On Sunday the 26th of March the Grace Bible Baptist Church will be celebrating their 20th anniversary. God allowed us to see this church organized in the very early days of our time in Kenya. This church was birthed by our sending church, the Cleveland Baptist Church.
We have a special service planned and are expecting a couple thousand people in attendance. We have not tried to have a big day in attendance since our building dedication in 2004. On that day the crowd was so large we could not effectively minister to all who were on the property. Since that time we have focused more on building people into a spiritual mature body then on trying to have high attendance days. We always have visitors and our average attendance is over 400 each Sunday, but our emphasis has been on equipping our people spiritually to properly serve the Lord. I believe that it is partly because of this decision that God has allowed the Grace Bible Baptist Church to have ministries far beyond what we ever imagined possible.
Preaching for us on this very special day in the history of this church will be our pastor, Kevin Folger. We are excited that he will again be able to visit Kenya and see all that God has done in this land through a church that was birthed by the Cleveland Baptist Church. He will also be traveling to the churches in Burundi and DRCongo.
The Grace Bible Baptist Church has birthed dozens of churches in several different countries, been a leader in promoting the cause of missions in Kenyan churches, and setting an example in both giving to missions and sending missionaries. The church through their missions giving program has given over $115,000 to missions and regularly sends its members to other countries. The church understands that missions is not just the obligation of “rich” churches, but it is also to be their purpose and biblical mandate
Much preparation is being done for this day but the most important part of that preparation will take place this Friday night. The church will be holding an ALL NIGHT prayer meeting as we pray for many visitors to attend and for the Holy Spirit to convict those present and bring them to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. We will be praying by name for family members, neighbors and friends who have been invited to come to this service.
Although we do not expect others to join us in an all night prayer service, we are asking others to join us in prayer for the 20th anniversary service of the Grace Bible Baptist Church. Please be part of that prayer team, praying for God to move mightily in Nakuru, Kenya on the 26th of March.