I believe you learned from last week’s bulletin that the Annex Rebuild Committee has received an updated design plan and the latest construction cost information from the architect.  The Committee and the Elder Board are now collating this new information and will share it with brothers and sisters on August 4 at the Annex Rebuild Update & Prayer Meeting.  This is an important moment that everyone has been looking forward to, and is also an important development project that the brothers and sisters of BAC have been dedicated in working hard to support. This is going to be a venue that accommodates double the number of people and includes a gymnasium. We all look forward to this place to be used for more gospel outreach, and be greatly used by the Lord in the future.  It is indeed by the grace of God and a blessing from Him for us to take part in this meaningful rebuild project of a God-given vision. Even though the construction cost is higher than the original budget, as long as this is the vision and direction that God points us to, I trust that God will provide for our needs.  I invite our brothers and sisters to plan ahead to attend this online meeting, to lift up our prayers together to God.

        I still remember that a few years ago, through the prayers of our brothers and sisters, God gradually gave BAC a clear picture of our future direction.  In our four-part vision, apart from the ongoing Annex rebuild project and becoming a disciple-making church, let us not forget that two years ago, BAC and the Mountainview Alliance Church (MAC) joined hands to start a Mandarin-speaking worship in the city of Langley.  This is a way of church planting that is not often seen, involving the partnership of two churches that share the same vision. Pastor Yong Wang and a group of BAC brothers and sisters have been serving faithfully in the past two years.  Today we see beautiful results from it.  This two-year partnership agreement between BAC and MAC will come to an end in August.  This past Tuesday, we held an important meeting with Pastor Yong and the pastors of MAC, to discuss and evaluate the possibility of turning the ministry over to MAC completely as of September 1.  With the severe impact of the pandemic, I believe brothers and sisters were worried that this new ministry will inevitably be greatly affected in a negative way.  But God once again gave us an affirmation that this is His work.  In the past two to three months, the number of online adult worship has remained stable at 30+.  The offering in June has increased by about 80%, compared to the average from March to May.  In a situation when things seem impossible,  nothing is too hard for God. Therefore, the pastoral team of MAC affirmed that the Mandarin ministry would become part of MAC starting from September 1.  God truly blesses BAC.

        In a recent devotion time, God once again reminded me with His words: “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7 (NIV)

      疫情下兩個極好的消息

      相信大家在上星期的家事分享中,得知附堂重建委員會已經收到建築師的更新設計圖則,與及最新的建築所需費用。建堂委員會及長議會現正將這些新的資料整理,然後在八月四日的附堂重建報告及祈禱會中,與弟兄姊妹詳細分享。這是大家一直期待的重要時刻,也是本宣家弟兄姊妹一直在奉獻上,努力支持的重要發展。我們都盼望著這個能夠容納多一倍以上聚會人數,有運動場地可用作更多福音外展的地方,將來能夠被主大大使用。這實在是神的恩典,給予我們的福氣,可以一同參予這個從主而來的異象,一個有意義的建設。縱然建築費用比之前的預算為多,但只要是神給予本宣家的異象方向,深信神必有預備。邀請弟兄姊妹預備時間,一同出席這次的視像會議,同心禱告仰望神。

      還記得幾年前,藉著弟兄姊妹同心禱告,神一步一步的,將本宣家未來發展方向,清楚地給予我們知道。這四大異象方向,除了一直進行著的附堂重建,與及建立本宣家成為一間能建立門徒的教會之外,相信大家不會忘記兩年前,本宣家與山景西人宣道會一同合作,在蘭里市開始了接近兩年的國語崇拜。這是一個另類的植堂方式,是神給予我們兩間教會的共同異象。我們差派王勇傳道與及一班弟兄姊妹,在過去兩年忠心努力的事奉,今天我們能夠看見神賜下美好的成果。本宣家與山景宣道會兩年的合作協議,即將於本年八月尾到期。在剛過去的週二下午,我們與山景宣道會的牧者們及王勇傳道,舉行一次重要會議,商討山景宣道會,是否有信心於九月一日,將建立了兩年的國語事工,完全歸屬於山景宣道會。在疫情嚴重的影響下,相信弟兄姊妹都擔心這個新事工的發展,必然受到極大負面的影響。但神再一次給予我們一個肯定及印證,這是神的事工。在過去兩、三個月中,網上崇拜的成年人人數,一直穩定於三十多人。而奉獻的收入,特別在六月,相比三月至五月的平均,增加近百份之八十。在人以為無可能的情況,在主裡卻是無難成的事。所以,山景宣道會的牧者領袖們,都肯定及極有信心的,於九月一日,可以完全接受國語事工,歸納於山景宣道會。神實在祝福本宣家。

      在最近的靈修中,神再一次用祂的話語提醒我說:“有人靠車、有人靠馬。我們卻靠耶和華 我們神的名。”(詩篇20:7新譯本)