In another post, we told you about a future church plant in a little town about a hour north of us.
Here is how the first meeting went…
On the eve of the new church plant the weather forecast predicted heavy storms throughout the night, but sunshine the following morning. Since the small town where the Lord has led us to begin this work mainly consists of dirt roads that are impassable after inclement weather, we decided we would wait and see what happened before cancelling the first church meeting. By midday it was still raining, and the family who hosts the meetings told us that no one would want to come out of their houses. However, we determined that since we had canvassed the whole town saying we would be there on November 30, then we ought to be true to our word, in spite of the adverse circumstances!
At 4:30 p.m., with five adults from the Pilar church and one of our children as our pianist, we headed north to Duggan. A little over an hour later, we parked five blocks away from the house, transferred the keyboard and our small pulpit to our host’s cargo van, and the six of us piled in for the bumpy ride through the muddy ruts. God blessed the first Sunday service of Duggan Independent Baptist Church with wonderful music, preaching from His Word, and a total of 19 in attendance!
Honestly, starting a work in a rural town of 1,000 was never part of our plan, but God opened the doors! Part of our ministry philosophy is to “look where God is working and join Him there” (Blackaby), just as the early church did in Acts 11:22-23, “Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.”
In contrast to starting a church in Pilar (with a population of 300,000), it is poles apart. The most exciting aspect to us is seeing our people do so much of the work! The host family is a member of the church in Pilar with a burden for their little town. When we held the first Sunday services in Pilar just five years ago, we had no one to play the piano, no one trained to counsel or even to teach children. It is amazing what God has done in such a short time!