10:2b Answer I recently took a shuttle bus from the airport to a conference in Denver. I had been praying through Luke 10:1-7. There were only two passengers in the bus, a rather talkative guy from Modesto and myself. The other guy yakked about partying in Denver and then he asked me what I did. I told him I was a missionary, which kind of threw cold water on everything. He asked me about my work, so I told him about simple churches. Just as we arrived at his hotel he asked the driver what he thought. The driver said he was just listening to our conversation with interest. When the guy got out, the driver asked me about house church planting. How do you disciple, how do you evangelize, what is the leadership structure, how do you appoint elders? Obviously, this guy knew quite a bit about ministry. So, I told him what we did and why and arranged for pick up after the conference. When the bus came back for me, I had the same driver. We immediately started talking about house church. It turns out that he is an Ethiopian Evangelical and he had told his family about house church, and they all liked the idea. This Bible School grad was going back to Ethiopia to get permission to plant churches there. He is now seriously considering planting house churches. I told him that I habitually prayed through Luke 10:1-7 and that I thought he was a 10:2b answer. He agreed that he was. This is another example of the fact that praying Luke 10:1-7 is powerful stuﬀ. Jesus told us to do it, and it really does work. Pray for Belaye as he begins this exciting journey. Ross Rohde
Stories from the Harvest My friend Gabriel contacted me in January asking that I come visit him and meet the people in his simple churches. In February I came to his apartment, which was ﬁlled with vibrant new Christians. There I met Zizi, Gabriel’s girlfriend. As we began eating, Zizi described how God had used her to plant churches. She said that one day the Lord told her to go to a certain room at the hospital. There she found a crying pregnant woman. The woman said that she had always wanted a child, but the doctors recommended an abortion because her life was in danger. Knowing this was not God’s will, Zizi prayed for the woman, left her a card, and went home. A number of days later, the woman called Zizi and asked her to come to her home. When Zizi arrived, the apartment was ﬁlled with friends and relatives. The pregnant woman told her friends, "This is the woman who healed me." Zizi responded, "I prayed, Jesus healed. Let me tell you about my Jesus." That day everyone in the apartment came to Christ and a church was born. A while later this same woman, still pregnant, sat next to another pregnant woman on a Madrid Metro train who was crying because her doctor was recommending abortion for similar reasons. "Don’t do it; call Zizi!" She gave this new woman Zizi’s number; another baby was saved, another church was born. By February 5th, Zizi had planted seven churches in three months. Since then Gabriel and Zizi have gotten married and continued to plant churches. By mid-August around 30 churches had started. A few have died, but most live on. There are many new Christians. These Christians are growing and some are actually beginning to start churches of their own. Ross Rohde
Because Zizi was willing to obey God and reach out to others the “miracle baby” (above) will live as a testament to the love of Christ.
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Cover Story: Transitioning: Taking Church Back to Simple