Missionaries Serving in Southeast Asia Witness ‘Domino Effect’ Through Spreading the Gospel

A new believer in Southeast Asia celebrates as she is baptized. IMB workers had the opportunity to witness baptisms of third-generation believers in the Southeast Asian church they’ve been a part of for many years. IMB photo

They love hearing about baptisms of people they don’t know. News of strangers being baptized means there has been generational growth of Christians in their area, say William and Nancy Potter,* International Mission Board workers who serve in Southeast Asia.

The “generational growth” — people who lead people, who then lead other people, to Christ — first began 18 years ago when they met Ary Keo* and her husband Chann.* As the Potters discipled them and cast a vision for church planting, the Lord gave Ary and Chann a heart to take the Gospel to an area eight hours away.

The Keos’ ministry was slow at first, Nancy reported. It took eight years to see the first church start, then another few years to start a second church.

Now the Keos are discipling and baptizing believers who do the same with other believers. Approximately 60 Christians recently were baptized in one part of the country.

The Potters are witnessing a discipling domino effect. They discipled the Keos, and members of their community have gone on to disciple other communities. Now church growth is expanding far beyond their reach. Their vision is to see churches start in 10,000 unreached villages across the nation.

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Source: Baptist Press