What Good can come from simple Shed?
From Pastor Kerry Mauldin
We came to Ganugubanda (wine press ) Village, and pulled up to loud speaker blaring from under a long heap of banana leaf thatch hut. It was an old hut used some 4 years with a simple dirt floor and set of drums at the front. 70 people could squeeze under the pile of leaves with people out front. These are spirit filled people who love the Lord!! We got rice tarps in front and people came.We taught on giving…They have a piece of land bought on main road and want to build a church to seat 200, with a slab, concrete roof. We taught and together all of us committed almost 7000 $ for the church. We gave offering from Mt. Sherman AG who sold knives to build a church in India… This will be a great church!!All the people walked from the hut to new land and stood in circle holding hands and we gave shouts of praise and prayer for what God is going to do!!We gave dedication for small, but nice concrete church given by Miami Apostolic Church. The 20 people truly love the Lord and have very humble good pastors who husband and wife literally built the church after coming here with nothing 6 years ago after God healed pastor from death and he committed to serve the Lord. Had to speak into their lives and encourage them…Ykuntapuram (heaven) village, we came to dedicate a simple $500 shed.Only church in the village of these Banjara gypsy people!When we saw it, I was so disappointed. It looked like a cattle stall. Had a good roof and metal, concrete poles and one side was old, stone plastered fence as back wall. It had dirt floor and a rice tarp over the dirt.Pastor Prasanth was beaming. “7 years I have prayed for a meeting place for these Banjaras and now you have helped us and 35 come Sunday at 11 for prayers!” He and his wife and others sang with all their heart and as we split in teams to go to houses, hindu people listened so intently and committed lives while pledging to come to the “church”. Sincerity was strong in their faces and hearts as they stepped forward.Prasanth said, “in 2-3 months we will put a stone floor down as new people come and we will fix this nice.” He asked nothing except for a bicycle to go the 7 km (4.2 miles) to the other village he is the only pastor in. Joy we gave…When you see such thanks and joy, it is huge blessing to step beside…We spoke straight into the heart of Ganugubanda village pastor and strongly, clearly warned and encouraged him to keep his heart and hands pure as they begin to build and go from banana leaf church to a nice church.He seemed to hear with his heart!!Thinking of Jesus who came from a “shed” and many would be ashamed by His simple beginnings. But He changed a world!!!Lord help us not to look down on the simple beginnings, but see things the way You would see them!!Thank you all so so much for standing with us and praying!!