All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. (Acts 2:42-44 NLT, emphasis mine)
For the first time this trip, we headed to our partner village, Ndjemane. Today we had the opportunity to celebrate Sunday worship with the Ndjemanese Christians in their new church.
I say “new” because the church is less than eight months old for the village and completely brand new for us. Many people in our church prayed for Ndjemane for many years so they would be able to erect a church. Building a Christian church was one of the requests from a mostly-Muslim village and an all-Muslim elder council and Chief.
Our church prayed. Many people donated money to cover building material expenses. We sent two different construction mission teams to assist the village’s residents with building the church. All of that helped carry a desire and a prayer request in 2007 to a functional church in 2011.
It is true that Christians are God’s new temple (1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 6:19, 2 Corinthians 6:16, Ephesians 2:21). With that said, though, there was a joy felt in the Ndjemane Christians by having a place to come together to worship. They now had a place to come together to learn more about God’s Word. They had a home to fellowship together.
This tiny, new church has meaningful significance to a little village filled with only a few Christians. It was tough for me comprehend this until witnessing it. In our city where there are churches by the hundreds, I have the ability to shop around until I find the exact one that fits my desires. In the bush of Africa, a little village prayed that they would have a single building to worship in and God delivered. May He continue to be with this little village.
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