A few things that encourage me about this group are:
(1) They are all mostly self-sustaining. They all have plots of land which they farm for their own sustenance and for selling in the marketplace. They live what Paul commanded in 1 Thess. 4:10-12, “We urge you brothers…to aspire…to work with your own hands…and depend on no one.” I praise God for these who courageously live out their faith in the power of the Holy Spirit.
(2) They are indigenous leaders. By this I mean, their methods of ministry and worship are truly ‘of the people’. Yesterday, they sang some tribal songs that they had written. It was sweet to the ear and pleasing to the soul. I encouraged them to continue on living out the faith in the culture of the people. It was truly an amazing time of worship.
(3) They seriously study the Scriptures. While they take longer and need encouragement to grow in the new method taught through God’s Plan for His Church, they work hard at finding God's principles in the word. “S” is working through the new edition as well. I think he has received fresh encouragement in this, and he is sharing his observations with them as well.” Randy
Now, our responsibility is to pray that these disciples will finish strong. God is working and God will finish what He starts!