Easter in Rattanakirri

Jesus' crucifixion is reenacted during an Easter service

Jesus’ crucifixion is reenacted during an Easter service

The Church just keeps growing. Easter was a big holiday this year with hundreds of people around the country coming to Christ. A missionary friend of mine here in Cambodia wrote to me about a group developing a manual for church planting. I think he probably insulted them when he said, “Why don’t you just get people saved and filled with Holy Spirit and turn them lose? Go visit Foursquare.” I have not been contacted…

It is amazing though, how we all embrace the scripture in 1 Corinthians, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate. Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” We nod our heads in agreement, and then rush out to get our Doctor of Divinity degrees. I am not against studying theology, but I don’t think it is primary in church growth.

I believe we can be educated and spiritual, but all too often, the seminaries boil the Spirit out of the passionate. It is strange that the greatest healing ministries we have in Cambodia are headed by people who could neither read nor write when they came to Christ. Our Young Lions proved the point in Rattanakirri Province – where 80% are illiterate – they led several hundred people to Christ during a special Easter Service, while another newly appointed missionary couple approached Mak Sou in order to rent a house where they could study the language and culture for two years before they attempt anything “bold.” Something to ponder?

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