I’m going to say something that you won’t hear many missionaries say… I want you to close your Bible.
Cross-cultural church planting is exactly like raising children. Okay, maybe they are not exactly alike.
As I reflect on how parenting and church planting are the same (and different), two very important aspects come to mind.
How do you move in with a people that have no concept of a caring God and hope to see a thriving church established? You do so with the support of church planting consultants equipped with a New Testament model which examines the health and vitality of a church from four different perspectives.
Our founders were men who said things like “By unflinching determination we will hazard all” for the cause of Christ — and they proved they meant it.
Our founders had a vision for reaching the world.
Tim Whatley shares how God used tragedy in the lives of missionaries Steve and Linda Rosengren to birth a church among the Wana people, and how the Wana church is now taking to gospel to others, despite facing tragedy themselves.
Tim Whatley recounts just one of the many times that God showed His powerful hand, and spared his daughter’s life.
As I rub shoulders with missionaries around this world, I am often brought to tears. Their testimonies of incredible obstacles, and yet pressing forward in obedience to God’s call to reach the unreached of this world, are overwhelming.