I think the church and established mission groups have dampened peoples desire to go out and share the Gospel. I had a bookcase of stories of people, men and women who felt led to go out and their church or mission board said no, they were not trained enough. Then they went out on their own, and did amazing things following the Spirit's leading. My husband and I, also tried to go out with a mission's board, but we're rejected. We went out on our own, with our own money, for a few weeks at a time, and with our children, and with friends, and met local people in the other countries who wanted to go out and witness also and helped them do it, as they could speak the local language, and help us in relating. I think if more stories like this went out, more people would be inspired to go out. Including those in house churches. House churches work well in most countries.
Hi sister in Christ, this is a needful topic and worthy of a separate thread. At your leisure, if we may indulge upon your kindness, please click the + button by your name at the page top. Then press 'Discussion' and open a new topic in the mission - evangelism or church planting area. And paste this same story there. Thank you much.
Actually, I know of more than one person who are members here who also went out on their own, just as you and your family did. It somehow reminded me of these incidents of rejection:
In 1934 at the age of 16, Billy Graham was turned down for membership in a local youth group because he was "too worldly."
After graduating from Sharon High School in May 1936, Graham attended Bob Jones College. After one semester, he found it too legalistic in both coursework and rules. He was almost expelled, but Bob Jones Sr. warned him not to throw his life away: “At best, all you could amount to would be a poor country Baptist preacher somewhere out in the sticks. . .