Here, we invest a lot in individuals. One family of six moved away from us last month and we really felt that. Vicki and I had worked with the husband and wife for 10 years. When they came, they were not even faithful in attendance. When they left, they were both teaching evangelistic studies, he was preaching and teaching Bible class and home group studies. There is a church where they moved to — his hometown — but he said if that congregation wasn’t faithful or good for their family, he felt confident enough to begin another in their home. (So far, they seem to be fitting in at the congregation.) So we gave thanks to the Lord that we had been able in a small way, together with others, to help bring them to that point.
But it’s usually a slow process, no big numbers or fancy footwork.