Greetings to all of our friends and supporters:
Thank you for your prayers. We need those prayers, and depend on the power of God unleashed by your faith and faithfulness in asking the Lord to bless us and give us help in his calling on our lives.
Our work is both simple and complex. It is simple in that we seek to see more people come to Christ and be saved, to have more churches planted in challenged communities, in neighborhoods of the poor or close to them, by pastors and church planting teams that believe in cross cultural ministry and the inclusion of the poor into the body of Christ. This is the simple idea but of course it is far from easy. This effort needs people of great faith, courage, who have a sacrificial spirit and a servant’s heart. Pray for the Lord to raise up more people like that.
Our Work is Complex
Our work is complex in that we have to learn, teach, and train pastors, church planters, Elders, Deacons, and Christians in how to disciple the poor out of poverty, what poverty is and what creates it, and what we can do about it. To that end we hosted a Network Conference on Economic Justice in January. God really blessed us by bringing so many gifted and informed presenters with those attending eager to learn. To that end we will be speaking at the MNA Mercy Conference at the end of March.
Our work is complex in that we have to learn, teach, and train about cross-cultural ministry. This means we have to study ideas and realities such as race, racism, Critical Race Theory, reconciliation, and the various discussions around these topics. To that end we just held a two day Professional In-service for Covenant Day School’s faculty and staff (in Matthews, NC) as they sought to learn more about diversity. Again, it was evident the Lord was helping us and we praise him for the reception we received.
Our Work is Simple
Our work is simple in that we are called to love people; just that, to love people. Real simple but almost impossible sometimes, isn’t it? Therefore one might say our work is simply miraculous, in that it takes God’s grace to love people like Jesus loves them. I was listening to a short clip of a sermon from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on loving our enemies. That message of Jesus is and always will be the most radical message we will ever hear. Lord change our hearts, and give us that kind of loving grace.
Thanks for praying for us, and sending financial support, and caring for us in this work. We are very grateful for an increase in giving to the Thanksgiving Offering this year so we can distribute more grants for ministry in poor communities. Somehow I managed to injure a disc in my back from flying in airplanes. I have been in physical therapy over this last month and have been learning some exercises to help my back. Our travel schedule is going to really pick up in March so we ask for your prayers that we can stay healthy and functional.
You can see our travel schedule on our website or on the Network Facebook Page. Please be praying for the MNA Mercy Conference coming up on March 29-30 at Southwood Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama .Click here for more information and to register.
We have a few opportunities to be on the air. One is a podcast that is coming up from the National Association of Evangelicals. They interviewed me about cross-cultural churches. It will be at NAE.net/naborspodcast on March 15th, as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. Each Tuesday we join Dr. Bruce Wall and Dr. Steven Davis on Boston Praise Radio at 9:00 am. This can be found on Facebook by looking up Boston Praise Radio. Please pray for these new initiatives. Also, please like our Facebook page as it is a good way to keep current on our ministry The New City Network.
Blessings and love to you all,
Randy & Joan Nabors
Urban and Mercy Ministries