Monday, August 31, 2009

let the nations be glad!

For all the planning that goes into a worship service at Pantego Bible Church, no one can orchestrate the work and ways of God. Sunday was one of an increasing number of God-moments.
Six weeks ago, three men visited our church and introduced themselves at our Guest Reception afterwards. They represented a growing community of refugees from Burundi, Rwanda and Congo. Many had been settled in the United States within the last three years through a special refugee plan in 2007. Though there may be more than 2000 of these foreigners in the DFW area, these men are connected with a known community of 100+ in south Fort Worth. After gracious introductions, they made one request: Would our church grant them a place to worship in their own tongue?

Burundi is one of the most Christianized nations in central Africa and the spiritual roots of these beautiful people run deep. As Pastor January, Method [the most English-speaking interpreter] and elders of their newly-forming church met with a group from PBC, they humbly requested a room..or a tent...or even a patch of grass to meet as a Body and worship each week.

It took little convincing of our Elder Board to give this church a place to begin worship services on the PBC campus. yesterday, many from their African community joined their pastor on our stage for us to welcome them and forge a partnership that unites 2 nations under one Lord. As we received our morning offering, the Burundi community sang songs to God and, while none of us understood a word, we translated their hearts with no problem.

I am looking forward to the days ahead as we learn more about our friends and determine how we, the church, might be able to meet their needs. Already, we have been richly blessed by their arrival. We pray that God will be made famous in this work.

To learn more about the history of the Burundi refugees, see a very informative article HERE.

4 comments:

The Batman said...

As I was listening to them yesterday, one phrase kept running through my mind: "every tribe, tongue, and nation." I can't even begin to imagine what it will sound like on that day when a bazillion of God's children gather around His throne and sing praises in their own languages. All I know is it will be a symphony like none anyone has heard before.

As far as the future goes, how about giving them the present Kid Connection building after we move into the SNB building? Then they can meet on Sunday, same time as we do. In time, it would certainly make for a wonderful cultural melting pot on our campus.

Isn't God cool?

Just Me,Pilgrim said...

David,
Yesterday's service was INCREDIBLE. Especially after community group where we saw the new building and learned of the miracles God has been doing...to learn about the people from Burundi and hear their music...WOW.

I would really like to help out our new church friends if at all possible. I don't have much but I do have a laptop, I can clean out my closet (might fit the teenage girls), and I have some childrens items (possibly some clothes, and I also have some children's toys & picture books from when I was a teacher, all in great shape.) It would be such a gift to me to be able to donate these items to the friends from Burundi if they need any of these things. Could you please find out?
My e-mail is freeforfaith@yahoo.com
I am happy to give.
I love Pantego...what an incredible church.
Thanks,
Michelle

Scott Raines said...

God is smiling at the leaders/elders of PBC. I cannot imagine what that miracle felt like to them. Awesome to witness! God was glorified yesterday!

da momma said...

Im so thankful for our leaders of Pantego...for the willing/open hearts that said YES! God will shine on us!