Recent Updates

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

Dear Friends,

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

Prayer Requests:

* 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.

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