Clint Morgan Celebrating 10 years at IM

Lauren Biggs

Clint Morgan Celebrating 10 years at IM

February 2021 marks the 10-year mark of Clint Morgan as IM, Inc.’s general director. Here are a few reflective words from Clint below.

“It’s hard to believe, but February 10th marked my 10th year as IM’s general director. It must be noted that from February 2011 until September 2011 I served as interim director.  So, I guess it depends on from what date on the calendar one starts counting. 

I love the ministry role God has given me and pray He gives me several more good years to serve Him by serving FWB.  It would take volumes to share with you all God has done through IM over this past decade. Most of all we should collectively lift our voices in praise for His kindness, mercy, and bountiful blessings.  

In September of 2011, the IM board asked me to officially make the move from interim director to fill the role of the general director. The first question asked me after I accepted this position was, “How long do you see yourself in this position”?  My answer then, and still is, ‘not one day longer than you (the board) and God want me here’.

So, until we reach that point in our journey may God help us to journey together and be faithful to ‘labor with the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission’.”

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IM, Inc. News Release January 22, 2021

Stacie Compton

IM, Inc. News Release January 22, 2021

Antioch, TN – The IM board met in a special session on January 13 via Zoom to discuss two critical business items. Members present were Chairman Jeff Nichols, Vice-Chairman Rodney Yerby. Secretary Mark Price, Casey Cariker, Janice Banks, Rick Cason, Will Harmon, Darren Walker, and Cameron Lane.

General Director Clint Morgan and Directors Rob Conley, Don Matchett, Curt Holland, Danny Gasperson, and Kenneth Eagleton were also in attendance via Zoom.

Clint Morgan reported on transitions in the IM office. Director of Member Care Neil Gilliland’s position has expanded to include Mobilization. Effective immediately Neil will lead ETEAM (short-term high school students), CMP (short-term college students), and college intern OA’s.

Danny Gasperson will assume the role of the Director of THP. Danny states, “I am looking forward to devoting all my time to The H*nna Project to continue to provide help, hope, and healing to hurting people. I want to see The H*nna Project grow and expand our influence in the world.”

Clint Morgan, “When we hired Danny, we knew that his passion was for THP. Now that mobilization has shifted from under his direction, and THP is his main focus, we are greatly anticipating what God will do through him.”

Leslie Nichols has served as Assistant to the Director of Mobilization. She will transition laterally to College CMP/OA Coordinator. Neil Gilliland affirms, “Leslie has a passion to engage with college students; moving them toward being true disciples of Christ.”

In another business item, the IM board heard an update from Clint Morgan and Curt Holland on Eddy and Amanda Simmons. Eddy and Amanda are confronted with various health concerns. Amanda has recovered well, but Eddy continues to struggle with nerve damage. The primary concern is severe pain in Eddy’s left hand. Clint declared, “Health issues for our missionaries are always a great concern. We ask that you join us in prayer for the Simmons for complete physical restoration and that they might be able to return to the field.”

There is the looming question if they will return to Kenya. Eddy has an appointment for pain management in a few days and a Nerve Conduction Study and visits a neurologist in February. The board will review Eddy and Amanda’s health condition at the April meeting and make decisions based on doctor recommendations.

Please join the IM staff and the IM board in prayer for a full recovery of Eddy Simmons, that he and Amanda will be able to return to Kenya, and pray Neil Gilliland and Danny Gasperson will be used decidedly in their expanded roles.

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Clint Morgan


Do not forget what it is to be a sailor because of being a captain yourself (Tanzanian proverb).

Today’s world is full of movie stars, athletes, millionaire techies, and billionaire oil tycoons who live so far removed from the real world they cannot relate to the problems of day-to-day existence for the “average Joe.”

I must be careful. We live in such a litigious culture I could open myself for a lawsuit. Nonetheless, you can no doubt think of one of the many prima donna athletes in baseball, soccer, football, golf, basketball, or some other sport. These men or women become so rich and famous, they convince themselves they are in a league of their own. Few, if any, are allowed to enter their small world.

