I have always had great respect for Jason Holt and his family. The Skype conversations, his blog entries, and the testimonies I had heard about his ministry from people who had visited it did not fully prepare me what I saw. God is truly blessing the ministry there in Santiago. Jason is a super talented man of God. The Holts are a loving, caring, and hard working family. However, those are not the things that I was most impressed with. Those are not the things that make them unique from a vast amount of ministries I have seen around the world.
Jason’s simple, strategic, and Biblical method for training leaders of leaders is what makes him more than a “church planter”. Most people wait for faithful men they can train for the ministry. Iglesia Bautista Fe (the church the Holt family started almost 4 years ago) doesn’t wait for faithful for men, they create them through God’s power. Souls are being saved and are being taught that God has a wonderful plan for their lives.
It was so thrilling to here the men in the Chile Baptist College talk about their desire to reach their city, country, and the world with the Gospel. I had the opportunity to teach a 16 hour course of spiritual formation. I emphasized the need to disciple the entire church to reach their God given potential. I encouraged them to not create a false sense of dichotomy between them and the “average church member”. At night we had approximately 20 students come out for the Fe Bible Institute classes. In my mini-missiology course I desired to encouraged them by helping them see the context in which they serve. They are part of something that is awesome and worth giving their lives to.
In Chile I did not see just a good church. I saw a good start to a church planting movement. That is what we support our missionaries to do. That is what most of them go to the field to do “plant churches, train national leadership, reach the country”. You can see it on almost every prayer card.
Many times the hard times and the difficulty of getting a church off the ground causes people to tame their dreams. Language school and the “dip” (the time it gets the hardest before it gets better) causes missionaries to lower their view of what God can do in and through their lives. Jason did not get discouraged to a point of quitting during the difficult times but allowed it remind him of who important the work must be if Satan would fight it.
Let me encourage you to get to Santiago, Chile and see the beginning stages of a world changing church planting movement. By God’s desire and power Santiago will never be the same. A group of faithful men are addicting themselves the Word of God and His work. The results will be explosive. It is more than a church it a church planting movement!
You can learn more about Jason Holt and other great missionaries at www.bcwe.org