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Face the Future with a Righteous Determination

This is a very exciting month in the life of Wonthaggi Baptist Church. Because, we are finally welcoming our new Senior Pastor Sandro Schietroma and his wife Susan whom God has called to lead our Church forward. Therefore, let us all gear up to support one another, and rally around them by praying daily for and encouraging them. Let us all move into the future embracing all that the Lord wants to do in our midst here. Sandro and Susan will be with us from the third Sunday of this month.

When Marjorie and I accepted the call from the Lord way back in July 2021 to care for His people here at WBC. We thought our ministry would be complete by the end of November that year. We never dreamed we would still be here with you all in February 2024. But, God did!

We would like to thank each one of you personally for your love, fellowship, friendship and prayer support over the past two and a half years. Now it is time to face the future with a righteous determination. King David reminds us of this in his prayer as recorded in Psalm 86:10–12 “10 For you are great and perform wonderful deeds. You alone are God. 11 Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honour you. 12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever”

Always remember King Solomon’s wise words: “25 Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. 26 Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. 27 Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.”

May God richly bless each one of you!
Pastor Charles & Marjorie Lazaro

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