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Living Faith ChurchDanville
Danville wasn’t the kind of place in which my family ever
expected to plant a church. When God called us to plant a church, we expected
to do so in the middle of the city. But God showed us an immense need and an
incredible opportunity to push back lostness in suburban Indianapolis. We were
given land, a building and the support of a local SBC church that wanted to see
its community reached for Christ. We’ve already seen God use that incredible
opportunity to give us a jump-start in this bedroom community.
We’re reaching people like Tiffany Marzal and her son Caleb.
Tiffany longed to raise her son in a Christian environment, but she knew little
about what that really meant. After attending our church for some time, she
came to realize she didn’t need more church; instead, she needed a growing
relationship with Jesus Christ. We had the privilege of baptizing Tiffany and
Caleb in one of our worship services.
Understanding that we’re better together, we look forward to
many more years of serving on the frontlines of ministry with Southern
Pray that God will continue to provide ways for Living Faith
to reach the community.
Pray for more Tiffanys and Calebs to find faith in Christ.
Date Created: 3/23/2014 7:24:09 PM
Indianapolis Grace Ethiopian ChurchIndianapolis
We came to Indianapolis to visit a college friend who was encouraging
us to start a church here. We accepted his challenge. So, though we had originally
planned on staying only a couple of days, about five years ago we made
Indianapolis our home. The challenge we face now is reaching the 3,000
Ethiopian and Eritrean immigrants living in the Indianapolis area.
Though we have a lot to celebrate as we see many in this community
embracing Christ, we need the continued prayers and partnerships of Southern
Baptists. We find among Southern Baptists many wonderful men and women who not
only have experience and skill in supporting church planting, but also a commitment
to the task and a passion to see it accomplished.
We need brothers and sisters who are passionate for the gospel and
committed to expanding the kingdom of God throughout the nations.
Pray for Yosef as he leads Grace Ethiopian Church and reaches
immigrants with the gospel.
Pray for growing favor for Yosef and his church in Indianapolis.
Date Created: 3/23/2014 7:21:28 PM
Oasis of Hope Southern Baptist ChurchIndianapolis
We were called to start
church planting in 2005 when God opened our eyes to the impoverished areas of
Indianapolis. The surrounding areas of Indianapolis, particularly the east side
of the city, are deeply impoverished and suffering from a gospel famine.
While people may have heard
the name of Jesus, a majority don’t know what He did for them. Many associate
the church with building campaigns and campaigns for raising money so the
church can continue to exist.
The real poverty in these
areas of Indianapolis is lack of leadership. There is very little leadership,
even at the most basic level of family leaders and fathers. One of the
challenges and opportunities we have is to find the rare gem of a man who
believes in Christ and who actually is a leader in his community.
Our goal in the next few
years is to start a church of no more than 30 people every two blocks. I feel
confident that as these churches grow and make disciples, we will see our
impoverished communities transformed by the leadership of Christ through His
Pray that Oasis of Hope will
connect people with the gospel and impact the city.
Pray for a church planting movement in Indianapolis.
Date Created: 3/23/2014 7:18:10 PM
Iglesia Christiana Vida
When our family moved to
Indianapolis in 2010, we knew no one in the city, we had no money, and we had
no church building. Yet God had called us to start a new church to reach the
city’s growing Hispanic population.
God is using our church to
push back lostness among one of the least reached people groups in the city of
Indianapolis. When I arrived in Indianapolis, there were only two other SBC
churches reaching Hispanics. In the past three years I’ve built a relationship
with Hispanics in our city by meeting them at laundromats, parks, restaurants,
grocery stores and everywhere else Hispanic people spend their time.
Early on I met Luis Maytorel—an
American citizen whose parents are from Mexico—at a laundromat. Luis gave me
his contact info. Later, he accepted Christ and was baptized at our church. I
believe in the future, God may call Luis into church planting ministry.
Like King David in biblical
times, I grew up as a shepherd boy helping my father tend sheep in my native
land of Guatemala. Today it is a privilege to partner with Southern Baptists as
I shepherd a young, growing congregation in Indianapolis.
Pray that God would provide a
new location for Vida Eterna to worship.
Pray for Emilio as he reaches Hispanics wherever he encounters them.
Date Created: 3/23/2014 7:15:17 PM
God began to reveal to me a couple of
years ago that my ministry in Atlanta was coming to a close. My wife, Twyla,
and I began to pray, seeking His new direction for us. During this period, two
good friends began to ask us to consider ministry in Indianapolis. This wasn’t our
first invitation to move to Indy. We began to think about the move again.
We took a vision tour and prayerwalked
the cultural arts district of Massachusetts Avenue. We went back home to
Atlanta to continue to pray, seeking God’s direction. We began to take the
initial steps to see if this was from God. Everything fell into place rather
Bob Burton was one of the people who
asked me to pray about moving to Indy to plant a church. Now we are here and
are networking for evangelism and gathering a core team. We just started our
first small group.
The cooperation seen through Southern
Baptist missions is a tremendous blessing. I’ve been Southern Baptist since I
decided to follow Christ at age 9. Partnering with other
Southern Baptist churches is an incredible gift.
Pray for Kerry’s ministry at the Art Bank
Art Gallery and the Stutz Artists Association.
Ask God to send more mission teams to
share in the work.
Date Created: 3/23/2014 7:12:11 PM
In 2008 my wife, Amy, and I attended the Southern Baptist Convention
in Indianapolis. The Convention highlighted lostness and the need for church
planting. Our hearts began to ache for Indianapolis and the lost souls there. We
even snuck out of the meeting to explore the city. From that moment on, we had
a desire to plant a church here.
We considered moving to Indianapolis that year but felt committed to
the pastorate I had just taken in Kentucky, and had the conviction that a
planter should be sent out of a local church. The desire to plant in Indy never
left our minds or hearts, so when our sending church approached us to see if we
would be interested in planting in an urban center, we rejoiced and began
making plans. Seven months later we were on our mission field.
One of the areas in Indianapolis we are attempting to reach is the
inner-city neighborhood of Mapleton-Fall Creek. This neighborhood is especially
broken and in need of Jesus. It is estimated that 95 percent of the people there
do not know Jesus. This neighborhood is full of people in need of the redemptive work
Pray for people like Dominique who came to faith through the Rager’s
Pray for their work with college students.
Date Created: 3/23/2014 7:11:01 PM
When God called us to plant a
church in the Midwest, we looked for a city that has a big impact on North
America. Indianapolis clearly fits this mold. It’s the 12th largest city in the
United States, yet has an anemic evangelical presence. Though we came to the
area thinking we’d plant in the suburbs, God opened our eyes to Midtown
Indianapolis, a quickly growing area with a large recent influx of 25-35 year
In the last two years we have
reached people such as Brooks. Brooks grew up in an Indianapolis church but had
only a minimal understanding of the gospel. I urged him to connect to a small
group where he could learn to become rooted in what really matters. In time he
became a Christian and was baptized at our church.
Brooks is one of 200 people
who call our church home most weekends. Thanks to the
generosity of Southern Baptists, we believe that is only the beginning of how
God will use our church to reach Midtown Indianapolis.
Pray that God will help Soma
Church train the people they are reaching to be ministry leaders.
Pray for Brandon as he reaches
members of the next generation.
Date Created: 3/23/2014 7:09:40 PM
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