Javier Forero, pastor of Iglesia Comunal La Esperanza, a Grace Brethren congregation in Valrico, Fla., has returned from a trip to Nassau, Bahamas, where he worked with Haitian pastors Dumont Cardichon and Henry Cher-aime. His report appears below.
First of all I want to thank God and Encompass World Partners for allowing me to participate with Pastor Dumont and Pastor Henry on this trip to the city of Nassau, Bahamas.
I had a great time at Pastor Henry’s church leading the leadership workshop, with an average of 160 people each day. The workshop lasted three days and in the midst of it was presented a challenge of planting 50 churches throughout the country of Bahamas.
Lots of people accepted the challenge and God willing we will start this church planting movement soon.
Also during the workshop there was a man who is the speaker for a national radio station and invited us to participate in a (real time) interview with the participation of the listeners of this radio station. It was great to let them know about the gospel first, and then our intentions of planting these new churches under the coverage and coaching of Grace Brethren churches. Also during the radio program I received the invitation to do the same workshop but nationally, inviting churches and entrepreneurs.
To complete this project in a more appropriated manner, Pastor Henry and I are looking into areas that his local church can help us launch this church planting movement. Pray that the church Board may have a positive response and accept this challenge to use his local church as a springboard for church planting.
Please pray for this new project in order to see these 50 new churches growing in Bahamas.