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Emerging Nations Newsletter | April 2020

Things To Pray For In April

By Dave Taylor on Apr 03, 2020 09:00 pm


1 Corinthians 8. 1-5, ‘We want you to know brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches in Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will, begging us earnestly for the favour of taking part in the relief of the saints - and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.’

I started last months ‘things to pray for’ post with exactly the same verse, making comment on the wonderful interdependence that we experience in Sovereign Grace, and how we really are family, understanding that we can do far more ‘together’ than we can ‘alone’. Since then COVID-19 has affected us all, economies are crashing, lockdown for most of us is a reality, and borders have been shut. We can no longer just get on a plane to go and support our global churches, we can no longer go just go and visit… But here’s what we can do, we can pray, and oh my, what a glorious faith-building reality that is!

Over the last few weeks I have been able to reach out to all of our global partners, to encourage them, listen to them, care for them and let them know we’re with them. In all of the countries we are serving in, there is either a key Pastor or Pastors that we are working with. Some of them, in turn, care for a number of Churches themselves, sometimes in upwards of fifty, and so please pray for each of these men, their families, pastoral teams, churches and countries. We may not know all that the future holds, but we do know the One who holds the future... 

  • Australia - Myself, Dave Taylor - Sovereign Grace Church, Sydney

  • Bahamas - Cedric Moss - Kingdom Life Church

  • Belarus - Sergie Lukyanov - New Covenant Church

  • Bolivia - Jorge Del Castillo - Iglesia Gracia Soberana

  • Brazil - Fabiano Silveira - Igreja Graca Soberana de Sao Paulo

  • Brazil - Emerson Soares - Igreja Nova Vida

  • Colombia - Jacobys Aldana - Iglesia Soberana Gracia in Santa Marta

  • Costa Rica - Allan Monge - Gracia Soberana de Cartago

  • Croatia - Mario Vucenovic - Church of God’s Grace

  • Cuba - Juan Vineta - Iglesia Biblica Emanuel

  • Cuba - Eddy Cambria - Iglesia Biblical de a Gracia

  • England - Nathan Smith - Grace Church, Bristol

  • Ethiopia - Michael Granger - Sovereign Grace Church Plant

  • Germany - Christian Wegert - Arche Church

  • India - Jayaprakash Ravuri - Calvary Gospel Church

  • Ireland - Ray Clancy - Calvary Galway

  • Italy - Lee Walti - Verita di Grazia Church

  • Italy - Giuseppe Fortuna - Chiesa Grazia e Verità

  • Jamaica - Joel Bain - Grace Family Church

  • Liberia - Dyonah Thomas - Grace Life Church

  • Mexico - Carlos Contreras - Gracia Soberana de Cd Juarez

  • Nepal - Pastor/Church name concealed for protection purposes

  • Pakistan - Pastor/Church name concealed for protection purposes

  • Philippines - Nilo Ebo - His Dwelling Christian Church

  • Philippines - Jeffrey Jo - Church of the Chief Shepherd Gospel Ministries

  • Philippines - Pete Valdez - Sovereign Grace Church of Tagbilaran

  • Puerto Rico - Josue Caceres - Iglesia Redimodos

  • Puerto Rico - Richard Gonzalez - Torre Fuerte

  • South Korea - Songhwan Kang - Lord’s Grace Church

  • Spain - Gabriel Reyes-Ordeix - Sovereign Grace Plant (Preparation)

  • Thailand - Pastor/Church name concealed for protection purposes

  • Turkey - Pastor name concealed - Sovereign Grace Plant (Preparation)

  • Venezuela - Eduardo Oistochea - Iglesia Cristiana Biblica Palabra Viva

  • Zambia - Wilbroad Chanda - Christ Community Church

… May His grace and mercy abound to us all. The whole world is in His hands.

