By God’s grace we connected with our Asia national ministry partner in 2010. For the safety and security of our national partner and churches we will refer to them as “M28 International” At that time, they had planted 11 churches in rural villages sharing the gospel, discipling new believers to become pastors in their village church. As of 2022 there are 33 churches, tens of thousands of new believers and baptisms, so there has been significant growth in church planting. Each of the churches are in villages that had no Christian presence in them before M28 International started their missionary work there. The process starts with a 3-5 person M28 International missionary team going into a new village and playing the “Jesus video” for everyone in the village. Over time the team establishes friendship and trust with the village and when one person from the village accepts Christ, a home church is established. Over time as more people come to Christ and the church grows and they have secured land (donated or purchased by believers in the village) a temporary church will be built using Bamboo. An M28 International trained pastor is permanently assigned and is responsible for all pastoring duties of this church under the supervision of M28 International senior pastors. This facility will be used while the church grows and raises 25% of the building cost of the permanent brick church. Once they have raised these funds in either material and or labor and have around 25 members, M28 International will raise the funds to build a permanent brick church. In most cases they need $15,000 to complete the new church with bathrooms and small kitchen. M28 Ministries partners with churches in most cases or individuals & families occasionally to raise the funds for the church building project. Generally, it takes about 6-8 months to build the church.
M28 International pastor training for student pastors, missionary's and lay leaders is conducted at the Asia Training center completed in January 2022. Most of the graduated students go on to become M28 International associate pastors in their sending church. When they have completed all training and are considered ready, they will be sent to another village, as part of a M28 International missionary team, to establish a new church in a new village where they will become the pastor. M28 International pastor training is a 2-year program (4 Semesters) where we brings 30 men from the village churches called into ministry to be fully trained and equipped to be pastors and missionaries in future M28 International village churches.
The total cost per student is $950 for the 2-year program. The cost for a full class of 30 students is $7125 per semester, $14,250 per year, $28,500 for the whole 2 year program. This is a great opportunity for the body of the western church to help equip a brother in Christ to serve in the mission field in his own country reaching his own people for Christ!
Currently M28 International has 33 full time pastors serving in village churches throughout the region. The villages are in very poor mostly agricultural areas where the average daily income is less than $3.00 per day. The church members barely earn enough to provide for their family and do not have enough money to support their pastor.
The goal of our pastor support ministry is to raise $100 for each pastor allowing the pastor to serve full time and not need other income. In America we spend over $100 taking our family out to dinner. Would you consider skipping one dinner out to support one of our pastors and their families for 1 month?