What are the essentials of church-planting? Faith, perseverance, trust in God, hope, love, neighborliness: all of these things and more could make the list. But as Bruce Allen of FMI points out, church-planters need practical resources, too.
That’s why their 2020 plans focus on equipping believers around the globe with Scripture and other resources, especially in hard-to-reach places.
Take Indonesia. In 2019, Mission Network News followed changes in the country, including the decision to move Indonesia’s capital and the demographic challenges facing the country’s many islands. This year, FMI’s Bruce Allen says they are “looking to continue expansion across Indonesia, adding additional church planters, and perhaps even beginning to develop partnerships on a new island, the island of Sumatra.”
Although there is some Christian activity on Sumatra, many villages have no churches. The Bible has been translated into the local language, so the tools are available, “but we need to facilitate and mobilize church workers to do that.”
FMI is also looking at expansion into Turkey, Kenya, Pakistan, Bangladesh and many other countries. They’re also planning on focusing on equipping church-planters.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Alex Anhalt
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for church-planting plans around the world in 2020.
- Ask God if He wants you to support FMI’s work in 2020 and beyond.
- Thank Him for the success of FMI’s work in 2019.