I just got off the phone with a Reformed church in Albany, New York, and I’m jacked!
Now the back story. Tomorrow I fly to Albany, NY with Pastor Siang Hup who’s planting a Burmese Church in Indianapolis, IN and inviting a wave of Burmese immigrant churches to join the CRC. Recently he received a contact from a group of Burmese in Albany that are interested in joining the denomination. Tomorrow we will fly to Albany and in the evening go to the various members’ home for prayers and introductions. On Saturday we will meet with the group of about 30-40 individuals to discuss what it means to be a CRC. In the evening I will bring the word of God about the ascended Christ on the throne interceding for them. On Sunday we will worship with them in their Chin dialect at 1 PM and fly home around supper time.
Which takes us to my phone call with Bethany Reformed Church in Albany. Pastor Siang had asked me to network with Reformed and Presbyterian churches in the area to find a meeting place for the young church. The church is about to lose her current rental space. So, I called several churches. When the secretary at Bethany answered, and I told the reason for the call was to find a place for a Burmese congregation to meet, she responded, “That’s right up our alley. Let me put you through to our pastor.” I spoke to Pastor Peggy about what was needed. She responded, “We’d be very interested in helping out. Of course our board needs to decide, but that’s our kind of thing. Could you worship with us Sunday and meet with some of our elders?” “Sure,” I responded. “Oh, and by the way, are you located close to the city where most of the Burmese live? Most don’t have vehicles, so they ride share.” “No problem,” she responded. “We are right along the down town bus route. They can get here easily.” “Praise God,” I whispered, sensing the Spirit’s work.
So on Sunday morning at 10 AM EST, I’ll be worshiping with Pastor Siang and some representatives from an Albany Burmese congregation in an urban Reformed church in Albany, NY in hopes of forming a connection for our denomination, and in hopes of securing a worship meeting space for new Burmese friends.
Thank you to Pathway Church’s leadership team for letting me help. Thank you to Classis Illiana Home Missions Committee for blessing Burmese ministry. Thanks to Classis Illiana for providing traveling funds to unite the Burmese churches across the United States. Thank you to Classis Atlantic NE for sending several representatives to our meetings. Thank you to a newly forming Burmese congregation in Syracuse for sending a representative. And most of all, thank you Lord for opening doors. This will be an exciting weekend!