Village churches are really excited when a missionary comes to their church. They even feel privileged when this happens. What they do not understand is that we, the missionaries, are the ones that are privileged!
When the pastor introduced me as the preacher, he explained that I was his teacher at AGST. I told the congregation that what the pastor did not know was that I was there to administer his final exam for the course. Pastor Benson had a very worried look on his face at this point in time. I explained that since the class was all about pastoring, I would let them (the congregation) tell me how he was doing. By this time the pastor was beginning to melt under the building pressure. I simply asked them to vote by hand-clapping, and cheering if he was a good pastor, or by their silence if he was a bad pastor. You would have thought the Dallas Cowboys had just made a touchdown when I said, “vote”. The Pastor’s look turned from that of worry and concern, to that of utter joy! Truly, he is a very good student!
Matthew 16:18 (ESV) And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.