A Grand-daughter Church in the Lowliest of Places

June 4 2013

A Grand-daughter Church in the Lowliest of Places

In August 2010, an intercessory team began walking the streets of Medellin in faith, praying for the beginning of a house church that would saturate a neighborhood in Antioquia, Colombia. The physically and spiritually impoverished area supported the local economy through the sale of marijuana and cocaine. 

Colombians began sharing the Gospel door-to-door by explaining the Evangecube, a pictorial presentation of the Gospel. God answered their prayers as people began giving their lives to Christ. Rocío did. She welcomed us into her home to begin discipling in her new faith in God. Within the week she introduced us to two members of her family and her neighbor Martha who wanted to know more about the Jesus Rocío now spoke about. 

Martha confessed, “I am a slow learner and never understand anything,” but after studying what it is to be saved through faith in Christ, Martha and her friend surrendered to Jesus! The following weeks we studied the Bible with them and what it means to obediently follow Jesus. After several months the ladies were baptized, learned about the Lord’s Supper and celebrated communion in their home. The group began to grow as more family members and neighbors attended weekly meetings with Rocío and Martha. 

God was evidently Lord of Martha and Rocío’s lives. They continued walking throughout the El Tapón district asking God to touch lives. As they walked, they saw many drug addicts living along the stream. Compassion broke the ladies’ hearts, and they began to take meals to the addicts. One day they noticed a 12 year-old girl who was devastated by drugs and living under the bridge. Martha and her friends offered to help her and took her to Rocío’s house. They bathed her, gave her clothes and something to eat. She told them her name was Valeria and that her mother prostituted her to get money for drugs. She pled with us to help her get out of her destructive lifestyle. 

We took Valeria to a residential treatment facility and continued to visit her during her rehabilitation. Valeria also prayed to receive Jesus as her Savior! She introduced us to her Aunt Leydi who lives with her four small children in a shelter made from cardboard and plastic. She is under house arrest for drug trafficking. We shared the Lord Jesus with Leydi and her children, and they accepted Jesus and began working slowly through the discipleship studies. Today Leydi is preparing for baptism! 

When Martha and Leydi studied what it is to be a cheerful giver, Martha immediately put into practice what she was teaching. On several occasions Rocío’s house church had sent food and medicines to Martha. The local government had donated groceries to Martha in her impoverished situation, and from these groceries, Martha then shared her meager supplies. 

Several months later we celebrated an agape meal with Martha and Rocío’s combined house churches! Through a mom, an uneducated woman and a drug addict, God has sprouted a mother church, a daughter church and a grand-daughter church for the saturation of Antioquia, Colombia. And they noticed they were uneducated but that they had been with Jesus.

Greg & Shirley Carlson

ECC Church Multiplication Facilitator

Tags: joy, life change, outreach, victory over darknesstransformed

Final Days in India

March 25 2013

Final Days in India

Yesterday I spent 1½ hours with the top leaders of our ECI church. These men are visionary pioneers who have seen God grow the ECI to over 3500 congregations. As OMS field director I had a list of items to discuss with them. God knit our hearts together with open and heartfelt sharing. Although I am just an ordinary fellow from Middlefield, the Lord seems pleased to let me serve at this time. I also spent time with Dr. Onesimu, the principal of our Chennai Bible Seminary. A former student of mine from the early 80s, he and I have a special relationship. He shared some personal challenges he faces, but is determined to press forward. His vision includes reaching new areas of Chennai with the Good News. 

 

On Sunday, I preached in his church and he translated. Many were moved by God’s command for us to lovingly reach out to people around us still without Jesus. After the service Glenda and I met with 10 young adults and challenged them to pursue obedience to God’s will for their futures. One young lady now in university wants to work among women trapped in the sex trade. Her father, Panneer, works with World Vision, ministering among street children and disabled kids. 

 

I’ve mentioned several dreams and a vision for the future. In each one of our lives  God is inviting us to discover and fulfill his design for our days here on Earth. The first step is to ask God. Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.” I pray that your life will bring much joy in the service of Christ as you step out in faith to fulfill your own dreams! 

 

This journey to India is nearly complete. Our ministry has been fruitful; the stories of God at work are many. Your prayers have played a vital part in enabling God’s Spirit to touch lives. Thank you for standing at our side! The harvest, said Jesus, is ready and ripe. Today is God’s moment for India. There is much work yet to be done! 

Yours for the unreached of India,

Roger & Glenda

Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?

Tags: church planting, church multiplication, faith multiplied, joymissions in India