When a new church body in rural regions grows past 80 believers, it is too large to gather in a pastor’s home. Finding a place to meet is difficult; villages rarely have a large enough building available for rent, and in towns where one may be available, Christians are often not permitted to lease it.
Having a place of worship is important for several reasons. In the most basic sense, it provides believers with protection from the extreme winters, and scorching summers in the region. Shelter is especially important during the prolonged monsoon season, during which 80 percent of annual rainfall occurs.