10 days – 1,000 churches across the country
First there was World 4 Jesus (W4J), and now there’s Bahamas 4 Jesus (B4J) – and the idea is simple – spread the gospel message of salvation and to unify the church across the earth.
B4J is an extension of W4J, which was developed by James Horvath Ministries in 2015 to be a mantle for ministries to carry into the countries under the banner of World 4 Jesus. The first initiative of the group was staged in the Philippines (P4J). The effort saw over 30,000 churches come together and approximately 315,000 persons make commitments to Christ in 10 days. The unique outreach included testimonies and reports of personal and community transformation.
The Philippines meeting was followed up in 2017 with Ireland for Jesus (I4J) which had a similar impact in bringing together over 1,000 churches and impacting 17 cities ushering in a spiritual awakening not seen in Ireland in many years.
After the involvement of Bahamas Faith Ministries (BFM) in the Ireland outreach, Senior Pastor Dave Burrows received a request to consider hosting a (B4J) event in 2018. It was a no-brainer for him.
B4J which will take place November 10-20.
It will involve a unique approach to national transformation with up to 300 churches from around the globe with ministers and members forming teams to witness on the streets and in communities, working with local churches to help grow the local ministries and train pastors and workers on an ongoing basis, according to Burrows.
“Visiting pastors and teams will pair with local churches to assist the local church in evangelism, leadership development and training at no cost to the churches other than a love offering for the pastors who preach at the local church during a Sunday service, mid-week or specially called meetings,” said Burrows.
Between May and November, B4J will begin with a Bahamas wide outreach with churches taking the gospel door-to-door to their communities and distributing food or toiletry items for those in need. This will be followed by interval meetings at one of the participating local churches where all of the churches will come together for special events such as fire and glory nights. These nights will feature inspirational and evangelistic messages along with school of ministry training where local leaders will be trained in various aspects of ministry at no cost to the ministries.
Burrow said teams wearing B4J t-shirts will communicate a message of Hope with one voice.
“The final climax meeting will see all of the churches and pastors come together for the national event which will feature several local and international speakers who will all share for 10 minutes and the service will end with the everyone present being anointed with oil and participating pastors praying for them whatever their need is.”
He said follow-up teams will return to The Bahamas on an ongoing basis based upon relationships formed during the B4J process.
“Before you can understand the vision of B4J, you have to see the bigger picture of where it emerged from. The fundamental goal of W4J is to build cross-functional apostolic relationships with leaders, communities and churches, regardless of their background and denomination. We desire to see the world united through the work of Jesus Christ,” said Burrows.
To date, W4J has reached over 35 nations and continues to see the partnerships it has worked with flourish.
According to Burrows, right as the outreaches in Ireland ended, as Horvath and Burrows had already worked together on P4J and I4J, there really couldn’t have been a better setup for a third nation. They began discussing plans and that B4J is expected to be the gateway for the even bigger project of the Caribbean 4 Jesus.
The schedule has teams arriving on November 10, connecting with local churches on Sunday, November 11, with evangelism taking place November 12-15, youth events November 15-16, a children’s event on November 17, as well as a collective session on the same date, with the climax taking place on November 18. Teams are expected to be in Family Islands simultaneously.
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