Annual report 2021: You have need of endurance
In this annual report, you will be inspired by how God is using business to extend the reach of the gospel.
2021 was not an easy year for many of our workers. The ongoing COVID-19 restrictions affected many people. In the hardships and difficulties, the thing that has been more important than ever is encouragement. Paul said in 1 Thess 2:11 [NKJV] 11 as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father [does] his own children. Through our weekly and sometimes daily coaching, we exhorted, comforted, and encouraged our people to have endurance, so they do the will of God and receive the promise.
Despite the challenges, 403 people have been trained in Pioneer Business Planting, 45 businesses started in several nations, and in total 274 discovery bible studies and 126 churches are active. God is working through our local indigenous workers!
One of my favorite stories is from Gastern, who grew his restaurant business this year, so he could build his own house, while he is reaching out to an unreached people group. He never did any budgeting, planning, or bookkeeping. But since he did that, his life changed.
George from Kenya, started a barbershop in a town near an unreached people group the East Pokots. His shop shaves around 15-30 people on a daily basis. He is well known now in the area. He is using the business to make disciples and is reaching out to the East Pokots.