Northeast Leadership Conference: Scheduled for Saturday, April 21st at Central Baptist Church in Southington, CT
Missionary Visits: The Marshalls from Mali will be with us on Sunday, April 22nd for all 3 services. Fellowship planned after the PM Service
BILL AND DEBRA EDMONDSON
International Baptist Church
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10
"So what exactly is our ministry? It’s our prayer that through our work a church planting movement within the international academic and immigrant communities of the major metropoles of the world will be started. We believe that the Savior has providentially prepared the world for this type of ministry. Geo-political forces such as globalization, urbanization, and democratization have combined in interesting ways to make this type of ministry both an ethical, and strategic necessity. For those who follow the Savior, the alienation, pain, and death found in the city makes ministry within it an ethical necessity. The fact that the peoples of the world are gathered in the major cities of it make ministry there an imperative.
Deb and I feel that God has been preparing us for this ministry all of our lives. Both of us became Christians while in college, and were almost immediately drawn to the international community found in academia. Since that time, we have been either preparing or ministering to the international academic community. Over the last nine years, we have been ministering in Boston. One of the fruits of our labor was the planting of a little church right in the middle of the city. As that small body of believers blossomed and grew, we came to the realization that a ministry that effectively reaches out to other parts of the world must, first of all, minister to the whole world in Boston. As a result of God’s leading in our lives, we are now endeavoring to build a model church that will be a template for other churches in Boston and also around the world. In our church brochure, we said this about our purpose, “It is our prayer that God would give us the wisdom and the knowledge and the ability to build a church that is known for its Biblical orthodoxy lived out in lives of commitment; a place of spiritual and emotional healing; a place of protection, admonition and instruction in Biblical love; a place to find real, genuine answers; a place of the living God; a pillar and foundation for the truth.“"