Bangladesh (MNN) – FMI’s Bruce Allen just finished field visits throughout Bangladesh and during his travels, he witnessed the fruits of the conferences held last January.
A pastor and a church member role-playing during the conference in Bangladesh to practice using their Snapshot packets. (Photo courtesy of FMI)
One of the reasons these conferences are held is to empower pastors to equip their congregations for ministry. Allen references Ephesians 4 as biblical proof for training congregations for ministry instead of leaving evangelism only on the shoulders of pastors.
“I was here in Bangladesh in January to do some ongoing training with our church planters, and we invited all of our church planters to also invite a couple key people from their congregations who would help them train the rest of the congregation in doing evangelism and ministry,” Allen shares.
“So, we got to meet so many of these members of various congregations, but one of the young men that we met is named Basil. And he’s from an area that I got to visit and I got to see what his impact has been.”
Fruit From Conferences
Basil felt God’s call to ministry and began leading a small group of Christians and sharing the Gospel with local nonbelievers. FMI’s national director in Bangladesh directed Basil to free theology courses. Once Basil finishes these courses, he will have earned a theology certificate and will be qualified for FMI support.
“That was just one of those stories where [the national director] is saying, ‘The fields are ripe, there is so much opportunity and there are people willing to step up and say [that] I will be a church planter. They’re just looking for people to come alongside them to fortify them in that task.”
Currently, Basil is leading a young congregation of about 30 new believers. All of this has happened just in the last six months when Basil became better equipped for evangelism through the FMI conferences.
Supported Church Planters
However, FMI is facing a need for people to support church planters. All it costs is $100 a month to ensure a church planter has the needed resources to evangelize and lead a congregation towards maturity.
A rural church in Bangladesh. (Photo courtesy of FMI)
Still, FMI supported pastors and church planters are encouraged by the fact they can share their prayer requests with the Global Church body supporting them. This is especially comforting considering these Christians live and serve in a Muslim-dominate country where Christians are a tiny minority.
In fact, this connection between church planters and supporters is a bridge FMI strives to facilitate within the Global Church. So please, will you join in prayer for these Bangladesh’s church planters? Pray for provision, protection, encouragement, and for the Church’s growth in Bangladesh.
Also, pray for Allen’s stamina and health as he currently finishes out field visits in Indonesia. Pray for Allen’s translators to be able to quickly comprehend and relay the concepts Allen and others try to communicate with each other.
Still looking for another way to get involved? Join in helping provide a bicycle and other physical ministry needs by donating to FMI’s tangible resources fund. This fund helps provide pastors and congregations with needs not covered through church planter support for evangelism. It also provides congregations with the Snapshot Packets.
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Support a church planter here!