Greetings from New Jersey!
Please allow me to share with you some of the things that the Lord has been doing in our ministry during the past year!
After twenty-three years of meeting in a converted 3-bedroom row-house in the City of Camden, one of the poorest cities in the nation, on January 7, 2018, we were able to relocate to the Township of Pennsauken by renting four rooms at a Lutheran Church. We presently conduct our Sunday morning service in their fellowship-hall while our nursery children, primaries and teens meet in three additional rooms.
In Camden, we have ministered the gospel to hundreds of families, and have seen many children, teenagers and adults received Christ as their Savior, baptized and become a part of our church over the years. We have also spent hundreds of hours ministering to the material, physical and social needs of the people whom the Lord has allowed us to serve. Amid all these activities, many years ago, we came to the realization that we would never become a self-supporting church because of the economic condition of the people to whom we minister.
In 1999, while we were contemplating as to how we could relocate, the Lord miraculously provided a piece of land for us in Pennsauken, a more economically stable community next to Camden. Since then, we have prayed and sought to relocate to Pennsauken; however, because of financial reasons, we were not able to move. Our goal had been to move the church to Pennsauken, while at the same time ministering to the city of Camden! But it was not in the Lord’s timing, until last year!
Almost 20 years after we acquired the land, last year the Lord miraculously began to help us to begin the process of eventually constructing a church building on the property! He did it in a miraculous way in which as a church, we can only say, “Glory to God!” Last year, we began the process of working on a site plan and floor plan for the project and on September 25, 2018 we presented the major site plan to the Pennsauken Township Planning Board and it was unanimously approved! There are a few adjustments that the Township require that we make to the plans before we move forward. In the meantime, we are conducting a capital campaign drive to raise funds for the project. Our members have made a commitment to do their part financially and we are also reaching out to friends, prayer partners and churches to help us.
Our ministry in Camden was all about people! We shared the Gospel and served the hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, imprisoned and strangers for twenty-three years. Here in Pennsauken, we are on the same path of fulfilling the Great Commission by sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the community.