Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert
In three weeks’ time, the Mandarin-speaking congregation will be born. For years we have resisted the move to start such a church. Why? Because there are already so many of such churches throughout the city. So why have another especially when our first and only calling has been to grow a unique English-speaking church? But after nearly sixteen years, I sense God has given us the conviction and liberty to begin. For a start, we’ve been attracting Mandarin-speaking folks to Skyline, who despite being less fluent in English remain with us because they love the culture! These now number at least sixty people. Secondly, a Mandarin congregation would give many, the space to serve and lead. Thirdly, many of them have Mandarin-speaking family and friends whom they’d love to bring to Skyline, but presently can’t do so. Finally, if we are to reach the city, there surely has to be more services with more languages in the future!
The Lord says He is doing this. “Behold I will do a new thing”. It is “new” but only to us! We’ve been so used to thinking for the English service only, but now we have to think for the Mandarin as well, and that will take some adjusting. “Now it shall spring forth” means now is the “kairos” time, His time, for this new congregation to be birthed with a burst of life or “spring” forth! Isn’t this exciting? He will do it!
Here is the final part of the prophecy. God says He will make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Wild places don’t have roads; potentially we could really lose our way in this journey. But as we step out in faith, He will supernaturally form a path that will become a highway; His leading will be clearer with time and trust. He will cause a river of life to miraculously flow in the desert. And guess what? Our road will follow that river. We will flow where the life flows. It surely is an exciting journey!
2017 YEAR OF OVERFLOWING LIFE
Ps Dr Philip Lyn