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Getting Started...And How YOU Can Help! Posted about ago

It's go time! We are now officially launching our ministry campaign and inviting others to join us in reaching people in Africa! There are a few different ways you could be involved if you feel God is leading you to partner with us.

The first way is to pray.

This is the most important way you could help us. James 5:16-18 says, "Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit."

Imagine how powerful this ministry can be and how many souls can be reached if we have a hundred (or more!) saints earnestly and faithfully petitioning God! If you would be willing to join us in prayer, here are a few specific requests:

  • That we would quickly reach our financial goal so we can begin reaching the lost!
  • Protection for our family. We have already encountered significant spiritual resistance and oppression. Please pray for God's strength to persevere through the challenges!
  • For a united vision when I am partnered with a Tanzanian national to promote genuine discipleship.
  • For an ABUNDANT harvest!
  • For no soul to go unreached in Tanzania!

The second way is to give.

Jesus lived on support. The disciples lived on support. Paul lived on support. "But wait!" you say, "Paul had a tent-making job to support himself!" Indeed, he did... at certain times. For those of you who know me well, I'm all about the context. In 1 Corinthians 9 Paul says, "...the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel," but also says, "Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ." At that time, there were others preaching the gospel for personal financial gain. Paul wanted to make sure the Corinthians never got that impression from him, so he never asked them for financial support. The church in Thessalonica was a different story. They were so sure Jesus was about to come back that many of them ceased working altogether and began relying on others to support them. Paul addresses this issue in 2 Thessalonians 3: "...we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example."

So, we are following this biblical model of being fully-focused on The Great Commission and trusting God to provide for our material needs through His body of believers. If you want to play a part in reaching the lost people of Africa or feel that God is calling you to partner with us, we would be honored to have you as part of our team! Feel free to call me (619-964-0492), email me (matt.brown@e3partners.org) or click the "Donate" tab above!

The third way is to go. 

After we reach our financial goal, I will begin assembling groups of people to GO to Tanzania and preach the gospel! These 10-day trips are an awesome opportunity to put your faith into action and wind up growing in your faith. You will have the opportunity to raise support, practice sharing your testimony, learn a simple (yet amazingly effective) way to present the gospel, and learn how to lead new believers through a Bible study. It may sound intimidating, but it is so intuitive—and Spirit-led—that with a little practice, even a brand-new believer can do it! In fact, that's part of the design! You will invite those you lead to faith to share the good news with their friends and family! I can tell you from personal experience that it is incredible and wondrous to watch someone share the gospel with a family member, having just come to faith themselves, ten minutes before! If you would be interested in going to Tanzania, just let me know! If there is a different area you feel called to, just click "Menu" in the top-right corner of this page, then click "Destinations" on the right!


Would you like to be involved?

Before ascending back to the Father, Jesus gave all His followers (that includes us!) this command: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you." Whether it's in Africa or your workplace, God has commanded us to show others the light that has been placed in us! We should always model a life of righteousness and hope in this corrupt and hopeless world, "Always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence (1 Peter 3:15)".

We are all ministry workers, but we have different gifts and roles (see Philippians 4). I would ask you to prayerfully consider how God may have you get involved. Our immediate need is for prayer warriors and monthly financial-support partners. Will you join us in this ministry? Do you know anyone with a similar passion who may be interested in partnering with us? We would surely be honored to labor with you, and will rejoice in "the profit which increases to your account (Phil. 4:15-17)"!

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