Catalyst Missions is engaging theological famine, spiritual lostness, and human need on four different continents.
YIDA camp, south sudan
Nasser Kajou, a native of the Nuba mountains in Sudan and pastor/missionary in South Sudan, approached church leaders in 2011 in Memphis, TN with a shocking message: The Nuba people are facing genocide. The Nuba people were/are indeed facing genocide. Waging war against Sudanese jihad, thousands of Nuba natives were forced to flee across the border to South Sudan where they live as refugees. Nevertheless, the majority of the 3+ million Nubians in the Nuba Mountains are in extreme danger. These people present incredible physical need and a mixed religious background, consisting mainly of syncretized Islam.
In answer to pastor Kajou, these church leaders formed a coalition known as the River Nile Project in 2011. The River Nile Project consists of multiple churches devoted to alleviating spiritual and physical suffering among the Nuba people. The goal is to send church planters, pastors, and missionaries alongside partnering educators and health professionals back to the Nuba Mountains to engage the immense need and dearth of resources.
Catalyst Missions entered this cause when a River Nile Project partner approached the Executive Director with a request to utilize the organization to further this mission. After much planning and prayer, the leadership of Catalyst Missions proposed the project be subsumed under Catalyst’s organization given the common vision. Soon after, the River Nile Project officially agreed to come under the leadership of Catalyst Missions as the sending agency.
Currently, Catalyst Missions functions to mobilize this coalition (and other potential partners) to join in the effort to reach the Nuba people with the gospel of Jesus. We have started this mission by engaging the first cohort of church planters and pastors. We are utilizing our training curriculum to prepare these students to return to the Nuba Mountains and carry out the ministry of gospel multiplication. Most recently, we traveled to Juba to train our cohort in the third module, New Testament Survey.
We have already seen the birth of four churches, multiple Bible fellowships, and hundreds of believers. Further, Catalyst continues to forge partnerships with local churches and organizations seeking the relief of practical needs. We ask you to help us multiply our efforts by giving to this project to support placing church planters on the field and the opportunity to continue to receive training and going with us as we prayerfully move forward in this pioneer work. See the following video for more information on the project. Click here for upcoming project dates.
bolivia (multiple locations)
In August of 2013, Catalyst Missions began sensing God's direction to the South American country of Bolivia. Working through a missionary contact in Santa Cruz, Enoel Suarez, Catalyst Missions took a vision trip in March 2015. With great interest in the leader training we offer, Catalyst went back for the first official training trip in October 2015.
Bolivia is a predominantly Spanish speaking country of roughly 11 million people with 39 indigenous languages. While largely Roman Catholic, Bolivia presents a diverse religious scene. The Beni department, consisting of 8 provinces in the northeast corner of the country, is a very poor area but rich in natural beauty and resources.
Training of pastors, missionaries, and church planters is the greatest spiritual need in this area. With little access to theological formation, pastors and leaders often face an incredibly difficult task of preaching, teaching, and multiplying the gospel. After our most recent trainings in June and July 2017, Catalyst has taken further steps to develop and implement a long-term vision to plant training institutes in this country and raise indigenous leaders who will run with these biblical concepts. Needless to say, the training has multiplied rapidly. Now, with training sites in La Paz (San Pedro, Aposento Alto), Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, Guayaramerin, and Buen Destino we have multiple opportunities for churches wishing to partner for the expansion of the gospel through trained pastors, church planters, and leaders. If you love the gospel and beautiful people who are hungry for the Word, come join us for our next training trip, April 2018! Click here for upcoming project dates.
kupang, west timor island, indonesia
In January 2015, Catalyst Missions took a vision trip to Southeast Asia to explore a possible relationship with KPACT ministries. This relationship had the prospect of fulfilling a need to train leaders on the Island of Timor near Kupang City. After connecting with local pastors and leaders, Catalyst decided to covenant with them for training.
In July 2015, Catalyst took a small team back to West Timor Island to train local leaders in the first module. Catalyst returned in March 2017 for the fifth training. By God's grace, we continue to see leaders take ownership of their training as the enthusiasm grows with each new week.
Indonesia is a collection of 17,000 islands with an estimated population of 255,000,000 people. The islands have an established presence of Islam consisting of over 87% of the population. The official language is Bahasa Indonesian, but there are many English speakers.
