CA), Nathan Brumphel (Indiana State Prison, Michigan City, Indiana, Divine Hope Bible Seminary), Sam Perez (Jersey City, NJ), That Megaly (Muslim outreach, St. Catherine’s, ON), Tony Zekvekd (Toronto, CA, working with Sikhs and Hindus). A representative from the OPC prayed for these men and their work. As you can see a variety of ministries are represented. Several of these are in Canada and even one in our own State.
One final highlight for Home Missions was the report by General Secretary John Shaw. On average there are 7-8 new mission works started each year by the OPC. This year by the time of our General Assembly there were already 8 new mission works started with a possibility of 7 more by the end of the year. So a doubling of the average over the last few years. We could see as many as 15 new mission works by the end of 2018. What a blessing as new churches are started and more people respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 9:35-38 Jesus told his disciples, “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’”
As we pray for Home Missions, we are praying earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. The harvest is plentiful and we praise God for the work He is doing in building His church. As you pray for our Home Mission churches, do not forget to continue to pray for our church as well. May God add to our number as He harvests souls for eternal life. Pray for the ministry of Faith Bible Church.