International Cooperating Ministries is a terrific organization that plants churches around the world — often in areas where Christians are persecuted. They work “toward the mission of nurturing believers and assisting church growth worldwide. With our partners, we leverage simple church growth principles to see our vision of growth in the faith of individual believers, the number of people within each church, and the number of churches within a nation-truly actualizing Christ’s commission to “make disciples of all nations!””
Islam is very aggressive in planting their mosques around the world. When we go to Kenya we typically see more ornate mosques each time. Why can’t the church be more intentional about helping believers in these countries? They don’t need fancy churches, just some solid buildings where they can meet for worship and ministry.
At the top of a hill in the center of Uganda’s Capitol City of Kampala, stands the lavish and ornate multi-million dollar “Gadhafi National Mosque.” Paid for with proceeds from Libya’s oil sales to the West, this Muslim palace is the cornerstone of Gadhafi’s religious vision for Uganda and the foundation for his ultimate goal; to build a mosque every 5 kilometers in this East African nation. Will he accomplish his objective? Maybe not. As you may have heard, he has his hands full at the moment. The Lord has a different plan for Uganda and He is using ICM to implement it. The mission God has given our team is to blanket Uganda with churches and church/orphanages.
via Gadhafi: Mosques Should Blanket Uganda | ICM’s Church Builders Africa
ICM primarily builds churches (roughly $7,000 each) and church/orphanages (roughly $25,000). The church/orphanages are exciting projects because they not only help the local church and the orphans, but the widows who take care of the orphans as well. Almost sounds kinda biblical . . .
Here is their basic model:
When a church is built in a poor village, it more than stands out among the surrounding mud and thatch huts … it shines! And that’s just the beginning of the community’s transformation when a new church is opened…
• Worshippers abandon the shady tree that previously served as their Sunday sanctuary.
• Curiosity draws unbelievers to the new church and the congregation doubles.
• Weeknight small group Bible studies are started using the Mini Bible College.
• Church members share their faith with neighbors, citing God’s miraculous provision of a beautiful new church.
• Weekdays, the building is filled with eager children who now have a school.
• The village leader holds community council meetings in the place where Christians worship every Sunday.
• Visiting doctors and nurses use the church as a temporary medical clinic during their humanitarian missions.
Soon, the pastor is raising up young leaders and they each start new churches in neighboring villages where they meet under a tree – and the whole process starts over again.
When a church is built in a poor village, it more than changes lives, it transforms a community … and reaches a nation!
The transformation begins . . . with your help!
They use a “web” approach, so that each church that receives a building needs to help 5 other churches start in their vicinity.
They offer a “mini-Bible college” to help the churches have sound doctrine.
One of the things I like about them is that their administrative costs are paid for by a foundation, so 100% of what you give goes straight to the projects.
They build churches around the world, including many countries where persecution is rampant.
Check out their web site and see what you think. You might want to donate or get a group to raise funds for a church. Perhaps you’ve been seriously blessed and could pay for a whole church yourself! Think about that for a while. It is a great way to encourage other believers, help widows and orphans, and spread the Gospel! Who knows, you might get to go visit them someday in this life, but if you are a believer you can be sure you’ll catch up with them in Heaven someday.
As Jesus said, where your treasure is there your heart will be also. When you donate to projects around the world your heart will go there as well.