This month we have been focusing on the global church in our worship times. A lot of times we get focused on growing our own kingdoms and we want to remember that we are a part of God's Kingdom in Boise and around the world. Last Sunday we shared an interview we had with one of the leaders from the El Bethal House of Prayer Church that meets at the Hub on Sunday. We did this as a way to remember the global church and share the story of Uncle Paul, one of their members:
One day I was walking down the road carrying a harmonium when I was stopped by the Assistant Governor of that region. He asked me what I was doing and I told him that I played the harmonium in a fellowship in my house.
He then proceeded to tell me that if I did not leave this region then I would die. My options were to give up my religion, die or leave Bhutan.
I didn’t do anything wrong - I was at peace with the people and healed from my sickness. But then I prayed and the Lord told me to leave the county rather than give up my religion. Gen. 28:15 then came to my mind “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” So at 11pm that night I left Bhutan with the lights on and water still turned on in my home. My friends helped me cross the border in the Nepal where I found the El Bethel House of Prayer and stayed there. There were lots of people trying to get me to stay, but I wanted to be free serving Jesus. I would choose to be crucified before giving up Christ.
In 2010 I can to the US where we began meeting in a home and than 6 or 7 people were baptized. We had complaints in the apartment and prayed for a place to meet. We worked with our case worker to find a place to worship and have now been worshiping at the Hub for over a year.
How to pray for this church:
- for them to live very truthful lives
- for continued language learning
- to stay strong
- for those that lost friends and family in the earthquake. Their sister church lost 30 people and is having a hard time getting their people back together.