Church family, think of those two words and let them sink in. We are Stronger Together. The churches in Dubai are facing some changes and as followers of Christ, we do not need to worry or fret. We can cast all of our cares upon the Lord.
The following is the letter I sent to those on our email list. There are, some to many, who are not on the list so they have not heard. Feel free to share the information with your church family you see them. Pray for your church as we make the move this week. We need you to make the commitment today to stay true to our God and the church family He has placed you with.
Church Family and Friends,
We are approaching some of the greatest times in the life of EBCI. They will be trying times and that is fine as God will better prepare us for the greater work ahead. Please take time to read this email closely and use it as a prayer guide. Your prayers are requested and needed right now. Maybe more than any other time in the life of EBCI.
EBCI is committed to respecting and working within the parameters set before us as we are guests in this great country. Beginning immediately, we will no longer be able to meet in the villa for church and ministry meetings as we have been blessed with for the past, almost, 22 years. This is not something that affects EBCI alone but all Christian churches in Dubai. We, like our sister churches and their leadership, are working diligently to secure a time slot at DECC. Please note, there are many churches and not many time slots in what we like to consider church meeting time. Our normal Friday times will not be our new meeting times. As soon as those are provided to us, we will let you know. Please keep an eye out for emails from me to keep you as up to date as we are.
I know many of you will have questions and it is our heart's desire to answer any and all. What I hope you understand is that we do not have all the answers but are committed to keeping the information flowing, so you are as up to date on the information as we are. If you need to ask a question, please contact your family Deacon.
I need from each of you to commit to being faithful to EBCI and the work we do during this transition. It will create difficulty for some, as DECC is much further for you. Please be committed to your place and part in your church (EBCI). Your leadership team is working on securing means to provide transport if needed. More than likely, we will be provided a time slot that will be when the metro is operational this is a wonderful thing.
Here are the specifics I am asking you to pray for starting as soon as you get this email.
PRAY FOR· Your Pastor and leaders as they work through all the nuances we are facing.
· Each ministry of the church as we develop and discover new ways to meet the needs of God’s great people of EBCI.
· The most optimal time for us to be given for us to meet at DECC.
· God to use this challenge to make us love Him more and experience greater things of God among us.
· The financial resources to make this move and continue ministry as we work to fulfill our calling.
This we know also… The church cannot be stopped. God is still on the throne, God is up to doing something greater than ever among us.
In closing, I am asking directly that you remain faithful to your church and not to a traditional time slot during the week.
I Love His Church… Her People… Our God
Jon L. Estes
We are praying for you and working diligently to make this transition as smoothly as possible.