We are committed to forming healthy Gospel partnerships with long-term workers in hard to reach places for the purpose of planting and strengthening healthy indigenous churches. We are praying for more partnerships and we are praying that God would raise up long-term missionaries from our own congregation to go and live among the unreached for the sake of his name among the nations.
In addition to monthly giving toward the cooperative program of the Southern Baptist Convention which supports thousands of international missionaries, we currently partner together with a missionary with the Heart Cry Missions Society in Southeast Asia. We send small teams to Southeast Asia annually for the purpose of equipping and encouraging missionaries and indigenous church leaders for the work of church planting and disciple making in a difficult to reach context. We have further invested in the church planting work by sponsoring a young man from Southeast Asia to pursue theological education here in the United States. Julio Marquez lives with one of our church members and is currently studying English in preparation for pursuing a theology degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological seminary. We hope to see him grow in his knowledge of God's word and return to his country as a theologically trained church leader.
We partner with a ministry called the Cocama Project in the Peruvian jungle. This ministry hosts a quarterly pastor training for indigenous pastors that are ministering in villages deep in the Amazon Jungle. We as a church have committed to supply the resources and the teaching for one pastor training a year. We will be taking a team of teachers into the jungle again in February of next year.