As we hear stories about how God is at work, I’m reminded over and over again that we can never underestimate who or what He may use to accomplish His mission. Recently one of our staff shared some examples.
Kiran works in Nepal and part of his job is to train and mentor the leaders who direct discipleship-mission training programs.
When he went to visit a church that wanted to start a training, he was surprised to see who they had chosen as a director. Kiran said, “I saw a young man—only 22 years old—and I was disappointed. I expected someone mature, like the pastor!” The young man comes from a group of 35 churches and they decided he was the man for the job!
Since the young man started their training program, he’s trained five groups of disciple-makers—that’s about 75 people! And they’ve planted 8 churches, with between 60 to 90 members.
During one training, some people in the village heard about it and brought a paralyzed woman to them for prayer. When their prayers were answered, the woman was healed, her family accepted Christ and became hosts for one of the new churches!
Evidently God was not worried about the age of this young leader, even if Kiran was!
Kiran also told of a woman who came for small business training to provide support as she helped to plant a church. However, she was shy and felt awkward talking to people in Nepali, which was her second language. But her tailoring business required her to talk to people!
A year later, Kiran said, “I was amazed to hear she had started two new fellowships with about 16 to 18 people attending. And 13 are getting ready for baptism!”
You know, it doesn’t matter if you think you’re too young, or too old, too shy or afraid…never underestimate what God can do with you! Who knows what He may empower you to accomplish? And who you may surprise along the way.