J. Lee Grady: Don’t Believe the Lie That Christianity Is Declining

Lee Grady (center, kneeling) says God’s kingdom is growing in Guatemala. (Jeffrey Martinez)

I’m sure you’ve never heard of Mary Larios. For years she ran a small cantina near Rio Hondo, Guatemala. But after her conversion to Jesus Christ, she went back to the community of Sunsapote, 20 miles from her house, to share her faith with relatives.

Today, about 40 people attend the Bible studies that Mary organized. With the help of her pastor in Rio Hondo, Otoniel Morales, she is buying land to build the first Protestant church in Sunsapote. When I came to visit the town last week, the new converts and some curious spectators joined us for an impromptu worship service under a tree.

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There was nothing impressive about this moment, at least by the world’s standards. Most of the people there were single mothers with children. All of them live below poverty level. As I poured some oil on a rock to dedicate the land for the new congregation, I wept as I realized how God cares about the people and places we typically ignore.

And I rejoiced that I could see with my own eyes how the Gospel is spreading—slow and steady—in a time when skeptics claim that Christianity is fading.

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SOURCE: Charisma News

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