Recent Updates

Dear Friends,

July was a busy and blessed month here in China as well as around Asia for Barnabas1040.

Church Planting:

By God’s grace we were able to add 2 new church planters in Laos as well as a small but dynamic Bible College to the list of those we partner with through Barnabas1040. We currently support 36 national church planters and 4 Bible Colleges in 11 different countries.

All of the people we help are located in what is called the 10/40 region which is the least evangelized portion of the world. The church planters we support are literally on the front lines, serving in Communist, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim strongholds. I am continually inspired and convicted by their dedication and willingness to take the gospel into Satan’s strongholds.

Each week I receive reports of people being saved and baptized in places where ministry is difficult and sometimes dangerous. Please pray for our national pastors and missionaries and their families. Pray for their safety and God’s blessings upon their labor.


I have a conference scheduled in Vietnam in September where we will be bringing together missionaries and Vietnamese pastors for training and encouragement. Please pray for God to raise up more dedicated young couples to serve Him in spreading the Gospel among their own people. Two of our churches in Vietnam are in need of finances for larger buildings to house their growing congregations. Please pray for these needs to be met.

My wife and I will be in the USA for 2 months during October and November where I will preach in 11 Churches and 1 Men’s meeting in 5 States. It will be a busy 8 weeks, but please pray that God will raise up new supporting churches that will enable us to continue to expand our church planting ministry in restricted access nations.

I am currently working on details for trips to Burma, India, Australia and the Philippines for the purpose of vetting church planting ministries that we are hoping to help with finances as well as mentoring and spiritual leadership training. Please pray for God’s guidance and leadership in these areas.


In addition to our work across the 10/40 region the Lord has opened some amazing doors here in the city we live in. It is a city of 15 million people that is in desperate need of the Gospel. I have been invited to preach in the Sunday services of a local church twice a month. This is one of the few legal assemblies in our city and there are no restrictions on the Bible messages that I and the other men are preaching. There are very few foreigners attending which means on any given Sunday there are well over 100 local Chinese professional people that are learning the Word of God. I have no idea how long this door will be open, but I do know personally the One who “opens doors that no man can shut”. People are coming to Christ and being taught to live for Him. Please pray for God’s continued blessings.

As always, I want to take a moment to say thank you to all of you who pray for and support this ministry. We could not do what we do here in China and across Asia without those who stand with us so faithfully. We love you and are extremely grateful that we have the privilege of partnering together for the faith.

In summary, here are our prayer requests:

1. Safety and protection of the national pastors and their families.
2. More dedicated national pastors to surrender to reach their own people
3. Financial help for two churches in Vietnam and one in Burma that need buildings. (If you would like to help with this, please let me know.These are our brothers and sisters who have already given sacrificially and could use help from us to finish their buildings.)
4. New supporting churches added to Barnabas1040
5. For the doors to remain open in our city.

God bless you!

Dwight &  Gayle Tomlinson
China Phone: 086-1521-888-1511
U.S. Office @ Liberty Baptist Church: (949) 760-5444

Dear Friends,

Summer has arrived in Southern China, but by the grace of God it is not only the weather that is “heating up.”  Gayle and I moved to China 14 months ago and I am amazed at how many ministry doors the Lord has opened!

As you know, our primary reason for moving to China was to be closer to the various Asian countries that we work in. Identifying, vetting, training, teaching and empowering national pastors to plant new churches necessitates my physical presence if it is going to be done with the greatest impact.

In the past 14 months that we have lived in Asia I have made trips into 8 different countries for the purpose of furthering the work of Barnabas1040. We have traveled so much in the last year that we had to get new passports as the USA no longer adds pages, and most countries require at least 2 empty pages for entrance.

There are many difficulties to face along the road, but by God’s grace we are now supporting 34 church planters in 11 different countries. Every week our soul-winners are facing danger in order to take the gospel to those who have the least access to it.

In addition to those we already support, we are currently doing our spiritual due diligence in anticipation of entering 2 new countries through Barnabas1040. I hope to announce soon that we have added another 10 church planters to our list in these 2 new countries.

I am also happy to announce that the Lord has opened doors that I would never have thought possible here in China. Our team has been invited to preach in churches that enable us to freely preach the gospel. These are approved churches that have only placed one restriction on the message. The one restriction is, “You may only preach the Bible.”

As long as I am preaching only what is in the Bible, there are no limitations on the message! Every time we preach “only the Bible,” we see local people saved. In fact, last Sunday we were able to lead 9 adults to Christ! I am truly amazed that God has opened this door. I do not know how long the door will be open, but as long as it is, I believe the Lord wants us to boldly proclaim Him.

In closing I would like to mention a few prayer requests:

  • Safety and Holy Spirit boldness for our co-workers as they proclaim Christ in “restricted access nations.”
  • Safety, wisdom and boldness as our family proclaims Christ here in China.
  • Wisdom as we seek to vet new church planters. Pray that the Lord will lead us to the right men, and give me wisdom as to which ones we should financially support.
  • Safety and health as my wife and I travel to help train and encourage national pastors. In a few weeks we will be conducting a training conference in Vietnam.
  • Growth of the many new believers that our team are discipling here in China. Our daughter and son-in- law are especially busy with various teaching and prayer times with the locals.
  • Continued favor with those who hold power (under God) over our ability to stay in the country.

