Dear friends,

I confess I do not tire of quoting Hudson Taylor, “When we work, we work. When we pray, God works.” I think he captures much biblical wisdom. A great Bible quote on prayer, “…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 (ESV). By the way, a Bible quote trumps a Hudson Taylor quote every time, since Hudson Taylor is human like you and me, but the Bible is God’s Word written.

Anyhow, I am asking for your prayers. We at Messiah need to make some strategic decisions in the next month or so. We need God’s help and direction and wisdom, so please pray.

First, please pray that God will lead us to recognize the worship leader that He would raise up for Messiah. Pray that the person God is calling will recognize the call. Pray that we will recognize who God is calling. Especially pray for those who offer themselves for consideration – but then we choose someone else.

Please pray for Church on Wednesday. God has blessed this ministry, so praise God for this. We have several decisions to make. First, what type of ministry to Young Adults will we have between May and August? Second, should we go for a larger venue in September? If we do this, we will probably have to change the evening. Or, should we stay with Wednesday evening and maybe add a second evening? This option poses “human resource” issues. As well, with Joey moving, we need to develop a “house band”. Who? Please pray.

Please pray for Ryle College. We have several areas in great need of God’s wisdom and direction. First, the whole issue of accreditation. There is too much to talk about in a short blog. But we need God’s direction and provision in next steps and options around full accreditation or its equivalent. As well, because of our modest success this year, we need to sort out scheduling issues when we have “first” and “second” year students. Finally, pray for God’s financial provision!

My last request is a bit of a grab bag. Please pray that Messiah can become an “island of life” in our city. Pray that we will be led into concrete steps to be this Island of Life in a culture that is increasingly embracing the culture of death.

As well, please pray that God will use us to plant ANiC churches in Kanata, Leitrim, Manotick, Orleans, Cornwall, Kemptville, Carleton Place and Arnprior. Please pray! Thank you for praying. Pray God will use us to make disciples of Jesus, gripped by the Gospel, living for God’s glory.