In episode 4 of Lessons from the Field we talk with Todd Gerst, a church planter and Bible translator who worked among an unreached people group in Papua New Guinea. Listen as we discuss what Todd thinks is the single biggest factor in effective church planting in a least-reached people group.
It all started with a very simple approach. Truck drivers come to the ports for work, but sometimes, they have to wait days or even weeks for loads. Because of that, the ports really function like small cities. The drivers eat there and congregate together to pass the time. Read how some Gospel Workers and some national believers began going to the port in their city and just asking the drivers if they had time to hear a story.
Richard Trudgen was born in Orange NSW and trained as a fitter and turner. He moved to Arnhem Land in the NT in 1973 and became a community worker, learning to speak Djambarrpuyŋu. He’s now been working with Yolŋu people for over 40 years. Richard shares some important insights into the value of learning a minority language.
With just a surface reading of The Book of Acts any casual reader will see that time and again, one chapter after another, obstacles and barriers were there every inch of the way. It’s no different today for the unstoppable Gospel Church.
At Connect we value the local church. While we value discipleship, and practice it, we believe it is as part of a local church that ministry is best learned and developed. So, while being equipped to “go to the ends of the earth” or “to the world next door”, give yourself to your local church, belong to it, help build it and pray for it. Read more in the article from Matt Sheffer.
Do you wish you could be more intentional about praying well for missionaries that you know. Here’s 3 important things to help us pray for those who are serving in restricted access locations.
Thoughtful, biblical, urgent-yet-patient faithfulness is the missionary method that has been, and will continue to be, the engine of lasting gospel fruit until Christ returns.
From the beginning, God desired for the earth to be full of people who worshipped him, who came to him in the right way. The Garden of Eden and the temple are both examples of God creating a way to approach him. It reminds us that God has not forsaken his plan.
From creation to new creation, God provided a means by which he could be approached. When Jesus died, the temple was torn in two and now he is the final sacrifice and the way to God. Jesus will be worshipped by all nations and when we seek to live our lives to reach the nations with the Gospel, we are finding ourselves in God’s trajectory—we are his people who reach out to the nations through his church.
When I was in Thailand almost exactly a year ago in late May 2019, I spoke with a missionary who has been working in Northern Thailand for over 25 years. One piece of advice he shared with our team was that if you are going to engage with the Buddhist worldview, you need to clear, simple and talk about Jesus. I think this short video and article, helps with all three.