Day 7: Scripture planting is key
When IMB missionaries Jon Gerwig* and Bradford Wotzke* moved to East Asia with their families in 2004 to share the Gospel with the Iron Peas,* the minority people group of more than 3 million had no known churches and only a handful of believers.
The Iron Pea people group speaks six dialects, and many Iron Peas — particularly women and children — do not speak even the country’s trade language.
“You’re just spinning your wheels if you’re not reaching the people in the language of their heart,” Jon says.
To reach this people group, Jon and Bradford began to use a new method of ministry called “Scripture planting,” which integrates Bible translation into the heart language with real-time church planting, evangelism and discipleship. This provides quicker access to Scripture so Christian workers can develop resources like worship songs, recorded testimonies and oral Bible stories.
Through Scripture planting, the missionaries saw their first Iron Pea believer in 2006 and the first Iron Pea church in 2007. Since then, the Gospel has spread throughout Iron Pea communities, resulting in multiple second- and third-generation churches.
“When you give to the Lottie Moon Christmas [Offering], you are helping to plant churches among the Iron Pea people — there’s no way around that at all, nor should there be,” Jon says. “Your money helps start churches.”
Pray that every Iron Pea person will have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel.
Pray for families serving the Iron Peas — for wisdom, strength and endurance to share the Gospel.
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