Village Church


Today we spent the day at a village church that was started five years ago. Not large by Western standards, the church has 50 people, the pastor’s house can hold no more. Here are a few thoughts about village churches, before I close out the day:

  1. Every church member is a new convert to Christ. Get that, real church growth.
  2. No matter that I didn’t understand a word they were singing, the glow on peoples’ faces as they worshiped radiated with love for God.
  3. Testimonies are fuel for your faith. Ten people stood and gave short one minute testimonies. How exciting to hear of healings from illnesses, demons being cast out, and greater experiences of peace, love and acceptance because of Christ’s work in their lives.
  4. House churches spread like wild vines. Already ten other house churches have been planted throughout the district because of this one pastor.
  5. The pastor needs $100 a month to make ends meet, his weekly offering is about $15. To build a church, simple and basic, it would cost about $10,000. To, help build a church, support this pastor, project, and Bright Hope follow this link:

About C.H. Dyer

I am the CEO of Bright Hope. I am dedicated to helping those who earn less than $1.00 a day. There are one billion people in my target market (the extreme poor) and I could use some help. I am a Christian, father of three (two are internationally adopted), entrepreneur, speaker, improving writer and amateur photographer.

2 Responses to “Village Church”

  1. It is exciting to hear about your ministry, Charles. I agree, if only “church building projects” were really about “building the Church”.

  2. Your experience sounds very familiar to me. We work with village pastors and elders in northwest Myanmar. Their congregations are too poor to support them, so they have to work full time to provide for their families. This leaves little time for the work of ministry.

    Our organization tries to help them financially, but there is never enough to go around! I wish American churches would spend some of the billions in our building funds to help support these faithful servants.

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