. . . short articles in their entirety from various ASCP fields
CHURCH PLANTER MURDERED IN TAJIKISTAN
Church planter and pastor Sergey Besarab was shot and killed
on January 12, shortly after the conclusion of a youth service
inIsfara,Tajikistan, a city in the northern part of this traditionally
The Isfara church, with regular attendance of about 30, had recently
completed the construction of a church facility and received official
registration from the local government. Because of this progress,
Sergey and wife Tamara were looking forward to additional ministry
opportunities in the surrounding neighborhoods including evangelistic
outreaches and programs focused on ministering to the city's youth.
Sergey and Tamara moved to Isfara fromDushanbe(the capital city)
to continue the ministry of other church planters. Sergey became
a Christian while serving time inDushanbe's prison system, and
after his release, dedicated his life to Christian ministry. Regular
church planter and pastoral training were part of Sergey's ongoing
At approximately9:00 p.m.local time, automatic weapons were fired
into the building where Sergey was playing the guitar and singing.
Though, he was struck and killed immediately, the gunfire continued.
Eventually another man inside the facility managed to turn off
the lights and the survivors lay on the floor until the shooting
ended. Sergey was the lone fatality in the attack.
Please pray for this young church and pray for faith of those
involved in ongoing church planting ministry in northernTajikistan.
There are now three churches in this region (including the Isfara
church) and 11 evangelistic groups.
Compiled from various reports. Click
here for more details on Sergey's murder from the FORUM 18
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The mission of Grace Fellowship
Church (Johnson City, TN) is "Building
a Community to Reach a Community." With that motto in mind,
representatives from GFC recently visited CzechRepublic. Their
purpose was to explore opportunities to help facilitate church
planting movements in this gospel-impoverished country. One vignette
from their "vision trip" is captured in the following
story by Larry Nees, GFC's missions pastor. Click
here to read
Larry's narrative of this God-ordained encounter.
GFC representatives and Don Harris (ASCP Czech leader) visit with
Czech church planters in Havirov
. . . articles which encourage interaction on various topics
related to SCP
"WHAT KIND OF CHURCHES ARE FULFILLING YOUR SCP VISION?"
by Rich Correll
Rich Correll is founder and president of Church Planters' Training
International (CPTI) and has worked in Russia, Ukraine, and the
Republic of Georgiamobilizing national church panters. Using vocational
training and vision conferences, CPTI helps empower indigenous
church planting movements. Click here to read about Rich's approach
to answering this critical question.
To interact with Rich Correll on this article, email: email@example.com
Alliance Field Leaders' Consultation
September 16-18, 2004
Details to come . . .
Omega Course Giveaway
Because of the popularity of Omega
Course (practical training
for church planters) in electronic form, the ASCP must liquidate
its paper stock of English manuals (five-manual sets). The ASCP
offers these manuals for FREE if you will pay the actual shipping/handlings
costs to your USAaddress. You may even request whole cases (approximately
15 copies of one manual). Consider receiving and storing extras
for your own at-cost distribution.
Please contact Christine Powers at Bible League, to arrange payment
and shipping; firstname.lastname@example.org
tel. (708) 367-8560.
The same offer applies to other ASCP hard copy resources, Prayer
that Strengthens and Expands the Church and Mentoring Guidelines
for Church Planters. Click
here for more information on these resources.
Bernie Miller, Assoc. Director
P.O. Box 843,
Monument, CO 80132
Tel: (719)488-4172 or
Jay Weaver, Director of Field Ministries
1111-Budapest Budafoki ut 34/B, III/3 Hungary
Tel: +36 1 466-5978
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