Last Thursday evening, around 100 people from all over South Wales gathered at Highfields Church Cardiff for the public launch of the Eastern wing of the Church Planting initiative Valley Commandos.
Highfields leaders Pete Evans and Phil Jenkins opened the evening in prayer and shared how delighted the church was to be supporting Dai Hankey and to be part of the gospel centered Valley Commandos project across the South Wales Valleys. Phil declared his conviction that ‘church planting is the God ordained way to disciple the nations’. He also gave a warm welcome to guests from SaRang Community Church in South Korea, who are helping support the project in prayer and other ways.
Dai then shared about his current involvement in church planting in the valleys and their vision to reach the valley with the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are 1.3 million people in the Valleys and we must long for them all to know Christ.
Finally Jonathan Stephen explained the role of the Valley Commandos Project Team, which consists of Phil, Dai, Steve Levy (Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Swansea) and representatives based at WEST. Valley Commandos wanted to gain a comprehensive understanding of existing gospel work in the valleys and to cooperate with and support existing causes wherever possible. Great sensitivity would always be exercised when new plants were considered necessary. As a theological college, WEST could not itself plant churches – but it could act as a channel for human and financial resources, a base of operations and a training centre for churches engaged in the work.
( Picture shows Dai Hankey explaining his work in the Eastern Valley)