At Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church, we support people as they seek to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are an American Baptist Church in partnerships with American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island and American Baptist Churches, USA. We are ecumenically minded and seek opportunities for worship and service with other community churches.
Our church welcomes diverse families. We provide for Christian Education (Sunday School) for school aged children, as well as a nursery for pre-school children during worship services.
A very important part of our worship at Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church is our music program. We have been blessed with a strong music ministry consisting of a Sanctuary Choir, Hand bell Choir, two organists, and many musically talented members who readily share their gifts during the worship services throughout the year.
At the conclusion of worship every Sunday all are invited to the fellowship hall to join in conversation and refreshments.
Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church is located at 229 Wilbur Avenue in Cranston. We warmly invite you to worship with us on a Sunday morning at 9:30 am. Until then, may our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ richly bless you!
It was in the winter of 1980 but I remember receiving the call from Harlan Popov like it was yesterday.
Harlan Popov was born in the small Bulgarian village of Krasno Gradishte. Although he was initially an atheist, Popov became a Christian as a teenager. In 1929 he was called as the pastor of the Bulgarian Pentecostal Church. Shortly after attending Bible School in London, he married a Swedish woman, Ruth, and returned to Bulgaria before the outbreak of World War II.
In 1948, in the capital city of Sofia, he was arrested on charges of espionage against the state. After eight months in prison, Popov, and other ministers who had been arrested with him, pleaded guilty. Popov was sentenced to 15 years in prison and spent the next 13 years and two months imprisoned for his faith. He was released in September of 1961 and joined his family in Sweden a year later.
After moving to the United States in 1970, Popov founded Evangelism to Communist Lands Inc., now known as Door of Hope International founded to bring Bibles and relief to people in oppressive countries. He recorded his testimony and prison experiences in his autobiography Tortured For His Faith: An Epic of Christian Courage and Heroism in Our Day. Harlan died in November of 1988, his body bearing the marks of his suffering.
Harlan called me on that winter day in 1980 to ask me to speak in churches in my home state about the persecution happening to our brothers and sisters in Christ. That I gladly did.
Hebrews 3:13 in the NLT reads: Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.
As you know, Christians in the Middle East, Northern Africa, and other places are being tortured and martyred in alarming numbers today. More than ever, we need to pray for those persecuted for their faith, and to help in any way the Lord might show us. I invite you to join me in praying daily for those who are suffering for their faith in our Lord.