“For the people had a mind to work.” Nehemiah 4:6
One of the things that is highly sought after is the ability to see sustainability and strength. This is not a recent desire but one which has existed for many generations. While it is a historical search it is more prevalent in this current age. Today with marriages crumbling, families falling apart, corporations dissolving, and organizations ceasing to exist the questions raises is there anything that lasts for a long period of time and how does this happen. Today as we celebrate one hundred and forty years of existence. Shiloh represents the fact that sustainability and strength is alive and well. Further, we have the solution to that which many are searching for in their quest for successful organizations and it is in the Word of God. Psalm 127:1 in the NIV translation states “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders’ labor in vain. “. The theme of this Psalm is that human enterprises only succeed by the divine blessing. Here is the answer to Shiloh standing and serving as a tower of strength in the Wilmington community. We were established by and for God, continue to serve God’s people, the people are blessed by God and God is keeping us. This is what we are celebrating, the work that God has done and is still doing in establishing not merely a building but the people inside that are busy doing Kingdom work which affirms that “unless the Lord builds the house the builders labor in vain.
I quickly want to say that our existence is also a result of serious builders that have gone onto their reward and we thank God for them. Without their dedication and sacrifices we would not be such a strong representation today. Their names are numerous but God has the record. As Pastor of Shiloh I am grateful for the commitment of the membership for your constant support and willingness to build a true Christian community. Many lives near and far have been touched by your witness. My prayer is that you will always exhibit the transforming power of God well and that in turn He will shower you with blessings. A special thank you is extended to Deacon Sam Wilson and the entire anniversary committee. You have worked hard and we are the recipients of your diligence and creativity. May God’s blessings be upon you for all that you have done. We will not celebrate just in 2015 but every day and in every year. We are the living example that God does build a house and that those that participate as laborers will find that their work is not in vain. I am proud to be a part of this house called Shiloh Baptist of Wilmington Delaware and today along with you I celebrate what the Lord has done
Rev. Dr. Clifford I. Johnson, Pastor