It is truly an honor to stand with God’s people in this part of the world. I know that we could not do what we do, without the prayer and financial support of those who stand with us in this great work. Thank you for loving the Lord and enabling us to labor on your behalf.

Here’s a 4 minute video of the work that is being done through Barnabas1040…


Dwight &  Gayle Tomlinson


China Phone: 086-1521-888-1511

U.S. Office @ Liberty Baptist Church: (949) 760-5444

Dear Friends and Partners in Ministry,

I am sending you this update on the 1 year anniversary of arriving in China where Gayle and I now make our home. We arrived in China on April 6, 2017. 

As I look back over the past year, I am amazed at all that God had done. My heart cries out in solidarity with the Psalmist who said: “Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou has done,…, they are more than can be numbered”.  Psalm 40:5

The past year has been filled with His blessing, provision, guidance and protection! On the one year anniversary of arriving in Asia, I want to report just a portion of the miracles we have seen.

Protection: We moved here not knowing what to expect. We just knew that this was how God was leading and the Scriptures were confirming the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. There were well meaning voices of those “in the know” advising us to operate our ministry from America or anywhere except China because (they warned,) we would be shut down quickly. Of course, we do not know what the future holds, but we firmly believe we will be here as long as God wants us here. Every day is a gift from God and as of today, we have enjoyed 365 precious and beautiful gifts.

Expansion of Barnabas1040: When we arrived in Asia our ministry was financing 17 national church planters in 8 countries. Today, that number has doubled to include at least 34 families and 3 Bible colleges in 12 countries. Each month our ministry sends out $4,675.00 to national church planters, and that number is increasing as quickly as we are able to identify and vet the people we are helping. 

New Countries Opening: We are serving those who serve on the front lines of the battle for souls. In the last year, by God’s grace, we have entered Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. In addition to these new countries, we have expanded our church planting footprint in India, Laos, Thailand and China.  

Open Doors of Ministry in China: The Lord is opening some amazing doors in China. We came here knowing no local people, yet one short year later we are privileged to minster to so many different people. I want to be discreet in what I say, but every day my wife and I thank God for the open doors he has granted to us in this great country. For example, last Sunday was Easter and I was invited to preach to a congregation of over 200 adults on the resurrection. This is a legal church that placed no restrictions on my message. I was able to exalt the Lord Jesus as freely as we would have done if we were in the USA. I have been asked to return and preach on the coming of the Holy Spirit to empower the church. Again, there are no restrictions on the message.

In addition to these open doors, there is almost no limit to those around us who have open and hungry hearts to know of the things of God. Many are eager to come to our home and learn of the gospel.

In closing, I want to say thank you to those who pray for and support this ministry financially. We know that we are in this together, serving as partners in the greatest enterprise in the world.

Together we are shining the light of the gospel into some of the darkest places on our planet. We are helping those who are fighting on the front lines, bringing the hope of the gospel to those whose families have been held in darkness for centuries. 

None of this would be possible without the grace of God and the faithful partners who hold the ropes in prayer and giving.

Thank you and God bless you!

Dwight Tomlinson 
China Phone: 086-1521-888-1511
U.S. Office @ Liberty Baptist Church: (949) 760-5444

“The only thing worse than being lost, is being lost with no one looking for you”

Dear Partners in Ministry,

The Year of the Dog:

We are in the middle of Chinese New Year as I write these words. It is difficult to explain how important this holiday is in the world’s most populous country. It is like New Years, Christmas, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and the Super Bowl all wrapped up in one giant celebration that lasts 2 weeks.

According to Forbes it is “largest human migration in the world as hundreds of millions of people head home for the holidays.” My wife and I live in the 3rd largest city in China, and we use public transportation, so we see first hand some of those hundreds of millions of people.

Please pray for China. You may have heard that new religious restrictions began to be enforced this month. There are many stories already of how God’s people are being affected. Persecution for the faith is not uncommon in this part of the world and we know that God’s grace is sufficient, but we have the privilege of “helping together by prayer for us.” 2 Cor. 1:11
Barnabas1040 Enters Our 12th Country:
In December I wrote you that we had begun supporting several national church planting pastors in Pakistan.
This month I am happy to announce that in January we were able to take on two new ministries in Bangladesh. These ministries are bringing the gospel to several villages as well as major cities. Our support enables them to send out new church planters into villages that are still waiting to hear the good news of Jesus.
This makes 12 different countries in the least engaged part of the earth where we are being allowed, by the grace of God, to help shine the light.
The places we go have anywhere from 2 – 5 % of their populations that profess faith in Christ. These are truly some of the neediest and most difficult places in the world.
Thank you for helping us help them. I know that we could not do this ministry without the prayers and financial support of those who stand with us in this endeavor.
Prayer Requests:
  • Please pray for the things that are happening in China right now: that the end result will be the furtherance of the Gospel and the edifying of God’s people
  • Please pray for wisdom as we are in the process of vetting new opportunities in India and Myanmar.
  • Please pray for several meetings I am scheduled to participate in the next few months in Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Australia. Pray that God will give me His power as I speak, and wisdom as we seek those we should partner with in spreading the gospel among their own people.
We love you and we thank you for your prayers, encouragement and support!
Your Partners in the Gospel,
Dwight Tomlinson
China Phone: 086-1521-888-1511
U.S. Office @ Liberty Baptist Church: (949) 760-5444


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,
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!

Dwight Tomlinson
China Phone: 086-1521-888-1511
U.S. Office @ Liberty Baptist Church: (949) 760-5444