In your seven years in ministry, what are some challenges you have faced, and what has God taught you through the challenges?
Ah… the most great thing which God has taught me through the challenges which I have come across, is like always, we need to depend upon Him. And always, we need to trust Him, no matter how tough it goes.
Ah, and also, whenever we try to shift our focus from God, and we focus maybe on other people, we focus on other things… our life spiritual also goes down. And God always need that, as we are serving Him, always, we need to depend upon Him, 100%, always need to trust Him and always we need to see Him!
Because there is a time when, I do go into tough time, and tough situation, and sometimes I do think of people say “Ah! Maybe go to such person, and such person maybe will help me and will come.” But even those people you think that are going to help, sometimes they disappoint you. Even maybe some of the people whom you do think, “Ah! I think that guy, if I will explain my situation, he will maybe will comfort me,” and the very same person will maybe bring some pain in your life.
So through these situations, all that I have come across, it’s like ah! I think God is [teaching us] that we need to depend upon Him always. And also He need that [if] we have maybe successful life, we need to bring glory to Him. All this happen because of God Himself.
In your ministry, what do you think are the most difficult challenges?
For me, ah, the greatest challenge… you come a time, when you are committed to serve the Lord, but you find that… maybe you don’t have the… all the necessities, all the materials, and skills.
And also you find that even the people whom you are serving—they are not responding to the word of God. And you find that you are trying your ever best to say, “Ah! I think this is what I’m doing,” but you find that the people, they are responding negatively. So it becomes a little bit tough, you say, “What can I do?”
Also as I’ve said say, maybe you are committed to serve, but you don’t have the material. You don’t have the tools to use when you are serving—it’s also a little bit, difficult. Like, you find that in a church, even the people cannot even manage to have Bibles.
And even yourself as a pastor, because… as you are preaching, [you] really depend that God will going to… to give that support. You find that in the village, you live in a situation whereby… you don’t know who support you! Because you know that, ah! I am going to get this support from these members, because I am serving them spiritually, so they need to support me physically.
But! Those members, whom you are depending upon or you are… expecting that they are going to support you, they also seeking support from you, physically. So it becomes a little bit, difficult, and, yeah.
Sometimes you find that you can be committed, but… because maybe you have a family also, you need to be… to be supported, it’s very easy for you to be a half-time pastor. And you can be committed to serve the Lord, and also you have another work to do, so that maybe you can, I can support my family.
At the moment you do that, you find that… your life is… you are not really 100% committed to serve the Lord. Yeah, so it’s like, you are trying this another hand, and also you have ministry in another hand… ah. So it’s become tough.