Menu
Follow us on:        GFA Store | View Cart | Contact | My Account | Log In 

The Church that Ended the Gossip

The Church that Ended the Gossip

Photo by Gospel for Asia

February 2017

Could a church without a building really be trusted? People were talking. Not just any people: fellow Christians. They saw the place where Naisha, Sahaj and other believers met to worship the Lord and they started to gossip.

February 2017

“[They have] no church building to worship the Lord and no cemetery to bury the dead,” they ridiculed.

The opposing words alarmed Naisha and Sahaj. They had just started attending worship services, and they wanted to know about Jesus for themselves. When they heard the suspicions from some of these Christian circles, they wondered…maybe they were right?

“[They have] no church building to worship the Lord and no cemetery to bury the dead,” the villagers ridiculed.

Struggling Without a Church Building

GFA-supported Pastor Dayaram and his congregation would cram together inside a small house to worship the Lord. During the rainy season, water would drip down from the tile ceiling above the worshiping saints. In the summer, the house which was used for a church building trapped heat within its walls as the bright sun shone through. Everyone was crowded, hot and sweaty. This house was small, and there was not much space available for the believers to sit and seek the face of God earnestly.

The Church that Ended the Gossip

Pastor Dayaram’s congregation, like this one, struggled to worship the Lord in such cramped spaces. Worst of all, rumors about his congregation started to spread. Because they lacked a church building many began to wonder if they could be trusted.

Not only did the condition of their little building, a home of one of the believers, discourage their hearts, but they, too, heard the slander against their little fellowship.

In Asia, a church building is viewed as a sign of respect to God. When Christians meet in a common place, like a house or under a tree, it is difficult for others to receive or respect their faith in Jesus, especially when they worship their many gods and goddesses in elaborate temples. Because this mindset is ingrained within the culture, having a holy place set apart to worship and seek the Lord is vital to a growing congregation. The lack of a church building can cause a lot of controversy and questions. Those on the outside looking in wonder if Christians are irreverent to their God.

Nevertheless, Pastor Dayaram and the faithful body of believers he nurtured sought the Lord together for wisdom. Though they struggled, they continued to serve the Lord and display the love of Jesus to those around them.

Prayer Heals Relative, Draws Curiosity

Pastor Dayaram’s congregation, like this one, struggled to worship the Lord in such cramped spaces. Worst of all, rumors about his congregation started to spread. Because they lacked a church building many began to wonder if they could be trusted.

One day, Pastor Dayaram felt the Lord leading Him to a village nearby to pray for and minister to the villagers. While in the village, he learned about a man named Jivin, who had been battling sickness for a long time. Jivin had received numerous treatments but never got cured.

Pastor Dayaram was invited to pray for Jivin, and by God’s grace, Jivin experienced complete healing! When Jivin’s relative, Naisha, and her husband, Sahaj, heard about this miracle, they became curious and started attending Pastor Dayaram’s worship services.

The Church that Ended the Gossip

When Pastor Dayaram (not pictured) prayed for Jivin, the Lord healed him.

But after a month’s time something happened: Naisha and Sahaj heard the rumors. Concerns arose about the church’s credibility because it didn’t have a building. New in their faith, Naisha and Sahaj heeded their voices and stopped going to church.

Believers Help Church Construction

The fellowship struggled on until Pastor Dayaram sent in a request to his leaders, asking for help to construct a church building. Soon, resources and materials arrived on the site for their new church!

The Church that Ended the Gossip

When Pastor Dayaram (not pictured) prayed for Jivin, the Lord healed him.

The Church that Ended the Gossip

The believers worked together to get the church building completed. Some of them even stood watch through the night over the materials, like shown in this picture, at the construction site.

All hands belonging to Pastor Dayaram’s congregation participated in the much-awaited project. Some of them endured sleepless nights, keeping watch over the jobsite to protect the materials, while others faithfully did what they could to help the construction. Everyone prayed earnestly for the construction to go by quickly. Because the believers helped see the church construction to completion, their faith was built up block by block!

Building Squelches Rumors, Grows Family

After the church was completed, God blessed Pastor Dayaram and his congregation with more brothers and sisters in Christ—including Niasha and Sahaj. When they saw the new building, they decided they wanted to attend again. As a result, Niasha and Sahaj soon grew strong in their love for Jesus.

Today, the church thrives as the rumors have faded out. Now they have a roof over their heads, space to worship and seek God, and open doors to others in their community.

The believers worked together to get the church building completed. Some of them even stood watch through the night over the materials, like shown in this picture, at the construction site.

The Church that Ended the Gossip

With Christ’s compassion and love, and with true understanding received from her own experience with leprosy, Sakshi served the patients as though they were her own relatives. She touched those whom others would dismiss away in fear.

You can help bring respect to our brothers and sisters in Asia as they worship the Lord by praying and giving donations toward church buildings. Today you can bless an entire congregation that someday, Lord willing, you will meet in heaven!

Church buildings are a huge blessing to our brothers and sisters in Asia. Today you can make an impact in their lives and in the villages surrounding them through your prayers and support!

Help provide a church building today

100% of donations preferenced for use on the field is sent to the field.

100%

*Names of people and places may have been changed for privacy and security reasons. Images are GFA stock photos used for representation purposes and are not the actual person/location, unless otherwise noted.

Share |
Sponsor a National MissionarySponsor a National Missionary
Sponsor a ChildSponsor a Child
Sponsor a Woman Missionary

© Gospel for Asia Australia — 'transforming communities through Christ's Love' — 1300 889 339

Gospel for Asia Australia — PO Box 3587 Toowoomba QLD 4350