Yesterday, Babu took us to four different churches. One church was on the third floor of a commercial building and it is smaller than my office at work. In fact, I am guessing many of you have bathrooms larger. Babu said that twenty people meet every week in that small room to worship Jesus Christ. I had the honor of baptizing two of them last Sunday.
The next church was on the side of a hill, in the middle of the forest. It was one of the five Churches that they own the land and the building. Along the hills were houses. Many of the residents are Hindus, however God is on the move and every year more people are accepting Jesus Christ.
The third Church was an abandoned building in the middle of a rubber field. There were holes in the roof and it did not look safe at all. We sat inside in the dark, due to no electricity, and heard the loudest singing of our trip. We asked them about their struggles and how we could be praying for them as individuals and they responded that they do not need anything for they have so much joy in their heart for Jesus.
The last Church we visited was a rented space from another pastor not associated with GCM. It was comparable to a wine cellar. There was one light that hung from the center and it appeared that a car battery was used to light it. Bugs were everywhere and we saw a spider on the wall the size of my hand. But once again, it was a place that glorified God.
It continues to amaze me. God is moving in this nation. For those who are too busy to pay attention, it may not seem like it, for the Church in India is so small and so poor, but make no mistake Jesus is building His Church. The Kingdom of God is not of this world. It moves by the power of God’s Word and the power of God’s Spirit. And it moves from heart to heart.
“[O]n this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18