Let's Make History in RAK
A Message from John Piper:
A Message from our Senior Pastor John Folmar:
Fourteen years ago, after we had prayed and petitioned, the Rulers of Dubai generously granted us the land in Jebel Ali where we now meet. Four years later, the building was completed, and now 11 churches regularly meet here in the Dubai Evangelical Church Center. Imagine all the ministry that has occurred here at DECC since 2003—countless people have been saved, strengthened, and encouraged. Lifelong friendships have begun here, even some marriages have resulted!
Now we have another opportunity to build an evangelical church center—this time in Ras Al Khaimah. The Ruler of RAK, His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, recently granted UCCD land for an evangelical church building in the Al Hamra district of his emirate. The elders see this as a priceless opportunity to plant a Gospel church in an outlying emirate virtually unreached with the good news of Jesus Christ. This is our chance to make history in RAK—inroads for the gospel into a new frontier.
The elders of UCCD identified Josh Manley to spearhead this planting opportunity. Josh & Jenny with their three young children have been with us for the last few months and have already moved to Ras Al Khaimah. We hope to see a new church planted in RAK in mid-March 2013, consisting of people from UCCD, Redeemer and other fellowships in the northern emirates. And we pray the Lord will provide the funds necessary to begin construction soon on a new evangelical building there.
Let’s be in prayer for this new, fledgling congregation in RAK—that the Lord would create it and prosper it under the teaching of God’s Word. We are totally dependent on him, and we will honor him insofar as we seek him earnestly in prayer. “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1). Jesus promised: “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18).
In RAK, we have an opportunity to build an official evangelical witness where one does not now exist. It is through the church that God will extend his saving might and advance his kingdom here on earth. God has called us to be a part of something truly great just an hour to the north of us. Let’s make the most of this opportunity he has given us.