Like so many missionaries in closed countries, Aaron and Beth’s* daily lives look different from those of traditional church planters in other parts of the world. The challenges are monumental, and the work can seem to progress at a slow pace. But their consistent effort and creative approach are steadily making inroads into their community.
Jesus urged his disciples to count the cost of following him, concluding with the words, “Anyone of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33, ESV). Most of us haven’t paid a very high price for our faith, but in the Central Asian country where Encompass missionaries Dan and Ellen1 serve, it’s not an overstatement to say that when people decide to follow Jesus, they lose everything.