Recent Updates

 
30 days ago my wife and I arrived in Asia. This morning in my Bible reading I read these words: “Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.” Psalm 119:65. That is certainly how we are feeling. God has “dealt well” with us by allowing us to be living and working here in Asia.
 
We were blessed to have our daughter and her family, Matthew and Rebekah Lindquist, already here to do the survey work of finding an apartment for us so we were able to move in and get settled on day one. The Lindquist family arrived in August of 2016 and have been a tremendous help in teaching us how to serve in a creative access country.
 
Here in China, we live in a city of over 14 million people, the vast majority of whom have never had a clear presentation of the gospel. Even though we have only been here for one month, our schedule is filled.
 
Aside from the ministry of Barnabas1040, we have been attempting to win souls where we are presently living as well. We are not permitted to do things exactly the way we did in the USA but that does not mean the work cannot be done. Both of our families have full schedules of soul-winning activities designed to prepare the soil, plant the seed and reap the eventual harvest.
 
Let me give you just one example of how we are reaching out: One night a week, we attend a gathering of local young adults called, “Language Exchange.” People come there to meet others who can help them in learning and practicing various languages. Guangzhou is such an International city that there are groups speaking, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Russian, Spanish and English!
 
My wife and I gather with Mandarin speaking people who want to improve their English skills. These young Chinese people are excited to spend 2 hours with an elderly American couple. The first hour, they help us with Mandarin, and the second hour we help them with English. We then follow up with those who show spiritual interest by meeting them on a different night for Bible study that is focused on presenting the gospel. We center this study around God’s answer to 3 questions: Where Did I Come From, Why Am I Here and Where Am I Going? Please pray for this creative soul-winning/discipleship plan. It is our prayer that from this small group the Lord will raise up the nucleus that will someday become the Guangzhou Independent Baptist Church. Please join us in praying to that end.
 
In addition to our work locally, we are praying that the Lord will enable us to drastically increase the number of national pastors that we are sponsoring through Barnabas1040. We currently support 17 men in 8 countries, but I am asking the Lord to increase that number to 50 church planters. I have been corresponding with a Canadian missionary that started an IB Bible College in Pakistan. It is my hope that we will soon be adding some Pakistani brothers to our list! According to the Joshua Project, less than 1% of the people in Pakistan are born again believers. What an incredible need there is to give them the gospel!
 
In addition to the Pakistani vetting process, I am scheduled to make trips into Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Indonesia in the next 4 months for the purpose of expanding the reach of Barnabas1040. We already support national pastors in Laos, Thailand and Indonesia but I am going to be meeting with more men that have been recommended by our missionaries for financial help. I am also going to be meeting with some men in Myanmar in the hope that we can help them plant churches among their own people. Of course, during each “missionary journey,” we will be teaching, preaching and training nationals as well as vetting those we hope to add to the Barnabas1040 family.
 
In closing I want to extend my sincere gratitude to each of you who have a part in making this ministry possible. By the grace of God we are joining hands to get the gospel to some of the most unreached people groups in the world. My heart is captivated and stirred by the thought that there are multitudes of people in this part of the world who are lost, yet no one is searching for them!

 

2017 is destined to be a year of change. America is going through tremendous political, economic and social changes. This is a time to pray for our leaders and work towards seeing God’s churches flourish through the exaltation of Christ and His Word.

It is also going to be a year of change for the Tomlinsons. Gayle and I are in the process of wrapping up deputation and moving to Southern China from where we will administer our ministry across Asia. We have our tickets purchased for departure on April 4, 2017, and I have already begun scheduling meetings in Asia designed to further the objectives of Barnabas1040.

We are ready to expand! We are actively seeking national evangelists that we can work with to get the gospel to the most unreached and unengaged people groups. We are currently planting churches in 8 Countries, through 17 national families. Each week I receive reports of people being saved and baptized in places that are difficult, if not impossible, for foreign missionaries to preach.

One of the most fruitful areas for our ministry right now is Vietnam. After decades of war, killing and communist oppression there is a void in the hearts of people that is being filled by the Lord Jesus Christ. He is working in the cities as well as the villages calling people to Himself through the faithful labors of His people. At Barnabas1040 we are privileged to support dedicated national pastors and their families as they seek to reach their own people for Christ. It is true that in most of the countries we work, foreign missionaries are banned, but “the word of God is not bound,” (2 Timothy 2:9) and it is going forth in power across the 10/40 Window.

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I am excited about what God is doing through our workers in the Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Communist countries of the 10/40 Window, but I am not satisfied. There are still billions of people who are waiting to hear the gospel in their own language. There is only one thing worse than being lost, and that is to be lost with no one searching for you. That is why we are moving to China where we can be closer to the people and areas we are trying to reach. Thank you for helping us search for the lost!

Dwight Tomlinson                                                                                                                     Barnabas1040

MINISTRY UPDATE: 
BARNABAS1040 NOW OPERATING IN 8 NATIONS IN THE 10/40 WINDOW
 
Dear Friends,
Just over a year ago we were supporting 2 national church planters in 2 countries. Today we are supporting 18 couples in 8 countries. By God’s grace we are now operating in China, Laos, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. It is still just a beginning, but I am encouraged by the words of the prophet Zechariah:
 
“For who hath despised the day of small things? For they shall rejoice..they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.” Zechariah 4:10
 
Each of these couples are working among their own people where they already know the language and culture. They are all laboring in areas that are between 95-98% unreached with the gospel. Most of them have suffered some type of persecution for the faith. I am truly humbled that the Lord allows us to help these dear servants of God plant self supporting churches among their own people. Every week we receive word of people from Communist, Hindu, Buddhist or Muslim backgrounds coming to faith in Jesus Christ! This could not be happening without your prayers and financial support.
 
