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Weekly Mind Dump: 5 Baptized! (by Mark Tolson)

✪ We had an incredible service Sunday night. We had a packed house and 5 people were baptized. The oldest person baptized was 57 and the youngest was 24. There were two in their 50’s, one in his 30’s and two in their 20’s. Before the baptisms, I had each person give a testimony. It was very encouraging.

✪ Recently Read: Why I Am a Christian – I started reading this book and was hooked from the first chapter, which was my favorite chapter of the book. I really enjoyed reading this book and the perspective that he gave on why he is a Christian. I recommend reading this book! From the book: “Why I am a Christian is due ultimately neither to the influence of my parents and teachers, nor to my own personal decision for Christ, but to ‘the Hound of Heaven’. That is, it is due to Jesus Christ himself, who pursued me relentlessly even when I was running away from him in order to go my own way. And if it were not for the gracious pursuit of the Hound of Heaven I would today be on the scrap-heap of wasted and discarded lives.“ [1]

✪ After two weeks of looking for a place to rent for the bible study, we finally found one! But it isn’t a house! It is a new restaurant. We found a restaurant with two banquet rooms that we can use. We should be able to sit 30-50 in there (as to 20 where we are now). The owner gave us a great deal for renting the rooms. This will save us money for now and allow us to grow and be in the same area.

✪ Also, we are turning the Bible Study into a Church. Now that we have several Christians attending, and ready to serve in a local church, it seems to be the next logical step for us. We will be moving up our Sunday morning service by an hour and adding Sunday school that will be taught by two Chinese guys that have been working with me. The name of this new church plant is Dalian Grace Baptist Church.

✪ So prayer request number one: pray for those who were just baptized as they grow in their faith, their love for God, and their service for him.

✪ Prayer request number two: pray for the new church plant that will be having it’s first service on Sunday morning.

✪ Prayer request number three: pray for the two young men that will be teaching the Sunday school.

✪ Prayer request number four: pray for souls to be saved. I have talked with several recently who are also on the verge of making a decision to follow Christ. Pray the Holy Spirit does the work that only he can do, pray for their salvation.

✪ Prayer request number five: pray for my lovely wife and baby #4!

✪ Praise God with us for all that He is doing!

 

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