Tuesday is Church Planting
The following story is from the Paul Becker, the founder and President of Dynamic Church Planting International. It is thrilling to hear of what God does when a man is sold-out to reaching others with the life transforming message of the gospel. Read it and thrill to the power of the gospel. But read it also to see the simplicity of the vision: Go and tell people about Jesus.
Let me tell you the true story of a church planter who is alive and serving God today.
His name is Paulo Andrade. He grew up in poverty in northeast Brazil. He had almost no education. Still, he knew at the age of 19 that God called him to plant churches. By the time he was 31, God had used Paulo to plant 14 churches. Ten of the churches have buildings.
Once he went to a village without any churches at all. He evangelized from house to house. His church met in a bar. Many people came. They used the pool table for their Bibles. Everyone who came, including the bar owner, gave their lives to Jesus. The bar owner donated the bar to become the church building. The drug trade in that village went way down because the new Christians stopped using drugs. The primary drug dealer told Paulo that he would kill him. God protected Paulo by keeping the drug dealer from seeing him.
Later, Paulo was sent by his home church to region where there were 31 villages. None of the villages had a church. This is a place so remote that not even the Catholics are there. Everything that Paulo has done, he has done by done by foot. He experienced God’s favor and hundreds of people came to Christ and churches were planted. His vision is to see at least one church in each of the 31 villages.
What is Paulino’s biggest dream? To see people being set free from the hands of Satan. He hates to see people enslaved by Satan. He loves to see them set free and transformed by Jesus. Paulo says, “I have never owned a house. But many of our people have houses in heaven.”
It is a great joy to know that Paulo was trained by Dynamic Church Planting International. [That’s DCPI’s vision, training as many Paulo’s as possible to plant 5,000,000 churches worldwide.]
What does God want to do through you?
11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plan to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
- Pray to God.
- Ask him what he wants to do through you.
- Listen to his voice.
- Do what he says.
God has a plan that will give you hope and a future. You and the people will be blessed.
It’s a great suggestion. I wonder how the world would change if all the Christians in the world simply asked God that one question, “What is your dream for me?” And then responded to his answer to our prayer, “Your will is my will.”
Overnight, the world would change.
Let’s start asking tonight.
And when you do, pray for the continuing work of DCPI as they train church planters around the world.