Elizabeth Mwendwa, a thirty-nine-year-old wife and mother of three, knew God had placed a call on her heart to start a church. But after a few months of ministry in her Kenyan community, the challenges she faced seemed too great to overcome.
Elizabeth was chosen by the Lead Like Jesus National Representative to begin Church Planter training. With Lead Like Jesus as her foundation, Elizabeth learned how to share the gospel, start small groups and live out scripture.
In her Church Planting effort, Elizabeth began visiting people all over her area. She traveled in and around her region to tell them about Jesus and the church she was starting. However, Elizabeth was met with doubt and opposition.
She discovered that the last person who set out to start a church began to develop memory loss, his church shut down and he died later that year. Four other churches had since started and failed for no apparent reason. It is believed in her community that the churches were unsuccessful because of demonic work in the area.
Her initial attempts to plant a church failed, leaving her discouraged and wondering why her God-given call wasn’t successful. After meeting with her fellow Church Planter training cohort, Elizabeth found encouragement and remembered a truth of Scripture she had learned in her initial training:
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9
With this truth in mind, she determined to continue her calling as a Church Planter. Just one month later, Elizabeth’s church has a group meeting regularly and they serve as a beacon of light and hope for the community. Elizabeth’s focus is declaring the praises of Jesus and leading others to do the same. She has become a champion for the gospel in her community.
Her long-term goal is to buy a piece of land to build a permanent structure for their worship gatherings. It is in pursuit of this goal, Elizabeth, together with a team of other women in the church, plants mung beans as a way of generating income to sustain the church.
Would you join us in praying for Elizabeth’s efforts in fundraising for her church’s permanent meeting place? Pray for those who continue to oppose Elizabeth and the church and for the church’s resilience in telling the community about Jesus.
Elizabeth is grateful for her Church Planter training and her training cohort. “Without the Lead Like Jesus [Church Planter] training, I wouldn’t know how to keep going. This support makes the difference for me,” she says.
Just as Elizabeth was called to be a Church Planter, God has called generous donors to support Church Planter training. Has He called you?
For just $2,500 or $209 a month, you can support a Church Planter for an entire year of training. Would you consider partnering with us as we seek to train more Church Planters to lead like Jesus?