Share Jesus with Unreached Villages
The Gospel changes everything! That’s why we always lead with Christ’s Good News when planting a village church.
“Barefoot pastors” are pastors and families who take up residence in unreached villages to share God’s word and serve those in need. They are the cornerstone of IGL’s evangelism and church planting efforts. Most often this work is done on foot (hence our designation “barefoot pastors”). Barefoot pastors in IGL’s network place a high value on leadership development, discipleship, and expanding the reach of the Gospel. Most have made a personal commitment to reach one additional unreached village during every year of their ministry.
“I have no house for sleeping; we sleep in the children’s church area. Many people have no houses in our region, they have huts. I want to have the same life as they do so I can have a testimony to them.” – a pastor in Southern India
“Five men caught me and beat me because I was converting Hindus to Christ. I spent four days in the hospital recovering. My friends warned that these people would come back and kill me. But I have prayed. And continued on.” – a pastor in Central India
“We don’t have a fight with human beings, but with demonic forces. We must stand firm. Faithfully, truly, holy, with all that we are, to do this work. It is a great privilege to serve God. He is doing marvelous things in the world.” – a pastor in Sri Lanka
“Surrender your whole life to God. Say, ‘Whatever He wants me to do, I will do it.’ It’s not, ‘What can I do for God?’ it’s, ‘What can God do through me?’” – a leadership training pastor for IGL
Would you like to temporarily sponsor one of our pastors? While most of our workers are already self-sufficient, a few need start-up funding to reach into new areas. IGL can facilitate a partnership between you and one of these church-planting pastors – for $100 USD per month, for two years. This jumpstarts the work of the Gospel in additional villages, many of which have never had a Gospel witness before.
There are also helpful tools, as noted below, that can assist or accelerate the work of a church planter.