“It has been estimated that as much as one-third of the world population of six billion people are still not within reach of a local church able to effectively communicate the gospel to them.”
Global Church Planting, Craig Ott and Gene Wilson, 2011
As we began to think about our survey trip and wonder about the different ways God could use us for His glory, one ministry that we were especially excited about was church planting. Church planting is necessary to regularly gather together a committed body of believers, for the Biblical purposes of prayer, worship, instruction, edification, service, evangelism, and celebration of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s supper. How exciting it must be to watch the formation of a church. A few timbers placed in the ground by a few dedicated men and women turns into a place of worship for the King of kings and the Creator of the universe. A small assembly of the faithful, turns into a thriving body of believers, empowered by the Holy Spirit, ready to pick up their cross and go out to preach the gospel where Christ’s name has never been heard. We were able to see first hand two new church plants during our survey trip. The picture above is of the Lucilo Baptist Church. Located on top of a mountain, the road to the church stops there. What’s beyond? No more roads, thick jungle! Jungle, just waiting for the next faithful servant to share the good news to those who have never heard of the God who loves them so much He died for them.
We thank the Lord for the Goroka Baptist Bible College (GBBC). The goal of the college is train national leaders to be Pastors, Christian workers, and leaders in the church so they can go out and plant churches. The majority of the people in PNG do not own a vehicle. If they want to go to church, their only option is to walk. They will walk for hours to go to church. There needs to be many more churches planted so the saved can grow spiritually, and the lost can hear the gospel. Please pray for us as we mentor the students, teach them skills, and partner with them in the church planting process. We are eager to return to PNG to help plant more churches. If you would like to partner with us and help make this happen, please call or email.