As time and Internet access permit, Minister of Missions John King is providing reports on the activities of Temple’s three-man team that is working with church planters in South Asia. Here is his report on Day 3 of their trip.
Our first few days in South Asia have flown by. On Sunday, we arrived in the capital city at 1:30 a.m. and took a ride to a major tourist site. Then we hopped on a train for a few hours and headed to our strategic focus city (G-town).
Yesterday (Monday) and today, we spend the bulk of our time training local church planters in a model of evangelism, discipleship, and church planting called the Four Fields. The concept is pretty cool. Since most of these guys grew up in agricultural contexts, the best way for them to understand church planting is with a farming metaphor. So we teach them how to prepare the field (prayer), sow seed (evangelism), tend to the crops (discipleship), gather the crops (church starting), and repeat the process. The response has been amazing! With our first group, we started with the process of starting churches, since the participants have already done the first three parts. The most exciting part of the whole process has been talking to brothers, like G., who has started three groups since beginning the training, one of which is a fully functioning local church!
Another blessing has been working with our local partner here, R. He is a pastor of a local church in G-town, and he and his wife have been great hosts. (She even made fried chicken for lunch today!) During our spare time, we have been meeting about how Temple can be involved in helping R. and his church reach the million or so unreached people in this city.
Please pray for the 15 church planters we commissioned today at the end of our training program. Ask the Lord to go before them and prepare the hearts of people they will serve. Several of the church planters have endured major hardship recently, as well. Pray for healing for G. (mouth infection), another brother, S., whose wife is badly sick, and A., whose family is in the middle of a major conflict. Ask the Lord to keep them free from distraction and focused to continue their task of engaging the lost in villages all across this state!