2019 State of the Ministry
a note from Empower One Founder & CEO
I’m happy to report that as of January 2019 the state of Empower One is quite strong, and the field ministry is the best its ever been. You are a big part of why we can say things are well.
Our big, holy, audacious vision remains:
to be part of a movement that brings the gospel to the nearly 20 million Sudanese and South Sudanese who’ve never heard Jesus’ name.
We started in what’s now South Sudan. God opened doors for us in Sudan, we bled over into northern Uganda, we have wonderful partners in Democratic Republic of Congo, and today we’re in Chad. God leads, we follow.
An unengaged people group is a tribe with no full-time Christian worker pursuing them. We continue to make the top of all the wrong lists. However, thanks to you, we’re going to do push hard, partner with other ministries, and get these numbers to zero.
Why I believe the state of Empower One is strong:
Our local, african partners.
What terrific, Godly people we get to be yoked together with like John. It’s another reason for you to consider coming over. You’ll be so encouraged by the global church and what God is doing through men and women who’ll humble and inspire you.
You: Hear me loud and clear: This is a joint venture. God has given the Western Church a lot of resources. Your decision to invest yours in one of the toughest, least-reached neighborhoods in the world is producing an incredible gospel harvest, lots of churches, and blessed communities. Your prayers are critical, and those of you who’ve traveled over know that not only did you encourage the heck out of our local partners, but you were richly blessed. Thanks.
The Unlikely: In 2017, recall God gave us a three-year plan called The Unlikely. You may have received an email about this! Why the Unlikely? We were drawn to the story of Paul in Philippians 1. While in prison he writes, “what has happened to me [prison] has actually served to advance the gospel.” God moves powerfully in unlikely circumstances through unlikely people, and today He’s showing His power again through South Sudanese and Sudanese refugees.
Here are the elements of The Unlikely and how things
are progressing a third of the way there:
Evangelism: If you’ve even glanced at our newsletters in the past few months, you’ve seen us jumping for joy because 175,469 people heard the gospel and 37,978 people professed faith in Christ. This has completely blown our minds, but those numbers are so big they risk being meaningless, so when I see those numbers,
I think of this former witch doctor burning his charms after encountering Jesus Christ.
I think of seven-foot-tall David Lual baptizing this kid in South Sudan.
This is the good stuff and this is what you help make happen.
I’m excited about 2019. Thanks to your help, we are entering this year with a lot of momentum. We’re making tremendous headway in the refugee camps in Northern Uganda, we’re back and growing in South Sudan, and seeing wonderful work among followers of Islam.
Here’s our why from God’s word. From Romans 10, Paul writes,
“‘For the scripture says, ‘Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed…’ How then will they call on Him in whom they have no believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent?'”
Thanks for helping to send us and our wonderful, local partners.
“And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation; but as it is written, ‘They who had no news of Him shall see, And they who have not heard shall understand.'” -Romans 15:20-21
Onward to the 20 million who have no news of Him… yet!