I was reading through one of the many reports from the mission field that cross my desk. There was good news from Burma. The new government there has expanded religious freedom which has allowed the establishment of several new Churches of Christ.
One quote from a Burmese brother caught my eye: “We did not expect many people to come last Sunday for worship as most of them are working in the fields in heavy rain every day; but, to our surprise, 57 people gathered for worship.” The report included the picture of 3 sisters-in- Christ who walked 3 miles to attend the services. CORRECTION: They waded 3 miles through about 6 inches of water that was standing over the roads during this rainy season. In truth, everybody had to wade to church and of the 57 who did, 3 ladies waded 3 miles to get there!
This story forced me to ask myself some questions. Would I walk 3 miles to go to church? Yes, I think I would. Would I be willing to wade 3 miles through ankle deep water to be there? I hope I would! Why would I ever feel it was a chore to step out of my climate-controlled home into my air-conditioned/heated car and drive a few minutes to the church building? I don’t know.
One thing is sure…there were many SOGGY feet at that worship service in Burma…but all that was forgotten as they gathered to worship with their Lord!
Wonderful, encouraging post. Thanks for blessing us with this kind of exhortation. Joining with the church each Sunday is a sweet, sweet blessing that is so easy to take for granted, especially when we hear stories like this one from Burma.
I am delighted to report that I have been invited to teach a course at a brand new Bible school in northern Burma. If the Lord wills it, I will travel in March to teach church planting through the example of the Thessalonians (check out Acts 17:1-11 and the results in 1 Thes 1:2-10) as I teach 1 & 2 Thessalonians to the new students.
Please pray that this work will produce much fruit for the Kingdom of King Jesus who reigns over all.
Striving to work night and day because so many have not yet heard…
Phnom Penh, Cambodia