After six years of cross-cultural engagement in Memphis, the Lord is bringing a close to this chapter and beginning a new one in our lives. Here is a brief overview of our work until now, and then an explanation of what’s next.
- Pueblo de Dios began with a Bible study in a living room in 2010. Now, it has blossomed into a growing family of faith. The members are now leading in most areas of ministry. A retired IMB missionary will serve there as interim for a time.
- We shared Bible stories with Vietnamese for two years through ESL, and prayed for a leader. The Lord raised up Hung Bedell who is now planting Faith Vietnamese Baptist Church. Several folks from the ESL class have now received the Lord and Hung continues to labor faithfully to establish the church.
- We had the privilege to see Latino adults in south Memphis place their faith in Christ and begin gathering together. This group did not coalesce like Pueblo de Dios, but we continue to disciple and encourage the believers there. We are working to incorporate them into Pueblo de Dios.
- We began engaging the Fulani in 2012. Since then we have made significant inroads into the community to pave the way for continued witness of the gospel. The Lord has called out a church-planting team to continue engaging this population in our absence.
- Our engagement with Middle-Easterners has transformed into a ministry to mostly Afghanis. Thankfully, the Lord has provided a missionary couple that previously worked in Afghanistan with whom we could partner. They continue to demonstrate Jesus’ love to these folks and share the gospel and lead the ministry team to reach them.
On September 1st we will begin work with International Church Planters located in Tumbling Shoals, AR. Our mission is to serve as scaffolding for the local church in contexts where the church is growing, but theological, pastoral, and missiological training is scarce.
ICP has trained hundreds of church leaders and continues to respond to significant desire for biblical training in countries such as Ecuador, Tanzania, and Kenya. Also, ICP equips and leads local churches in the United States to participate in short-term trips to help with leadership training and other felt-needs and evangelistic activities. We are asking the Lord to bring along partners to give, go, and pray:
- Financial Support. Go here to contribute. We are able to continue operations because of the support of local churches and individuals. Please consider supporting ICP with a monthly donation (one-time donations are OK, too). ICP is a non-profit, faith-based organization. All gifts are tax-deductible.
- Short-Term Trip. If you are able to teach or serve in another capacity, and have the ability to travel, contact us.
- Extended Service. If you are interested in being a summer/semester missionary, contact us.
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