April 2022 Report
I trust this report finds you well. Gayle and I are both well and enjoying the life and ministry that God has graciously called us to. I wanted to give you a quick update on what God is doing through our partnership.
Church Planters Report:
We are now supporting approximately 115 National Pastors in 20 different countries. The reports they turned in for January – March totaled 1,583 Salvation decisions and 304 baptisms.
This is a substantial increase from any quarter in 2021 which may be an indication that we are not only continuing to add new church plants, but also finally seeing an easing of Covid restrictions across some areas of Asia. The easing of lockdowns allows our people greater opportunities for personal evangelism.
Gayle and I are continuing to travel and present the ministry of Barnabas1040 Missions here in America. It has been my privilege to introduce Missions to several young churches recently, as well as participate in conferences with established churches that already have strong missions programs.
I am honored by any opportunity to teach the biblical case for missions, but it is especially pleasing to be able to lay the foundation for a missions program in new churches. It gives me hope for the next generation in America to see the desire young men have to “keep the main thing, the main thing” in their ministry.
Although at this time we do not foresee ever returning to East Asia to live, we still see the need to make frequent trips into S.E. Asia for vetting, teaching and accountability purposes. Travel to that part of the world has gone from impossible, to very difficult, to possible in some cases recently. I am exploring the possibility of trips into China, Vietnam and Africa at the moment for the purpose of encouraging those we already support as well as seeking opportunities to expand our outreach.
I am also praying about expanding into select countries outside of Asia where there are few foreign missionaries, yet there are some local believers that need help in reaching their own people for Christ. This would include some countries where many of the foreign missionaries were forced to leave during Covid and are still unable to return.
One of the blessings of partnering with nationals is that they do not have to leave the country in times of war, pandemic or other turmoil.
In closing, I want to once again express my sincere gratitude to all of you who pray for and support this ministry. We never forget that we could not do what we do without you. People are being saved every day in small villages and big cities in restricted access parts of our world because you have chosen to partner with Barnabas1040 Missions.
God Bless You!