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On the Sunday before Easter I was speaking in Helston in Cornwall, one of our Celtic cousins and not dissimilar to Wales.  It is twenty years since I first preached there to twenty people in a run-down community centre.  The struggling church plant had been augmented that morning by a small Pentecostal group that normally met in a room in the Town Hall, but overnight someone had put super-glue in the lock, so they couldn’t get in.

Twenty years later I was doing leadership training for leadership teams from the ten or so churches that have been planted from Helston, in Penzance, St Austell, Truro…, or by the plants themselves, in Hayle, Falmouth, Pool…  The leaders were young, enthusiastic and full of faith.  On the Saturday evening I spoke at a men’s event to over 150 men.  The building we met in was theirs, new, and being used to serve the community and as a bridge for the gospel to cross.  Together the churches number nearly a thousand people, hundreds of them having been converted in the two decades.  It was impressive, to say the least.

Inevitably, I scratched my head and asked what they had done right!  Was it the prayer and fasting?  Was it that the converts had joined churches where being evangelistically active was taken as normal?  Was it that they had been involved in their communities in dozens of ways?  Was it the quality of my preaching and teaching annually?  [That is called scraping the barrel … and not to be taken seriously!]  Was it God being faithful to leaders who had been full of faith, faithfulness, sacrifice, vision, passion for church planting… and they certainly are.  Or was it God working in a neglected backwater, infamous for witches, to show His glory, where none can take credit?  Or was it a mixture of all but one of them?

Whatever the explanation, when will it be us?

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