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Outreach of a Small Church

By Geneha Kim

'... I simply want to urge some lonely Bible believers out there to get off their tails and labor for God in the right Bible-believing way. You never know how much fruit the Lord will actually bless you with. At the same time however, be willing to die with small results as long as it is done in the right Bible-believing way. ...'

     For Christians in very small churches, it is my intention that the following testimony will greatly encourage them to get off their tails and work for God in the right Bible-believing manner. I have pastored for nearly three years in the San Francisco Bay area. I was also studying in UC Berkeley, so you can imagine all the disgusting responses from the liberals, hippies, and queers after looking at my bumper stickers on the car and the tracts that I’ve handed out.

    In my first year in the ministry, I only saw ten souls get saved. One thing I kept in mind was that my job is to witness to them, not save them. God does the saving, not me. I was determined that if God wanted me to continue pastoring a church where only one person wanted to hear the truth, I will persevere till the day I die.

    The Lord tested my patience for two years, and He gave me three key successes that changed everything. First, the Lord suddenly sent twelve new people into the church. Surprisingly, some found our church through Chick tracts that were either passed out or tossed aside. Others were actually searching for a non-compromising, Bible-believing church for many years, and they happened to find through our website that only our church met that standard. Four of my members soon became my most active soulwinners in street-preaching and visitation, and three more are on the way.

    Secondly, the Lord opened the door for me to preach to the drug addicts at the Salvation Army. This ministry has the Alcoholics Anonymous belief that as long as any person has a “God,” it does not have to be Jesus. Because one of my members had been a participant for ten years, he told the leaders about me, and they soon hired me to become one of their preachers! Without compromise, I preached the whole Gospel of God and saw convicts getting saved and atheists getting convicted.

    Thirdly, some members have been praying for hours and faithfully spreading the Gospel with great patience and humility. Some of us were dedicated to labor onwards for God, even if He blessed us with very few results.

     Thus, here is a total result after nearly three years in the ministry: the Lord has miraculously blessed our small church of only twenty people with over 400 souls saved. None of this was done by “easy-believism,” gimmicks, or compromise. These numbers occurred in the San Francisco Bay area, in which lies the wicked cities of Berkeley, Oakland, San Jose, and San Francisco.

    Sadly, the Fundamentalist churches and colleges here are not streetpreaching, but rather depending upon gimmicks and compromise to bring in the numbers. Several of my members originally came from those churches and realized the stark difference. I’m training two of them who actually surrendered to the call of the ministry once the Lord opens the door for them.

    I could write about more miracles with which the Lord has blessed us, but for the sake of saving space in this article, I simply want to urge some lonely Bible believers out there to get off their tails and labor for God in the right Bible-believing way. You never know how much fruit the Lord will actually bless you with. At the same time however, be willing to die with small results as long as it is done in the right Bible-believing way.

    In case anyone wishes to speak with me, call me at (408) 712-8001 or check out our website at www.bbcenglish.org. I will conclude with these verses:

“And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully” (2 Tim. 2:5).
“Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right” (Prov. 16:8).

 

 

 

 

 

18th August 2018.

 

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