KANSAS CITY, Kan.—“Evangelism doesn’t always mean adding to our own congregation. It is also helping other brothers and sisters to add to theirs by sharing our building with them,” says Pastor Victor Clay of Dynamic Life Baptist Ministries. Hindered by language barriers, this small, urban church couldn’t reach its neighbors, but it could open its doors—which is what the church did.
Dynamic Life Baptist Ministries first assisted a group of Chin refugees who needed a place to hold worship services. Since the refugees’ doctrinal beliefs lined up with Scripture, Dynamic Life invited them to hold worship services, conferences, and other events in its building until the Chin congregation grew enough to buy its own building in 2015.
Next, Dynamic Life opened its doors to a group of Nepali refugees who were beginning a church and needed a place to meet. This group meets on Sundays for worship, on Saturdays with teens, and the first Wednesday of each month for prayer and worship. These refugees have been steadily reaching other Nepali in the Kansas City area and have been growing as a congregation. Pastor Clay has been mentoring Pastor Dal Baraily, both in understanding Scripture and in his role as senior pastor.
Dynamic Life also hosts a Hispanic congregation that uses the building for worship on Sundays and Tuesday evenings. This group started small and is slowly growing. Most recently a group of Karen refugees began a church and started meeting in the Dynamic Life facility.
The facility of Dynamic Life has two large meeting rooms in addition to a sanctuary, enabling the four congregations to have overlapping services. Dynamic Life has its own Sunday School and worship services from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Nepali begin arriving about 8:00 a.m. and finish between 11:00 and noon. The Karen church comes in at 1:00 p.m. and leaves about 5:00. The Hispanic church comes in at 3:00 p.m., also staying until about 5:00.
The four congregations get together every fifth Sunday for worship. Parts of the service are spoken in each of the languages, with translation for the other three groups. Pastor Clay says it is “a joy to come together with brothers and sisters we normally would not be able to minister to or with.”