Even in the realm of Christianity this pretentious isolationism exists. It may be as obvious as in the circles of the rich and famous, but it still exists and is disturbing and divisive. Some pastors, televangelists, Christian writers, and Christian performers can easily think more of themselves than they ought because of their success and public recognition.

One of the worse mistakes made by the successful is having an elevated self-image. The African proverb, “Do not forget what it is to be a sailor because of being a captain yourself,” provides pretty solid advice. No matter how high we may climb the economic, entertainment, or ecclesiastical ladder, we should never forget our journey.

The Bible gives sufficient fair warning to the proud and arrogant. Sound biblical teaching and secular wisdom agree in this particular arena. This should bring us to acknowledge the possibility of self-aggrandizement and the need to not look down on, or forget those who have not, and perhaps never will, become a “captain.”

See Romans 12:3, Titus 1:7.

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Clint Morgan


As I came to the end of my first term in Africa, a factor haunted me: my first three disciples turned out to be Judases. As a young missionary, I was committed to a Paul-Timothy method of discipleship. However, much to my dismay, this idealistic scenario came crumbling down. One by one, the three young “disciples” chose to live in contradiction to what they were taught.

I shared my consternation with two of my missionary mentors who quickly shed light on the situation. Unfortunately, their insights brought a glaring fault in my missiological practice into focus. One of them asked, “What did you see in these three young men that led you to believe they would be good leaders?”

This seemed to be a fair question, and I had an answer prepared for I had asked myself this very question. I had found these guys to be intelligent, articulate, energetic, creative, and ready to serve.

My response prompted a moment of contemplation; then one of the mentors spoke, receiving full agreement from the other. They said, “We have found, in this context, it is the quiet, reflective people who are respected as leaders.” The power of those words sunk in rapidly, placing my faulty process on full display. I had made two pretty serious errors in judgement: (1) looking for leaders who fit my western cultural patterns, and (2) trying to choose leaders!

A Ugandan proverb came to mind, “He who is destined for power does not have to fight for it.” After taking into consideration the words of my mentors, I moved to a new position on establishing leadership in the church. We do not have, nor should we feel we have, the responsibility to choose ministry leaders. Instead, we should wait upon the Lord to lead us to those He has chosen. There should be no jockeying for position in the Body of Christ.

If God chooses leaders, we can be assured they will be true servants seeking to bring honor to Him and not themselves. I am convinced it is better to not have leaders in a church than to have those who are not biblically qualified. Please note, I did not say, it is better to have those who meet my qualifications. The lesson learned many years ago as a rookie missionary followed me through ministry on the mission field and is still relevant.

See Acts 6:1-7, 1 Timothy 3:1-12


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Pastor Appreciation

Clint Morgan

Pastor Appreciation

It’s relatively easy for us to get so bogged down with our own needs we neglect those of others. So specific days are set aside to remind us to honor the sacrifice and ministry of others…like Pastor Appreciation Sunday. We should be able to give the proper attention to our own needs, as well as those of other believers. Scripture admonishes us to honor the needs of others before our own (Romans 12:10).

We have some outstanding men of God serving as pastors and leaders in our churches outside North America. These pastors and leaders have needs just like anyone else in the world. However, sometimes they live under much greater pressure than their congregation can imagine. They often suffer quietly, with a sense no one really cares for them. Sometimes they feel they are all alone, fighting against the continual attacks of Satan. These men need our care, our love, our prayers, and sometimes our help.

The Bible plainly tells us we have a responsibility for those who lead churches. We are called to meet their financial needs.

  • 1 Timothy 5:17-18—Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

Our responsibility to meet their needs does not stop with finances. We must do our part in carrying their burdens, or at least sharing in this demand.

  • Galatians 6:2—Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

We can manifest our care of our national leaders in many ways. We must set the example for others to see and, hopefully, to follow.

  • Galatians 6:10—As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith

The men and women who lead our churches overseas need us, their Western brothers and sisters, to encourage, exhort, strengthen, and minister to them. For them to be successful in ministry, we will sometimes need to minister to both their physical and spiritual needs. We can’t adequately picture the hardships some leaders face. Some live in poverty, epidemic disease zones, isolation from other believers, constant risk of being beaten or killed, government resistance to their ministries, and much more.

