Missionary Thought He was a Failure


If you like most people, you want your efforts in life to count for something. 84 years later thriving churches are found hidden in the jungle where medical missionary Dr. William Leslie ministered to tribal people.
Land for the Vanga mission was first cleared in 1912
Story By Mark Ellis

After crossing the Kwilu in 1912, medical missionary Dr. William Leslie went to live and minister to tribal people in a remote corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After 17 years he returned to the U.S. a discouraged man – believing he failed to make an impact for Christ. He died nine years after his return.

But in 2010, a team led by Eric Ramsey with Tom Cox World Ministries made a shocking and sensational discovery. They found a network of reproducing churches hidden like glittering diamonds in the dense jungle across the Kwilu River from Vanga, where Dr. Leslie was stationed.

Mission Aviation Fellowship pilot, Ramsey and his team flew east from Kinshasa to Vanga…  They then hiked a mile to the Kwilu River and used dugout canoes to cross the half-mile-wide expanse. Then they hiked with backpacks another 10 miles into the jungle before they reached the first village of the Yansi people.

“When we got in there, we found a network of reproducing churches, eight in all, throughout the jungle,” Ramsey reports. “Each village had its own gospel choir, although they wouldn’t call it that,” he notes. “They wrote their own songs and would have sing-offs from village to village.”

The team even found a 1000-seat stone “cathedral” in one of the villages. He learned that this church got so crowded in the 1980s – with many walking miles to attend — that a church planting movement began in the surrounding village…

The whole story will bless you and it’s amazing what they found next. Go Here for details.

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