As churches shifted to online last year, our team wondered if there would be a burst of new baptisms as physical gatherings relaunched. Now, as churches across the country and world are regathering, it sure looks to be the case. In Chicago, Miami, New York, San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Istanbul (an incomplete list, to be sure!) there have been new people coming to new faith in Jesus. And for the first time in a long time, especially in places that have had the tightest restrictions, people are proclaiming their new faith through baptism.
- Please be praying for these new believers: that their burgeoning faith would take root, grow, and bear fruit.
This is shaping up to be a significant season for church planting. Right now, church planters in Camden, Baltimore, Manhattan, Fairfield County, and Oakland are working in their communities and building up teams that will form their cores for public launches later this year.
- Please pray for these leaders and for their cities. Pray for a fruitful summer of making connections and inroads in their communities.
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