Supporting indigenous ministries is one of the most powerful mission’s strategies in use today. Most of my missionary experience has involved the “field” end of ministry. I have seen both the risks and the exciting potential of linking U.S. donors to indigenous ministries. During my tenure as director of Praise, we will make the field-end of our ministry more robust so as to assure that the funds donated through Praise result in strengthened national churches that are a transformational presence in their communities.
If you enjoy reading, I strongly recommend picking up “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor … and Yourself” by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert (2009, Moody Publications). In the future, I will write more about how the principles outlined in this book are being incorporated in our Praise International ministry.
Please be sure to mark your calendar and pray for the crusades from Sept.30 to Oct.4.
- Pray that God will give Rev. Anil and his team of evangelists the boldness to clearly share the mystery of the gospel with these villagers (Acts 4:31)!
- Pray that God will bless those that are listening to His Word (Luke 10:1-51).
- Ask God to sanctify them, setting them apart for the purpose of revealing Himself to them (I Peter 1:2; 2 Thes. 2:13-14).
- Ask God to convince them of their sins (John 16:8-11).
- Open their eyes to the light of the glorious gospel of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6).
- Pray for the follow up of new believers (Matt.28:19-20).
Thank you for your prayers and your encouragement as I step into this role as General Director of Praise International. It is an honor for me to serve the Lord in this ministry. For 30 years God has been directing Praise. Our resolve to actively and faithfully walk in His daily leading has never been stronger than it is today. We are committed to move forward as He leads.
Praise was established in 1979. That was also the year my wife (Debbie) and I graduated from Bible College in preparation to become missionaries. Over the last three decades, God enabled us to learn two foreign languages and work together with ministries on five continents. What a learning opportunity it has been! In those thirty years we have seen major shifts in the types of challenges faced in missions. Indeed, the whole world has changed. We are excited about helping Praise International face the challenges of today and prepare for the future.