History of Grapehall between 1990 – 2016 ends on a salutary note. The period of the 1990’s to the present has seen declining interest in the church on the part of the community, and a waning of effort on the part of members. Crusades have become mega-affairs, conducted largely by visiting evangelists and pastors; and while seemingly becoming more formal and efficient, the church is no longer as effective as it was. A failure also to keep the one-to-one contact with the community has manifested itself, lay evangelism is petering out, and even key institutions such as Pathfinders which was highly visible is defunct.
At the present, our work has stagnated as we have become more pastor-dependent and less creative and dynamic in our outreach. With this, a gradual loss of membership is becoming apparent.
History demands that we rouse ourselves, stand upon the legacy we have been handed and truly labour as if we love Jesus and truly believe He is coming again. His coming is really soon and He has given us a commission in Matthew 28: 18 – 20 to fulfill. Our sole reason for being is MISSION – right within our community. Let us take the words, given to the Servant of the Lord:
“We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.”
“Counsels for the Church,” p. 359; “Christian Experience and Teachings”, p. 204