Planting churches in the midst of danger. Pastor Odona
He’s willing to pay the price for the sake of the gospel
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?”
— Luke 14:28
Pastor Odona knows there’s a cost to being a Christian leader, particularly in a country like the Central African Republic that is hostile to those who preach the gospel.
But despite the inherent danger, he continues to share Christ with his neighbors whose lives have been turned upside down by the violence.
“Please pray for the liberation of my country, and for believers who are discouraged,” he says unselfishly. And we might add…please remember to pray for Pastor Odona as well.
God Bless You Sir In Christ Jesus! Amen!
Hunted by rebels
From the very moment they invaded the region, the rebels have had Pastor Odona in their crosshairs.
Several close calls were reported, including the time his family barely escaped before the radicals plundered his house and then occupied it. Only after an imam warned them that “this is the house of a servant of God and you will be cursed if you don’t leave” did they vacate the premises.
Until security has been restored, Pastor Odona does not dare bring his family back into the home. Instead, they’ve secretly gone to live with other believers throughout the region.
“Our life has been totally disrupted,” he says. “My wife and I live at another pastor’s house with our youngest son. Our other children have been scattered amongst other pastors.”
Planting churches in the midst of danger
But Pastor Odona is not budging.
Instead, he’s fighting back in the only way he knows how — by planting a group of churches right in the middle of the rebels’ stronghold.
“Risking everything is worth it,” he says. Christ is worth it. And his neighbors are worth it. That’s why he’ll never slow down, until every last person in his village has heard about this person called Jesus who died for them.
Thank You Jesus.
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