We invite the brothers and sisters in the churches to join us for a conference on the weekend of May 5-7, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. The burden of the conference is the gospel to all the nations with a view to gaining African-Americans and those of African descent for the Lord’s testimony.
Matthew 24:14 – And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
All saints are invited to come, but the saints in the churches who are of African descent are especially needed to carry out the work of contacting, shepherding, and building up the new ones that we will meet in the coming days. Hence, the saints who are of African descent are specifically encouraged to come and to bring their friends, relatives, and colleagues with them.
The matter of gaining African Americans has been a burden with many saints and co-workers for many years, and it has led to much prayer and fellowship. Beginning in 2013 some brothers began to pray more definitely for this burden. In the spring of 2015 a conference was held in Houston to fellowship this burden and to labor on the gospel for this beloved community of people. A second conference followed in New York City in May 2016 and a third in September of 2016 in Houston. The encouragement of the saints expressed through their testimonies after these gatherings confirmed that this was surely something under the Lord’s blessing.
Because this burden for the gospel is a move of the Body of Christ under the direction of the Head, Christ, all the saints are needed to pray and participate, regardless of ethnicity. Although it may seem that this burden is a matter of race, in fact, it is a matter of the ratio of African Americans currently meeting in the churches in North America (less than 1%) compared to the general population of African Americans in the United States of America (approximately 12.6%).
Our burden is to find a way to contact, labor among, and gain people of African descent both from the college campuses and from the community at large. We pray that the Lord would gain families from these communities throughout the United States and Canada for the expression of His Body, the preparation of the bride of Christ, and the advancement of the kingdom of God.
The general subject of the upcoming conference in Atlanta will be “Living in the Reality of the Kingdom of God” We pray that these messages will be a help to the saints and new believers to enjoy Christ as the reality of the kingdom.
The conference schedule will be as follows: Friday, May 5, at 7:30 PM; Saturday, May 6, at 10:00 AM & 7:30 PM; and Lord’s Day, May 7, at 10 AM. All conference meetings will be held at the meeting hall of the church in Atlanta, located at 2345 Shallowford Road, Atlanta, GA 30345. Detailed information regarding transportation, the availability of hospitality and hotel information will be included in a follow-up letter in a few days. All inquiries regarding this conference can be addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to pass this notice on to any saints who would be burdened with this matter.
In His recovery,
Ricky Acosta, Allen Bayes, Scott Finnie, Clem Rogers, Steve Watts, Willie Wise
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