|The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people around the world to live life differently. People need to stay indoors, it has prohibited the gathering of churches for worship, it has closed borders, and it has brought feelings of anxiety and despair.|
But, even in these desperate times, God continues to bring hope and new life.
In Lamentations 3:22-23, we are told, The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. The love of God brings New Life!
Last week in one of our Church Planting Essentials LiveStream Webinars with leaders in India, one of our church planters shared an incredible story of the New Life God is bringing.
One week before the COVID lockdown began, Pahal (not the leader’s real name), began serving people in a village eight kilometers from his home. This community had a population of 9,000 people, but only 200 of them were Christians.
God opened a door for Pahal to serve the people of this village. Realizing that many of the people in this village, especially the children, were facing malnutrition, Pahal distributed groceries to them as an act of love.
As Pahal served these people during the COVID-19 crisis, God helped Pahal discover a house of peace in the village. Pahal shared the life-changing message of Jesus with this particular family and on March 12 a new church was born.
Jesus loves to bring New Life.
Over the past three months, Pahal has been meeting day-by-day discipling digitally and face-to-face. Even through this COVID-19 crisis, the Lord is bringing New Life to a community in need.
Twenty people have become followers of Christ through this new church and last Sunday twenty-five people gathered in this “house of peace” to worship the Lord.
God has given Pahal a vision of planting 20 churches in this community. This new house church that God birthed during a worldwide pandemic has now outgrown the home they are meeting in and they are beginning to look for a hall in which to meet.
What a testimony to the New Life God brings!
Until the Whole World Knows Jesus!