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Harvesters International Ministries
Director: Steven Loots

Harvesters International Ministries (HIM) and Bibles for Believers (B4B) invite you to join us in one of our various outreaches.

HIM is planting many churches in Southern Africa as well as other parts of the world. HIM has a well developed HUB Structure with strong leadership and willing churches. We will join hands with local churches to reach this ripe harvest field.

Goals:

1.    One-on-one Evangelism
2.    Train local believers and mentor evangelism to them
3.    Plant several new churches in the area
4.    Encourage local believers
5.    Identify potential leaders for future training.

Preparation has already begun in the towns and villages that we hope to send teams to this year. Churches are preparing to fully participate in the outreach, local chiefs are being visited to identify where new churches can be planted and local believers are already praying for each team member who will come and help them win people to Christ. Surveys have been conducted to identify which churches will receive Bibles.

HIM will provide training, infrastructure, thorough planning and follow up. We need YOU to come and share your faith in one of the greatest harvest fields in the world today. Thousands will come to Christ, new churches will be planted and many will be discipled. This is an opportunity not to be missed. Individuals, couples and groups are welcome to join us. Already teams from all over are preparing to come and we hope to have many guest participants joining up with hundreds of local pastors and interpreters.


Harvesters International Ministries

Harvesters International Ministries (HIM) is at the very cutting edge of missions and evangelism today. We are a church planting organization. We believe that saturation church planting is by far the most effective way of fulfilling the Great Commission.

Three themes flow through our model, namely: Responsible Evangelism, Multiplication Ministry and Stewardship. Our church-planting model is applied using indigenous people, in areas where the harvest is ripe. We are currently experiencing explosive growth. Between the year 2000 and December 2011 we have planted over 6,000 new churches and we have more than 2,000 students in training in Malawi alone. Our vision is to plant over 50,000 churches in Southern Africa in the next 15 years.

HIM has a vision to do evangelism and plant churches in those areas we consider to be the ripest harvest fields. The project has started in Southern Africa, more specifically, in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, Zimbabwe and along the Congo border. In time we believe this ministry will spread to other areas of the world. This is a growing and developing vision, strategy and methodology.
 

Goals

Our goal is to plant as many viable churches as possible in as short a period as possible. Viable churches are those that are growing in numbers and in spiritual maturity and are able to support a pastor within a certain time-frame. The time-frame differs depending on the type of church and its location, e.g. rural or urban, and the economy of the region. We also want to facilitate transformational discipleship for all those we reach with the Gospel.
 

Hub Churches

HIM identifies areas where “hub churches” can be planted. These are churches with the potential of planting other churches. A full time church planter/trainer is placed at these hub churches.

Hub Churches:

•    Initiate and coordinate church planting in a region
•    Provide for new churches planted in their area
•    Provide work at the resource base
•    Are training centres.

Each hub base church-planter must plant at least ten new churches around the hub church in a two-year period. He must also teach and assist these new churches to plant at least three new churches. Hubs should produce between twenty and forty new churches in a three-year period. It is vital that these should be churches and not mere preaching points.
 

Pastoral Training

Training of new pastors in Africa has always been a challenge. Traditional Western methods of going to Bible College for several years are not always very practical. Often when someone does feel called, and can somehow find the funds needed to go to seminary or Bible School, they almost never return to their village.

Training must be provided on the job and teaching must take place close to home. Our Church Planters and the Coordinators provide training at the hub churches. This takes away the problems of travel, accommodation and high expenses.

HIM has established the Harvesters Bible School which provides pastoral training at the hub church. This enables the new trainee pastor to do ‘on-the-job’ training. He can live at home and serve his people while he completes his studies.

The course takes three years and covers 30 modules. Each is practical, culturally relevant and soundly Biblical. The hub leader acts as tutor/mentor. The distance from the hub to the new church is no more than bicycling distance. Students come to the hub for 3 – 5 days at a time and then go back home to apply what they have learned for 4 – 5 weeks.

Each student is required to plant a new church every twelve months.
 

Evangelism and Outreaches

Annually HIM organizes outreaches to help Hubs expand quickly. Participants help train local believers, mobilize the local church and help plant new churches. Once the team members return home, the local believers are trained to continue the work. HIM provides a support structure for sustaining newly planted churches and provides training for newly identified church leaders.

HIM has the local knowledge, practical experience and trained leaders to receive participants from abroad and to provide the necessary infrastructure and backup to ensure a smooth outreach. Contact details can be provided of participants of previous outreaches from the USA, UK and South Africa if references are required