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Training Global Coaches

By Dave Taylor on Mar 29, 2020 08:55 pm


An update from Mike Seaver, Lead Pastor of Risen Hope Church in Summerville, SC, USA, and member of our US/CAN Church Planting Team;

Our church planters are one of our most important assets we have as a family of churches.  Pastoring an existing work is difficult.  Beginning a new church is even harder.  One way that our US/CAN Church Planting Team has helped church planters the last several years is through having trained and certified SG Coaches meet monthly with our planters.  These Coaches have intentional gospel conversations with focused discussions about the planter’s relational, personal, missional, and spiritual life.    

In February, Greg Dirnberger and I had the honor of moving our Gospel Coaching Training beyond our borders.  We began the training of ten Sovereign Grace pastors who are connected with our Global church plants in Belarus, Brazil, Croatia, India, Italy, Nepal, and Thailand. 

The training consists of three days of sessions that help these future coaches absorb the coaching material and methods, but then also give them practical experience through coaching one another.  After the initial training, each guy has monthly Tri-hort calls where he coaches, gets coached, and observes others who are coaching. 

We are excited to serve our Global Church Planters in this way and we are grateful for Dave Taylor and Rich Richardson for having the heart and vision for this training.  Please pray for our Global Church Planters and that these coaches would be as valuable in other countries has they have been in the United States.

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Serving In Trujillo, Peru

By Dave Taylor on Mar 25, 2020 08:31 pm

A report from Joselo Mercado, Lead Pastor of Iglesia Gracia Soberana in Gaithersburg, on a pre-Covid 19 trip…

I arrived in Trujillo, Peru after a long flight and layover in Lima.  Trujillo is a city of one million people in the north coast of this beautiful country.  I was invited by the CMA church in Trujillo, this denomination is the most influential in Peru and this church has a big presence in the city.  

I was able to teach 3 days on the Gospel and Marriage.  People are starving for Gospel truth and by God’s grace I think we were able to serve them.  One of the problems in Peru is that reformed doctrine has been hijacked by a group of churches that only accept people that also accept their liturgy and preferences. So many churches are looking to go deeper in scripture but have some reservations because of the testimony of this other group.  

I think more than anything, we were able to give a testimony that going deep in Scripture comes with humility and love for others.  Not sure If there is another chance to go back, but I pray that the seed that was put in the ground will give fruit. 


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Growing Partnership In The Philippines

By Dave Taylor on Mar 19, 2020 10:39 pm


Before COVID-19 became a global reality, myself (Dave Taylor, Lead Pastor of Sovereign Grace Church, Sydney and Director of Emerging Nations), Lynn Baird (Pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Pasadena, California) and Todd Peterson (Pastor of Cross of Grace Church, El Paso, Texas) were able to get over to the Philippines for our annual Sovereign Grace Pastors & Wives Conference, and I’m so pleased that we were able to make it!

The weekend before the conference, we had the privilege of serving our friend Jeffrey Jo and his wonderful Church in Manila. I have known Jeff, his Elders and Church (CCSGM) for a number of years now and it continues to be an absolute joy to serve them and call them friends. 


On the Saturday Jeff gathered all of his key leaders together, as well as some guests, and we ran a leadership summit entitled ’The Gospel & Family'. It was a wonderful day of worship, teaching and fellowship. We reconnected with old friends and continued to make new ones. It was a truly fantastic day.

As was the Sunday, where all three of the CCSGM Churches came together for a combined service. It was a wonderful occasion.


On the Monday, we then relocated to Cebu for the Pastors & Wives Conference, and in headline, in God’s kindness, the conference could not have gone any better. The teaching was well received by all of the 100 plus pastors and wives that we had in attendance. We were thanked numerous times for coming and serving them in this way, something that it was a pure delight to do, and once again His Dwelling Place Church in Cebu, led by our friend Nilo Ebo, did a wonderful job of pulling everything together to run this conference.

All of the churches in attendance are pursuing formal partnership with Sovereign Grace, something that we are eager for as well. They have become dear friends over the last many years and so we count it a joy to continue to move forward together in this way. As they would say so well, "To God be the glory".


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