Coordinator: Creative Access Areas FSC
Creative Access Areas (CAA) are accessible but expensive to reach with single trips costing nearly $1,500 per person.
- We have had a serious lack of qualified teachers for the Course of Study (COS), here most of the people have only a 3rd grade formal education and about 1/3 are not literate.
There is one CAA that started in 2008 with the salvation of a motorcycle repairman. He helped bring his family to Christ and now there are about 200 believers in about 6 house churches.
- This area is fairly simple to access but the government has strong restrictions on outsiders teaching.
- Partnerships with USA churches having ethnic immigrants are being used to build links to the areas.
In the 1990’s the Church of the Nazarene targeted a specific CAA. It had grown to about 10 churches with 170 members by 2008 when the government shut down most of the churches and the DS fled to the USA to avoid being killed.
- The assigned personnel worked with a new DS and the church has continued to grow slowly since then.
- We have large investments in NCM and NCM style projects for young people going to college.
- We have strong personnel there that focus on training people and are excellent at administration.
For residence in this Creative Access Area, our missionaries secure visas through various platforms. A gifted and dedicated team of 36 short and long-term mission personnel serve in seven locations around the country.
- Every one of these team members is involved in one or more of the following: relational evangelism, discipling new believers, small-group ministries (church planting), theological & pastoral training and web-based or print publishing.
- Two training centers have been established. One is for local workers who need certificate level introductory training. This center is a cooperative ministry with another organization from Nampa, ID. The second training center is a Masters level extension of APNTS.
- More local pastors & workers are expressing the desire to affiliate with our tribe through course of study, ordination, and accountability.
- The political situation continues to require confidentiality and discretion for our ministry activities. We exercise care to safeguard the continuation of our activities and, more importantly, to avoid creating problems for our local co-workers.
- After twenty years of mostly unaffiliated activities in isolated cells, we are making progress toward connectivity through a creative district structure. But the transition from one paradigm to another is slow.
- Of the 36-team members serving in this area, only eight are on global contract. The large number of personnel raising their own support affects the long-term viability of some members. This is a new reality we are seeking to address in creative ways.