"Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession"
- Hebrews 3:1
We are Mike and Mary Wagner, called to consider Jesus in every step we take.
We love the Lord! We love God's family, both those revealed and those unrevealed (as yet). And this is our passion: to make disciples as we walk in the obedience of faith by either proclaiming the gospel where it's never been heard
or by discipling others in a way that they can receive and believe the gospel in ways they never imagined!
Since the late
1990's, we've have been missionaries with e3 Partners Ministry. Initially we focused our ministry in South and Central America,
spending a major portion of our efforts from 2001 through early 2008 in Costa Rica. During much of the same period (2000-2005), we were
tasked in bringing North American teams to Russia, partnering with the Russian Baptists to plant churches in the unreached
area (less than 0.005% Christian) of Lipetsk Russia. e3's strategy during
this era was one of coming alongside existing churches in the evangelizing,
equipping, and establishing new baby churches in unchurched
areas of their countries.
In 2004 - 2005,
our ministry within the e3 Partners
network began to evolve and change as we were exhorted and encouraged to
grow from being an "addition ministry" to a
"multiplicative" ministry (a change of thinking of church planting to church planting movement). Moreover, God now asked we very specifically
focus our work in two (2) areas of the world: the "Horn of Africa" and the "sub-continent of India".
In the Horn of
Africa, God made it clear to us (now full-time missionaries since 2003) that we were to partner with the emerging evangelical church of Rwanda
- as reconciliation and healing was sought for the
burgeoning population from the horrors of genocide and the rampant disease
and death that followed;
- as the Rwandan Church joined with countries such
as Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan ... to slow or stop the Muslim push
southward from Saudi Arabia and the middle east; and,
- as the evangelical, multi-denominational church
of Rwanda planted churches in villages and mountaintops where there was
not an evangelical church within walking distance of the walking men,
women, and children.
Lord! In Rwandan terminology, "Praise Him BIG" as GOD has favored the work there. Over 5000
churches were planted and almost 500,000 professions of faith were made before we surrendered the ongoing work to the able Rwandan nationals and an excited e3 Community Transformation leadership team!
was a different one from the Rwandan story. In 2004, it was reported that over 2,500 people groups were
unreached or unengaged in India alone - One (1) billion people who did
not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior ... most who had never heard the name
of Jesus ... an unimaginable lostness... So initially, in conjunction with our North American
church partners, it was decided to concentrate the ministry upon the people
group of about 40 million called the Banjara Gypsy in Andhra Pradesh state. Again,
praise the Lord, as over the next five (5) years, 100s of villages and 1000's
of new family members were reached for Christ.
However, we came to realize that even "multiplicative" ministry church planting was insufficient in the face of India's
incredible need. At just the right
time, God brought newly rediscovered "discipleship
training" and seriously incredible "church planting movement success stories" (CPMs) from other
areas of the world to our attention (i.e. T4T, 4 Fields, "Kingdom Advancing"
multiplication principles) and in 2010 e3
Partners asked us to consider concentrating our efforts in an
entire state of India, Maharashtra State, the 2nd most populous state in India
with over 112,000,000 people!
Under the e3 Partners' India strategy umbrella of our working through national coalitions,
we began the task of finding the partners whom would direct our efforts in
reaching 700+ unreached people groups while seeking North American church
partners. And how
gracious and faithful God has been! Since November 2011, God, in His grace,
mercy, and favor, has allowed many coalitions of Indian nationals to be
gathered together in order to reach their near culture of 60-80 unreached villages
and plant over 200,000 churches!!! Professions of faith are reported at over 3 million while baptisms "reported" are 1,022,657 through December 2018.
Today, we minister in a population of over 500 million men, women, and children ... looking to reach over 1000 unreached and unengaged people groups ... in 9 states we call the Mid South Region (MSR).
God's faithfulness and favor continues as He has
raised up men and women of God whom, in Christ and in Spirit, direct His work!
Yet laborers are needed as we continue taking Luke 10 teams where family awaits to be found!
Did we mention that we have 3 sons, 3 daughter-in-loves, and three grandchildren? Or that all now reside in Alabama within two hours driving distance? That we reside in Madison, Alabama?
That you are truly the backbone of this ministry ... praise the Lord!