By Mike Ebert
NEW ORLEANS — Trustees with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) met Feb. 1-2 in New Orleans and visited with missionaries who are planting churches and meeting the needs of people in desperate situations.
At Connect Church in Algiers, trustees heard from church planting missionary and pastor Ryan Rice who came to the church as a re-plant pastor after its membership had dwindled to just a handful of people. Almost immediately after re-launch, the church turned outward, focusing on meeting needs in the community and began to baptize new believers. Today it hosts a residency program for church planters who will one day step out and start their own churches in the city.
Missionary Brandon Langley’s church, also a re-plant, has seen rebirth and growth.
“One lady from our neighborhood began attending,” Langley told trustees. “She came out of a background in witchcraft. Eventually she and her entire family came to faith in Christ.” [Read more…]