Letter from Protestant Church, Rabat for Friendship Week

Rabat
May 6, 2011

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church,

Let us begin by offering you our warmest fraternal greetings!  We hope you have celebrated a joyous and liberating Easter and join with us in thanking God who, by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has broken down all the barriers that might separate us.  Yes, thanks to him, Americans, Africans, Europeans, and Asians can all have the opportunity to journey together as Christians beyond our borders.

We know that Easter joy in certain places in the United States was cut short by the devastating storms that hit your country, causing material loss and loss of human life.  We have heard that the state of Kentucky was also touched.  The fact that you have not reported any bad news makes us think that by divine providence you were spared.  We give thanks for this, while at the same time praying for those who were hit hard elsewhere, having lost belongings or even loved ones.

You have also been wondering, we expect, about the attack in Marrakesh.  This situation certainly troubled us and leaves us a bit unsettled.  But we remain confident in the Lord, and we are hopeful for the future of this country that has not been taken in by religious fanaticism that would create insecurity.  We do not worry about our daily lives here.  Our EEAM congregation in Marrakesh with more than 100 members reports that all are fine there.  We thank God for this and ask that you join with us in praying for this country that hosts us here.

Our dear brothers and sisters, as we have prepared for our week of friendship, we realized that it has been five years now that we have been in relationship with you.  We remember that it was at KBF’s general assembly in 2006 that this partnership was formed, with the idea that we would enter into relationship for four years and see if we want to renew our cooperation.  Four years was 2010, and we are now in 2011, still celebrating our friendship with you.  We praise the Lord who has permitted this to continue in our lives.

We, of course, do not know how to evaluate from your side of the partnership what it has meant to you over the years.  From our side, you have been a source a blessing and comfort.  The simple fact that there is a community of believers across the ocean in America that holds us in their hearts and prays for us is a wonderful gift.  We have learned much from your openness, your smiling faces, and the simplicity of spirit of the members of LABC who have visited us here in Morocco.  Your making yourselves available to us, your warmth, and your hospitality toward our members who came to you in 2009 and 2010 are also a testimony to us of who you are.  We will never forget the support you have offered us – financially and by other means. For all of this, we thank you.

We don’t know how many more years the Lord will permit us to journey together in this sister church relationship.  But we trust the future of our relationship to God who knows what is best for us in all circumstances.  Know that you are very dear to us.  We hope you feel the same way about us.  May God bless our two communities of faith and help us to continue in faithful friendship for years to come according to his will.

The Rabat Congregation of the EEAM (Protestant Church in Morocco).