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  • Posted October 25, 2014 10:52 pm
    by Kanon Bloom

    David,

    Where or what would be an example of a place where you wouldn`t have enough work to do the rest of your life? Please correct me, but it seems like anywhere there is always more than enough work that needs to be done. What do you think?

  • Posted October 27, 2014 1:59 pm
    by David Gardner

    Kanon, I’m sorry if I wasn’t very specific. Before giving an example of “a place where you wouldn’t have enough work to do the rest of your life” I would like to mention what our goal is as a missionary.
    2 Timothy 2:2 is obviously one of the passages that is used to describe our philosophy of ministry. You could also see passages like Colossians 1:27, Ephesians 4:11-12, etc.
    If our goal is only to lead people to Christ and establish a single church, we should be able to do that anywhere and have plenty of work to do for the rest of our lives. But if our goal is to train leaders, plant multiple churches and start a missionary movement where we are, we need to be a little wiser in where we decide to have our base of operations.
    That is why we follow Paul’s example of going to the major cities and planting churches there. If my goal were to evangelize a country and evangelize the world from where I am, where would be the most strategic? Where would I need to go to have enough resources when it comes to man power and possibilities for ministry? If I were to go to a city of 50,000 people it could only take me 1 year to reach each home with the gospel in some form (door tagging, mass evangelism, etc.). There would be plenty of work to do for an individual, but at the same time you would not have plenty of work if you were to start multiple churches. If you were to start 5 churches in that city, you would have 1 church for every 10,000 people. These smaller cities are usually the ones that are dying because the younger generation is going to the larger cities. The possibilities for training men for full time ministry is also limited by the amount of people you reach, etc.
    If you take a look at Arequipa, there are over 1 million people, maybe even up to 1.5 million people there is plenty of real estate to never run out of room. We have around 35 churches that have been started in this city through our team, but we still have much more to do. The city is a growing city, many people are migrating from other cities and we are seeing many new communities pop up all around the city. It is the second largest city in the country and it is a hub for the southern part of Peru. What I mean about going somewhere where you’ll never run out of work is this:
    – Go somewhere you will never start enough churches
    – Go somewhere you can never run out of leaders, pastors and missionaries to train
    – Go somewhere that is growing and people are migrating
    – Go somewhere that would be strategic to reach a larger amount of people
    – Go somewhere that would be strategic to reach the whole country
    – Go somewhere that you could send missionaries around the world

    I have all of those things here in Arequipa. After 26 years of my family planting churches, we have hardly scratched the surface. In fact, we are just getting started. We are sending church planters to other parts of Peru from Arequipa, people are coming to be trained from other parts of Peru, we are sending missionaries overseas from our ministry, we are planting more churches in new communities in Arequipa.

    I hope this helps, let me know if my comment raises more questions or clarifies things a little more.

  • Posted October 27, 2014 2:17 pm
    by David Gardner

    Kanon, I think this article is also a great resource to go more in depth on what I was talking about: http://www.worldevangelism.net/2014/10/08/where-to-plant-a-church-5-factors-to-consider/

  • Posted October 27, 2014 10:27 pm
    by Kanon Bloom

    Thank you David,

    Your answer helps a whole lot. I was thinking more about work (in the sense of serving the Lord, witnessing, etc) and not in the sense of being a man training missionary. I was thinking about it wrong. I agree with you and your answer definitely clears things up.

    Kanon

  • Posted April 17, 2018 5:33 pm
    by Dustin Brown

    Love not trying to find merit in a mission field and just finding the best place to do the work!

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