Please pray as we are continually seeking to expand into new unreached areas and people groups. Our ministry only supports people who have been properly vetted and are willing to be held accountable. The people we are supporting are genuinely making a difference in their countries.
 
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Our latest national pastor in a restricted access nation
 
PERSONAL UPDATE:
 
Gayle and I spent the summer in China. From there I was able to teach and preach, not only in China but in Vietnam and the Philippines. While we were in China, we decided that it would be best to sell our house in California and move to Asia where we would have greater access to the countries of the 10/40 Window. We listed our home and it sold in three days! We got rid of everything we could and then managed to pack the remainder into a 5×10 storage shed and in the back of our Ford Edge.
 
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From condo to car
 
 
We plan to spend the next 5 months raising personal support which will enable us to live and work in China. We will then move to a large city in Southern China where we will help plant house churches while continuing to expand the Barnabas1040 ministry into the surrounding countries. Our daughter and her husband are already there studying the language, making contacts and laying the foundation for Team China. The target date is April of 2017 to make the move.
 
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The area in which we hope to plant the first church
 
 
PRAYER REQUESTS:
 
* Pray for our missionaries and nationals in restricted access nations. Pray for courage, boldness and wisdom as they walk with Jesus in hard places. Pray for their protection, but mainly for their bold witness for Christ to result in many being saved.
 
* Pray for Gayle and I as we spend the next few months raising personal support. We do not receive a salary from Barnabas1040, therefore we need to raise financial support in order to set up headquarters in Southern China where we hope to win and train Chinese men while continuing to expand the Barnabas1040 ministry into other Asian countries.
 
* Pray for Team China. There are many obstacles to working in a restricted access nation, not the least of which, is the tenuous visa situation. In the past few months several long term workers have had to leave the country as a result of government crackdowns. These workers genuinely need prayer.
 
In closing, I want to say once again how thankful Gayle and I are to be able to represent you in the 10/40 Window. Together we are targeting the least engaged countries of our world. Many of these precious people would literally have no hope were it not for the fact that people like you are praying and giving so that someone can go to try and reach them. We thank you on their behalf.

 

Gayle and I have had a Heaven-blessed 3 months in hot, humid Asia. By God’s grace we personally saw people saved in China, Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines. If we add in the Barnabas1040 national pastors we support, the countries expand to Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, India and Cambodia! Together by God’s grace we are making a difference in this spiritually dark part of the world.

In addition to my preaching and teaching schedule, we added three national pastors in Vietnam, and one more in Cambodia. Our home church also financed the building of a village church in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The building was paid for through the VBS offering of Liberty Baptist Church in Newport Beach, California.

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Church Building in the Central Highlands of Vietnam

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Preaching in a House Church in China

 

I am excited about the doors the Lord is opening in the 10/40 Window. Recently I corresponded with an IB missionary requesting help for 3 national Burmese pastors. I am praying that we will be able to expand into that part of the 10/40 Window within the next few weeks after we have successfully vetted these men.

Please pray for Gayle and I as we return to the USA for our final 7 months of deputation. We listed our house for sale while we were here in Asia and it sold within 3 days of being on the market. Our plan is to move to Southern China in April of 2017 where we will base the Barnabas1040 ministry.

In addition to continually expanding the church planting ministry through nationals, we are hoping to personally start IB churches across the Chinese city where we will be living. This city has 20 million people; the vast majority of whom have never heard how to be saved.

In August, we were pleased to welcome our daughter and her husband along with their 3 young children at the airport as they moved to China to begin their ministry. Please pray for the Lindquist family.

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Finally, I want to ask for your prayers for Gayle and I as we wrap up our remaining time of deputation. On January 29th, 2017, we will celebrate 45 years of marriage. You can imagine the emotions of selling our home, parting with 45 years of memories and possessions and starting over in a new country, culture and language in our mid 60’s. We are so humbled and thankful that the Lord would graciously allow us to labor in what we believe will be the greatest ministry endeavor of our lives!

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I am writing this update just a few days before our departure for Southeast Asia. Gayle and I will be spending the Summer months in China, Vietnam and the Philippines vetting and training national workers.  It is my expectation that we will be adding several new national church planters as a result of our labors during the next 3 months in Asia.

During the month of May we added new church planters in both Indonesia and Communist Laos. I am especially excited about these men as they are serving in areas that are in great need of the gospel. Indonesia is the largest muslim nation in the world and Laos has very little gospel witness. The national pastors and evangelists we are supporting are able to reach into unreached people groups that would be very difficult for foreign missionaries to connect with. These men already speak the language, understand the culture and can live and work among their own people without drawing the attention of a hostile government.

Please pray for courage, boldness and protection for these precious families that are facing danger each and every day. Every man that we support is serving in a difficult and restricted area. We are attempting to come alongside our brethren in dangerous places and help them punch holes in the darkness.

I believe the Lord is pleased when we stand with His persecuted children in prayerful and financial support. Gayle and I are humbled each and every time we meet with them for Bible teaching, encouragement and worship. We covet your prayers for us and for them.

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Indonesian Pastor

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Our next few updates will be sent from somewhere in the 10/40 Window. Please join us in prayer as we prepare for our move to China in early 2017. Headquartering in China will enable us to personally start a church in Southern China as well as expand the ministry of Barnabas1040. These two ministries will be our main focus.

God bless you and thank you for standing with us in this ministry!

Dwight Tomlinson

Barnabas1040.com

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