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.
Beni department, bolivia
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.
When Catalyst arrived in October 2015, the continual feedback we received was that the training we offer was 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 August 2016, 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. Now, with training sites in La Paz and the Beni Department, 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, October 2016! 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 Fall 2017 to train leaders or work with KPACT school ministries and use your gifts to spread the good news. Click here for upcoming project dates.
Catalyst Missions plans to take a vision trip to Kaduna, Nigeria in October 2016 to determine training opportunities with elders from local churches. The prospective project would include two different training sites within this region. Pray for us as we go and look for more information about upcoming opportunities in East Africa. Click here for upcoming project dates.
In June 2017, Catalyst Missions begins a new project in Central America. In Juigalpa, Nicaragua, Catalyst will be working with pastors and disciple makers with little access to training. Our goal is to be in-country again this fall to continue with our second training module.
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!