Auburnís Lakeview ministers in Londoncomment (0)
March 24, 2011
By Ava Thomas
From where it stood in a park in London, the team from Lakeview Baptist Church, Auburn, could see the whole world pass by.
People from Great Britain, yes.
“We’re sowing seed in a post-Christian society, people who are ‘over’ the church,” said Cliff Knight, associate pastor of family ministries at the Tuskegee Lee Baptist Association church.
But as team members struck up conversations in the park, they met people from all corners of the world and a multitude of different religious backgrounds.
“Our experience has been that because we are American, people will talk with us,” Knight said.
“We engaged a lot of folks that way. It’s a huge city, probably considered the capital of the world in some ways.” The church has adopted a particular borough of London as part of the International Mission Board’s (IMB) Adopt London project (see story, this page).
It has had a relationship with a Baptist church in the borough for several years and is working alongside it and the IMB to reach out to area residents with the gospel.
The Alabama Baptist congregation is “making a difference,” said Matt Fontenot, partnership coordinator for the project. “They prayed along the streets of their borough last summer. Recently a Bible study was started along one of those very streets. Pray for the voices of the nations in London to begin echoing the whispers of the gospel.”
Lakeview Baptist engages in missions work all over the world, but it chose London for one of its projects because it’s relatively easy to get to and great for engaging the church’s families and youth especially, Knight said.
“And the gospel is just as desperately needed there as it is in some of the hard places.”
This summer, the church is planning to take its youth to serve among the people of its adopted borough.
Some youth who went on last year’s trip already have seen success in sharing the gospel there and have kept in touch over Facebook with the people they met. The youth are looking forward to reconnecting with those folks when they get back to London, Knight said.
“What we see through this project is our young people catching a vision for where the Lord has commissioned us to go — to the nations,” he said.
“They see they can make a difference in one life at a time, then affect a whole family and maybe a generation, and who knows what God may do there.”