Daniel Shwe is the pastor of Grace Baptist Church in North Watford. Watford is a town and borough in Hertfordshire, England, situated 20 miles (32 km) northwest of central London and within the bounds of the M25 motorway. The borough is separated from Greater London to the south by the urbanised parish of Watford Rural in the Three Rivers District. North Watford is situated between Central Watford and Garston. The population is around 95,000 and around 30% have no religious affiliation. Most of Grace Baptist's services have 12 - 13 nationalities represented.
Update from Pastor Daniel Shwe (September 2022):
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! - 1 Chronicles 16:8, Psalm 105:1
We greet you all in the wonderful name of our Lord Christ Jesus! We pray and trust that you are all well, strengthened and sustained by the Lord! We appreciate very much for your continual support and earnest prayers. We grateful to God for sustaining us through the Pandemic Era. Now we have freedom in worshipping the Lord, study His word and reaching out the lost not only in our local area but also elsewhere without any restrictions. The Lord is so good and continually blessing us in many ways over the past months.
Weekly Bible Studies
I will conclude my teaching from Romans in December. I plan to teach from 1 Timothy in 2023. I am greatful to God for giving me three brothers who is able to teach. Two brothers teach from the Old Testament minor prophets – Jonah and Obadiah and another brother teaches from the letter of Paul to Colossians at present.
Matthew, a Christian scientist from Bible Creation Trust, led us on the topic on “Is Creationism Credible?” We had a profitable evening. Pastor Regan King also gave us a good talk on “Angels, Demons and Christ is better”. His explanation was so profound. We also had an evangelistic service in June. I preached from Romans 6:23. We had a good attendance with fellowship meal.
Lord’s Day Worship Services
I started preaching from the letter of Hebrews in March. I am thrilled to preach the Supremacy of Christ to urge the saints to consider only Jesus nothing else! I trust that the congregation will grasp fully the greatness of Christ Jesus in the end then will obey the exhortations from the letter. We celebrated our 6th Church Anniversary in February. Pastor Barry preached for us. We had a blessed day!
Encouragement and Testimonies
Lily and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary in May. The gospel was preached by an elder of our sister church with well attendance. We also thank the Lord for bringing new people into the church. New Chinese ladies started to come to worship with us since the pandemic period until now. Lily and I have Bible studies with them twice a month. One of them showed an interest to join us as a member. The Lord also graciously brought a young couple. They were converted before they came to us. Now they seek for a believer baptism. God willing, we will baptise them in October.
Mid-day Bible study with Chinese friends
Children Sunday School
Our Sunday school class takes place on the Lord’s day before the service. We have 7-10 children who attend regularly. We grateful to God for Sunday school teachers who diligently seek to teach the children faithfully.
We go out for reaching out our local people with the gospel both in street evangelism and door to door visitation regularly. The Lord gives us opportunities to share the gospel to all sorts such as drug dealers, atheists, agnostics, Eastern European Orthodox people, Muslims, Hindus, etc.
I started my assignment in Wimbledon in April. I will complete it this month. The Lord blesses the work there, and the first baptism took place on the 18th of September. Friends from the USA and from churches in the UK came to help the work in Wimbledon in the summer.
- That the Lord would raise up more elders and deacons
- That members who are neglecting worship and fellowship would come back
- That new people would come in through the outreach and hear the Gospel and be saved
- That God would grant us a spirit of wisdom and strength
- That we would be bound together with love and unity
- That we would be protected from evil
- That the needs for the building project would be provided
May grace and peace be multiplied to you all in the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord!
Warmly in Christ,
Daniel & Lily Shwe