This past year, the Anglican mission of Mary of Bethany was reactivated under the leadership of the Revs. Gabrielle Beam and Christopher Leighton in Bridgeport, CT. Both pastors continue to support the mission in which they serve, while at the same time connecting tens of ministries and churches in the Bridgeport area for cross-denominational mission work in their city’s streets. The following update of thanksgiving was written by Mthr. Gabrielle for the new year:
Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
It is with much gratitude and thanksgiving that we take a moment to pause and reflect upon our joining God in His work in Bridgeport and beyond in 2018! We were united at the state level in 50 hours of prayer, praise, and worship. We joined together in Bridgeport for 90 days of prayer and fasting for our city, culminating in over 700 of us gathering together on Pentecost Sunday – Black, Latino, and White, denominational and free-church alike, where God clearly removed curses over our city previously spoken by others. We ministered to 1100 children in Bridgeport who heard the good news and carried it to their homes in their hearts and hands as many of them received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and all of them received Bibles. We have partaken of God’s amazing grace and blessing as Bridgeport arose in 2018!
We are trusting God for continued favor and to show up in a greater way in 2019! We want to see 10,000 children reached for Christ, not only hearing the good news but also advancing in academic achievement, with the majority reaching grade level in reading as the church works with teachers and parents in the body in a focused effort to save the future of our community, the children.
Thank you for your prayers, partnership, service, and generous support. We look forward to 2019 with great anticipation of God continuing His work in our midst, exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works within us!
Blessings, love, and peace,
The Rev. Gabrielle Beam and The Rev. Christopher Leighton