It is imperative we hold these dear brothers up in prayer and ask God what we can do to minister effectively to them. Honor your pastor this month. Then, make a special effort to pray often for those serving overseas.

Ask Him to make you keenly aware of the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our national leaders and help you find ways to meet those needs. 

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Clint Morgan


“He who forgives ends the argument” is a great example of the simple wisdom found in African proverbs.

Truly, some people have argumentative temperaments. I admit a person of this nature can get under my skin. They prompt me to want to stick my fingers in my ears or simply walk away. I don’t like to argue. Not that I fear losing or cherish winning an argument. Somehow it feels like one of the most futile of man’s efforts, and a complete squandering of time, words, and emotions.

While disagreements may be inevitable, I have no doubt Satan benefits most when he can stir up conflict between individuals, Christian or non-Christian. When Christians go at it he gains heavily. History confirms experientially, and perhaps empirically, that families, churches, and nations have been ruined as a result of conflict between those who called themselves Christian.

Logic leads us to conclude if the possibility of conflict exists, then an equal probability of resolution exists. Biblical exhortations confirm the significant spiritual value of this African proverb: he who forgives ends the argument.

Few things will calm an argument like a humble spirit and the willingness to forgive. This does not mean the other person has also practiced forgiveness, but we can certainly move forward when we truly forgive. Luke 17:3 makes it exceedingly clear we are to forgive those who ask forgiveness. That is a great place to start if we want to end an argument.

Editorial Note: Read more African proverbs in Clint’s book, African Proverbs: Wisdom Without Borders.


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United in Prayer and Fasting: Day 6

Clint Morgan

United in Prayer and Fasting: Day 6

Prayer Focus

Pray for God’s clearest direction and His favor for IM as we look to the future.


Bible Study—Ezra 8:21-23

“Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.”

This passage presents fasting in yet another light. The people are told to fast and ask for God’s guidance and favor for an upcoming journey. This is in a similar vein to two other fasts called for in Judges 20:26 and II Chronicles 20:3-12. In both cases, participants asked for God’s direction on a specific matter.

We at IM feel like we are on a journey…a journey with God as our leader and the final destination known. Yet, we do not know what lies ahead. God in His omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence is fully qualified to be our guide. It behooves us to constantly come before Him asking for direction and favor as we move forward on what is for us an unknown, untraveled route. Although, for us, the way ahead is unknown, we know it is not for Him.

Therefore, we need to reserve some time today to address God about the future ministries, programs, and activities of IM. We should demonstrate the attitude displayed in II Chronicles 20:12, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”


Informing Our Prayer

The National Association of Free Will Baptists has charged IM with the responsibility of guidance, oversight, and administration of the efforts of Free Will Baptists outside of North America. This duty carries with it the probability of great pain or great glory, and sometimes both at the same time.

The IM board meets twice annually and they, along with the IM leadership, make strategic decisions to guide us in the near and not-so-distant future. We are fully cognizant of the fact that our view of what lies ahead is limited. Even our best efforts are skewed by our presuppositions about life, the world, politics, religion, and much more. We unquestionably know God can see every bit of the future and we, therefore, must lean heavily on Him to direct us in all we do.


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United in Prayer and Fasting: Day 4

Clint Morgan

United in Prayer and Fasting: Day 4

Prayer Focus

Pray for national believers and leaders on each field. 


Bible Study—Acts 14:23

“Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.”

For mission works to be sustainable, leaders must be developed. First, we must know true leaders emerge. Missionaries do not select church leaders, God does. But true church leaders are those who embrace the call, giving themselves to live in obedience to the Holy Spirit to ensure the spiritual well-being of the local church and its commitment to fulfilling the Great Commission.

Paul and Barnabas knew the significance of prayer and fasting…they, too, were sent out in this manner. They saw it as key to the effectiveness of the appointed elders.

