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came unto the ears of the church which was in
Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that
he should go as far as Antioch (Acts 11:22).

To reach the metro mission fields of America,
we need motivation as well as a massive
mobilization effort to reach our cities. Where
do we start?
First, church planting to reach the metro cities
of America must be emphasized on the local
church level. If we are ever going to send out
the needed number of church planters required
to reach the multitudes on the United States
metro mission field, we must challenge our
men and young men concerning this need and
then expose them to metro church planting.

A great way to do this is to invite one or two
United States metro church planters to your
next missions conference. Allow them to share
their burdens for their cities and the challenges
they face or will be facing. Encourage them to
tell how God provided for their church planting
ministries and their families as they stepped out
and obeyed God to go to the multitudes. Have
them testify of the lives that have been changed
through their church planting ministry as they
preached the Gospel.

Second, challenge your church by printing
a list of the 200 largest cities in America
( and making it a prayer list for your church
members to pray over. Encourage them to ask
the Living God to raise up church planters for
the metro mission fields in the United States.

Make the United States metro mission field a
place to pray for during your mid-week prayer
meetings. After praying for these cities, plan
a United States metro missions trip where
a cross section of your church can see and
experience what ministry is like in a major city
in America. As you go, plan to assist the church
16 planter with literature distribution or perhaps
a small construction project. Schedule the
trip to allow time for your people to be in the
services to meet the people who attend a new
church plant. Perhaps you could help the new
metro church plant by taking your Vacation
Bible School (VBS) on the road and using your
people to conduct a VBS for the new church.

Third, churches will do well to support USA
church planters, especially those who have
answered the call to go to the metro mission
fields of the United States. Supporting a
family who is willing to go to a large city to
start a church will always require a longer
commitment from supporting churches. Be
prepared to make that commitment. Living in a
metro American city is expensive. The high cost
of renting a suitable meeting place to conduct
ministry will be a major expense. I will be glad
to assist your church in implementing any of
the above ideas. I also have several Sundays
available in 2018 where I would be happy to
come to your church and take an entire Sunday
to focus on the metropolitan mission fields in
the United States.

Finally, God may be calling YOU to plant a
church on the United States metro mission
field. If so, contact me at BIMI Reseeding
America Ministry. The Reseeding America
Ministry stands ready to help you, your pastor,
and sending church plant a new church on the
metro mission field in the United States. We
can increase our missionary force worldwide
by increasing our missionary source. Our
missionary source has always been New
Testament Baptist churches. May God give
us thousands of new churches on the United
States metro mission field! W
Bob Larson is the USA Director and heads up the
Reseeding America Ministry of BIMI.

Gulf Coast & Southeast United States
By Bob Larson
At the end of August 2017, Hurricane
Harvey hit the United States Gulf Coast area
with a vengeance. The damage was extensive,
and catastrophic flooding in the Houston area
created an enormous restoration project across
a large area.

Just days later, Hurricane Irma battered Florida.

Though the damage in Florida was less than
expected, there was flooding and extensive
wind damage, especially in the Florida Keys.

During these storms, Baptist International
Missions, Inc. (BIMI), was contacted by
churches and individuals and asked to
implement a Disaster Relief Fund to help the
people and independent Baptist ministries
in the areas of the storms. Initial disaster
relief funding was sent to independent
Baptist churches that were directly involved
in providing immediate help and assistance
to the people of the storm hit regions. Next,
donations were used to clean, rebuild, and
repair independent Baptist church buildings
and ministries.

As we talked with pastors in the storm hit
regions, they were concerned about their
facilities and how their buildings could be
restored, and they were also concerned about
the rebuilding of their congregations. When
people return to their homes after storms of
this magnitude, some find nothing to come
back to. Almost everything has been destroyed.

At that point people will pack up what little is
left and move away. Others return, having gone
through several storms, and decide it is best to
move to a place where hurricanes are not as
frequent or nonexistent.

At BIMI and Reseeding America, plans are
now being made to go back into some of
the storm hit areas of Texas and Florida and
organize Gospel literature distributions for
churches that have experienced changes in
their congregations because of people moving
out due to the storms. If your church is in one
of the areas where the Hurricanes of 2017
occurred and you are interested in an outreach
to build back your congregation, please contact
me at BIMI.

We rejoice in the generosity of churches and
individuals who sent contributions so people
in the storm hit areas could receive immediate
assistance and repairs could be made to
churches. Many of the churches and pastors
we were able to assist wanted to make sure we
thanked those who sacrificed and gave to help
them in a great time of need. W
Number 1, 2018