Pastor Returns to Where He Started
In 2006, the Lord led Pastor Marty to start what would become the first ministry in the slum where he grew up: a Gospel for Asia-supported Bridge of Hope center. Now nine years later, there is a second Bridge of Hope center and three Gospel for Asia-supported churches. God has blessed Marty's efforts amidst the hopelessness of the slum.
"[He] is a great example for us as he represents Jesus," one believer says of Pastor Marty. "He does what Jesus would have done. Helping the poor and needy and also loving people … He is always willing to help people."
After going on his neighborhood prayer walk every morning, Marty comes home and spends time reading and meditating on the Word and prays for each individual in his church by name. He and his wife, Prina, know dependence on the Lord is essential to their ministry.
"That is one of the reasons I am growing in the Lord [and am] able to do ministry," Marty insists. "That's what I have also taught my family."
Prina knew nothing about city life when she married Marty in 1999. The slums frightened her at first, but when her husband graduated from a two-year Bible college and became a pastor, she encouraged him to minister to the people he grew up with. Now they serve in the slum together as husband and wife, telling people about the powerful love of Jesus.
"If we are afraid," Prina says, "we cannot do ministry. So we need both God's guidance and strength."