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From Soujourners
December 20, 2017

Waiting for God in Sanctuary

At 4:45 a.m., Pastor José Chicas logs onto Facebook Live to lead his scattered congregation in prayer. Before the darkness lifts, most of his faithful will be on their way to work, carrying in their spirits that flame kindled in the early morning glow of a back-lit screen. With Christians around the world this Advent, they wait in hope for Emmanuel, “God with us.” But after logging off, Pastor José is alone again. Since entering the School for Conversion on Jun. 27, he has not left the small house where he lives on church property in Durham, N.C.