Northside Baptist Church faithfully sends men and women to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth. We accomplish this with the tool of Faith Promise Missions. Our annual Missions Conference is designed to raise awareness of global evangelism needs and to celebrate the Gospel. Each year we feature several missionaries who will present their burden for a specific region of the world.
Nothing from August 16, 2017 to February 15, 2018.
Branden Bowen - Madagascar
Branden Bowen is planting churches in Madagascar as a team with Bobby and Joanna Burdett and Richard and Charity Jertberg, both aviation church planters with Baptist Mission to Forgotten Peoples. Our goal is to plant indigenous, autonomous churches in the west coastal area. We build relationships with the Malagasy people through daily tasks of life, visiting, evangelism, and Bible studies. Additionally, helping in areas such as health education, well drilling, and disaster relief allows us to minister under an established NGO in Madagascar to spread the Gospel.
Through evangelizing the lost, discipling and baptizing believers, then teaching and training them for ministry, we believe God can work to establish self sustaining, self governing, and self propagating Baptist churches to send national church planters to the many unreached villages of Madagascar.
The Malagasy people have animistic and ancestral beliefs. Rituals such as turning of the bones and washing the king’s bones in the “holy waters” of the sea exhibit their trust in ancestors as intermediaries to God. They believe spirits of the deceased are present and active in their daily lives. Missionaries came in early 1800s, but Christians were violently persecuted, eradicating Christianity from Madagascar by 1861. Catholics and Lutherans have long been present in this culture, adding their false teachings. Now Islam is rapidly growing in Madagascar. Madagascar has a weak economy, putting 75% of the population in poverty. They gained full independence from France in 1960, but political turmoil hinders economic growth. Since 1975 the presidency has been a revolving door of dictatorship and corruption, interrupted by coups and military force. Despite a peaceful presidential election in 2014, the government continues to be corrupt and unorganized. The country’s condition allows for a large influx of Non-Profit organizations in an effort to boost industry, education, and economy. The fourth largest island in the world lies off the southeast tip of Africa. Madagascar is around 1100 miles long and 450 miles wide. Mountains run through the middle of dry, flat coastal lands, creating two distinct regions. The forested highlands are home to many of the unique animals of Madagascar. The coastal lowlands, where we will be working, are known for red clay mixed with sandy soil. Both areas provide resources for the main industries of agriculture and fishing. Animals of Madagascar are lemurs, crocodiles, boas, and unique birds and rodents.
Neal Ludwig - Ghana, West Africa.
Neal Ludwig's mission is to bring the gospel message to the towns and villages of the Upper West Region of Ghana, West Africa through church planting. His primary focus is to plant churches in the villages that are still without a Bible-believing church. He seeks to win people to Christ through visitation, open air preaching, preaching in schools and discipleship.
Ghana, officially called the Republic of Ghana, is located on Africa’s beautiful West Coast. With a population of about 27 million people, made up from over 100 different ethnic groups, Ghana is one of the most colorful and diverse places on earth. In the Upper West Region of Ghana, Islam is the predominant religion. With the city of Wa as its capital, the Upper West region has an estimated population of 700,000 people. Most of the 80 towns and villages surrounding Wa have no church in them at all. With no church, and no Christian neighbors, the vast majority of these people will live their entire lives having never heard the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Kurt Robertson - South Korea
Kurt Robertson will be assisting a veteran missionary in South Korea while also studying the language. He will be assisting with outreach programs, visitation, preaching, discipleship, Bible Studies, and other areas. After he has completed language study, he will be moving to another town to start a new church plant. His goal is to stay with this new church plant until he can train a native who is able to lead the church.
South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.
Highly urbanized at 92%, South Koreans lead a distinctive urban lifestyle; half of them live in high-rises concentrated in the Seoul Capital Area with 25 million residents and the world's sixth leading global city with the fourth largest economy and seventh most sustainable city in the world.
According to the results of the census of 2015 more than half of the South Korean population (54.4%) declared to be not affiliated to any religious organizations. Korean shamanism (also known as Sindo or Muism) is the native religion of the Koreans, and it may represent a large part of the unaffiliated. Indeed, according to a 2012 survey, only 15% of the population declared to be not religious in the sense of "atheism". Of the people who are affiliated with a religious organization, most are Christians and Buddhists. According to the 2015 census, 27.6% of the population was Christian (19.7% identified themselves as Protestants, 7.9% as Roman Catholics), and 15.5% were Buddhist. Other religions include Islam (130.000 Muslims, mostly immigrants), the homegrown sect of Wonbuddhism, and a variety of indigenous religions, including Cheondoism (a Confucianizing religion), Jeungsanism, Daejongism, Daesun Jinrihoe and others. Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the constitution, and there is no state religion. Overall, between the 2005 and 2015 censuses there has been a slight decline of Christianity (down from 29% to 27.6%) a sharp decline of Buddhism (down from 22.8% to 15.5%) and a rise of the unaffiliated population (from 47.2% to 54.4%).
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