A typical village day involves each team visiting five houses. A team consists of two Americans, one translator, one disciple maker, and one guide. In each house we share the Priceless Cube and the EvangeCube. There is also coffee, getting to know one another, sharing prayer requests, and sometimes a meal.
Today our team consisted of Dave K, Jax, and me. In our first home for the day four adults joined us in addition to the man and woman of the house. We quickly found out that they were already believers and have been meeting together in that house along with a few other families for church twice a week. Their home church consists of 20 people in total.
We asked if their community was open to the message of the gospel or if they faced much persecution. Sadly they said it was an extremely hard area to reach and that their neighbors rejected them because of their faith. Before leaving the home we prayed with them for strength to face persecution and for boldness to continue to share about Christ.
In our next four houses every single person who heard the gospel accepted Christ for a total of 30 new believers. Every time a household would pray to receive Christ I smiled and thanked the Lord for this gift He gave to that home church full of faithful believers.
Tonight at our team meeting we learned that throughout the day 137 people became Christians in that village. You might be reading this post thinking that we are all about the numbers, so please don’t get the wrong impression. If even one person came to faith today we would be celebrating, but can you imagine what a blessing it will be for those six people we met early today to learn that they won’t be alone any more? Now, including them, there are at least 157 Christians in that village, and God’s light will shine brightly through them all.
We know that as Christians we will face persecution. We also know that God hears our cries. John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.”
I believe today He blessed the home church for their faithfulness in meeting together and staying strong all those years. I feel completely honored to have been able to be there to witness the radical change in this village.