Monday, July 31, 2017
Guyana: a New Kind of Missions Trip
Several months ago, we took a missions trip to Guyana, which was an amazing success. We were able to preach the Gospel to about 4,500 school students, many of whom made a profession of faith. We handed out 8,000 DVDS and were able to personally win 169 people to the Lord through one-on-one soul winning. We got all this done in about four and a half days with a team of only nine people.
Our new DVD, “Guyana a New Kind of Missions Trip,” includes the seven sermons I preached in Guyana schools as well as one that I preached in a conference room in Trinidad on the same trip. In addition to those eight sermons, the DVD also includes footage from some of the planning and behind the scenes aspects of the trip, so the DVD is about four hours long in total.
The reason the DVD is called “A New Kind of Missions Trip,” is that most missions trips are more about building a building or handing out tracts. People love to go on missions trips, but we need a new kind of missions trip that is more effective at getting people saved. What we accomplished in those schools and elsewhere in Guyana had much greater eternal value than what is done on the average Baptist missions trip.
We are hoping that this DVD provides a pattern and a framework for others to follow. We want people to emulate what we did there—not just in Guyana but in other countries as well. Maybe there’s something you would do a little differently, but we want you to see what is possible and be inspired to plan your own highly productive missions trip.
We praise God for the many souls saved, but unfortunately, the door is now closed for us in Guyana. We ended up getting banned by the government from every school in the country. The reason we were banned is because the Hindus were so upset with the success of the mission. Guyana is about 25 percent Hindu, so 108 Hindu temples got together and took out a full page ad in the newspaper condemning the school system for allowing us to preach. We were in the media for a couple of weeks, until the government got involved and said we would no longer be allowed in the schools.
The newspaper ad called what we did a “military-style assault with the Gospel.” Because we were so efficient and effective, they speculated that some foreign government must be financing us or that we had some kind of special training. They just couldn’t believe that a team of nine guys from an independent Baptist church in Arizona could have this much of an impact.
Due to the nationwide publicity in Guyana, we have had a spike in internet traffic from that country. I pray that many more will hear the Gospel as part of the ripple effect from our visit. There are many other countries where we can do the exact same thing we did in Guyana, so the plan is just to move on the next country. There are plenty of fish in the sea!
Check out this groundbreaking new DVD to see for yourself what had the Hindus so upset. “Guyana a New Kind of Missions Trip” is available for free here at Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona, or if you don’t live in the area, you can purchase the DVD from Framingtheworld.com.