NEWS FROM ROCHESTER, NY
A continual sense of awe – it’s the only way to describe our reaction to God’s work here in Rochester.
Thus far, 2009 has been incredible.
In January Steve Bowman preached an excellent revival, during which several healings took place. The most notable, were two sisters who were lactose intolerant. The following Sunday both had testimonies of total healing from the condition.
In mid-April, an unofficial, spur-of-the-moment outreach in the middle of a busy weekday triggered a major move of God in our congregation. A brother from the church happened to witness to a refugee from Nepal who had just arrived in the U.S., and who was also a Believer, looking for a Pentecostal church. He came to our music scene that Friday night, and also our church service that Sunday morning, bringing two other Nepalese families with him. The next week, two of the brothers were able to attend the Northeast Conference in Cape Cod, MA, and since then the number of Nepalese added to the church has grown to over 45. Two of the families were Christians in Nepal and have been in church faithfully whenever the doors are open. Most of those coming are our own Nepalese converts who were previously Buddhist or Hindu, but have repented and given their lives to Jesus, even amidst opposition and pressure from their families. Monthly lunch fellowships after church are helping to bridge the gap. Several songs have been translated into Nepali and we sing them in both we ease now.
Some of the Nepalese brothers here connected their friends and relatives in Syracuse, NY with our sister church in Cicero and sparked an influx of Nepalese into that congregation as well. During our 4th of July picnic, we joined with the Cicero church and baptized over 20 new Christians, both American and Nepalese.
At the end of July we showed the film “The Passion” outdoors in an apartment complex which is home to people of several nationalities, many of whom are Muslim. Over 100 people came out to see the film, and five responded to the altar call for salvation: two from Nepal, one from Sudan, and two from Iraq. Three of them came to a men’s discipleship that Saturday night, and all five were in church that Sunday morning, and have come ever since. We now hold tri-lingual services, translating from English into Nepali, and most currently into Arabic for the Iraqis.
Because our numbers are almost too large for our building, we have gone to have both Sunday morning and evening childrens’ church, with different teams of workers for each, so no one misses too much church. The evening team is reinforcing the morning theme by acting out the stories taught.
Pray for God’s specific leading in the choice of a new building, as our Asian population are all dependant on public transportation. A buyer for our current building would also be desirable.
We thank God for all He is doing and all that He is going to do in the future.
If you have never seen a translated service, there is a short clip of Stephan translating into Nepali for Pastor Mammen included at the bottom.