Monday, March 15, 2010

Spiritual Fruit in the North!

And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47

Exciting things are happening in the small church pastored by one of our Greek nationals, Haris Gantes, in a small church in Northern Greece. 8 new believers have been baptized within the last six months!

While this new growth spurt is the result of one girl getting saved and telling another and another and another, it is also the result of many years of faithfully planting spiritual seeds in this area by Haris and before him by another HM Greek national missionary, Panagiotis.

Haris truly has a pastor’s heart and is leading the way in evangelizing and training up new believers. He meets for two hours every day with serious disciples in order to instruct them in the Word of God.

In addition, it is exciting to watch God unveil His plans for this church as He is already raising up leaders within the new believers. One man clearly has the gift of evangelism and he is going out with two to three others, visiting in people’s homes to share the gospel with them. They even video these sessions so that Haris can coach them when he is not available to go out with the team. Multiplication is happening on the initiative of the new believers and beyond Haris’ time and availability.

Additionally, Saturday mornings children’s Sunday school programs are held, organized and hosted by the new believers in their houses. After the spiritual lessons, the children are helped with their schoolwork. The Greeks are also tutoring the non-Greeks in language learning.

Church is held Sunday morning and Thursday evenings in a remote location that is 25 minutes out of town. Please pray for God to provide them with a church in town.

Haris also writes and publishes an evangelistic magazine twice a year that he hand delivers to about 5,000 businesses and neighbors.

Please continue to pray for Haris and his family and their church, that God will continue to work mightily in their midst.

Please also pray for these new believers and the challenges they face as they begin to live their lives as new creations in Christ.

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