Due to persecution, Dimitri's children were growing up without a church family. The nearest church was a three days journey. Dimitri answered the call to pastor his children in their home. He told bible stories and sang songs and prayed. Others in the neighborhood joined. The gathering grew until it caught the government's attention and the persecution began. Dimitri's response to being called a church is below! How ironic!
“How can you say that?” he argued. “I have no religious training. I am not a pastor. This is not a church building. We are just a group of family and friends getting together. All we are doing is reading and talking about the Bible, singing, praying and sometimes sharing what money we have to help out a poor neighbor. How can you call that a church?” Dimitri, The Insanity of God, by Nik Ripken
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