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Posted on December 14, 2021 8:00 AM by Oliver Hawkins
Categories: Missions
A little over twenty years ago, I was a public school teacher and thought I would retire as a teacher someday. Then my family and I went on a summer mission trip to Malaysia. That summer the Lord let me know that my life was going to take a different direction.
 
After serving overseas with the IMB and now fifteen years with the North American Mission Board, I look back and I am so happy the Lord has allowed me to be a part of His mission. Over the past several years He has allowed me to work with church planters from eleven different nations.
 
Currently, we have fourteen church planters planting ethnic churches. In the past five years, we have been blessed to work with seventeen ethnic church planters and all but one of those churches that were planted are still active.
 
God is doing amazing things in Cincinnati. Your church is a great part of this work.Your gifts to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering and the Cooperative Program support the church planting missionaries that are being sent out. Your church could also be involved by inviting one of the planters to your church to speak and share about their work. Your church could allow one of the planters to use your facilities, which is a big need for our ethnic church planters. You could help plant a church by reaching out to the different ethnic groups around you. English as a second language is a great way to meet new people and could lead to a new church being planted.
 
Soon over fifty Afghan refugees will be settled in Cincinnati. Your church could help them with furniture, needed supplies, and help to find work. They need friends and they need Jesus.
 
--Oliver Hawkins serves as NAMB's Church Planting Catalyst in the Cincinnati Area. 
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