Breaking Down Barriers
Why then has SGA committed significant financial resources to the provision of ‘Houses of Prayer’ in Eastern European countries? If people are of paramount importance in our ministry, what is the rationale for directing funds towards the purchase and renovation of church buildings?
There was a great need for a House of Prayer. People from the village did not want to come to someone’s home.Peter Maga speaking about the early days in Ghiliceni, Moldova.
SGA’s financial support helped to demolish the ‘building barrier’ in villagers' minds and Peter was able to plant a church in that previously unreached village. The same could be related of other places where provision of a House of Prayer greatly helped to dispel ingrained suspicion and opposition to Gospel workers attempting to plant new churches.
There are other dimensions also to the provision of meeting places for believers. Establishing a House of Prayer makes a statement of commitment. Believers are seen to be serious about witnessing for Christ in the local community. It is a declaration that the Gospel is no passing religious fad, but that Christ’s followers are committed in the long term to sharing the Good News. They are ‘here to stay’!