Christian Way Ministries is proud to announce by the grace of God that today is our "3rd" Year Anniversary since we had our very first service as a church, August 9th, 2015! Hallelujah Saints! Glory be to His Name! Words cannot even describe how blessed our church has been these past three years!! We've had our ups and our downs, we've had our good times and our bad times, and we've had our share of challenges just like any other church. We went from sharing a church, to renting a hall at the VFW, to doing church out of Elder Tucker's living-room, to renting a small thousand-foot commercial space, and now to an almost three-thousand square foot space with an operational day-care. We went from nothing, to an official 501(c)3 tax exemption church in the span of only three years! How amazing is that... We went from having no furniture, no chairs, no equipment, no members, no anything, to having more than what we could have ever imagined in a short period of time. This was only possible by the grace of God, it was only possible by faith as small as a mustard seed, it was only possible by standing firm on the Word of God, and it was only possible by running our race with perseverance; fixing our eyes on the Author and Finisher of our faith. That's it! The devil tried to knock us down, tried to penetrate our ministry, tried to cause dissension, and even tried to separate us. We've had people come in and out of our ministry because we weren't the average church. We've had to go against a lot of uncertainty and face many questions regarding the direction God wanted us to go. Yet, despite all the challenges, despite all the questions, despite all the uncertainty, and despite Satan trying to attack us on all sides, Christian Way Ministries is stronger now than ever before. The Bible says that you will know them by their fruit, and the fruit Christian Way Ministries is producing right now speaks for itself. James 2:18 says, "Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do," and Christian Way Ministries isn't going to boast about any of our accomplishments, but allow the fruit of our ministry to speak for itself.
So, on this Special Day, Christian Way Ministries wants to thank first and foremost, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit! Without you Lord, we are nothing and can do nothing, and we are eternally grateful, appreciative, and blessed by all you have done for us! Thank you Lord! We love you with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind!
On behalf of Christian Way Ministries, Bishop David Martinez wants to also thank personally all of the ministers: First Lady Britani Martinez, Associate Pastor Pieri Burton, Elder James Tucker, Elder Harold Tucker, Deacon Grant Vanderpool, Deacon Darius Burton, Deacon Rico Jones, Minister Harriet Vanderpool, Deacon Eleanor Makinen, Deacon Fountaine, and soon to be Deacon Jay Andrews and Deacon Rodney Johnson. Thank you for your service to God and for your commitment, dedication, and your faith to Christian Way Ministries! There are so many churches that you could have become members of, but for you to choose Christian Way Ministries, there are not enough words to describe how fortunate and blessed we really are!
A special thank you goes to all of our lay members as well: Tiffany Tucker, Jackie Vanderpool, Christina Johnson, Joy Andrews, Jacquelyn Burton, Alicia Jones, Victor Langley, Juanita Tucker, Robert Hibler, and to all those who have assisted us along the journey! There is no telling where our ministry would be without you! Christian Way Ministries is so proud and blessed to have all of you as part of our one and big happy family! We love you guys so much and it is our prayer that God will continue to lead you and guide you in faith and in your service to Him! Jesus said in Matthew 20:28, "I didn't come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many," and this is exactly the model that Christian Way Ministries wants to continue to follow!
Last, but definitely not least, we want to thank all of our members and all of our visitors who come to our Sunday service, who come to our Bible studies, who attend our programs, who chimed in on our prayer calls, who chimed in online during our service, who contributed financially to our ministry, who were baptized at First Landing State Park, and who came to support our homeless shelter endeavors. You know who you are, and you are part of the reason Christian Way Ministries is steadily growing!
Happy 3 Year Anniversary to you all! This is your day! Let us rejoice and be glad in it, in the name of the Father, and of the Son Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit! Amen!
Attached below is a small gallery of our three year journey from beginning to where we are now, along with a 5 minute video presentation. Hope you are inspired by what God has done so far and that we can continue to fight the good fight for the faith! Happy Anniversary you guys!!! YAY!!!