I shared a few weeks about attending a new church plant in a town near us. That church was planted by Nalerigu’s large First Baptist Church and has a handful of believers attending in a school room on a regular basis.
In other parts of the world, there is no established church to plant a new church. Therefore, missionaries have to start from zero and that is a huge challenge.
In Niger, we were privileged to accompany another IMB missionary family to a house church they hold with a family. They meet weekly at a farm house along the banks of the Niger River. In the family only one member has professed Christ but the others are interested and enjoy singing worship songs and studying the Bible together.
Being a part of such a small group worshipping to Lord in an area so resistant to the Gospel was humbling. Am I committed enough to pour my life into such a small group of people week after week? Jesus committed about three years to discipling a small group of 12 (one of whom he knew wouldn’t count for much). Am I faithful to the point that I would pour my time and energy into a sermon meant to be heard by just a few people? Those are convicting questions for me.
I am grateful for our faithful missionaries who devote themselves to the Lord’s work in such difficult places. Please take a moment to pray for missionaries shining God’s light to shatter the darkness.