When Prison Leads to Church Planting

Here’s a powerful story of how God is working through an effective strategy. How much God loves to turn the tables on Satan!
Gorshan is a pastor in a large Asian nation. He’s an active and highly effective church planter.

The authorities arrested Gorshan and threw him in prison. There his interrogators demanded, “What evil things are you teaching? Who sent you?” “How much are you paying our villages to become Christian?”

They pressured him greatly. The jailers couldn’t believe that whole villages would willingly give up their gods. He had to be paying them! But Gorshan remained faithful.

Finally, about 10:00 in the evening, they released him, but not without a stern warning: “You will NOT travel to other villages and you will NOT start more churches! We will be watching you closely … unless you wish to be imprisoned again.”

Gorshan complied, but now with a new, different approach. Remaining in his home village, he began to train 22 lay leaders to share the gospel and plant churches in 45 villages, using “JESUS” and the End to End strategy!

Today he oversees ministry in those 45 villages—through the lay teams! Of the 45 villages, 40 have prayer groups or churches, with more being added. God turned the tables on Satan, using a travel and church-planting ban to multiply effectiveness!
And nearly all these lay leaders are young men and/or fathers. They are introducing hundreds to their Heavenly Father who sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to die in their place, offer forgiveness for sins, and give all who believe eternal life.
End to End is an incredibly effective partnership strategy that equips church planters like Gorshan to train others, show “JESUS” to unreached people, plant churches, and expand the kingdom of God. As they learn and grow in their faith, these leaders become like spiritual fathers, sharing the Word of God, praying for new believers, and strengthening churches.
~A story from JESUS Film Project