How To Connect With Missions

 

Roanoke’s International Community

 
People from 75 countries call the Roanoke area home. With the nations at our door, RFBC Missions has adopted a glocal focus and encourages its members to welcome and receive those in the international community in Jesus’ name. For more information on Roanoke’s international community and ways to be involved, visit Restoring Hope Roanoke.

Unreached People Groups

A people group is considered unreached if it lacks enough followers of Christ and resources to evangelize its own people. RFBC has been involved in prayer for specific unreached people groups (UPGs) since 1998. We now pray for a total of 7 UPGs as we seek to follow Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).
There are approximately 80,000 Balkars living within the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic. The Balkars were one of five North Caucasus nations deported through Stalin’s policies of ethnic cleansing from 1944-1957, which displaced the entire nation to various Central Asian locales. Their homes were inhabited by others, primarily the Karbardinians and Russians; many villages were burned or destroyed. When the Balkars were allowed to return to their homeland in 1957, they were without homes and livelihood. The scar of the deportation is deep and still strongly felt by the people. This history makes them distinct from most of their neighbors who suffered under Communism but were not deported. Today, there are about 40 baptized believers among the 80,000 Balkars, with a church, a Balkar pastor, and most of the Bible translated into the Balkar language. The first Balkar came to faith in Christ in 1959; the second in 1989; the third, now the pastor, in 1992. This timeline demonstrates the time that has occurred to penetrate the wall of Islam! The vision of the Balkar pastor has been to reach his nation for the Gospel, and he has been innovative in creating outreach through Balkar children’s camp; visitation in the villages, which have distributed Jesus videos, praise CDs, Scriptures and calendars, all in the Balkar language; a jail ministry; English classes for the community; and a ministry in a rehabilitation center among drug addicts. In 2008, an individual from the church felt God’s direction toward Muslims. Four months prior to this ‘vision’ of the lay person, the Senior Pastor had a ‘chance’ meeting with the Rector of the North Caucasus Bible Institute (NCBI), a Bible-training school for bi-vocational pastors in the North Caucasus region of Southern Russia. The Rector was on a flight to America, and during his visit, came to visit with the Senior Pastor, and also met the lay person. The potential connection of the NCBI and a MUPG surfaced as a possibility as the students/trainees of the NCBI were from the heart of the 50-‘nation’/5 million population Muslim territory of Russia. The Balkars are embedded in the hearts of this church, and individuals have made commitments beyond the scope of the initial partnership agreement to assist with specific projects for the NCBI and the Balkar Church. Rainbow Forest Baptist Church also sponsored the Balkar pastor and NCBI Rector to America to assist in spreading information about the Balkar/NCBI ministry and raising money for the national pastors to attend NCBI. A book about the Balkar and their incredible story of deportation has been written by Karen Baker, former RFBC member. For more information, contact Karen at karenbaker02@hotmail.com.
In January 1998, Rainbow Forest was specifically led by the Lord to adopt an unreached people group: the Mina (pronounced “MEEna”) of Rajasthan, India. At that time, we were told there were only 40 known believers among the Mina people. At this time, there are over 4.7 million Mina in India. British colonial forces who once ruled India treated the Mina harshly, labeling them a “criminal tribe”. Few ministries work among them because they are considered resistant to the Gospel. In reality, the Mina are a loving and hospitable people, but they do not know or understand God’s sacrifice of love for them. Today, the Mina work in agriculture as laborers, landowners, policemen or guards. Many simply farm for survival. They love colorful clothes and festivals. Our passion is to see a church planting movement engulf the Mina. God has allowed us to engage this people group with two families spending extended time among them, as well as various short term works. Our main emphasis has been prayer for the Mina. We currently have a family from Rainbow Forest who are living in this area and working to help share the Good News with the Mina. The latest reports we have received estimate that there are now 40,000 Mina believers and churches are being planted among them. We prayerfully continue to seek ways to actively engage them so that many more would come to know the Savior.
 
 

How To Pray For Missions

 
 
God has a great plan to use you to declare His glory among the nations, and it all starts with prayer. Prayer is a vital part of missions that cannot be neglected. It is the power behind any missions outreach. You’re invited to be a part of what God is doing around the world through prayer!
“Prayer is the mighty engine that is to move the missionary work.” A. B. Simpson
RFBC Missions sends out a daily prayer prompt by text for the missionaries and ministries we support. To sign up, text @missionspr to 81010.
We also provide a weekly prayer prompt by text for the 7 unreached people groups adopted by RFBC. To sign up, text @unreached to 81010.
For more prayer prompts, CLICK HERE.