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.
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!
I am writing this update just a few hours before boarding a flight back to China. The Lord has blessed our brief 2 months in the States with souls saved here and abroad. Gayle and I were in several Mission’s Conferences on the West Coast and as a result we saw people saved in Washington, Oregon and California. We were in 12 churches where I was privileged to preach a total of 40 different times. We praise God for the opportunity to advance the cause of Christ through these good churches, but we are excited about getting back home to China and the full schedule that awaits us there.
While we were here in the States, the work of Barnabas1040 continued of course through our national pastors in 10 Asian countries. We received reports of souls saved and baptized throughout Asia. Hardly a day goes by that I do not hear from one or more of our national missionaries and pastors. My heart rejoices to know that by God’s grace we are invading Satan’s strongholds in the 10/40 Window and tearing down the gates of hell. Together we are making a difference in some of the darkest parts of the world.
The Lord has just opened the door for us to step into one of the neediest areas we have entered thus far. We have committed $1,000.00 a month to church planting in Pakistan. Pakistan is 96.4% Muslim but there is an Independent Baptist Church and Bible College training and sending out Pakistani preachers to plant churches in that dangerous and needy country. I have been in contact for several months with them but have just recently been able to speak with an American Pastor friend who personally made a trip into Pakistan. This dear brother put his life on the line to walk with our Pakistani brethren in preaching the gospel in this part of the world. With the research I had already done and the confirmation of Pastor Ray Cunningham, I felt liberty from the Holy Spirit to proceed into Pakistan. This will make the 11th country the Lord is allowing us to impact for Christ!
God is doing some amazing things through the ministry of Barnabas1040, but I am constantly aware of the fact that none of it would be possible without His grace and your partnership. Gayle and I are very thankful for each of you that keep us in your prayers and giving. Together we are making a difference in jungle villages and large cities all across Asia. I truly stand amazed at what God has done in just the first few years of this ministry. Only eternity will reveal the impact that we have been able to make together. Thank you for praying and thank you for giving.
God Bless you,
Dwight and Gayle Tomlinson
* Visa needs for our team in China. Some recent developments have made this a top priority prayer request.
* More National Pastors that we can add to the Barnabas1040 family. I am in contact with men in India, Vietnam and Burma that are going through the vetting process.
* Our personal soul winning and discipleship ministry in China where we live.
* Safety and health as we continue to build the ministry of Barnabas1040 across Asia and the Middle East.
China Phone: 086-1521-888-1511
U.S. Office @ Liberty Baptist Church: (949) 760-5444
August was an incredible month that could perhaps even be called “Awesome”!
I wanted to give you a brief report of some of the highlights of “Awesome August.”
As I consider these blessings, I am overwhelmed by the grace of God that allows me to serve Him!
My wife and I will be in the USA for a few weeks in September and October for some Mission’s Conferences on the West Coast. These are meetings that we had scheduled before making the decision to relocate the Barnabas1040 ministry to Southern China. Please pray that the Lord will use these meetings to increase an awareness of the great opportunities that await us if we are willing to send laborers.
Each day in China my wife and I meet people who are open to the gospel. They have not found peace through the false promises of ancient eastern religions, atheism or communism. We are praying that the Lord will send more workers to labor among these dear people who are searching for truth.
I also want to say thank you to all of those who support either the ministry of Barnabas1040, or my wife and I personally. We are now working in 10 different countries, all of which are centers of great spiritual oppression. We could not do what we do in China and across Asia without your prayers and financial support.
God bless you,
Ladies Bible Study In Our Home In China
Bible College In Indonesia
One Of Barnabas1040’s National Pastors In Indonesia
Preaching The Anniversary Service At Bible Baptist Church, Hong Kong
“The only thing worse than being lost, is being lost with no one looking for you”
EXPANDING INTO BURMA:
A few weeks ago my wife and I were able to make a trip into Laos, Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand for the purpose of expanding the Barnabas1040 ministry of church planting. I was able to preach for 6 of our national pastors and vet several more new church planters. As a result we will immediately add 4 new church planters in Thailand and Myanmar. This will be our first entry into Myanmar which means we are now operating in 10 Asian countries by the grace of God!
Crossing the Border into Myanmar
Not a week goes by that I do not hear from our church planters who are winning souls and building churches in difficult areas. All of these men and their wives are serving in areas that are either considered “restricted access” or are held firmly in the grip of false religions that are difficult to penetrate with the truth of the gospel. Not all of the men and women we work with have been imprisoned for their faith, but many have. I am including a partial testimony of one of the men that we just added to our Barnabas1040 family. I am taking out his name and location for security reasons. I have left the testimony exactly as he sent it to me except that I have removed his name, his location and the portion of the letter that discusses his church planting. He has already started the church without our support. Our financial and prayer support will enable him to dedicate more time to soul winning and discipleship:
“Hello my is _______, I am 27 years old, below is my family’s picture, (picture removed) I have two sons, the first is 2 years and 7 months old, the second son is 1 month old. I knew Jesus when I was 17 years old, and after that the police came and arrested me, and my friend and my pastor and put us in the prison, because believe in Jesus Christ. The first time they put us in the Jail at the village, we stayed there for two weeks, the police told us if you want to get out from the jail you need to stop worship Jesus Christ and tell your parents to bring money for them, But we didn’t want to go out yet, because we want the story of Jesus Christ spread out so others people might know the thing that happened to us, then the police they bring us to the prison of the district, we moved there, a lot of people in the jail asked us, Why are you here? What’s wrong with you? So we told them that because we believe Jesus Christ, so we used this opportunity to share the Gospel to them, after staying there for two months, one prisoner become a Christian, in that jail they locked our legs with the wood (we couldn’t move for many days and I do not know how to explained clearly), but the suffering cannot do anything to us, in the jail they called us the musician because every evening we sang the Christian songs, they said that the song help them to have hope. At that time I was studied in high school, after I went out from the jail I decided to go to Bible college instead of going back to school, because I want to serve God…”
Again, not everyone we support has been imprisoned for the faith, but everyone we support has the kind of character that you read in this testimony. I am humbled when I preach or teach for these men of God. Thank you for standing with us in prayer and finances as we serve them.
From Barnabas1040 Through the Missionary (holding bag) To the Burmese Nationals
Most of our time is not spent in the villages and jungles of S.E. Asia. Normally Gayle and I are attempting to be a blessing in the Chinese city we call home. As I have mentioned before it is a city of several million people, of whom the vast majority have never heard a clear presentation of the gospel. We have some type of outreach or discipleship meeting 5 nights a week. These range from in home private presentations of the gospel, to Language Exchanges where people meet to practice English, to public ladies book clubs where my wife and daughter gather with young professional women who are hungry to learn how to improve their lives. These gatherings are always focused on creative ways to present the gospel. We have already seen people come to Christ through the various gatherings that we either sponsor or participate in. We also spend a few hours each day studying Mandarin Chinese. I am finding that learning a new language is more difficult at 67 than it was at 34, but I praise God for His grace and the people’s patience!
A Partial View Of The Millions Living In Our City
I do not want to end this report without expressing our most sincere gratitude for your prayers and financial support. We know that it is only through a partnership with God’s people and churches that we are able to accomplish anything for our Lord.
You are helping us punch holes in the darkness of the 10/40 Window. The work is slow, and we do not always see immediate results, but together we are truly making a difference in this needy part of the world. Gayle and I thank God every day that He allows us to have a small part in this ministry.
We love you and are praying for God’s richest blessings to rest upon you.
God bless you,
China Phone: 086-1521-888-1511
U.S. Office @ Liberty Baptist Church: (949) 760-5444