THE VISION: As a church TOGETHER, we want to plant 10,000 Gospel seeds in the next 10 years.
A "seed" is the planting of an "experience with Jesus" in the life of an unchurched person through the relational interaction of a Jesus follower. It can involve a personal, hospitality event; the sharing of the gospel; and/or coming to church or a church event through an invite. The key for this 10,000 seeds in 10 years goal: we are looking for "deep plantings" not superficial ones. The planting must involve deeper relational connection. For example, having an unchurched friend to your house for dinner is a deep planting. If you invite someone to your house, but they never come, this is not a deep planting, though it is still good you invited them.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." (Matthew 9:37-38 ESV)
“Go therefore and make disciples of all peoples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19 ESV)
I have partnered in Prayer and encouragement for a Church Planting ministry in the Municipality of Bauan, in the province of Batangas, Philippines. It has a population of 91,297 people., and the first Church service and Bible Study, attended by over 30 people, was held this past Sunday in a local hotel meeting room. Prayer for the Husband/Wife planting team, and their two sons, is encouraged daily.
My step sister calls herself a Christian Buddhist. She has had a tough life and has Disscociative Identity Disorder (2 alters) and lots of health issues. Last night she texted and asked if I would share my testimony with her! It went well and she thanked me for telling her my experience. We'll see!
Continually praying for salvation and return of family members to Christ. I was able to take time this last week with family in a different environment. Praying, singing hymns and sharing how God watches over and takes care of us was received with loving comments. Still praying as He will answer in His time.
"Got to share the Gospel with a Muslim friend named B. (as well as several others who were listening into our conversation)"
"Had a long conversation with A and one of her unbelieving friends about how I know that everything will be alright in the end because God is in control and faith in Him allows me to have peace and hope even when the world is in chaos."
"Got to plant, water and tend to a seed for person named "R" this year. But still waiting on the harvest!!"
"After celebrating in A Prayer Breeze with MD about their child being a boy, we had a really good discussion on whether people who are generally good can get into heaven without believing in Jesus forgiving their sins. The conversation went to the Epic of Gilgamesh as possibly the oldest religion creating the idea of the flood that Moses may have taken from (or just confirms further that the flood was a real event as I pointed out), taking a dip into abortion which spawned conversations with his catholic wife, and coming back to how through prayer all we need to is "open the gift wrapping paper" of Jesus' gift of forgiveness, no works. And as he is a regular, we discussed picking up these conversations at a later time because his wanted him to go to bed. I bet MD was enjoying the conversation too much :P."