Gospel for Asia (GFA) pastor Sothear gazed at the church building before him. A red ribbon draped across the front door. A crowd of smiling faces gathered nearby. Perhaps Sothear took a deep breath and smiled too as he took it all in. Thirty years. He had waited 30 years for this moment, and now it was reality.
Mighty Servant of God
More than 30 years ago, Sothear was the first person in his village to become a Christian, and he eventually went to Bible college for more training.
After Sothear completed his training, he returned to his village, and God began to use him mightily. Through Sothear’s teaching, many people came to know the Lord. Over the course of time, he planted one church and then another and another until finally he established five other churches.
However, one direct contrast stood between the church in Sothear’s home village and the five others he had started: The other churches each had a permanent church building, but in Sothear’s own village, he had been conducting worship services in a makeshift building for 30 years. The congregation simply lacked the land or resources for a permanent place of worship. The lack of space made it difficult for the believers to gather together.
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