MA Update November 2015
Report from Executive Director Rev. Dr. Preston Graham
Dear Supporters and Friends of MA,
This, like all our monthly updates, wants to give you a peek into what God is doing in Mission Anabaino. As through a window of transcendence, we see from our earthly vantage point what Christ is doing in his ascension ministry as mystically transacted “on earth as it is in heaven” (c.f. Mt 16:19, Eph 1:15-23). For in the words of T. F. Torrance:
"The spirit operates by creation out of the word, a body which St. Paul calls the Body of Christ… As such, this body becomes matched to Christ's head as His vis-à-vis in history and as the instrument of His saving purpose in the Gospel. It is the sphere where through the presence of the Spirit the salvation events of the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension are operative here and now in history, the sphere wherever within the old creation the new creation has broken in with power."
-Thomas F. Torrance, Royal Priesthood
I know! This is a quote you have to read several times to truly comprehend. But so too, the mystery of Christ’s sacramental union with his church is hard to wrap our heads around, but observed each and every time a church is birthed. Most of MA’s stories are about the births of churches that you support by prayer and financial assistance! I hope then you will be encouraged to peek as through a foggy window perhaps into two very different birth stories—one an inner-city low-income church plant in New Haven, the other a center-city young millennial urban facing church plant in San Francisco.
As you pray for these and the many other initiatives noted in this update, please be in prayer for a core group that is currently meeting in Ndola, Zambia, led by evangelist-church planter Lawrence Temfwe. This group is using the MA website to study Confessional Theology in their desire to launch a “Total Christ” church in this strategic college town of Zambia. Pray as I meet with them by monthly video-conference, and the plan for me to meet with them and teach in a local seminary in May. Likewise, pray for an emerging core group in the college town of Kalamazoo, MI as they too study together the Total Christ theology and values in route to becoming an MA church plant.
We can be encouraged to see such evidence of a growing movement in Total Christ collaboration and church planting as long as it really is about Christ! For more on the MA training classes that these and other groups are utilizing online, visit the Training section of the MA website.
Affectionately and Enthusiastically,
Rev. Dr. Preston Graham
Executive Director, Mission Anabaino
Sr. Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church New Haven