The Hope of Advent

What are you hoping for this Advent season?

Chris and Lois Naylor of Mill Bay Baptist Fellowship on Vancouver Island share how we can join them in prayer and hope this season:

Both Lois and I are now into our 80s. God called us into church planting in the early  60s and the Lord is still using us as the Mill Bay Baptist Fellowship began when a few met regularly together for worship and prayer in our home. We now have Pastor Norm Sowden and our fellowship has grown as we meet regularly on Sunday in the Mill Bay Community Hall. There are two mid-week prayer and study groups. There are also outreaches into two senior care facilities as well as reaching out to a First Nations Community.

Chris Naylor, second from right, and the MBBF worship team

Chris Naylor (second from right) and the MBBF worship and audiovisual team.

We have a real burden for Mill Bay, which has no church facility. The Lord has lead us to bid on a 5-acre parcel of land with highway frontage located in this strategic area. We desperately need our own facility and are praying for the Lord to provide the funds needed. We are trusting the Lord’s word when He said “Whatever you ask the Father in my name He will give you” (John 16:23). This IS His work and we trust Him fully to meet our every need.

We are praying too for wisdom to reach the many students in our Middle and High schools as well as into Brentwood College and Dwight International Schools. There is also a great need to reach our own Malahat First Nations band. May we have the faith of William Carey who said, “Expect Great Things from God. Attempt Great Things for God.”

Our prayer is that God would keep us together in harmony and unity seeking His guiding and leading that souls may be reached and His plans and purposes be accomplished but above all that His name be glorified in all the vision we have for the harvest field of Mill Bay.

Chris Naylor

To learn how else you can join in prayer for Mill Bay Baptist, check out their article in December’s Making Connections.

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