Acts tells the story of the in-breaking of God’s Kingdom in the first century. It describes how the Gospel advanced and churches were planted through key events and key people, addressing key issues. The story follows the concentric movement set forth in Acts 1:8, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
A similar phenomenon is occurring in our cities, region, and world, today. Like the book of Acts, God is using “devout peoples from every nation under heaven” for his mighty works. These people are finding the city to be a corridor for the Gospel, a passageway into the region and various nations represented in a single movement. New England’s cities and region as a whole are part of the “Acts 1:8” dynamic. New England’s Book of Acts, therefore, is an endeavor to tell the story of how the Kingdom of God is growing in New England and “to the ends of the earth,” through key Christian leaders from the various ethnicities of the world living in New England.
The following articles and reports tell the story of the ongoing work of God through the ethnic and immigrant churches of the New England region. These are merely summaries, highlights, and examples of some of the significant churches, leaders, and events. In this brief summary, we could not mention and cover in detail all of the hundreds of significant churches and people which have been used by God to further his kingdom. The story of God’s work continues to be written in the lives and hearts of people, and we welcome additional contributions to add to the written record. We realize that we have not yet included the stories of many groups and churches which have seen the hand of God working in their midst. We trust that this beginning document will inspire others to contribute further information, and encourage us all to learn from one another’s experiences.
Compiled and published by:
Emmanuel Gospel Center
2 San Juan Street
PO Box 180245
Boston MA 02118-0994 USA
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