Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Mark 1:14-15 ESV
The INSTAR Project was born out of a desire to see disciple making movements that resulted in church planting movements. WME had been training church planters since the year 2000. But in 2006 we were introduced to some key leaders that were seeing exponential multiplication in the Kingdom of God in Asia and Africa. Our team was trained in DMM strategy by David Watson, one of the pioneers of movements.
The laboratory for WME was Honduras in Central America. Our missionary team established a base there in 2007, and began forming and training a Honduran team in 2008. By the end of the year there was a small beginning of about 25 groups of people being discipled. 4 years later, by the end of 2012 there had been multiplication up to 266 groups and churches.
And then critical mass was reached! Over the next 5 years, the movement has grown to over 6,000 groups and churches, and spread from Honduras to Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Ecuador. INSTAR focuses both on general populations and smaller people groups. Puerto Rico, Mexico, and people from Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, El Salvador, Brazil, Haiti, Iran, Kenya, Nigeria, and various communities of the United States have been touched. INSTAR now has incarnations in Southeast Asia (SEASTAR), Africa, Europe, and North America.
- Honduras, with over 8 million people, is one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere, with about 65% of the population living in poverty.
- The situation of the poor, who usually live off small-scale agriculture in rural areas, was aggravated by the disaster caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1998.
- The severe floods of 2008 damaged or destroyed nearly half of the country’s roads.
- However, its central location provides opportunity for church planting efforts to readily spread across borders into neighboring countries (i.e., Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua).
- Also from its Central America location, there exists the potential to reach and impact additional countries both to the north (i.e., Mexico) and to the south (i.e., rest of Central America and on down into South America).
In the first 9 years, since its launch in May 2008, God has birthed at least 6,132 active discovery bible studies and new churches. Many people are coming to the Lord and being baptized. Over 23,000 people have made commitments to the Lord and over 18,000 people have been baptized. Over 34,000 people have participated in the studies and groups.
Teams have also gone into Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Argentina with outreach and training. And at least 50 denominations and organizations have received church-planting training and support from WME teams. And momentum is now escalating.
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The goal of the INSTAR project is the full evangelization of all of Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands. Over 1,400 people groups live in this region. Over 700,000 of these people are in least reached peoples and over 475 million are non-Evangelicals.
INSTAR aims to see Disciple Making Movements and Church Multiplication happen in EVERY group all the way TO THE LAST TRIBE! The LAST TRIBE project is that part of INSTAR that is intentionally and strategically focused on fulfilling this task.
The vision of the INSTAR project is to conduct trainings that begin initial leadership groups for Disciple Making Movements in every one of the 21 nations of Latin America, as well as among the Caribbean nations. In addition, INSTAR envisions the formation of a coalition of missional groups, churches, and agencies to work cooperatively in initiating Disciple Making Movement projects in greater Latin America.
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World Missions & Evangelism, Inc.
PO Box 790
Benton, KY 42025
Phone: (270) 527-9445