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Cooperating with the church planting strategies of IMB missionaries as they facilitate partnerships with Mexican national churches seeking to plant healthy, autonomous, multiplying churches among the least reached regions of the Bajio. The Bajio is located in the center of Mexico and is known as the “heart of darkness” of Mexico due to the lack of evangelical presence. There are literally hundreds of counties within the seven states of the Bajio with an evangelical status of less than 1-2%.
During the 10 day trip to Birmingham, we at Immanuel will work alongside Immanuel sent missionaries to do evangelism among university students. This team will be going over to partner with the Immanuel College student team that will be in Birmingham for 3 weeks total. This team will join the college students for the last 10 days of their time in Birmingham.
Southern Serbia is the home of 3.3 million people with only 1600 known believers. This area contains mostly those who associate themselves with the Serbian Orthodox Church which is a works based false religion. Most students and those within the community do not see Orthodoxy as anything other than a traditional piece of their culture and history as a nation. Immanuel mission team will go on a 9 day trip, partnering with IMB missionaries and local Church plant, to put on a 3 day football camp and do evangelism in the city. The football team is a national team ranging from players aged 17-45. There are no high school nor college teams. Anyone is welcome to come and be a part of what God is doing in Serbia.
Coming alongside of IMB missionaries we will be doing street evangelism, prayer walking while also helping a Business as Mission in an effort to gain access to other remote villages to share the gospel of Jesus with those who have never heard. The 880,000 Pelangi people of Borneo are 99.99% unreached having very few known baptized believers who are actively practicing their faith.
Decadence and indulgence have long been associated with this city, and a decade ago, most pastors viewed New Orleans as a graveyard for church plants. Spiritual warfare permeates the city. Many people considered themselves religious—even Christian—despite having little understanding of the gospel. Evangelical churches didn’t die here; they couldn’t even get off the ground. But Katrina has changed everything, and the field is ripe for harvest. Immanuel will team up with church planters to do servant evangelism across the city.
The focus of this project is to reach the lost for Christ. This is done by canvassing the community for potential candidates for a three-day Mission Vacation Bible School. Activities include transporting the children to and from Mission Bible School held at the church. Conducting a typical VBS with Bible stories, crafts, recreation, and refreshments. Other activities include visiting with locals during a yearly reunion called the Buck Creek Reunion. This visitation provides many opportunities for evangelism. Other missional activities include small home repair or lawn projects for elderly people in the community.
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Here's my mission story
As a college student nearing graduation in 2009, I knew I wanted to make a difference but didn’t know what my next step should be. Someone both told me and showed me through a short term mission trip how so many people had never heard the gospel of Jesus. I read Romans 15:20-21 and was compelled to spend two years in Bangladesh to love, share the gospel with, and seek to plant a church in a land that consisted of more than 150 million Muslims. God used two simple young men, one from southeastern Kentucky and the other from southeastern Bangladesh to light a spark resulting in a movement of churches planting churches that continues to multiply to this day.
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