We’ve been working along side a pastor from Venezuela, here to raise a church. Readers of this blog have been following our journey for two years, though I’ve not strung the posts together to tell the whole story.
This church plant is called a parachute drop. We’ve “dropped in” from the outside, observing the culture, dreaming about God’s plan for us, and building our social networks from scratch.
We are working with immigrants from another country who moved here to work among fellow immigrants and locals.
We are in a high density urban zone neighborhood of 65,000 people that has 7 churches, of which 6 are under 100 in size.
Notice how many people that suggests do not attend church on Sunday (statistics here are hard to come by, particularly those that commute out of their neighborhood to other churches).
Even if we could reach 1%, that’s still 650 people.
The story so far:
We’ve had a few false starts, but have finally built a core group of about 13 families that has been meeting weekly in pastor’s apartment. We’ve been gathering for fellowship, fun, and some teaching. This core group has become our social network and emotional support system.
Along the way, we’ve had baptisms of new believers, and lots of active discipling. We are in a sense, training the future leaders of his congregation. We’ve given ourselves away in servant projects, retreats, and meeting each others needs as the Lord provides.
Funding at 40% of budget
We are doing this with no funding other than missionary support and tent making.
For example, I sell my ebooks on church hospitality at my other website and get some income speaking at other churches.40 Your partnership with financial help through PRMI enables us to serve here as well.
Our current reality is that pledged support each month and expected product sales is only at 40% of our need.
We’ve still got a lot of fundraising and new product development to do.
Most Recent Growth
That core group of mostly new Christians met for over a year in an apartment.
We stepped out in faith after one year and rented a hotel room for a Sunday.
We paid for 30 people ($500 to rent).
75 people attended the first gathering a few weeks ago, way beyond our expectations.
We’ve received almost enough provision to rent the hotel room again for our next service which will be June 20.
Your partnership matters
We keep praying that we’ll make an impact where we live, planting a church that plants churches.
It’s not easy work by any means. We’ve walked through seasons of stress like we never had before. But in the end, is it worth it? By all means.
Your partnership not only helps us in this church plant, but is helping us train other pastors and leaders throughout Panama and Latin America.
As we step into the summer, would you consider making a gift or joining our team on a monthly basis?
- $500 provides rental of a hotel room for one service.
- $500 provides an airline ticket to give training in another country.
- $250 provides training for a church in a evening meeting.
- $700 provides health insurance for one month for our family.
- $100 provides a month’s access to virtual training for pastors around the world via the internet.
Dowload the Donor Response form to print out and mail to PRMI, or work through the steps of donating on line.
I’m working on a simple paypal button from PRMI, but for now, you’ll have to use ACS.