Alex Tanuseputra, Bethany Church of God, Surabaya, Indonesia
Bethany Church of God, founded in 1978, has become one of the strongest mission-sending churches in the world. Located in the largest Muslim-populated nation on Earth, where intense persecution routinely occurs, this worship center is the largest public building in Indonesia with a seating capacity of 40,000. The congregation of Bethany averages more than 200,000, not including the hundreds of additional satellite churches that have been planted out of the mother church. Each year, missionaries are sent to plant churches throughout the world.
Today, our Lord continues to raise up “mountains of ministry” throughout the Earth for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. The phenomenal churches highlighted here represent a small portion of what the Lord is orchestrating and networking to compound the size of the Global Church. “Honorable mentions” would be too numerous to even start to include. Without exception, each of these pastors has chosen to lead a mission-sending church, a soul-winning church. Most of them are planting churches in North America!
Indeed, our present generation can be the generation that finally puts the Cross of Jesus Christ on the roof of the world and lets the whole world know that Jesus died for every nation and every people group! When this is achieved, we will have a satisfaction that no previous generation has ever had. The Global Church will achieve together what no one of us can do alone.
We must be motivated about what motivates Heaven. How many people will you be responsible to win this year? How many churches will you help plant in your lifetime? How many missionaries will your church family send? We can achieve more together than we ever could alone by synergizing our efforts to bring back the King. Can you think of anything more important to accomplish with your life?
In the future, those who are not networking will eventually be not working. The co-chairs of the Billion Soul Network look forward to networking with you so we can place the cross of Christ on the roof of the world. As the great evangelist Reinhard Bonnke said, “If we are interested in soul winning, then heaven is interested in our success. God’s main purpose is winning the lost.”