Some words from a friend's letter, after returning from a country in Asia:
"[Here's] what ‘church’ means to Christians in that country. They take it immensely seriously. It’s not a question of “I might go to church if I can” but “Of course I meet with other believers … if I can”. The main thing that stops them meeting together is persecution – eg unbelieving family members making it impossible. They always begin meetings with a meal, then pray about each others’ needs. Each week they talk about who they’ve spoken with about Jesus, and pray for them. They sing – but only whispering, because they mustn’t be found out. That’s why every week, they meet in a different place, at a different time, lest someone finds out and reports them. The Bible teaching alternates between a sermon and a bible study."
Grateful for what we've got? Do we value church like that?