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Meet the SOWERS International Missions Leadership Team

 

If you compare the size of SOWERS with its impact in global church missions, the results are staggering. With just a small mostly volunteer leadership team and an organization spread across the world, tens of thousands of people hear and respond to the gospel every year through our ministry.

Get fired up about international missions by reading their stories below. When you see how God has worked in and through their lives, you’ll see that God will use anyone who puts his kingdom first.

Meet our 4 regional directors, the chairman, and the president.

 

SOWERS International Regional Directors

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West Africa Regional Director

 

Kwesi’s Story: Won By the Power of the Gospel

How do you reach a nation when you lack resources? As Jesus said, “With God, all things are possible.” God cares more about the lost than any of us. So when he finds a person who wants to be led by him to spread the gospel, it’s not hard to get their attention. In 1977, that person was Kwesi.

Kwesi was working with the Ghana Evangelism Committee when he saw his first open air presentation. It captured his heart because it focused completely on preaching the gospel and watching God change people’s hearts. Hundreds of them. And for almost no cost.

In 1993, Kwesi was asked to be the National Director for Ghana’s SOWERS ministry. He has trained dozens of church leaders and members across multiple denominations. What’s more, he’s personally planted several new churches in Ghana. He loves to see people of other faiths hear and respond to the gospel. Two such people who turned their lives to God in an open air meeting many years ago are still members of his local church.

What Kwesi loves about SOWERS is the simplicity of its approach to the global mission of the church. It hardly costs anything, and yet it results in huge numbers of people getting the chance to respond to the truth and love of God.

 

French-Speaking Africa Regional Director

 

Murray’s Story: Looking for the Kingdom of God

God sometimes tests us to see how badly we want something. Murray wanted to use his gifts to spread the kingdom of God. But he didn’t know how, because he didn’t see himself as an evangelist.

In the 1980s, missionaries from Chad inspired him to spend two years in Switzerland in language study before joining their mission in Chad. But that opportunity fell through, so his family headed back to New Zealand for five long years.

But then, while serving a potato supper at a Christian Camp in Taupo, one of the campers named Harry said, “I would like five minutes with you and Christine.” Harry told them about SOWERS, and how desperately they needed French speakers to help them expand into certain West African nations.

A year later in 1993, Murray’s family of five moved to Ivory Coast, and stayed there for six years. There, he devoted himself to teaching and training local churches in the methods of outdoor evangelism. As the local churches started going out to preach the gospel to the lost, Murray got to see incredible fruit flowing through his work. He saw lives, communities, cities and nations be transformed, all starting with a simple sketch board, paint, and paper.

Murray is passionate about SOWERS because it follows Jesus’ example to go out to where the people are – in the intersections, the highways, and the marketplaces. And, it uses local Christians, not outsiders, to tell their own people about Jesus’ saving work on the cross, using a simple, cost-effective, and transferrable approach.

For someone who doesn’t see himself as an evangelist, Murray has been directly or indirectly involved in hundreds, if not thousands of people giving their lives to God.

How many lives can be touched by your passion for God’s Kingdom?

 

Asia Regional Director

 

John and Winsome’s Story: Looking for God’s Call

God called Moses through a burning bush. He called David from the sheep fields. He called Paul on a roadside, and Peter in a fishing boat.

For John and Winsome, God used an advertisement.

Back in 2000, John and Winsome saw an ad inviting people to apply to join a SOWERS mission team to the Philippines. Sensing this was where God was leading them, they applied and were accepted. As they learned the SOWERS method of evangelism, they were amazed at how its simplicity and effectiveness were so different from most other methods. With its strong biblical foundation, they were convinced this was the way to go.

So they spent the next six years in the Philippines working on administration, training, promotion, and mentoring – helping raise up local leaders and Sowers who would continue spreading the word in their communities, training more leaders, and multiplying churches.

After returning to New Zealand in 2007, they accepted the role of Regional Director for Asia, now serving Nepal, India, and the Philippines. Opening up the nation of Nepal in 2006 was especially exciting for them, and now the Sowers global mission continues to produce fruit for the kingdom of heaven in that nation as well.

