First, blessings to you for following God and His vision for sharing the Gospel with the world.
Your post this morning was the icing on the cake for me as I wrapped up reading Lesslie Newbigin’s “The Gospel in a Pluralist Society” and found affirmation of and surging in my soul of a call from God to pursue my dream of sharing the Gospel with church ladies, religious types and the lukewarm social Sunday Christians and even more so, ministerial leaders who have been sucked in, and I mean in, inside the church, inside a comfortable culture of complacency and ineffective hand wringing about how our world is going to hell.
Your words about what the Glovers have lived and the long term commitment that requires mirror Newbigin’s call for following Jesus, and that is my dream, to follow Jesus into the hostile territory that is one of fear, timidity, complacency and laziness inside the church.
I feel encouraged and energized rather than overwhelmed as a result of my reading this morning, Newbigin’s and yours.
There is no reason each of us cannot start in our own community. Sure, they look different, but we can serve right where we are.
Continued blessings as you serve understanding that the power, strength and favor comes through the Lord, not what we do. I am also a recovering sinner having been sucked in to selfish ambition for a spell… But God uses all of it to His glory.