At the beginning of June, around 100 people from all over South Wales gathered for the public launch of the eastern wing of Valley Commandos.
Valley Commandos is a church planting initiative focused on the South Wales Valleys supported by Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST).
The launch took place at Highfields Church, Cardiff. Pete Evans and Phil Jenkins, leaders at Highfields, opened the evening in prayer. They shared how pleased the church was to be supporting Dai Hankey and to be part of a gospel-centred project.
Phil Jenkins spoke of his conviction that ‘church planting is the God-ordained way to disciple the nations’. He also welcomed guests from SaRang Community Church, South Korea, who support the project in various ways, including prayer.
Dai Hankey then spoke about his current involvement in church planting in the Valleys, sharing their vision to reach the 1.3 million people in the Valleys with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Finally, Jonathan Stephen, principal of WEST, explained the role of the Valley Commandos project team. The team members are Phil Jenkins, Dai Hankey, Steve Levy of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Swansea, and representatives based at WEST.
He said that Valley Commandos wanted to gain an understanding of existing gospel work in the Valleys, and to cooperate with and support existing projects where possible. Where new church plants were considered necessary, sensitivity to others would be exercised.
As a theological college, WEST cannot plant churches. However, it can support the Valley Commandos project by providing human and financial resources, a base for operations, and a training centre for churches involved in the work. Further information at www.valleycommandos.com