Three Latte Church Plan pace slows

By December 8, 2009

India (MNN) — For many, there's nothing quite like a steaming, Starbucks latte to start the day. For the the mere cost of three lattes, you can help E3 Partners plant a church in India.

That's a small investment in something that will have eternal dividends. Unfortunately, it seems people are slow to give up their caffeine fixes.

Through their Light India initiative, E3 wants to plant 100,000 churches across India, evenly distributed geographically, by the middle of 2012.

Curtis Sergeant, vice president of E3 Partners, said the initiative will reach many people groups who have never heard the Gospel. 

"A lot of these churches will be planted among people groups that haven't had work previously," he said. "We're notifying all of the trained people about the unengaged people groups and challenging them to plant churches among those groups."

The economic downturn has resulted in fewer people giving to charitable donations, however, and E3 has had to slow up the pace of this project, says Sergeant.

"We were initially hoping to be a year faster, but we have had difficulty raising the funds. We're still in need of $734,000 from [our] $1.3 million budget," Sergeant said. For a period, the Light India administrative staff did not receive their paychecks because of the shortage of funds.

It costs only $13 to plant a church through the Light India initiative. Please consider donating to E3 Partners to help the hope of Christ reach individuals previously untouched. You can make out a check to E3 Partners Ministry and write "Light India" on the memo line. Send checks to 600 Development Drive, Suite 120, Plano, TX 75074. 

Or you can click here to donate online.

E3 is also offering a 30-day prayer calendar for this project. Get your copy of the calendar by e-mailing obeygc2@gmail.com and asking for the Light India Prayer Calendar.

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