The Need – The Not so Fun Facts of Lost-ness and Theological Famine
- There are untold millions still untold. Approximately 33% of the world’s population has never heard the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- 85% of evangelical pastors in the world have little to no access to theological training, which means their leadership, evangelism, and discipleship may be hindered.
- In the U.S., there is 1 theologically trained worker for every 235 people.
- Outside the U.S., there is 1 theologically trained worker for every 450,000 people.
- So, if you are from the States and your life was touched by a godly pastor, that may be because you knew at least 235 people. For a person in the rest of the world to get the same experience you did, they have to know 450,000 people.
Our Goals – To Reach and Teach
Our first year will focus on language and cultural acquisition. David Sills calls this “drilling a well.” If we are going to drink from this well for the rest of our lives, then we need to make it a good one. This is obviously necessary for teaching and training, and we are willing to put in the work, though it is hard to think about talking like a toddler for the foreseeable future.
Once we get to the field in Argentina, we will:
- begin making relationships where God can use us for evangelism and discipleship, with the hopes of partnering with nationals to plant churches.
- look for opportunities to train leaders within the churches around Argentina. Honestly, “look for opportunities” is a terrible phrase, because there are opportunities everywhere since most of the pastors in that area of the world have never had any access to theological or practical training.
- use the relationships God has provided to advance leadership training around the world. By His grace, we have connections to missions in many places. We hope to partner with other missionaries and churches to take the Reaching & Teaching pastoral training modules into other places around the globe, including other areas of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, India, Bosnia, and multiple countries in Africa.