We praise God for allowing us to serve this summer in metro Detroit. We partnered once again with Inter-City Baptist Church in a ministry called “Spread the Word”. This summer, the Lord brought eleven college-aged guys to be interns in the program. The goal is to equip the interns in local church evangelism, engage them in gospel giving and living opportunities, and expose them to the need for church planting in metro Detroit. It has been a joy to work with these guys as well as to come alongside of local churches and partner together for Gospel advancement.
Throughout the summer, the team has worked with several church plants as well as a few other area churches in urban Detroit areas. Amid all the personal evangelism, outreach events, meetings with church planting pastors, and a ton of fun along the way, the highlight of the summer has been the brand new church plant in Lincoln Park. From the very first Bible study, to the presentation at the sending church and vote of approval, to the first official Sunday meeting, the interns have been involved and have seen the progress along the way. The interns have been exposed to the massive spiritual needs here, and many of them have begun to make necessary plans to continue helping with the church plants and becoming a part of what God is doing in Detroit.
There is a need in Detroit! Please pray that God will continue His work there and that He would kindly use our efforts to reach many people for the gospel. Also please pray that God will continue to provide for our internship program in Detroit. We were unsure of how this would all turn out, but God has worked in amazing ways and we are all seeing the great potential of future church planters being trained and equipped. Pray that God will continue to provide the finances for this new ministry.