IMB missionary Mark Chambers* and pastor Michael Carter were lost. They asked for directions from a Northern African man sitting outside his home and a conversation began that led to the man hearing the Gospel and professing faith in Jesus.
This story didn’t happen in Northern Africa where Mark typically serves, it took place in rural Oklahoma where Carter is pastor of First Baptist Church Guymon. For years, FBC Guymon has been trying to effectively reach a large refugee community in their small town.
Language and cultural barriers have been the biggest challenges to connecting with the refugee community and so Chambers, familiar with the people groups now represented in Guymon, came and helped the church locate and develop engagement strategies to reach these immigrants with the Gospel.
THE COOPERATIVE PROGRAM is the financial fuel for reaching every person for Jesus Christ in every town, every city, every state, and every nation. Your support through the Cooperative Program helps missionaries like Mark use their missional experience to equip churches across the U.S. who now find the nations at their doorstep.
PRAY for Mark and his ministry in Northern Africa, as well as for churches in the U.S., like FBC Guymon, to engage the nations that have moved to their communities.
*name changed for security
For more about this story, visit: https://www.imb.org/2020/07/27/imb-missionaries-help-churches-reach-nations-u-s/