If you’ve ever wondered what God wants you to do, John and Winsome’s story offers an inspiring lesson. What was the key to them hearing God’s call? They already possessed a strong desire to reach the lost. God calls the hungry, the passionate, the committed, and those who have strong faith.

So build your faith, pursue God’s word, and see what doors he might open up for you!

 

East Africa Regional Director

 

Selwyn and Christine’s Story: Endurance for the Gospel

Jesus said in Matthew 5 that we are blessed when we are persecuted for the sake of his name.

When Selwyn and Christine accepted the task of establishing a SOWERS training program in Zimbabwe in 1993, they had no idea of how real this was about to become.

With 26 years of experience in another ministry, they arrived in Zimbabwe in 1994 to conduct Level 2 trainings. The weather was hot and dry, the roads filthy and in horrible condition. Their first work permit was turned down. This wasn’t the start they’d hoped for.

Then, at their first meeting, students boycotted because the only trainings were in English. Over the next few years, they were robbed multiple times, and thieves attempted to steal their car seven different times.

But eventually, they were able to train a few leaders in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Once the roots were planted, the trainings could now be done in local languages, by local leaders. In keeping with the SOWERS mission to raise up local churches and leaders, six Eastern African nations now have training manuals and resources in at least 12 languages.

Selwyn and Christine now oversee the work in all six nations and have had the great pleasure of seeing God establish strong local leaders all over the region. Uganda now has two level 6 leaders, meaning the entire program in that nation can be run by local leaders.

Selwyn and Christine’s endurance and faith have led to thousands of people hearing and receiving Jesus in their lives.

 

Chairman

 

David’s Story: Motivated to Use His Gifts

As we grow up watching our parents’ lives, some people follow in their footsteps. Others go in a new direction, and do something totally different. And sometimes, it’s a little bit of both.

David’s father and grandfather both supported international missionary work, and this made a big impression on him. However, he didn’t at first seek to follow in their footsteps. But one day, a business contact called him up and asked David to join the leadership team of SOWERS International.

What motivated him to join the Board then is the same thing driving him today – a passion to see churches planted around the world, and then training those churches to go out and do the same. David is continually inspired by the simple effectiveness of the SOWERS method of evangelism, and he wholeheartedly uses his gifts of administration to support it.  

He was drawn to an evangelism approach so centered in the local church, one that seeks out and raises up local leaders. Not only is this more respectful of the local culture (and more effective!), but it’s faster and far less costly. You don’t have to spend years learning a language, raising and maintaining support, and trying to integrate into a new culture.

With some exhortation and insight from others, David eventually recognized his gifts were perfect for his role in SOWERS. He calls himself the gopher, in that he has to “go fer” this and “go fer” that – whatever the organization and its missionaries need.

Now serving as the Chairman, David devotes himself to the work of the gospel – doing his part to support the leadership training and church planting of SOWERS, and adding to the kingdom of heaven.

 

President

 

Bryan’s Story: Feeding Hunger for the Gospel

In Acts 16, the apostle Paul sees a vision about a man in Macedonia who wants to hear about Jesus. In the vision, he is desperate for truth and pleads with Paul to come help. This vision comes after Paul and Silas had felt the Holy Spirit himself resisting their efforts to go into Asia.

Why? Because God knew where the harvest was ripe. Where people would respond to the message of salvation and Lordship.

When Bryan, now the SOWERS president, saw his first open air meeting in Auckland, New Zealand way back in the 1960s, he had no idea what he was in for. But this event, seeing how many people responded to the gospel, linked his life with the SOWERS ministry from that point on.

In so many Western churches, hardly any unbelievers walk through the doors. And in just one open air meeting, Bryan saw more people hear the gospel for the first time than he had seen in his entire life at his church. He realized on that day that God is on a global mission, and he’s looking for people who want to join him on it.

So Bryan and Isabel his wife joined the ministry, and eventually went to the Philippines and Hong Kong to help train local churches with the SOWERS method of evangelism and church planting. He now helps the SOWERS mission from New Zealand.

 

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