Why Plant Churches in the US
The mission of Every Nation Ministries work, which Cindy and I have served with for more than 15 years, is to make disciples and establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially-responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.
With churches existing in perceived abundance, why would Kingdom resources be directed toward starting new churches? Some people strongly believe that new churches will only weaken the already struggling existing churches. Why not spend our energy and resources helping revitalize declining churches? Some of the existing churches that are in decline can be revitalized.
Unfortunately, most cannot because of established forms, traditions, mindsets, cultures, and inherent pride. The statistics for established churches are not promising: Read more
Reaching the Nations from Your Doorstep
With world evangelism as a priority, Christians have moved all over the world taking the Gospel to every nation of the earth. Personally, Cindy and I have spent the last seven years starting churches and campus ministries in university areas in New Zealand and Malaysia. And we know first hand the challenges and costs that Americans face while serving overseas as missionaries.
However, we no longer need to move overseas to full fill the Great Commission of “Making disciples of every nation.” Today, students from other countries come to the United States to study at our colleges and universities and earn bachelors, masters, or doctoral degrees, and even engage in post-doctoral work. Read more
For seven years, our family served on the overseas mission field. But now, God has brought the mission field to our doorstep here in the US. Literally, we are seeing opportunities to share the Good News with people from so many nations from the comfort of our own home.
As we have settled back in NC for a season of support development and preparation for Seattle, we have also returned with the same passion to reach the nations found in Raleigh-Durham and the Research Triangle Park.
This week alone, we have connected with people from Iran, Pakistan, Nepal, Algeria, China, Indonesia and many others nations. All of these nations have extreme restrictions on evangelism and the Christian church. And yet here these foreigners find themselves in the most “Gospel saturated” nation on the earth. What an amazing opportunity to fulfill the Great Commission! Read more
Greetings from Malaysia! Hopefully all is well with you and your family. As promised, Cindy and I wanted to share more with you regarding our transition.
This week is our seven year anniversary of departing the US for the mission field. Together, we have help plant some amazing churches in New Zealand and Malaysia and have seen hundreds of young people come to know Jesus. This is cause for rejoicing for the impact we have made together. Thank you from the bottom of our heart for making it possible.
For some time Cindy and I have known our season in Malaysia was coming to an end, and that God had something significant ahead for us. This past year, we have been seeking God and talking with our pastor and several Every Nation leaders trying to discern God’s will regarding our next ministry assignment. Read more
Happy resurrection day to you! We hope you had an awesome weekend celebrating the greatest news of all time; Jesus has risen from the grave. Jesus resurrection gives us great confidence to boldly proclaim the message of the cross in a land filled with Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus who devoutly worship their gods and gurus who are now buried in the ground.
As you may know, I just returned from a 3 week trip to Manila and the US. It was long journey, but was made worth it by the time I spent with friends and family. After 18 months abroad, it was a great encouragement to see everyone. Read more
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
We want to wish you and your family a wonderful and hope filled holiday season! We pray that the joy and peace that comes from knowing our Savior, Jesus Christ, would fill your heart this Christmas. May 2009 be the greatest year of your life.
Much Love from Malaysia,
John, Cindy, Hannah, John Jr, Christian and Daniel
Does life ever feel like you are surfing a huge wave that just keeps growing bigger and closer? Do you feel like you’ve wiped out and are being driven deep under the water by the whitewash of a massive wave? The wave of life feel like it’s going to take you under?
Maybe it’s the financial trials of today, maybe it’s your busted relationships, maybe the pile of work never ends, maybe the bad choices of yesterday have tracked you down and there’s no escape. Or maybe you just look at your life and cannot figure out why the trials keep coming. I know how this feels! Read more
You may know by now, Cindy and I just spent 4 years in Auckland, New Zealand. It was the most amazing season of our lives. We were there helping plant a few churches that would reach a young generation of Kiwis with the greatest news ever!
Since we moved to SE Asia and now back to the US, we have been asked numerous times what we miss most about New Zealand. Our response is the same every time, we miss the Pacific Island people. Here is a video from one of our ministries world conferences. The performers are all from our church in Auckland. Way to go Every Nation-Auckland!
Enjoy this amazing performance and let us know what you think.