This month a team from Faith that Works and Calvary Church travel to the Horn of Africa to meet with our leaders there and host a conference for native pastors. By: Mike Sherman A pastor at Calvary Church in St. Peters, MO The Church is the community of all true believers in Christ: men, women and children made up of every nation, language, people, and group over all time, including all those who worship God in heaven. The Church is the body of Christ, with Jesus Himself as the Head of the body. There is one church, made up of individual, local bodies of believers who gather in a particular church to worship, to serve Christ, to learn and share truth of the Bible and to grow to full maturity together in Him. The church is to reach out to the lost, and to baptize those who turn in faith to Christ for salvation, welcoming them as new members of the church. That is how, standing in front of a group of village pastors in the Katsekera area of Malawi, our team began to talk about the church that we hold in common – even though we are separated by language, class, experience, oceans, and continents. What we share outweighs what separates. In February, a team consisting of Terri Stipanovich, Kim Wilson, Chad Myers - a pastor who serves alongside me at Calvary Church in St. Peters, MO, and I will have an opportunity to live out that reality again as we meet, pray with, learn from, and conduct training amid another part of Christ’s body far from us. This training will be in East Africa for pastors who minister largely amid a majority Muslim people group in the region. These pastors, representing another expression of the body of Christ, ministering among those who may be resistant or hostile to the message and messenger, share this truth with us. We will work together to equip pastors and other Christians, enabling them to help new believers grow in their faith and, in turn, disciple others. It is a work Christ has begun by His Holy Spirit, and we pray that He will continue to make this work fruitful in a very difficult area for the gospel and for His church. It brings to mind the words of the Belgic Confession concerning the Holy Catholic Church: And this holy church is preserved by God against the rage of the whole world, even though for a time it may appear very small to human eyes—as though it were snuffed out. However, it appears to our eyes – the reality of a sovereign God calling to Himself those who are open to the good news of the gospel is always accomplished by His power. As we go in February, please pray with us that the Apostle Paul’s words to the Ephesians are more fully lived out by His power – Ephesians 2:19-22 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. It is my hope and prayer that God will use us for His purposes in the East African church. It is also my hope and prayer that God will use the East African church for His purposes in us – so that the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 
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