March 2, 2015

Cornelius experiences

Written by  Gabriel and Daria*

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"We are excited! For over seven years we have invested ourselves in communities in Asia for the purpose of seeing multiplying groups of local believers worshiping together. We’ve asked you to join us in praying for Cornelius-type experiences where households and relational networks come to faith together. We’ve known this process takes many years and so have committed ourselves to prayer, language study, deep relationships, and fully investing ourselves in work and life in this community.

"Previously we’ve had glimpses of the kingdom coming to our community through individual believers coming to faith. However, our heart’s desire is for groups of seekers and believers studying the word together and growing together in their journey with our Father. It is our understanding that usually when an individual comes to faith, he or she typically remains an isolated believer, but that when a family or relational network studies and seeks together, it has the potential to become a multiplying group transforming its community.

"For the past two Sunday mornings we have been able to study, pray, and worship with an extended family where some have come to faith and some are seeking. Please pray with us that the seeds being planted in this emerging house group will grow in good soil with deep roots, producing a 100-fold harvest. Please pray for protection and continuation of this study time. Please pray for other relatives and friends who are also seeking to be able to join our study/worship times in the near future."

— from a letter written by EMM workers Gabriel and Daria* in February 2014.

*Name(s) changed for security reasons.
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