Church Prays for Building, God Answers
first published: Oct. 2, 2010 " Gospel for Asia
As new believers come into the church, like the one shown here, worship services become overcrowded as new believers are added to the body of Christ.
A permanent church building is important in the Asian culture. It signifies that the people who worship there have respect for God.
Gospel for Asia-supported national missionary Javal Mehra faced a dilemma. Starting a church in a village of 600 homes, he felt blessed that the congregation had grown from just two families to more than fifty families within a few years.
But that growth had created a major challenge for the little group of Christians.
When the church outgrew Pastor Javal’s own small house, they first moved to a temporary bamboo structure they built themselves. And while that did provide some protection from the elements, as the church continued to grow, it became difficult to accommodate all the believers and visitors in its limited space.
That’s when, after much prayer, Pastor Javal asked Gospel for Asia if it would be possible for them to provide financial help for a permanent church building.
His church members were willing to provide land and their own labor for the building, he explained to the local GFA office; they just didn’t have the funds for the materials.
In answer to his prayers"and those of the enthusiastic congregation"GFA said "yes," and today Pastor Javal’s church has a modest facility large enough for everyone to worship together.
As a result of this new facility, the church is adding even more families as its enthusiastic members reach out to share the Gospel with all those around them!
Please pray for other churches like Pastor Javal’s, that they will also be blessed with buildings that will allow them to worship the Lord together and reach out to others with the love of Jesus Christ.
More Than 300 Worship in One House
first published: Oct. 14, 2011 " Gospel for Asia
Pastor Sampat and the believers gather in front of their new church building.
The congregation came together for their very first worship service in their new church home.
Sampat Kolagunta’s ministry began like any other. For six years, the Gospel for Asia-supported missionary labored to bring the Good News.
He started with a small group of believers worshiping in the home of a local Christian. They experienced frequent opposition from their neighbors and local anti-Christian extremists, but in spite of these problems, the Lord enabled Sampat and the believers to stand firm in their faith. Within a few months, the opposition vanished, and Sampat’s ministry continued to flourish.
More than 330 believers crammed into one home to worship the Lord. The space limitations made it difficult for them to gather.
So they began praying for a church building. For several years they asked the Lord to provide them with a large enough place to call their own, and, in His perfect timing, the Lord finally answered!
Donors from around the world provide funds to build churches in South Asia. Sampat’s congregation received funding for land and materials. Then they built their own church building. Now Sampat and the believers have a place to freely worship the Lord.
"This church building has been a great blessing to our pastor and the congregation to bring His believers together for worship," shared a GFA field correspondent. "Now Pastor Sampat doesn’t need to worry about their need for a place to gather for worship services."