Do you ever get the feeling that God wants to do much more than you can plan or even imagine? After all, the Scripture teaches us that our “God is able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think,” (Ephesians 3:20). He constantly surprises me with what He is doing. Let me tell you one of the ways.

The State Convention of Baptists in Indiana has entered a pilot partnership with the Baptist Convention of Ecuador. The vision for this partnership is to be able to train pastors who are interested in planting churches. My personal goal was to involve 25 Ecuadorian pastors in this “Pastors Planting Churches” pilot. Our plan was to make training available, free of charge, and bring it on a quarterly basis, to places that would provide easy access for our Ecuadorian brothers.

We have just returned from our second teaching module, and we are incredibly encouraged. To date, we have had nearly 85 Ecuadorian pastors in the process. For some of these pastors, this is the first time they have had any kind of theological training. Praise God, He is able to do more than we can ask or think.

I am grateful for our team of Indiana Baptists pastors who have felt that this project is worthwhile. We have had some of our best men who have gone to teach. Also, I want you to know that giving through the Cooperative Program makes these kinds of partnerships possible. Your giving helps with logistics, travel, cost of translators and materials we have made available to our friends in Ecuador.

Thank you Indiana Baptists for your faithful giving through the Cooperative Program. You are helping to make a difference in the Kingdom!