In October, FMI’s board of directors voted to expand partnerships into two more countries: Kenya and Turkey. For over 30 years, FMI has used an empowerment model to equip and support Christians in hard-to-access nations.
Expanding to Kenya and Turkey
FMI is in the process of establishing national leadership teams in both countries. These teams oversee local partnerships, mentor new church planters, and assist in ministry progress evaluations. FMI plans to start supporting church planters and pastors in Kenya as early as 2020. However, partnerships in Turkey are still in the development stage.
FMI’s charter restricts the ministry to partnerships in countries where Christians are a minority population or are severely impoverished and struggle to support local ministry work.
“It’s in these hard places where we come alongside the church planters. People that God has already been raising up, people who are trained and say ‘hey, we want to come alongside you in those early years of church planting so that you don’t get discouraged, you don’t lose heart or quit ministry’,” says Bruce Allen, executive international director for FMI.
FMI also considers each country’s need and the opportunities for local partnerships when evaluating a country as a potential ministry match. For example, Allen has had a personal ministry in Kenya for years, providing ample contacts for FMI’s partnership.
“We’re ecstatic that, okay, here are two areas: Turkey is considered the world’s largest unreached nation with the Gospel and Kenya is, while it’s considered a Christian majority nation, nominalism is rampant,” Allen explains.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Bethann Flynn