by Tony Lynn
PLYMOUTH, MI – Would you let me introduce you to the single men, the married couples and the families raising school-aged children as missionaries throughout Michigan and Windsor? These missionaries below are somewhere between their year of preparation or their fifth year of service. Since 1957, among people groups, disadvantaged communities, urban centers, suburban neighborhoods, metropolitan areas, rural counties, small towns and university campuses our churches have planted new churches for 63 years.
How to Use This List
Would you, please, save this list in a frequently seen place, such as, in your Bible or on your breakfast table? Would you remember to pray for these church planting missionaries during your personal quiet time or with others as a team of prayer warriors? The Holy Spirit may synchronize your prayers with the church planting families’ needs in unbelievable ways.
Some of you indicated that you would like to help missionary families who plant churches in our region. Using this list, you can do any of the five activities by directly contacting the church planting family with the information provided in this article.
Pray with others - Intercede regularly for these families during your private devotion, as a church or with a small group.
Help with school - Provide financial assistance for the children as they return to school.
Bless at Christmas - Give gift certificates to a family during Christmas.
Collect and give - Receive a collection in your small group or church then share that gift with a family any time during the year.
Write to encourage - Send handwritten-cards or email messages offering encouragement to these families throughout the year.
Let’s find ways to let these families know we are grateful for their service and sacrifice. These missionaries and their children are planting churches everywhere for everyone. This year continues to be a strange and stressful year, especially on families creating new churches in order to share the good news of Christ and develop bold disciples. They are establishing gospel-centered churches in communities all around us, so let’s surround them with our love.
David Clark is preparing to launch in Detroit the near future – Write to David at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tristan & Jodi Clark & their children of The Caravan Church, Marquette – Write to Tristan at email@example.com
Jon & Chelsea Hackett & their children are preparing to launch Imago Dei Church, Ann Arbor in the near future – Write to Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shakil & Angela Khondoker & their children of Reach Out Church, Hamtramck – Write to Shakil at Khondoker.email@example.com
Robert Lodge is preparing to launch Fresh Start Church, Detroit in the near future – Write to Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom & Shannon Metz & their children of The Valley Church, Saginaw – valleychurchsaginaw.org – Write to Tom at email@example.com
Corey & Milicia Parker & their children of The City Church, Ypsilanti – Write to Corey at firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tony Lynn is the State Director of Missions for the Baptist State Convention of Michigan. Before coming on staff at the BSCM, Tony served as lead pastor for more than six years at Crosspoint Church in Monroe, Michigan. He and his wife, Jamie, also served with the International Mission Board in Africa and in Europe.