Please dedicate your time today in praying for the leaders of our churches outside of North America.


Informing Our Prayer

Missionaries will quickly tell you, outside of seeing the first convert come to Christ, a great moment in their ministry is when national leadership emerges. Even more exciting is when they see these leaders actually step up and take the reins.

On each of our fields, godly national followers of Christ are gifted leaders, respected by their fellow believers, and demonstrate God’s hand on their ministry.

We can’t present every leader on our fields, but below is a list of names supplied by our missionaries indicating the main leaders where they serve. Let’s take the time to pray earnestly for these men and women. May God use today to lead us to a greater commitment to pray for these chosen ones. 


  • Julio Figueroa—Pastor of the Renacer church in Melo; president of the Personeria Juridica
    • Pray he will be a positive influence and help prepare young leaders to assume leadership roles.
    • Pray he grows the vision of an autonomous national church free from dependence on outside help.
    • Pray he will continue his role as a peacemaker and leader in our denomination.
  • Ismael de Oliviera—Deacon and leader of Cristo es el Camino church in Rivera; president of the National Association of FWB, Uruguay
    • Ismael has a strong desire to see the national church involved in outreach and growth. He is a military guy and sometimes his personality and thought process goes directly against Uruguayan cultural norms. Pray he can promote his vision in a way that brings all churches to the table to work together.
    • Ismael is behind the push to emphasize Bible Institute training and is part of a committee to discuss the feasibility of a partnership with the Cuban seminary by bringing a Cuban couple to direct the institute.
    • Pray for encouragement, wisdom, and knowledge as he is at the helm of the national association.
  • Otavio Silva—Layman at the Emanuel Church in Montevideo
    • Otavio is a businessman and works in international finance. He has borne the brunt of the administrative process in bringing the Cuban family to the church in Malvin. He has gifts of administration that need to be shared with our pastors and leaders.
    • He has a desire to see the national church move forward with a unified vision. Pray he will be successful in motivating and assisting in this.
    • Otavio is the oldest, continuing member of our FWB church in Montevideo. Pray he will continue to influence our leaders.
  • Mauricio Leites and Alexander Machado—Deacons in Melo and Rivera
    • These are our two youngest/newest deacons. They are both under 30 years old. Pray for their growth as they preach/teach and serve in their local congregations.
    • Pray they will encourage other young people to service. 


  • Trif Trifonov—Church planter, Eastern Bulgarian region
    • Pray for God to provide a church building as they have outgrown their current space.
    • Ask God to raise up faithful church leaders.
    • Pray he will not become discouraged in spite of concerted spiritual attacks.
  • Dimitar Rusev—Youth leader, Varna
    • Pray for growth and maturity in the faith.
    • Pray for faithfulness and a willingness to serve God in spite of pressure from family and society.
  • Martin Nikolov—New believer, Svishtov
    • Pray for compassion and love for others.
    • Pray he will finish the discipleship course and begin a pastoral internship.
    • Pray for willingness to serve in the local church.
  • Mitko Grozev-Ruse—Potential church planter, Northern Bulgarian Region
    • Pray for healing from disappointment from other “believers”.
    • Pray God will give him a desire to start a healthy church.
    • Pray he will demonstrate willingness to begin a pastoral internship.


  • Jean Charles—Châteaubriant; impetus for beginning Châteaubriant church; could become a pastor
    • Pray he will be able to eliminate certain habits that could keep him from being a pastor.
    • Pray he and his wife would be willing to get some training.
  • Cyprien—New church (JPense group); single, very faithful to the church; integral part of JPense; could become a pastor
    • Pray the Lord would give him a good Christian wife.
    • Pray he can get some strong training.
  • Sylvain—St. Nazaire (The only elder we have in this church at the moment. He really administrates the church as well as being responsible for the music.)
    • Pray he and his wife Stephanie will sense their importance to the church.
    • Pray for his three children who are struggling in their Christian lives. This weighs heavily on his heart.
  • Jonathan—St. Sébastien (This young man is part of the church council. He and his wife have been asked to assume more of the pastoral responsibilities of the church by their fellow council members.)
    • Pray for them to finish their studies well.
    • Pray the Lord will give them clear guidance as they consider their future ministry.


