Pastor Garvan grew in his walk with Jesus under the shepherding of Pastor Mahon. After a time, he decided to serve the Lord with his whole life. His testimony was the first fruits of Pastor Mahon's church and ministry.
As Garvan grew in the Lord, he decided he wanted to serve in ministry and eventually became a pastor.
Pastor Mahon and Garvan paved the way for other brothers in Christ to carry hope with them in this village and region. One of these men was Pastor Palu.
Passing the Baton
The years passed, and GFA-supported pastor Palu was called to shepherd the church Pastor Mahon started, when Pastor Mahon was called by his leaders to serve in another region. As Pastor Palu poured out his life for the congregation, the Holy Spirit moved him to share the hope he had found in his Lord with people in the surrounding areas. God blessed Pastor Palu's ministry, and many vibrant believers joined the church.
Growing Church with a Great Need
The church was alive and thriving and many lives were being redeemed, but there was one problem: The congregation had no building to worship in. For many in Asia, when they see Christians who have no building to gather in, it is confusing. Because they have practiced religion in a set-apart structure all their lives, this makes it difficult for them to see Christ as a sacred God.
Although one believer graciously offered his home for services, he wasn't always in town. Then when the monsoon rains or summer heat came, many believers, especially those from surrounding villages, couldn't attend church. It was impossible to travel in the extreme weather conditions.
These obstacles discouraged Pastor Palu and his congregation. Many of the brothers and sisters couldn't fellowship together as they longed to. But this didn't keep the faithful Body of Christ from praying continually for a permanent place of worship of their own.