Having grown up in Ghana, Pastor Kingsley is no stranger to poverty, but the slums of Jakarta took his breath away.
“The level of poverty was overwhelming,” he recalls. “But then to see what Compassion has done to bring life and hope to these people was extremely challenging; so vivid and real.”
Pastor Kingsley Appiagyei has a huge ministry, to say the least.
His CV includes being Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in West Norwood AN INFECTIOUS OUTPOURING OF LOVE (with over 2,000 members);
overseeing 18 church plants around the world; a year as President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain in 2009; not to mention an extensive preaching ministry and numerous outreach projects.
But Pastor Kingsley was humbled by the heart of the pastors he met in Indonesia and their infectious outpouring of love.
“Indonesia is 80% Muslim, and the Christians are only eight per cent, but the harmony that exists is amazing. And the other thing we can learn from them is that you don’t need millions to do church.
You just need a genuine heart and a passion and love for Jesus. “It’s not about money. It’s not about how sophisticated your buildings are.
The buildings we saw [in Indonesia] were nothing to write home about, but their passion for Jesus, and the joy to see the poor helped, is so infectious.”
I am determined to do more for Him this year, but I am minded that the Bible also said that it is not by might nor by power but by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).
Spirit-led works will not result in us being tired or lead to frustration. God will always empower us with strength to fulfil His will and good pleasure, but we must remember that everything we do must be about Him, not about being seen or noticed.
True faith will always be backed up by good works, which are the evidence of a life surrendered to Christ. Someone once called works the ‘proof in the pudding, the visible result of being justified by faith.’ Let’s live a life of service that is bowed low before Him.
AN INFECTIOUS OUTPOURING OF LOVE It doesn’t matter whether people notice what we do, what matters is that our Father is glorified in the process. In this place, you will always find rest. God bless you.
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