This property is a vehicle to reach unreached people with the good news of Jesus. – David Sitton
Los Fresnos, Texas (PRWEB) August 14, 2012
Capacity maxed! That sums up the challenge facing To Every Tribe in Los Fresnos, Texas as it prepares for another year of missionary training. Only six years ago To Every Tribe welcomed its first five students into its eight-month training program at the Center for Pioneer Church Planting. Since then, the missions training program has been expanded to two years. This September more than 20 interns and their families will be arriving for mission training. With applications continuing to come in to the mission agency at a record pace, expanding need will collide with diminishing room.
Just as the classroom and housing space seems to shrink, To Every Tribe has been presented with an exciting opportunity to resolve the space issue and launch even more missionaries to unreached peoples around the world. In order to meet the urgent need for additional room, To Every Tribe intends to purchase The Inn at Chachalaca Bend, a bed and breakfast getaway sitting on a 50-acre parcel just outside of Los Fresnos.
This strategic property not only includes conference facilities, but also 26 acres of undeveloped land that provides To Every Tribe with a lot of room to expand its Center for Pioneer Church Planting. The Chachalaca Bend property both resolves an immediate space problem at the current campus, and poises the missions group to be a launching pad to expel hundreds of missionaries into Christ’s harvest over the next five years.
As a launchpad, the Chachalaca Bend property expedites To Every Tribe’s vision to organize and mobilize death-defying disciples to go after the least reached peoples with the gospel of Jesus Christ. David Sitton, founder and president of To Every Tribe, sees the significant potential of the Chachalaca Bend property to be a catalyst for training and sending missionary martyrs. Says Sitton, "There are almost 3 billion people who have never heard the name of Jesus, and this property is a vehicle to reach those who don't have access to the good news of Jesus." In order to facilitate expelling hundreds to the harvest, To Every Tribe needs a property with the capacity found in the Chachalaca Bend property.
The facilities on the Chachalaca Bend property include a lodge (with a conference room big enough for 50), a main house (with office space and a boardroom), a second three-bedroom house, three additional offices to the main house, two one-bedroom units, the inn (with 6 bedrooms, a dining area, a kitchen, and a meeting room), and 26 acres of vacant land (with a small pond and gazebo).
While these buildings will alleviate the crowding at the current location, the tremendous upside of the property lies in the potential for exponential increase of Christ's disciples being sent with His story to unreached peoples in the remotest parts of the world. The 26 acres of undeveloped land means there is room to expand the missions organization’s options for training and helping churches send workers to the harvest. That upside means an increased dependence on willing partners who catch the vision for Christ’s harvest and come alongside to partner with To Every Tribe.
In order to take advantage of this great opportunity, To Every Tribe's Board of Directors and its Executive Committee have set a goal of raising $1.85 million, the purchase price of the Chachalaca Bend property, with $500,000 to be raised over the next few weeks in order to move into the property. With the initial $500,000, To Every Tribe not only will provide its Center for Pioneer Church Planting with the space it needs to accommodate the exponential growth, it will also accelerate the realization of sending 75 graduates from the CPCP to unreached people groups in the next five years. To date, more than $150,000 has been raised toward the initial goal, leaving $350,000 remaining to alleviate the cramped quarters in the fall.
To Every Tribe needs more space right now to keep up with the rapid expansion and growing interest. There are four kinds of ways to participate with To Every Tribe in the expansion of gospel proclamation to unreached people groups: as prayer martyrs who will dedicate themselves to the prayer that the Lord of the harvest will propel death-defying disciples to his harvest; as financial martyrs who will commit their resources to helping To Every Tribe alleviate its immediate space needs in securing this property; as service martyrs committing time and effort; and as missionary martyrs who are willing to be flung with the gospel to plant churches among the 3 billion who have never heard the good news of Jesus.
Sitton has a grand vision for the property in south Texas. "While this property will help us meet an immediate need of more room for training current interns,” says Sitton, “this is simply the beginning of something bigger than To Every Tribe. It is a means for relocating hundreds, if not thousands, of risk-taking disciples all over the globe in gathering His sheep from among the 3 billion unreached people."
Located in Los Fresnos, Texas just 12 miles from the border of Mexico, To Every Tribe Ministries was organized in 2004 as a pioneer church planting ministry that targets unreached people groups with the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a reformed and baptistic mission agency, To Every Tribe is both a training center and sending agency. Each To Every Tribe missionary spends approximately 60% of the internship in classroom studies and 40% in on-the-field training. More than 30 missionaries who have been trained in the Center for Pioneer Church Planting are serving around the world. To Every Tribe exists to extend the worship of Christ among all peoples by mobilizing the church, training disciple makers, and sending missionary teams to plant churches among the unreached.
For more information, go to http://www.toeverytribe.com, or contact To Every Tribe, Rod Conner, Vice President, 570-238-5303, or rod (at) toeverytribe (dot) com.