I was doing some surfing on the net today.. nothing serious, just some casual looking here and there when I ran across this story posted on Trevin Wax's blog. It is the story of how a church in Romania brought down communism and the incredible courage and conviction they had to disciple their people and reach out to those around them. As I read it, I remembered a man our church in Lubbock adopted, a Romanian architect who became the lay pastor of his church in Romania when the communists arrested his pastor. I remember several stories this lay pastor shared with us, like his wife "knitting" in the window of their apartment to keep a watchful eye for secret service agents while they had Bible study. We helped him get a seminary education in the states so that he would be "qualified" to teach in the communist controlled seminaries in his country (In an effort to weed out dissent, the government required anyone teaching in the seminary to have a degree. They forgot to mention what kind of seminary.) One of our members owned a semi-truck, and we bought furniture for this brave pastor and his family and shipped it to Southeastern Seminary for him to pursue his education.
Read this story on Trevin's blog. It is inspiring and will deepen your commitment to the cause of Christ.