April 2016 Report
April was a busy month as we traveled over 3,500 miles preaching in churches all along the West Coast. I presented the Barnabas1040 ministry in 10 churches, 5 of which committed to begin support immediately. The other 5 churches were very positive, and I left hopeful that we will soon have the opportunity to labor together to present Christ to the world’s most unreached and unengaged peoples.
“Not boasting of…other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly…” 2 Corinthians 10:15
By God’s grace and through your giving we were able to make significant advances into Satan’s territory through our national church planters. In April we added couples in Indonesia, China and Laos. Each pastor we add lives on the same economic level as those he is reaching and works under the guidance of an IB missionary in the country.
People were saved, baptized and added to local churches in China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, India and Thailand. In a few weeks I will be meeting with home church planters in China, Vietnam and the Philippines for the purpose of training and vetting new pastors that we can add to our growing family of nationals reaching their own people for Christ.
As Gayle and I travel, we use the time to study Mandarin on CD. Many of you know that 30 years ago we lived in Hong Kong and studied Cantonese. Please pray for us as we attempt to make the switch to Mandarin in preparation for our move to China in April of 2017.
The month of May we are scheduled to present the ministry at several churches in Southern California. Our prayer is always that Christ will be exalted, God’s people will be edified and we will be allowed to partner with new churches to evangelize the nations. June will take us briefly to Oregon and then to Asia where we will spend the summer ministering in at least 3 Asian countries. If you would be interested in having us in to your church, I have a few open dates from September of 2016 through March of 2017.
As a person who was privileged to serve as a local church pastor for several decades, I know that it is important to have a good understanding of the financial policies of the missions projects supported by the church. Barnabas1040 is a local church ministry operating under the authority of Liberty Baptist Church of Newport Beach, California. Our books are handled by the same bookkeeping staff as the church and are accountable to the pastor and deacons. Gayle and I do not receive a salary or support from Barnabas1040 unless the donations are designated as “personal support.” All undesignated money sent to Barnabas1040 is used for furthering the work of church planting among the least evangelized countries located in the 10/40 Window. We only support nationals through Independent Baptist missionaries who are able to provide accountability and mentoring to those we support financially.
Thank you for your prayers and financial support. We love you and are honored to partner with you in reaching the most un-evangelized people groups in the world today. Please continue to pray for safety, health and above all, God’s blessings upon those who are attempting to penetrate the spiritual darkness of the 4 billion people who live in the 10/40 Window.
Dr. Dwight Tomlinson