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By David Townsley
The great missionary the Apostle Paul gave
his life to plant churches around the known
world. Concerning the church plant at
Ephesus, he said, But I will tarry at Ephesus
until Pentecost. For a great door and
effectual is opened unto me, and there are
many adversaries (1 Corinthians 16:8–9).

permission to have a low-power FM
radio station! This opportunity would
mean we could broadcast the Gospel 24
hours a day for a distance of three to five
miles. However, not having the money or
knowledge to construct a radio station, we
waited on the Lord.

A younger Christian would probably think
that since seeing people saved and starting
churches is a good thing, most
people will then be saved
and churches will grow and
grow. Yet, this is not the way
missions works. Paul was
saying that the opportunity to
minister was great, but there
were enemies working against
the new church plant in Ephesus. In Acts
chapter 19, Paul tells of battling false
prophets, strong occult worship, and the
envious silversmith guild. He summarized
this as I have fought with beasts at Ephesus
(1 Corinthians 15:32). However, behind
these enemies is the devil as a roaring lion
who deceives and devours. It is as if the
devil can sense opportunity and rushes to
oppose God’s church-building work.

Then in late February, I had to take my
wife to the emergency room because of
numbness and spasms in her
arms. She increasingly lost
strength in her arms, while
losing control to muscle
spasms. At the same time, the
wife of a key couple in the
church began having seizures.

For the next year, I struggled
to find answers to what was happening
to my wife. Through the Lord’s leading,
we eventually got a diagnosis of Lyme’s
disease. The following year, my wife and
I traveled to a special clinic in Scottsdale,
Arizona, for one month of specialized
treatment. God used this so my wife could
turn the corner on her health and begin a
slow recovery.

In February 2014, God gave us the Federal
Communications Commission’s (FCC)
8 Reseeding America – Spring 2020
God brought an older couple to the church
in early 2015 who put us in contact with
the Fundamental Broadcasting Network