For Mitch Englehart, it's a beautiful sight that's taking place in some very dirty water. He watches from the bank of a stagnant canal as six new believers are baptized near a village in South Asia. Dhanwan is one of them.
"I want to follow Jesus!" the young man says. he became a Christian after a miraculous healing through the prayers of a local Baptist pastor. That pastor, Lalbahadur, is a fifth-generation Christian whose faith goes back to Mitch's church-planting network. It's January, and Dhanwan shivers as he steps into the canal. To start the baptistm chain, Lalbahadur immerses Dhanwan, then each newly baptized believer baptizes the next. This is discipleship in action, Mitch Says. It's what brought him to South Asia.
He and his wife, Nellie, have spent the last nine years training church leaders like Lalbahadur. But the six baptized today are just the tip of the iceberg. Between Mitch's two primary national partners, he's seen more than 1,200 new churches and more than 3,000 baptisms in the last five years alone.
There's still plenty to do Mitch's team is busy developing a new wave of church planters focused on the area's least reached districts - many less than 0.1 percent Christian.
"God is using these guys in mighty ways," he says with a grin. "There's already a fire burning. My role is to pour a little gasoline on that fire."
Pray - for the Engleharts to stay healthy amid their busy lives and work and for local leaders to have strength, wisdom, and insight.
Pray - for young believers and churches to grow and be strong in the Lord.
Posted on Thu, December 4, 2014
by Donna Shiflett