It has been over 30 years since the Lord birth Upper Room Christian World Center. That length of time alone bears witness to the rich ministry and to the many lives that have been touched with God's love and power in Christ here at Upper Room Christian World Center. What a thrill it is for me to share this milestone moment in our history with all of you.
I would like to take this opportunity to reminisce with you about our humble beginnings as a fledgling church just springing up in the New York area. Our congregation began as a small gathering around a dining room table where the Word of God was taught and a few hungry hearts gathered to encounter the demonstration of the Holy Spirit in signs, wonders and miracles. Our numbers grew, and we relocated to a basement. Finally, in 1980, to accommodate the rapid expansion we experienced, we moved into our first building here on Long Island, at 722 Deer Park Road. Since then, thousands have come through our doors, and we anticipate the continual drawing of multiplied thousands, surrendering their lives to the One who is our only Hope for the future, the Lord Jesus Christ.
After taking inventory of our past I marvel at how glorious it has been, but I also know that the future holds even greater possibilities for each of us, and our families, as we journey together into this unfolding destiny called Upper Room. You can be certain that our greatest work is ahead of us and that our nation and world have never needed the true Church and its gospel message of love and restoration more than now. Not all of us were there when it all began, but we were drawn together, and all of us are here now, privileged to be the 'stewards and guardians' of the glorious future God has planned for us.
The community of believers fellowshipping at Upper Room was formed and fashioned by God for the express purpose of shouldering the glory of God, to carry it to the nations of the world. It is no accident that we are a multi-racial, cross-cultural church body from all walks of life, and have age groups spanning generations. We have been divinely brought together to reveal Jesus, the Christ, and make him visible to the community and the world. That's who we are and what we're about. That's what we're aiming for and endeavoring to accomplish. Beloved, let us continue together as we rejoice in the Lord and in the power of his might, 'Moving Forward' as a corporate expression of God's love and mercy. We at Upper Room Christian World Center have been richly blessed by our glorious past, and as we celebrate over 30 years of ministry together. Now let us make this declaration with great assurance …. The Best is Yet to Come!