50% of the Mission Fund is invested in international church planting and leadership development. This enables Sovereign Grace pastors to provide theological training, financial aid, and pastoral support for churches in 22 countries outside the U.S.
- United States
- El Salvador
- The Bahamas
- Dominican Republic
- North African region
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- South Korea
Partnership in the Dominican Republic
Sovereign Grace has had the joy of partnering with several churches in the Dominican Republic, including Iglesia Bautista Internacional, which is led by Miguel Núñez. In the video here, Miguel shares about his journey into ministry and his relationship with Sovereign Grace. This past fall, C.J. Mahaney, Bob Kauflin, and Jeff Purswell traveled to the Dominican Republic to speak at the Por Su Causa conference. Read Miguel's summary of the conference at our Plant & Build blog.
By partnering with Miguel and other pastors in the Dominican Republic, Sovereign Grace also has the opportunity to minister in Haiti. Larry Malament shared some details about ministry in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, including two videos he took, on Plant & Build.
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In rural Burma, “ordinary” churches don’t exist. To be a Christian at all in this region is to be abnormal, sometimes persecuted. Church is a quiet gathering of a dozen or so believers in someone’s home. But your partnership means that these remote churches aren’t alone. You put disaster relief supplies in their hands, equip their pastors with translated books, and send medical volunteers to support their outreach.
This winter, a team traveled to Burma to provide practical aid and pastoral training. Read more about the trip at our blog.
Your partnership is bearing fruit as Burmese believers break new ground for the gospel among unreached people groups. Thank you for supporting these churches and David, the Burmese pastor who helps lead them.
Photo of pilgrims in Uttar Pradesh by Flickr user roberta zouain, licensed under a Creative Commons license
Pastoral training in India
In December 2010, pastors and members from Grace Community Church (Souderton, PA) and Grace Community Church (Kingsville, MD) visited one of our partner ministries in India to train and care for 40 church leaders and their wives. Together these men and women, coming from eleven states in India, represent a network of more than 500 churches.
The U.S. team taught a six-day conference covering topics like the life and ministry of Christ, church membership, and roles in marriage. They also taught six days of Vacation Bible School for more than 100 children living in slums.
You can read more about the conference at our blog. Your gifts to the Mission Fund made these efforts possible. Thank you!
Photo by Flickr user Serenae, licensed under a Creative Commons license
Gospel mission to North Africa
Sovereign Grace Ministries, along with Covenant Life Church (Gaithersburg, MD) and Covenant Community Church (Coldwater, OH), financially supports a partnership with a ministry that has worked in this part of the Muslim world for a number of years. After a year at the Pastor's College working to expand the team, they have now returned to the field. The Lord has graciously added an experienced pastor from Covenant Life Church to the team.
In the words of the man who’s leading the North Africa team, “Jesus commands us to make disciples of all nations, not just the ones that are safe. Unreached nations are unreached for a reason: they are inherently hostile to the gospel. They will never welcome us. We don't just lower our shoulders and go in blindly. But if we allow our evaluation of a favorable political climate and a craving for security to have authority over Scripture we will never go. Jesus promises us a hostile reception. He also promises to be with us. That is all we get. And that is enough.”
Unlike most U.S. ministries, this group is limited in how much detail they can share. But please pray for them in confidence that the Holy Spirit will guide your prayers. And thank you so much for your indispensable prayers and generous giving in support of this mission.
Snapshot: South Korea
Kang Songhwan is our first church planter in South Korea. When we met him and his wife Miran he already had ten years of pastoral experience and a seminary degree, but nevertheless they moved to Gaithersburg in 2008 to attend our Pastors College.
Songhwan did a remarkable job of navigating an intensive ten-month study program in his second language, and after graduating in June 2009, he and his family moved back to Seoul to plant Lord's Grace Church. This short film produced in 2010 tells his family's story and shares some of the grace their new church is experiencing.
At our Plant & Build blog, read an update from Songhwan or watch a video about his partnership with Sovereign Grace churches in the U.S.
This short film produced in 2008 tells the story of Covenant Life Church Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia’s capital city.
The church grew out of a Bible study led by Mo Adugna and his friend Wondy. Mo and Wondy had lived in the U.S. and could have stayed, but they sacrificed the American dream to return to Ethiopia to establish a church. In 2002, their Friday night Bible study had about 300 attendees. Five years later, about 1,000 people were attending the church—and they were beginning another church plant on the northern side of the city.
In this eight-minute film, you’ll see the challenges of church planting in Addis Ababa—and the grace of God in these churches.
Our strategy for equipping nations
Our strategy for advancing the Great Commission is to invest in the establishment and support of gospel-proclaiming local churches. Rather than send church-planting teams across borders, Sovereign Grace churches serve internationally primarily by training and supporting local church leaders.
While this takes time, it has proven effective: we now have the privilege of supporting churches and ministries in 22 countries outside the United States. This includes helping churches with startup grants, pastoral training, medical teams who supplement indigenous outreaches, and more.
For more resources on missions and church planting, browse our resource list.