We received the following letter from Pastor EricÂ Byrd.Â He is one of our missionaries and we are very proud of him.Â Read the letter, look over the pictures, and be sure that you pray for him.
Pastor Eric Byrd on the far left and the newly organized Philadelphia Baptist Church.
Â WeÂ had our Charter service Sunday, November 19Â and what a blessing it was! The charter was signed by twenty-five people who are now members of Philadelphia Baptist Church. Dr. Glenn W. Anderson, my pastor and Pastor of Liberty Baptist Tabernacle, preached a wonderful challenge to the church.Â We also had Roger Prillhart, a dear friend and Associate Pastor of Liberty Baptist Tabernacle, preside over the music for the hour.Â Many members of our home church attended our service also and were such an encouragement.Â Austin Gardner, pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, closed the service in prayer.Â The entire day was a wonderful start to an exciting work God is doing and will do in the Monroe County area!
God is blessing at Philadelphia. We have hadÂ two high days of 32 and a mid week high of 19 people in attendance. The church will be starting Sunday School in January and we are looking toward evening service in the not so distant future. We will also be starting a choir and our people are very excited about singing for the Lord!
With all the activity,Â we find ourselves havingÂ a few needs. We are in need of door knockers and brochures, a snake and microphones for the donated sound equipment, a wall built and supplies with which to build it, a stage, chairs, tables, other items and some financial support until we stabilize. Philadelphia is paying itâ€™s own rent and utilities as of right now and will be paying my health insurance starting in February. Please continue to pray for Philadelphia Baptist Church. If you can help in any way with the needs mentioned above, please feel free to contact us.
Thank you very much for your prayers and support.Â You are helping to begin a great work for the Lord in middle Georgia. May God richly bless you for your faithfulness to His Word!