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Recently I was challenged by a message from Andy Stanley based on the words of Jesus in Matthew 16:18, "I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it."

When Jesus uttered those words, how much did the disciples understand? Did they know what this "gathering" or "assembly" of Christ followers would or could look like? And when Jesus commissioned them to go "and make disciples of all nations" after telling them that they would be His witnesses "to the ends of the earth", again, how much did they understand? After all, how good was their geography? Where was the end of the earth in their thinking? You can be sure that New Zealand wasn't on their minds.

Yet despite their limitations, Jesus said that he would build His church....and that nothing would stop him. And for 2000 years He has been doing just that and despite the enemy's best efforts to hinder her progress, this Church continues to grow.

Just this week I was reading that 19 of the top 20 countries where Christianity is growing the fastest are in Asia and Africa and 11 of these are Muslim majority countries!

In another report I read of a group in India who have already trained 30,000 church planters and planted 15,000 churches. One of their board members has personally baptised over 32,000 people! Now they are trusting God for 60 million converts by 2025. Sound impossible? Nothing is impossible to God and He said, "I WILL build MY church"....and He is.

From the Central African SOWERS countries of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique and Uganda, the following figures have been passed on to us:

  • 314 teams have conducted 895 open air meetings
  • 73,790 people heard the gospel
  • 56,290 people were counselled after open air meetings
  • 19,071 have joined churches with SOWERS teams and many have joined other churches
  • 46 new churches were planted.

Writing from DR Congo, Emanuel reported:

  • During the course of this year 118 new Sowers were trained at L.1 and L.2 in seven seminars.
  • We held a total of 15 Open Air Meetings and did "Door to Door" evangelism on five occasions.
  • Through these methods 1140 people were contacted with the Gospel and 640 responded positively. They were followed up and integrated into local churches. A total of nine new churches were planted.

Thank you for your support throughout 2013 as God continues to use SOWERS International as a means to build His church.

Murray

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