2020 Annual Report

The Lord had his seat as King when the waters came on the earth; the Lord is seated as king forever. The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will give his people the blessing of peace. Psalm 29:10-11
 

In 2020, a plague of Coronavirus disease swept the world quickly like a flood. During the pandemic, most of the St. Petersburg church activities were shifted online.  Our gatherings such as Sunday worship, group Bible studies, and care to shepherd brothers and sisters were all done via the internet.

Our first online Sunday worship was on March 15, 2020. We found an advantage for these online activities which allowed us to connect with many of our students’ families in China. Other brothers and sisters who had previously graduated also joined us.

Thank God that the number of participants attending our online Sunday worship is 80-100, while the number of weekly groups Bible studies is 60-70. Through online shepherding, we can care for the brothers and sisters in St. Petersburg, so that everyone is shepherded and comforted during the pandemic.

During the pandemic, people were under great stress, especially some young students. Mrs. Zhao and other brothers and sisters comforted, cared, and prayed for them via the internet and phone whether they were in St. Petersburg or in China. So far, no serious problems have occurred for the brothers and sisters of the St. Petersburg Church, and all of them are in good health, physically and mentally.

Due to the pandemic, the renovation of the new church site at No. 43 has been delayed. Thank God, the whole project was finally completed on September 5, 2020, and it passed the city inspection. The meeting place is new, huge and beautiful.  It will be a blessing for the future development of the St. Petersburg Church!

In this short article, we are unable to describe God's abundant grace in great detail. As the psalm says: The Lord had his seat as King when the waters came on the earth; the Lord is seated as king forever.  Our God is with us and gives us His strength and peace. Although the plague is not over yet, we believe that God's grace is sufficient for us, and we can do everything by relying on Him who strengthens us!

洪水氾濫之時,耶和華坐著為王!

洪水氾濫之時,耶和華坐著為王;耶和華坐著為王,直到永遠。耶和華必賜力量給祂的百姓,耶和華必賜平安的福給祂的百姓。詩29:10-11

2020年一場新冠病毒的瘟疫如同洪水很快地席捲全球。在疫情期間,彼得堡教會主要依靠網絡主日聚會,網絡小組查經,網絡關懷,來牧養弟兄姊妹。

2020年3月15日,彼得堡教會開始第一次網絡主日。網絡主日帶給我們一個新的好處就是,許多同學在國內的家人可以和我們一起聚會。一些已經畢業的弟兄姊妹也加入我們。

感謝神,我們的網絡主日參加人數基本在80-100人;週間小組查經人數有60-70人。通過網絡牧養,我們基本上照顧到了在彼得堡的弟兄姊妹,使大家在瘟疫期間得到牧養和安慰。

在疫情期間,人們的精神壓力很大,特別是一些年輕學生更是恐慌不已。於是惠敏師母和一些弟兄姊妹就利用網絡、電話來關心彼得堡和國內的弟兄姊妹,為他們禱告。迄今為止,彼得堡教會的弟兄姊妹沒有出現嚴重問題,所有的弟兄姊妹的身體和精神都平安無恙。

雖然因著疫情原因,43號新堂址的裝修工程有所延遲。感謝神,9月5日裝修工程終於竣工,並通過驗收。新的聚會場地又新又大又美,將成為彼得堡教會未來發展的祝福!

在這篇短文中,我們無法一一述說神極大的恩典。正如詩篇所言:洪水氾濫之時,耶和華坐著為王!我們的神與我們同在,並且賜下祂的力量和平安給我們。雖然疫情還沒有結束,但我們相信神的恩典夠我們用的,靠著那加給我們力量的,我們凡事都能做!

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