Love and Light Ministry
Who are we?
Catalina and I, Fritz, are full-time church-planters living in the West Point, New York area. Previously, I served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army for five years while Catalina served as a social worker on a psychiatric unit in Chicago. We are seeking to launch to Southwest Asia to join a team of fellow workers in the region.
Our ministry, "Love and Light Ministry", equips Christ-followers to share the Gospel, make disciples, plant churches, and catalyze movements in order to see the world reached for Christ and to prepare for His return!
What is the problem we are solving?
An Unreached People Group (UPG) is defined as a group of people sharing ethnic and cultural commonalities in which less than one percent of the population is Christian and in which the people group has no access to the Gospel message of Christ's love. The heartbreaking reality of these UPGs is that they have no one to share the Truth with them, leaving them in darkness and plagued by deception. "How can they hear without someone preaching to them?" (Romans 10:14). If, by the grace of God, anyone in a UPG does believe in Christ, they have almost no knowledge of other believers in their area and have little fellowship as they pursue Christ. These few believers are not adequately equipped to live out and proclaim the Gospel, and are oftentimes threatened by their loved ones if they do. They are not being challenged to obey Jesus and have no example of what that looks like in their context. Many times, these believers have no way to read God's word, either because they do not have a Bible or because they are cannot read. In addition, numerous believers are hurt from the many Christian organizations that seem to use them for their own organizational aims rather than really love them for who they are. These are but a few of the challenges that our ministry addresses and, through the power of Holy Spirit, overcome. We have a deep burden for these UPGs because our Heavenly Father does, and we are committed to seeing His marvelous light shine in these dark places.
How are we solving it?
In order to effectively reach a UPG for Christ, we find God-prepared local-nationals within our target UPG who have a spiritual burden for their own people group to hear the Gospel and to know Christ. We then train these local-nationals in simple, biblical, and reproducible spiritual tools, challenge them to love and obey Jesus, and encourage them to pass along these tools and principles to others through discipleship. We encourage gatherings of believers to identify as church and then grow in spiritual health and maturity, eventually multiplying these churches throughout the community. We as the spiritual advisors provide necessary support, coaching, and resources to foster growth within the church network. We help develop leaders of these emerging church networks and train them to move towards effective church multiplication, eventually catalyzing a movement of God in the area.
Why are we qualified?
Christ has confirmed His calling for Catalina and me to reach these UPGs for Him. The Lord has been revealing to both of us His heart for the people living in spiritual darkness. He has led us both into a network of Christ-followers who are committed to going after the lost until there is "No Place Left" in the globe that hasn't heard the Gospel. We are learning how to use simple, reproducible, and biblical tools to advance His kingdom by planting healthy, multiplying "house churches". We have gained experience by planting such churches in places like Fort Carson, Colorado, Fort Benning, Georgia, and Fort Polk, Louisiana. We are excited to be a part of what God is doing now in New York and soon amongst a UPG in South Asia. God has also provided opportunities to deepen our love for Him through the mentorship of believers who have committed to pour into our lives and help us prepare for the task. The Lord has entrusted so much training, ability, and wisdom to us, and we recognize our responsibility to steward those blessings well.
What is the urgency?
Every single moment, there are people dying in these dark places of the world without the light of Christ. Countless more are living in hell on earth right now, void of the love and light that only Christ can provide. Christ wants to free these people from their bondage and wants to use our mouths, our hands and our feet to do it. Catalina and I must go! There is no time to waste!
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