As I’ve been getting up to speed here at First Baptist Church, there are some things that truly excite me about what God is doing around here.  Perhaps the biggest thing is the prospect of our helping to plant a Spanish language church in the Waterloo area.  For a long time, I’ve had an interest in church planting because I believe that starting new churches is one of the most effective ways of reaching people with the gospel.   Planting an ethnic congregation adds the aspect of international missions to the experience, and that thrills me, too.

We face an enormous task, though.  Already, the folks from the North American Mission Board, the Baptist Convention of Iowa, and the North East Iowa Baptist Association have committed to be partners with us in the project, which is truly encouraging.  But there are still some holes in the plane.  Our projections indicate that we still need more financial support, which is critical in supporting the church and its leaders.  I must admit that I am somewhat uncertain about how we need to proceed right now.  This is a God-sized task, to be sure.  But this much I know — If this idea is truly from God, then we must trust Him to provide the means to get it done. 

The reason I am writing this post is to encourage everyone who reads this to pray earnestly about the matter.  We need to seek God with all our hearts in order to determine His divine will.  Our prayers should seek guidance for how we need to proceed in the process, and that God would show us how the finances will be provided.  But there is much more.  We need to pray for the right person to become available actually to plant the church.  Some folks believe that they already know who the right person is, but that man and his wife are resistant to the idea.  Whoever the right person is, God is already working in his life to bring him to us, so we need to ask that he will hear and respond quickly.  We also need to pray for the supporting work of planting a church to be done.  Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” (Matt. 9:37-38)  Here’s the big question.  Are you one of the workers?  Do you have the faith to commit to this awesome, God-sized task?

I saw a wonderful article by Henry Blackaby in Baptist Press this morning.  (You can read the entire article here – http://www.bpnews.net/bpcolumn.asp?ID=2543) In this article, Blackaby encourages us to live by faith in the God who makes all things possible.  He says, “For us, it is time to believe God. God’s people desperately need to experience God mightily at work in their lives. And a seeking, searching world must also see God working. So, all waits on our faith as children of God.”  I am convinced that when we exercise true faith, it will turn our world, our community, our church, our homes upside down for His glory!  We need to have some faith, and truly trust God as He makes His will known to us. 
 

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