I'm currently in the hill country of Pennsylvania somewhere speaking at a Wee Kirk Conference. Wee Kirk Conference is a conference sponsored by Presbyterians for Renewal to renew and encourage pastors and leaders from Wee Kirks. Wee Kirks are churches with less than 200 members.
One of the reasons why I love speaking at these Wee Kirk Conferences is because this is where I get to meet some of my heroes and heroines. I will never forget the pastor I met in the Northwest Wee Kirk Conference in Idaho. He is a pastor of a small fishing village in Alaska with a town population of 120. He serves a church with less than 15 members. There are no roads that lead to his town. The only way to get there is by boat or sea plane. They are completely isolated. He's been the pastor there for over 25 years.
When I heard his story, I asked him, "Man! How do you do it? You are completely isolated from everything. What keeps you going?"
And his reply was, "If I am not there, who will go? Those people deserve to know that God loves them."
Man, I tell you what. These folks have something in them that I just don't have. Many of them come from small churches in small towns where there is very little hope of growing the church. And yet they are there, faithfully serving God and His people.
When we get to heaven, I am convinced that they will be at the head of the table.