2017 Update & Vision for 2018
Dear Friends and Co-workers,
I am writing this update in the final days of the year 2017. Gayle and I pray that each of you will have a Heaven-blessed Christmas and a wonderful new year!
God truly did some amazing things in 2017 through the ministry of Barnabas1040. By God’s grace we were able to add several more national church planters in the countries we already work in, as well as expand into some new countries.
Here is brief overview of what God has done with this ministry in just the first 3 years:
2015: We were supporting a handful of church planters in Cambodia and Laos.
In October of 2015, I left the church I was pastoring in Southern California in order to
dedicate my full attention to Barnabas1040.
2016: We added several national church planters in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal,
India, and China.
2017: We sold our home in California and relocated to China. We added 3 new countries and
several new church planters. We added Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Pakistan to the list of
countries we were already working in.
As I write this end of the year letter, we are investing thousands of dollars each month in supporting dozens of national church planters in 11 Asian countries, and it is all done by faith! Every day somewhere within the 10/40 Window, there are buddhists, atheists, animists and muslims who are finding Christ.
In addition to our ministry of locating, vetting and supporting national church planters, we also have the privilege of living in China in what I believe to be one of the most opportune times of history. We are seeing amazing things happen as so many young adults are genuinely seeking the peace that can only be found in a relationship with their Creator and Savior. I am not at liberty to say more about this in print, but please know that we are genuinely grateful to be living here “for such a time as this”.
New Ministry in 2018:
As we go into 2018 we are planning to add another dimension to the Barnabas1040 ministry. I sense a need to come alongside faithful missionaries in this difficult part of the world and provide resources for teaching, training and challenging nationals in the biblical mandate of reaching their own people for Christ.
In some cases, centuries of foreign missions has had the unintended consequence of producing many converts who believe that it is only the foreigners who are able do the work of soul winning and church planting.
I am planning on conducting “Soul Winning/Church Planting” conferences in some of the more unreached countries of Asia in the hopes that by using national pastors to teach and preach, it will encourage other young men that they can also be spiritual leaders. Most conferences in this part of the world only use foreign speakers. I think it would inspire more local people to step out by faith if they hear the stories of God’s blessings upon their own people.
Please pray with me for wisdom on this new endeavor. I am convinced that if we hope to penetrate the satanic strongholds of the 10/40 Window, we must empower locals to reach their own people. I have already scheduled one conference in a restricted access nation, and hope to sponsor at least one more in 2018. In this conference we will feature preaching and teaching by local missionaries and local pastors from their own country.
If there are any likeminded IFB missionaries reading this update that would be interested in hosting a conference like this in your country, please contact me.
In conclusion, I want to say thank you to those who pray for and financially support my wife and I personally, or the Barnabas1040 ministry. We could not be living and serving in Asia without you. We know that it is entirely by His grace that He has raised up the churches and individuals that partner with us. Not a day goes by that we do not thank God for you!