  • José Manuel—Pastor of a small mission work in Alcalá de Henares
    • Pray for wisdom and direction from God as the church looks for a facility to rent.
    • Pray for spiritual growth, conversions, and increased attendance of this congregation.
    • Pray for wisdom and direction from God as this mission church hopes to begin the process to legally organize.
  • Manu and Noemí—THP Worker in Málaga
    • As it relates to the family, please pray for their testimony, unity, and faith.
    • As it relates to the ministry, pray the Lord will open doors and we will be sensitive to the Lord to take advantage of opportunities.
  • Church Board of the Alpedrete Church
    • Pray for a clear vision to lead the church towards growth and the multiplication of the church.
    • A great team of leaders guide various ministries of the church. As the church looks to move towards complete local leadership (without missionary leadership), pray for people whose strengths are in the area of administration and shepherding to emerge.
  • Church Board of the Galapagar Church (also known as the Villalba Church)
    • Pray for wisdom as the church continues their search for a pastor. They have been without a pastor for two-and-a-half years.
    • Pray for the church board as they plan for the future of the church.


  • Kiyoshi Kojima and his wife Miho—Pastor of Iriso FWB Church, Saitama Prefecture (Greater Tokyo area)
    • Pray for his leadership for the growth and outreach impact of the Iriso church in the Sayama City area.
    • Pray for him as he works with the Tokyo area FWB missionaries in church planting projects, events, and paperwork assistance.
    • For his family—wife Miho and young son Keisuke—and their growth and blessing as a pastoral family.
  • Seichi Matsuda—Pastor of Taihei Chapel, Sapporo Japan; Leadership team member for the Japan Association of FWB
    • Pray for him to have wisdom, insight, and the favor of God as he pastors.
    • Pray for Pastor Seichi’s parents, Mr. Matsuda and Eiko, to have good health and spiritual refreshing as they work alongside their son.
    • Pray for his leadership role in the Japan Free Will Baptist Association national organization with monthly pastors’ meetings, national annual meetings, and media development for the JFWB association.
  • Pastor Keiichi Kimura and his wife, Sachiko—Pastor KitaHiroshima church (Sapporo area Hokkaido Japan); Head of the Japan Free Will Baptist Association; Vice President of the International Association of FWB; Bible instructor of the area Bible institute, Hokkaido Bible Institute
    • Ask God to give strength and perseverance as pastor Kimura and his wife navigate the different challenges that come with pastoring a flock in Japan.
    • Ask the Lord to provide a bigger building for their congregation as their current building has been stretched to the max for many years.
    • Pray for wisdom for pastor Kimura as he leads the Japanese FWB Association of 12 churches and his influence on the leadership team for the International Fellowship of FWBs.


  • Jackson Lasakwel—Main leader; an ordained pastor; lead trainer for the Kenya team of leaders.
    • Pray for his family: wife Justine and four children—teens to toddler.
    • Ask God to provide encouragement as he trains new leaders.
    • Ask God to help him and his family adjust as they move to the Sesia area.
  • Frances Lekarkarauli—Leads two worship gatherings; hope to ordain him soon; wife, Mama Mbaisi, and five kids—teens to newborn; a faithful man who is growing daily in Christ
  • Jonathan Leodip—Leads one worship gathering; one of our guards; family with six kids.
    • Pray God will lead him to become more serious about the ministry.
    • Ask God to give him a shepherd’s heart for the people.
  • Suruai Lentaam—Assistant leader at one of our worship gatherings; miraculously saved from a cobra bite 18 months ago gave him a desire to serve God as a way of saying thank you to Him
    • Pray for his sweet family and five kids. He is a very busy man in the community and is always helping others in need.
    • Pray for him to mature in his walk with Christ.
  • Eunice Lelenguiya—Main female Samburu helper; a widow of many years, even though she is still young; loves the Lord and loves teaching the Bible to women and children; has three sons she will soon leave to move to Sesia
    • Pray for her as she adjusts to living away from her sons.
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Why a DFP?

