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Building Relationships and not routines

It has been a busy two months since Gina and I have arrived in Guyana and started at Grace Ministries. As we finished our move-in process, we found ourselves attempting to establish some sort of ministry routine. Setting aside days and specific times to attend services and meet with church members. We were looking to maximize our time and effort.

The great business leader and author John Maxwell once said, “The secret to our success is found in your daily routine.” Even in ministry, there is something comfortable about establishing a routine.

This is a great point when measured in the business world, but I was recently reminded of what Hebrews 10:25 says about what is important, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another: and so much more, as you see the day approaching.”

Life can get so busy with keeping routines and tasks that we forget about each other. We can still get a sense of accomplishment, but there is very little real fruit. Building relationships has no clock, schedule, or routine. We forget what is important and that is the people themselves. That we do not forsake the importance of making time to meet and encourage each other. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are the ministry and should never be considered a routine, work or task to be completed.

I challenge you to spend more time together as believers, outside the church doors. Put aside the daily routine and take time to be an encouragement to a brother or sister today.

 

Answered Prayers:
Since our last update we have received our two-year work permit. We opened our Guyana bank account.  Purchased a 2016 Toyota Tacoma truck and cleared our Polaris through customs. Both the truck and Polaris will be going on a barge in Georgetown to head towards us in region one this week.  

Prayer requests:
Join us in prayer as we layout these short-term ministry goals for this year.
  • We continue building leaders who make disciples who make disciples.
  • Develop a regular functioning children’s ministry in the village churches.
  • Develop a regular functioning youth ministry in the village churches.
  • Establish a ministry in 15 villages or more.
  • Establish Spanish and Warao services.
Thank you so much for your continued support of God’s work here in Guyana. If you are still considering giving either monthly, or towards a special project. Now is the time to make a tax-deductible donation to our sending agency Global Faith Mission Agency using the site below.

Globalfaith.net
Missionaries: Stephen and Gina Gant
Memo line: Monthly support, Plant a church etc.

Grace and Peace,
Stephen and Gina Gant
 
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