August 2021 Update

What does it mean to be saved? At Downham Baptist in London, we recently hosted a membership class for people considering church membership. A lady and her daughter attended the class who were visiting the church for the first time. The Saturday before she was considering going to church and was trying to decide between ours and the Anglican church. That day she received an invitation from one of our members through her letterbox. She took that as a “sign” and visited with us. At the end of the membership class, she said, “You keep mentioning being saved, what does it mean to be saved?” What a joy to share the good news of the gospel! Please pray for this lady and for others we’ve had the opportunity to share the gospel with recently.

Colchester Church Plant

New Meeting Place for Colchester Church Plant – We have finally managed to secure a lease on a new building for Colchester! Thank you for praying for this! Over the last few weeks, we have been able to purchase chairs, a pulpit, new gospel tracts, and signs. Please pray as we also need to redo the carpet, replace some ceiling tiles, purchase some kitchen furniture, and finish repainting the building. This is a process that we know is good for a new church to go through, but any special donations to help this new church keep going would be much appreciated. Also, please pray that we will see some new people come in and people saved through the outreach of the church.

Jon & Amber Canavan – Church Planters to New York City

VBM North America Update – Jon Canavan and his wife Amber, are now on their way to New York City. Apart from a few meetings, they have finished up deputation. Please pray for their remaining support to come in, for wisdom as they get set up and make plans to start a church in New York City. For more information go to

VBM Events – Here are a few events we want to remind you about:

  • Women Behind the Scenes Conference | Aug 21, 2021 | Alpharetta, GA, USA
    Encouragement for women | More info at 
  • Youth Pastors Trip to Mexico City | Sept 20-24, 2021 | Mexico City, Mexico
    No cost except airfare for youth pastors | 
  • Backpacking the Balkans Mission Trip | June 6-16, 2022 | Balkans, Europe
    Young men ages 18-25 | 10 countries in 10 days | 

Thank you so much for your prayers and support of our ministry.

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