Episode 374

Church planters in Atlanta, International Gospel works encourage boy to read his Bible, Importance of churches reaching college campuses

Jun 9, 2023

Church planters Joaquin and Megan Pena are excited how God is working at their young church plant just outside Atlanta; Despite being beaten by his father for studying his Bible, a young man simply identified as Asad is continuing to read and grow in his new faith in Jesus; Even as many students are on summer break, Chuck Lawless says churches must continue to focus on reaching college campuses

Host

Brandon Porter

Resources

The Voice of the Martyrs  

Transcript

Church planters Joaquin and Megan Pena are excited how God is working at their young church plant just outside Atlanta. The Penas are a part of Gospel Hope Church Espanol in Avondale Estates, Georgia.

 

Joaquin is originally from the Dominican Republic. He says they’ve had 12 new families interested in learning more about their fellowship lately. 

Pray for Gospel Hope Church as they continue to reach Avondale Estates and the nations for Christ.

 

Despite being beaten by his father for studying his Bible, a young man simply identified as Asad is continuing to read and grow in his new faith in Jesus. International Gospel workers are helping as they have the opportunity to encourage him.

 

They’re asking you to join in praying for Asad and for many more like him. Pray for Asad to be obedient and wise as he grows in the knowledge of God and His Word. Ask for opportunities to share the good news with his parents, and pray that his parents’ hearts will be softened to receive Jesus.

 

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Even as many students are on summer break, Chuck Lawless says churches must continue to focus on reaching college campuses. In a recent article he offers a number of reasons. Here’s a few of them:

  1. There are a lot of them.  More than 19 million students are in colleges and universities in the United States. That’s a “people group” unto themselves – a mission field often within a short distance of our churches.
  2. They are in a critical stage of life. They are inquisitive, open, questioning. They’re being exposed to theories and worldviews other than Christian. If we can reach them now while they’re open, the rest of their life will be transformed.
  3. God has often begun awakenings with college students. In the Second Great Awakening, God moved at places like Hampden-Sydney College and Williams College (where the “Haystack Meeting” occurred). The 1970 revival that began at Asbury College in Kentucky spread to multiple campuses in the U.S.—and we recently saw glimpses again of that movement.   

They are the nations among us. More than 1 million international students attend colleges and universities in the U.S. Many are open to talking about religious matters, and some will have their first exposure to the gospel on their university campus. 

 

 

 

                 

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                Pro-life advocates and others are awaiting a Texas judge’s ruling on whether an abortion pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 should be prescribed to women. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has called on nine federal agencies to revoke a proposed rule it says would unduly burden the rights of faith-based organizations that take part in government programs. And, a Lifeway Bible study on Baptist Press speaks to the final moments before Jesus’ arrest and subsequent crucifixion. Jesus seeks to encourage his disciples as he knows heavy sorrow is just around the corner.

                Pro-life advocates and others are awaiting a Texas judge’s ruling on whether an abortion pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 should be prescribed to women. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has called on nine federal agencies to revoke a proposed rule it says would unduly burden the rights of faith-based organizations that take part in government programs. And, a Lifeway Bible study on Baptist Press speaks to the final moments before Jesus’ arrest and subsequent crucifixion. Jesus seeks to encourage his disciples as he knows heavy sorrow is just around the corner.

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