My dear friends in Christ,
I feel I should let you know that I am standing back from active leadership following cancer surgery. I hope to be back again after a few months and Sheila and I thank God for all the many kindnesses shown and the prayers of this loving Community. At this crucial time when Maranatha is expanding its ministry please pray for Linda and Juan and others holding responsibility within the Community as we enter a period of radical development for which we have been preparing for the past 18 months.
The prime reason for writing to you is to share something of the excitement of what God is doing with Maranatha. He is presenting us with a phenomenal opportunity and this embraces all of us within this Community wherever we live, whatever we do and whatever our age. He is raising an army of believers walking ever more closely together. We share the same vision of a united and renewed people, and of renewed churches and a renewed nation. Many are now confirming that they believe that Maranatha was formed ‘for such a time as this’.
Are we prepared to decisively support the opportunities God is placing before us? Are we prepared to take initiatives where we live in forming more Prayer Cells and Maranatha Groups? Are we prepared to help to build up this army? Are we prepared to play our part in being involved in the various initiatives that are currently being taken – mobilising the young, scanning the newspapers and journals, participating in Trumpet Call, developing the healing ministry, breaking down barriers between denominations? Are we ready to face up to the ferocity of the secular humanist attack upon the Christian faith which is taking place in our country today? Are we prepared to play our part in creating an effective Christian witness on the major issues facing our nation at this time of crisis? Are we prepared to join together in affirming the central truths of the Christian faith with new vitality and confidence, proclaiming the Lordship of Christ? Are we prepared to speak out more effectively for the persecuted church worldwide? Are we prepared to walk more closely with one another particularly those who have roots overseas? Are we committed to the poor and disadvantaged?
Maranatha has a crucial role to play in the life of our nation and the churches. Do please pray about your own role in all this. Will you please ask God to show you how, together, we can be a powerful servant ministry to the Church in this land? We would love you to write to the Leadership Team with your questions and suggestions about areas in the life of the Community in which you may be able to play a part. We are currently receiving enormous encouragement and we would be delighted to hear from you as we stand on the verge of a great leap forward.
May God richly bless you and your dear ones, especially those who stand in particular need.
With warmest love in Christ,
Dennis Wrigley, Maranatha Community Co-Leader