A CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT
by Dr. David Robbins
On my recent tour of Asia, I spent 10 days
in South Asia. Advancing Indigenous
Missions was birthed here in 2001
when a Leadership Seminar (LS) was
conducted in the capital. Pastor Swapon had started the Faith Bible Center (FBC) just a
few years earlier.
Swapon had completed over two decades of effective
church-planting partnerships with the Swedish Baptists
among the tribes of this country. Then the Lord called
him to change directions completely. The Spirit of
God laid it on his heart to begin church planting
among the majority people.
Fellow pastors close to Swapon were horrified. "No one
will support you. None of the people will respond
to the Gospel. Don't be so foolish. Your life will be in
constant danger. They will kill you."
However Swapon knew that the Lord had called him to
lead a new mission with the focus of planting churches among the majority people.
Keith Peters, John Crozier and I traveled to the northwest part of the country
for the Annual FBC Staff Retreat with 86 church pastors
and planters. During the 4 days of LS due deliberation
concluded that the 200 churches (a minimum of 20
believers is considered a church) that have been planted
will increase with the planting of 40 new churches in
the next 12 months. Sister Rachel immediately spoke
with the conviction that 40 are not enough. This country
will not be reached with only 40 churches being
planted each year.
Over 100 churches have been planted among the majority people.
They are coming to faith in Christ and
reaching their own villages.
Would you like to be a part of this church planting
movement? Would you like to mobilize prayer and
partner with this ministry? Commonly a missionary will
plant several churches in just a few years with support
from a prayer team and about $150/month. Many are
planting churches without the necessary linking to
Canadian connections. Will you volunteer to reach these people promptly with ideal messengers?
See Romans 10:14, 15. Would you pray about joining
this church planting movement by
providing one-third, two-thirds or full support for
a missionary family?
posted on April 18, 2018