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The Preface

January 8, 2010

The Home Missions Chronicles

by Martyn Ballestero


Every story here is true. I have been there. Nothing is made up or exaggerated.

This is written knowing that it is easy to sit on comfortable pews and enjoy wonderful worship, tremendous music and excellent preaching.

Having “Good Church” is often taken for granted in larger assemblies and it’s easy to get upset and even apologize when the quality of the service does not come up to expectations.

Yet, every service of every week, churches all across this country, worship in conditions that might discourage, depress or even appall some. And yet new ones keep on getting the Holy Ghost in their churches. The saints all sing loud because they know every voice is important. They understand the concept, if they don’t do it, it won’t get done.

Some have church members, who might only be used as 3rd or 4th string help in a bigger church, often play lead roles in smaller ones. The pastor and has wife may not be musically gifted. To them, that’s not as important as having a burden for souls. Because a call and a burden is all they need. Many successful churches have been started without music.

Some of the Greatest Heroes “Ever” in the Kingdom of God, are Home Missions Pastors. My hat is off to them. I truly honor them. Remember this, EVERY church started out as a Home Missions church.

They more often than not live their lives in conditions that would be repulsive to many. Yet they smile, grit their teeth, and keep on doing what they can. They covet your prayers.

To help you remember what it’s like, let me take you on a small tour of Home Missions in America. These are real places. I know, I was there!

Welcome to Home Missions

Zech 4:10

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Austin Hall permalink
    January 9, 2010 5:22 am

    Elder Ballestero, I really enjoyed both stories about home missions. You painted a very easy to read picture that touched my heart. You helped remind me that winning souls is the main thing. God Bless. Bro. Austin Hall

  2. January 9, 2010 11:30 am

    Dear Bro.Ballestero,

    Thanks so much for this website I have saved it to my favorites. I enjoyed the stories about the homemisson life , for My Husband and I have often thought that other people need to know some of those true life experiences, for we have started two churches ..but if you dont love people and have a passion for lost souls it wont last very long…I have heard you preach at bro.Holmes the last few years since we have moved back in Louisiana from are truly an inspiration to us of us who need encouragement. Thanks for all you do and for Living For the Lord so Happily! you see more and more people that live for God but have lost there joy and happiness, my husband has always taught our family they its a choice rather to be happy or be down in the dumps. we pastor a new work of two years old, in Bastrop,Lousiana andwould love to have you come and hold a revival …If you would come sometime please let us know, We would treat you like a king in our hospitality..

    God Bless,

  3. brandonhartzell permalink
    January 12, 2010 11:55 am

    Fabulous! Love it! Well written, accurate, and touching. Hopefully you publish this in book form one day.

  4. Bro. Westbrook permalink
    December 16, 2011 5:11 pm

    These chronicles have given me a new respect for the ones who have cleared a path for my generation. At 19 years old I can’t hold a candle to what these great men and women have sacrificed for me and my peers. Im so proud to be Apostolic.

  5. Matthew Stokley permalink
    August 27, 2013 10:01 pm

    Dear Brother Ballestero,
    I just wanted to take a moment and share with you how much each of these testimonies blessed me. Thanks for writing!

  6. Sis Ann permalink
    February 20, 2014 9:04 am

    I had just read the Preface and is about to read the Chronicles. My soul yearns to read true stories like these. . .and for me to be more inspired of my dreams in the Lord’s ministry. Thank you, Brother Ballestero for sharing what you’ve witnessed.

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