On one of the islands where I work, there are hundreds of unfinished churches in various stages of completion. Sometimes the money ran out. Sometimes the supporters went a different direction. Sometimes the churches are simply still under construction.
The first time I preached at the church pictured above, they apologized profusely for the state of their church. There were doorways without doors, wires dangled where lighting once was or eventually will be, and exposed rebar adorned the roof.
I told them not to worry as I snapped a picture of the church. I said, “I think it’s a beautiful picture of the kingdom of God. The kingdom has begun, but it’s still being built.”
- Mike, CBF field personnel serving in Southeast Asia