Chet with “Pastor Matius”

Beginning in 2012, Pastor Matius (not his real name) and his wife moved into a home in a certain area where there were no Christians. They began their ministry by developing relationships with people in the community. After one year they started their church, which now (November 2017) has over 40 people. With the worship services being conducted in their home, the community noticed the growing activity at Pastor Matius’ home and church building located a few feet from their home.

The people from the dominant religion of the area were not pleased with people from their community becoming Christians, so they began persecuting the pastor’s family through intimidation.

►They threatened that they would burn down his house and church.
►They said they would keep an eye on when they leave their home and when they are gone, they will go in and steal everything they have.
►They threatened to harm the family personally.
►They set up barricades on the path leading to their home and church. This was done three times, but Pastor Matius and his wife simply tore it down every time, refusing to allow fear to control them.

Trail leading to the home and
church of Pastor Matius.

►The police and several local community leaders came to them and asked them to stop the church services. They asked them to stop the church because they were afraid that not only would the community form a mob and attack the congregation, they may also attack police station and the government leaders’ homes and offices for allowing a church in their community.

Pastor Matius and his wife, with their combined weight of 200 LB, have stood up to this community’s persecution, risking harm to themselves and the loss of their property for the glory of God and the expansion of His Kingdom.

Because of their persistence, faithfulness, and courage, Pastor Matius now has 5 churches in the surrounding region.  He and many others like him are a tremendous inspiration to the believers throughout his region and the world.

Pastor Matius is in desperate need of a second-hand motorcycle ($600-700). He is unable to spend adequate time with the 5 churches, since he either must walk a long distance or continually borrow motorcycles from other people.

If you would like to donate toward a motorcycle for Pastor Matius, or other pastors and church-planters in this area, please let us know and we will get you a picture of the pastor with the motorcycle that you help to purchase. Donations of $5, $10, $50, or more are very much welcomed and appreciated.


Posted January 8, 2018
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