We hope this update finds you on the other side of a enjoyable and memorable Christmas and we want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Here in London we have begun the year with Psalm 16 on our hearts and mind. Throughout 2017 our goal is to keep remembering this Psalm, specifically verse two where David writes, “I say to the LORD, ‘You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.’” With that in mind we are continually reminding ourselves who our Lord is and that the only good we have is with him and without him we have nothing.
2017 will mark 100 years of our church meeting in the North Finchley area of London and we are looking forward to our anniversary Sunday on the 14th May. That being said, all the windows and doors were original to the building and were in need of an upgrade, and one of the major highlights of the past couple months was the replacement of those windows and doors. Seeing these made me think of all the things the Lord has allowed us to accomplish in and around our building over the past 12 months. The building and the grounds look completely different than it did this time last year as you can see in the pictures.
As a church we were encouraged through our study on the church this past autumn and we finished it just before we focused on our Christmas events. It was an exciting Christmas because were are able to hold a number of a events. In the month of December we hosted a children’s craft day, did some Christmas carolling outside in our town centre with a neighbouring church, and enjoyed a traditional carol service. Each event was enjoyable for those involved and allowed for us to promote the good news of Jesus to our local community. Please pray for us as we begin 2017 that we’ll see some new faces in the building, new people join the church, but more importantly we’ll see many eyes opened to the truth of Jesus Christ.
We have been encouraged already by one Sunday in 2017 where we had the highest attendance in our time here as well as conversations with one gentleman about church membership. Between now and Easter as a church we will be preaching through 1 & 2 Samuel and going through a Christianity Explored course with a few people. If you’re interested in following things at the church please visit our website http://www.highroadbaptist.org or our Facebook page.
As a family we enjoyed a trip to Greece during the week of Thanksgiving. It was much warmer there than London and in addition to seeing the ancient city ruins of Corinth and Athens we enjoyed some relaxing time at a resort for our Western European conference with ABWE. The conference was at a good venue and a great place to catch up with many people we haven’t seen in years. For Christmas we were able to have family stay with us which was very enjoyable for us all.
We are thankful how the Lord has worked over the past year and we look forward to 2017 with great anticipation and anxiety for a couple reasons. First, we are still a little under-supported and would love to see that resolved. Please if you, your church, or someone you know who is looking to partner with us through ABWE to help us in our church revitalisation efforts here in North London, please do contact us or see our support page. The second reason is that this time a year from now, we will be able to submit the paperwork for our residency with the UK border agency. This brings a lot of anxieties and also additional costs. Over the past almost four years of living in England we have had amazing support from our home church and others that has allowed us to pay for our visas, but it would be advantageous for all to have that cost and need resolved once and for all, Lord-willing. So we ask if you could please pray for that cost and for all the paperwork and time that needs to be put into that in the next year.
We just want to say thank you for all the many cards, the gifts, the phone calls, text messages, etc… from many many people. We definitely know we are loved and the object of many of your prayers which brings us much joy and gratitude. It is our goal to remember, as the Psalmist did, who our LORD is and that apart from Him we have no good thing.
David & Annalisa Wilson