We sat down, and he began to pour out the story. That morning, many (around 20) began gathering for our service. Kennedy’s father (Nicholas) came out in a rage and began driving the people off of the property, telling them that there would be no service on his land. Kennedy stood up against his father, and it became very intense. Kennedy told me later, “I said some bitter words to my father, and now I must go and make things right.” He is growing so much!
His father then told him that if he went through with these services and the beginning of a Baptist church, that he would be forced off the land which belongs to Nicholas. Because Kennedy and Sharon built their home on that land, they would also lose their home. Imagine what it must feel like to be rejected by your own father. If you look close enough at the picture, you can see the deep hurt.
Kennedy told us that we should continue with the service, even though there were only around 12 of us there. We agreed! God blessed our service in such an unusual way! How we sensed His sweet presence, as the Word of God was opened to Matthew 10 and we discovered:
- We are not to fear mortal men but God
- God will take better care for us than He does the sparrows that fly
- If we are faithful to declare His truth from the housetops, we can expect persecution
- Christ didn’t come to send peace, but to bring such division by truth that it would set a father at variance with his own son
- Our greatest enemies can be those of our own household
- God is calling us to follow His Son which includes picking up our cross
- If we lay down our life for the Gospel sake, we will be saving it
God gave the passage so clearly, and the people were deeply encouraged. Kennedy told us that he will most likely be forced off of the land. We will do some praying about this, but it seems like the best thing we can do is take some Christmas money, a few workers, and build a Christmas home for this family that have surrendered their lives. Not once did Kennedy suggest his need of help, but with their great poverty, the thought of building a new house in a month is nearly impossible for them.