Pastor Rwiju befriended a nominal Christian man named James and shared the love of Christ with him. Because of Rwiju’s kindness, James opened up to him and decided to trust in Jesus. Soon others came to know Jesus’ love as well.
Eventually, the pastor crossed paths with a man named James. Rwiju found that James called himself a Christian but didn’t know what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus. After a few exchanges of friendly conversation, James realized he had found a confidant in Pastor Rwiju. James told the pastor with a heavy heart about his family and the many problems they faced. He asked Rwiju to pray for the Lord’s intervention.
Believers Meet for Fellowship in a Mud Hut
From that point on, Rwiju met regularly with James’ family in their home to pray with them. As God answered their prayers and established peace in James’ household, the whole family decided to embrace Christ.
The little fellowship grew during the next six months as more people gathered to pray and read the Word. But there was a problem: The house they met in was made of mud. It was small, poorly lit and didn’t have proper ventilation.
Nevertheless, the believers gladly crowded in and worshiped God in spirit and truth. After a few months, Rwiju and the believers joyfully worked together to build a larger mud hut to meet in.
Believers Mocked by Villagers
Though the obstacle of size was eliminated by the construction of the new building, another problem soon took its place: the weather. Monsoon rains and winds took their toll on the mud church, even after the believers added plastic tarps to protect the mud walls from wind and rain. The constant dripping of rainwater made the floors of the building a muddy mess, and the walls threatened to collapse with every new storm.