Over the years Pastor Andrew and his friends have helped us train hundreds of local pastors, teach in schools, evangelize using karate and they have always been thoughtful and generous. A year and a half ago God opened a great door to help orphans and abandoned kids in dire poverty. First to jump in to help the kids was Freedom Church.
Comparing these two churches feels like comparing apples and oranges. How can we compare the effectiveness of two entirely different churches. I have an idea! Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about the New Testament church. Let’s list the Biblical characteristics of a New Testament church.
On a recent flight to Davao, Philippines I heard a surprising announcement. Usually on Asian flights they warn you that drug traffickers will be sentenced to death, but in Davao they warn you that “smoking of cigarettes in any public or enclosed place is illegal.”
Most churches I see are trying to figure out ways to get people to come to their churches, but Omar uses “Go Beyond” to get them out of his church! They send out over 3,500-4,000 volunteers a year to be involved in ministry in their own community and around the world.
Sovan and Sokal are two young men in their mid-twenties. Both are married and have small children. They eat what they grow and each day is a struggle to survive for themselves, much less their families. One day a rich looking businessman comes into their village. He said he is recruiting workers for a company in Thailand.