The American church is enamored with numbers, edifices, programs, dollars and quantity of congregational members. Christ however didn't go forth to reach the world, focusing on his specific calling that being Israel.
Jesus indeed told his disciples to "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel" (Mark 16:15), commissioning them to "seek and save the lost" (Luke 19:10).
Yet Jesus Himself left the 99 to win the 1 lost soul....so it's not always about "how many" ....souls, converts, buildings, etc.
Paul in a prison was writing epistles, which today after he is long gone continue to touch hearts, win souls and change lives.
God's method is men, but ministry can be done through many means and methods.
Edgar Allen Poe died a drunk, not knowing the greatness of his writings that would outlive him and touch the world.
Imagine the saint who led Billy Graham to Christ. It's not always about quantity.
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