Kenneth Eagleton

Why a DFP?

Today, International Missions (IM) has fewer North American missionaries on the field than a decade ago. But our world outreach and its effects are greater. This is mostly due to our partnerships with other organizations working internationally. The national associations of Free Will Baptist churches in other countries, as well as other local and specialized organizations, make us more effective and flexible.

In July 2017, IM reorganized its administration of field operations. Instead of dividing responsibilities into five geographical regions (Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Creative Access Countries) with regional directors, the new structure features a Director of Field Ministry Personnel (the DFMP, who supervises the missionaries) and a Director of Field Partnerships (DFP). Some of the tasks of the DFP are:

IM representative. The DFP is IM’s representative in the collaborative efforts with our partnerships and the evaluation and recommendation of new ones. Each year the DFP meets with other representatives of the partnerships to evaluate projects. Adjustments are made, including discontinuing some projects and starting new ones. When meeting with executive committee members of national associations, activities of the association are reviewed and areas needing help are considered. The DFP represents IM at the Annual Conventions of these associations. This requires extensive international travel.

Consultant. With more than eight decades of cross-cultural ministry, the Mission frequently receives requests for advice, opinions, and training. The DFP serves as a consultant to our national churches in other countries as well as an encourager and trainer.

Facilitator. The DFP serves as a facilitator in the interaction of our partners amongst themselves and with our supporters in the United States. Many times this involves helping them cross language and cultural barriers. The DFP also aids in collecting statistics from our fields of work.

Communications. The DFP is the communications link between what is happening on the fields and our constituents stateside. News of the work, stories about what God is doing in people’s lives, reports, statistics, and accountability from the projects need to be communicated stateside through various news release channels. Donors of the partnerships and projects are tracked and letters of appreciation are sent.

Please pray for me as I try to fulfill this strategically important role. Help me pray for wisdom from on high, spiritual discernment, and sensitivity to the needs of others.

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Partnership Principles

Kenneth and Rejane Eagleton

Partnership Principles

In my last blog, I defined partnerships in the International Missions (IM) context as cooperation between IM and other organizations working internationally. Now, I want to focus on some principles we use when working in partnerships.

All participate. In the previous post, I mentioned that in a partnership, everyone contributes something (personnel, finances, expertise, labor, or materials) to achieve a common goal. A partnership is not a handout. Partners work together. The type or level of participation might not be the same, but everyone contributes what they have to offer. The seminary in Cuba had a need for renovating the women’s dorm and finishing out the second floor. IM put together a project, FWB Foundation provided the funds, and Cuba and The Hanna Project (THP) provided the labor.

Interdependence. In Western culture (especially North America and Europe), people are brought up to be independent. Each individual is expected to become autonomous and self-sufficient as possible. Though bearing some merit, when pushed too far, autonomy doesn’t resemble biblical teaching. The New Testament persistently admonishes Christians to a life of mutuality (see the “one anothers”) and community. The biblical principle is more one of interdependence than independence. Partnerships allow us to practice this principle.

Empower national believers. As we work with believers from other countries and people groups, we want to empower them and enhance the national church’s capacity to be effective in evangelism, discipleship, church-planting, training, and missions. We do not desire to control others but to work together as partners in ministry.

Avoid dependency. As we work in partnerships and empower believers in other countries, our goal is to increase their capabilities without creating dependency. Doing things for others they should be doing for themselves does not help. To the contrary, it hinders their ability to develop and grow.

Work through national associations. Most of our partnership projects are with Free Will Baptist works in other countries. Over several decades, FWBs, through IM, have sent missionaries to do pioneer evangelistic work, plant churches, disciple new believers, and train leaders. In places like Brazil, Panama, Cuba, Ivory Coast, India, and South Korea, we have mature churches with mature leaders. They have formed national associations, making our continual presence unnecessary in most of these countries. We want to respect those associations and strengthen the work as a whole. When we partner with a national association in another country, we sit down with the national leadership to study together what is most beneficial for the whole work.


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