Necessary for the Kingdom!
I arrived at a small village church in Northern Mpumalanga of South Africa. It was September 2018 and a special holiday was being observed. It was Heritage Day. People came dressed in traditional clothing representing their various tribes. Tradition was their focus.
I was surprised when I drove onto the property. The structure had been partially destroyed during a storm that came through that week. I thought to myself, "Is there anyone here?" It didn't look as if any activity would transpire there. I got out of my car and walked to the open door and found a group of people under the final remaining roof.
Stepping inside I was aware of a strong odor. I had not seen a floor mixed with dirt and dung to give it a finished look and stability. But I learned this is the "dirt floor" in their huts also. This group could not afford a nice wood floor. But their love of Jesus was contagious as the children sang a special song just for the pastor. It was in English! They captured my heart!
I opened God's Word to Revelation and read the following description of saints in heaven.
Revelation 7:9 (ESV)
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
John saw the diversity of tribes, peoples and languages before Jesus. I was standing in a place that was a snapshot of heaven. I was deeply humbled as more than a dozen responded to the invitation to accept Jesus.
1 Corinthians 12:22 (ESV)
22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
I learned a valuable lesson that day. That church in Watervall is necessary!
Cathy and Danny Sartin
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Re 7:9 and 1 Cor. 12:22). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.