With the goal of planting new churches, Nazarene leaders held Project Paul from 27 May to 18 June 2017 in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.
The project in Juarez began after Pastor Manuel Molina Flores, the evangelistic coordinator of the USA-Mexico Border Initiative, led a pastoral training course in February 2017. The course focused on evangelism and domestic missions. During the training, the professor proposed that the group lead a Project Paul. The leaders and 20 pastors present agreed.
Preparation included promotion, prayer, and learning about the local church. Pastors recruited missionaries and church planters from their respective congregations and selected the neighborhoods to focus on.
Saturday 27 May, the project began with the training of 27 participants from nine different churches. The missionaries formed 12 teams to work in each of the neighborhoods.
In the first week, they focused on evangelism in homes and plazas. They utilized the Evangecube, the Evangeball, and Bible schools. In the second week, they discipled the new Christians. Sunday school and services began in homes in the third week. All new Christians — 330 adults and 109 children — began a discipleship program.
Twelve church planters — each responsible for a mission — came from the nine participating churches. The church planters are all volunteer lay people who will serve the missions after the initial focused effort.
Dulces Nombres Chavez, the district superintendent, will oversee the missions through the district. The church planters were all invited to participate in a course of study program through the Nazarene Seminary.
“Thank you for your prayers and support for this ministry,” Flores said.