The Burden for America
WHAT is our burden?
Our burden is to gospelize, truthize, and churchize America to raise up at least 250 new churches in the United States and Canada. This long-term labor is part of the one, unique work of the Lord to propagate His testimony to build up the Body of Christ (Acts 8:1; 16:5; 1 Cor. 15:58; Eph. 4:12, 16; Rev. 1:20).
Under the direction of the Spirit, this work will be carried out through the fellowship of the co-workers, the participation of the saints in the churches, and with the support of the campus teams, Bibles for America, Defense & Confirmation Project, Living Stream Ministry and other supporting entities. This coordinated endeavor will require continued labor and steadfast prayer over the next ten years and beyond.
Some targeted goals for the next 10 years are:
HOW will this burden be carried out?
The basic unit of participation in this burden is vital groups or churches. Groups of saints are encouraged to pick up a burden for a city with the goal of raising up a church in that city. These groups of saints can pray for a city, coordinate with nearby churches to labor in the city, contact seeking ones there, and begin to have home meetings.
WHEN will it take place?
This burden began in January 2011 and will continue for the next ten years and beyond as a long-term labor to be carried out by the vital groups and the churches with the goal of raising up 250 new churches over ten years.
We have seen some newly baptized ones enter into the full realization of these truths within half a year. In Taipei, we first set up meetings in people’s homes, and then we combined three or four homes together as a group. Finally, we combined a number of groups together for a community meeting. These communities set up their own hall by renting a place. They set up their own meeting and an offering box. These new ones in the communities are the elders, the deacons, and the attendants who do all the functioning. I would like to see this repeated in all the cities in the United States. We do not want to see anything of degraded Christianity.