In the Global Mission Regional Office, we recently received the annual report from the “Border Initiative” ministry in Mexico, and we are praising the Lord for the results! We’d love to share some highlights of that report, written by the coordinator, Rev. Manuel Molina.
The northern border of Mexico has a population of 24,800,000 people in 8 states, where there are 148 churches and missions made up of 6,600 Nazarenes. In light of that reality, the Border Initiative seeks to plant new churches in the cities and towns with no Nazarene presence, along with reactivating the churches that have closed and equipping the local leadership of the existent church.
The main strategy that is being implemented in order to achieve these goals is Project Paul, a program that has been used in the south of Mexico for 10 years. During a period of three weeks, Project Paul focuses on planting new congregations by using evangelism and discipleship tools. This strategy is now being implemented in the north of the country, producing excellent results in 2017:
- Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. May 27-June 18 – 439 new believers
- Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. July 15-August 6 – 438 new believers
- Monclova y Ciudad Frontera, Coahuila. October 4-22 – 56 new believers
- Zona Carbonifera, Coahuila. October 10-31 – 227 new believers
- Comarca Lagunera. November 25-December 17 – 372 new believers
Statistics of the five projects:
- Missionaries involved: 120
- Churches involved: 30
- New missions started: 23
- Churches “restarted”: 4
- Church planters and leaders equipped: 23
- New believers: 1,534
God is definitely doing something BIG on the border! May God continue to bless this initiative and the Project Paul strategy. Remember that you can be a part of this too, by praying for the new believers, the new missions and the reactivated churches!
Also, may God continue to call more and more people to engage in this church planting movement! If you are interested or would like to participate in Project Paul this year, visit the Facebook page of Border Initiative or contact Freivy Lopez (firstname.lastname@example.org). They have a Project Paul scheduled for each month in 2018 – so there are plenty of opportunities for you to be involved!