To see a gospel movement begin among an unreached people group is not an easy task. EPC World Outreach is seeking to increase our ability to encourage, resource and connect with our global missionaries serving in the world with other sending agencies. And also to walk with individuals, churches, and Presbyteries seeking to connect with new mission fields among the unreached. This the focus of Project #306.
The goal of Engage 2025 is for each EPC presbytery to engage with a Muslim people group that currently has no churches, and send a team of disciple-makers to them by the year 2025. Finances from this project will be used for the development of these teams within presbyteries; research; and training, coaching, and care for team members.
Committed Jesus-followers who start profit-making businesses and make disciples are powerful agents for gospel transformation in communities where the church does not yet exist. Funds from this account will be used to develop business services for WO entrepreneur/church-planters, mobilize future global workers, and engage EPC business people as active Great Commission participants.
EPC World Outreach’s ITEN (International Theological Education Network) trains leaders globally to help them train and send their own missionaries to unreached people groups, especially among Muslims. These funds will be used primarily to teach and train national partners (with a smaller portion being used to train stateside teachers how to become effective trainers of nationals). ITEN’s careful support of influential teacher-leaders, along with our supply of effective materials in native languages, makes a huge positive impact without corrupting motives, creating dependency, or diminishing self-support.
This fund will be used to promote and resource medical ministries from our churches and presbyteries to assist the ministry of EPC global workers and partner agencies. Medical teams have often opened communities to be receptive to the gospel. Some of our churches already have significant experience in executing successful medical ministry teams. Many of our churches have gifted and experienced medical personnel among their membership who have time available for short-term overseas involvement.
This fund will be used to assist people of color in EPC churches experience short-term missions through an EPC World Outreach project or a partner missions agency working among Muslims or a least-reached people group. For more information about specific mission projects, contact Shawn Stewart at email@example.com.
In response to what is being called the worst humanitarian crisis of our time, the EPC has launched an emergency relief fund to help with the Syrian refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. The EPC is joining with church partners in Lebanon, Turkey, and Germany to not only assist refugees with physical needs, but also to share the gospel to meet their spiritual needs. Under the direction of the EPC World Outreach Committee, donated funds will be disbursed to:
• Provide the Bible in Arabic and Kurdish on mp3 audio players to a church-planting team on the Syrian border, distributed under the direction of an EPC elder (initial cost: $30,000).
• Purchase food, clothing, medical, and discipleship materials for distribution to refugees in Lebanon under the direction of World Outreach global workers (initial cost: $50,000).
• Send EPC disciple-makers who are fluent in the native languages of the refugees (Arabic, Kurdish, Farsi, Urdu, etc.) to spend two weeks to three months assisting evangelical refugee welcome centers in Europe (initial cost: $20,000).
This fund will cover promotion, travel, and other expenses needed to connect World Outreach mobilization team staff with individuals in EPC churches whom God is calling to plant churches in the Hard Places.
Missionary Member Care provides quality care for the EPC World Outreach community. These funds will be used to enhance the caring skills of the WO Member Care staff, EPC presbyteries, and local church mission committees. In addition, funds will enable international travel by WO Member Care staff providing intentional pastoral ministry to our overseas global worker families in need. Watch the video at www.YouTube.com/EPChurch80.
There are steady and increasing requests for Afghan Christian materials, including Dari and Pashto language. This fund will help pay for printing/reprinting of materials, or other media needs, including electronic distribution of the Good News.
Gifts to this fund will help leaders of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Kazakhstan (which EPC WO global workers planted) build stronger churches, including the development of house churches, that in turn will plant more churches in Kazakhstan.
The Philemon Project’s GROW Center provides affordable Christian early childhood education for at-risk kids ages 1-4 in Beirut, Lebanon. Our all-female local staff carry out the work of the Gospel daily. Our Adult Mentoring Program is a vehicle for church planting, reaching the Syrian refugee, migrant worker and underserved Lebanese parents of the children we serve. Our vision is replication throughout Lebanon and Syria.
This fund will help our Indonesian partners setup a Community FM Station to proclaim the gospel message of love and forgiveness to rural Muslim communities in Indonesia.
Support Asian church-planters who are living among and working alongside Muslims in unreached coastal villages. In partnership with WO global workers, these nationals build partnerships with villages that offer new economic opportunities while building relationships in which they can share their faith with people in these forgotten communities. Support will be used to fund national worker salaries and cover transportation costs to remote island communities.
An initiative of the Presbytery of the Alleghenies to this poverty-stricken West African nation has launched schools, which have birthed churches, which have planted more churches. These funds will be used to support the ministry of the schools, as well as to assist national church planters.
Muslim refugees, immigrants, and international students (some representing unreached people groups that our Engage 2025 initiatives are focused on) are now our neighbors. This fund will be used to train and support EPC congregations reaching their Muslim neighbors with the good news of Jesus Christ.