Last summer an Asian student filled out a new visitor card. Unable to contact him by phone, I sent him an email full of information about us, welcoming him. He immediately wrote back telling me how much he loved the service. He also shared that he had a friend who did not know the Lord and wanted his friend to visit. His friend was staying in a different town, neither of them had transportation. The bus schedule did not work on Sunday. Writing him back, I said I would be praying and looking into a solution, that God could find a way. I was able to contact one of our many ministries, Chinese Christian Fellowship, to help this brother find a way to bring his friend to church as well as get connected to a wonderful group. He was able to make new friends and fellowship with the Body of Christ while away from home. I had the privilege of meeting him and attending the early service together just before he left Redlands to go onto school in San Diego.
Welcoming new visitors is a ministry that welcomes, invites, answers questions, helps to find information about the church, prays for, and makes one available for relationships in our community. Sometimes it’s just a friendly welcome to family visitors and people passing through. A lot of the time we connect people to find where they can grow in Christ and serve.
Over the years, serving in this ministry, I have seen so many that have come to visit, get connected and join in what the Lord is doing in and through Trinity Church through serving. Ephesians 4:11 tell us: So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. This is my joy and for His glory.