The need for leader training is great in this dark place, and the work is certainly difficult. Still, the Lord of the harvest is raising up a generation of men and women eager to sacrifice for the gospel mission. Contact us about trips in Spring 2018 to train leaders or work with KPACT school ministries and use your gifts to spread the good news. Click here for upcoming project dates.
The Nigerian project site was established October 2016, and the first training took place June 2017. Our organization is connected with the Kaduna City Central District Church Council of the Evangelical Church Winning All denomination (ECWA). While Kaduna is not the capital of Nigeria it is a large and diverse city, housing nearly 800,000 people and four different ethnicities. ECWA is the dominant denomination, and one that has proven structure and strategy.
The first training in June saw over 200 participants during the week. While the strategy isn’t to see how many we can train, the size of this cohort shows the desire and need in this location. They understand the challenge to make disciples of their nation. As part of a church planting network in Kaduna, the leaders we are training present the vision of multi-generational discipleship and church planting. Catalyst is providing training to help move these leaders towards sound doctrine, godly practice, and healthy models of church planting.
One man, Victor Suleman, is the church planting strategist for the District Church Council and has 6 young men that are already in the midst of planting churches. We have a round table discussion to hear their needs, struggles, and successes. This group of men understand the need for faithfulness in carrying the mantle of our training into the highways and hedges of a broken world. e anticipate two more trainings in 2018. Click here for upcoming project dates.
In October 2017, Catalyst Missions began a new project in Central America. The Nicaragua project was birthed out of a need in this central American country for deep gospel roots. Although the gospel is most certainly present in Nicaragua, the opportunities for theologically and methodologically precise training are scarce. We have been overwhelmed by the thirst for education and the pervasive need for training to help equip pastors and disciples for the establishment of healthy churches and the multiplication of new church plants so that we will “no longer have any room for work in these regions” (Romans 15:23).
The project began in June 2017 with training in Juigalpa, Nicaragua. We are already beginning to track a downline of discipleship and a growing number of pastors investing themselves in the training. We believe moving the project to Managua will allow an easier access point and serve as a training and sending ground much like what Paul accomplished with his disciples in the hall of Tyrannus: “(Paul) withdrew from them and took away the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. This took place for two years, so that all who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks” (Acts 19:9-10).
In a country of just over 6 million people, the potential for a movement of trained missionaries, pastors, and disciples from Nicaragua to the world is exciting and real. Having established the project, we are now planning for two trainings in 2018 that will bring together leaders from Boaco, Tabasponie, Juigalpa, Masaya, Granada, and Managua. For dates and information on this project, click here.
San pedro, ivory coast
In December 2016, we received a message from a young pastor in the Ivory Coast, James. He wrote the organization to express his need for training in order to complete the ministry the Lord had given him in the city of San Pedro. Because we were not in a position to adopt another new project in 2017, we told James that we could train him using Skype and reevaluate opportunities for residential training in 2018. Since this time, we have been conducting training on a weekly basis with James via Skype and providing instruction on pastoral ministry and harvest church planting.
Jesus taught that there are four types of soil, which describe the hearts of all people in the world. The good soil in Matthew 13:18-23 is the soil that produces thirty, sixty, even a hundredfold yield from what was sown and planted. James most certainly describes this good soil. In a recent report, James noted that in the month of July, he had personally witnessed 20 people profess Christ, found 25 houses of peace willing to receive gospel teaching, trained 10 of his disciples in his current church with harvest church planting principles as well as a church in another village, and laid the foundation for a new church plant in a community with no gospel presence. We believe that God has provided a laborer who may be the key to a mighty movement of God in the Ivory Coast.
Our goal is to gain access to establish a training cohort in the Ivory Coast in 2018 in order to find more laborers like James who will reproduce themselves unto a great harvest. We are currently planning for our first in-country training for February 2018. For dates and information on this project, click here.
Part of the vision of Catalyst Missions is utilizing our training to engage ethnic groups in urban areas. Through evangelistic Bible studies, English as a Second Language, Backyard Bible Schools, plant team formation, church planter training, or equipping other churches to begin ethnic ministry, Catalyst has seen the Lord's hand at work. If you or your church would like to get involved, contact us to set up a ministry trip or personal visit!