Acts 8:1-8 from today's readings shows the incredible fruitfulness of the early Church. "That day a bitter persecution started against the church in Jerusalem, and everyone except the apostles fled to the country districts of Judaea and Samaria. .. Those who had escaped went from place to place preaching the Good News. One of them was Philip who went to a Samaritan town and proclaimed the Christ to them. The people united in welcoming the message Philip preached .. there was great rejoicing in that town."
A brilliant example of how they managed to flourish despite adversity. Could it be that the persecution of Christians from the murderous actions of ISIS and the suffocating restrictions of secularists can bring about a similarly surprising growth? That would be amazing, and is something to pray for fervently and works towards with evangelical zeal!