Baptism in Risky and Hostile Places

One of our movement catalyst teams is working to send disciple-makers from similar cultures and/or languages to unreached people groups (UPGs) in their nation. These workers, often called near-culture workers, usually have easier access and are more readily accepted than those from vastly differing languages and cultures. There have been 30 workers already sent to serve in eight provinces and are engaging 17 UPGs!

This past year, a husband and wife team has seen a first-generation house church formed within the UPG they serve. This house church now has second-generation disciples! On another island, a worker and her team are also seeing first-generation house churches with a second generation forming.

These groups consist of Muslims who are encountering and studying the Word of God with the near-culture workers. As they have studied, sometimes for months, they could not deny His truth and so proclaimed Jesus their Lord! In places that are often very risky and hostile, they have chosen to be baptized and become followers of Jesus. They’ve begun Scripture study groups with Muslim friends and neighbors around them, because they know (as we also do) that lovers of Jesus are obedient and make more disciples of Jesus.

Pray that these two places see explosive and consistent growth of disciples and churches. Pray that, by God’s grace, an unstoppable movement for the glory of God would begin from their faithful obedience.

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