Rev. Jason Holland
Jason serves as the Director of Operations at Joshua Nations. He is a graduate from Christ for the Nations Institute and Jacksonville Theological seminary with degrees in Theology and Psychology. Jason has also completed a Masters Degree of Business Management from Regent University.
Jason has traveled and ministered in over 60 nations for the past 19 years. Prior to Joshua Nations, Jason served as Director of Frontline Pastors Training with Global Advance. Jason and his wife, Anna, both served on staff at Global Advance (Jason for 13 years, Anna for 10 years). They both have a heart to bring hope to the hopeless, peace to the hurting and encouragement to the body of Christ around the world. They are the proud parents of three sons; Amos who was born in February 2016, Judah who is 8 years old and Marcus who is 22 years old.
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In 2004, I (Jason) was serving in Karatu, Tanzania. For several days I was teaching pastors and church leaders in a conference setting. One of the topics that I like to address in pastors’ training events is that of Planting Churches. As usual, one of my teaching sessions was dedicated to giving simple encouragement and New Testament principles on how to plant churches. When the day concluded, my team and I climbed into the car to travel back to our lodging. Once fastened in, I looked over to the driver and he was grinning from ear to ear. He looked intently into my eyes and said “Thank you!” in his thick African accent. I replied with a typical “You’re welcome,” but then paused for a moment and then inquired of the driver – what he was thankful for. With a smile that could light up a room he said to me, “Now I know how…now I know how to plant a church. God told me to come to Karatu, Tanzania to plant a church. I did not know how, so I took a job as a driver. For the past 10 years, I have been driving people in this vehicle, praying and waiting for God to tell me how to plant a church.” As this precious brother continued speaking to me, something inside of me both leapt with joy and wept at the same time. I was shocked that my Tanzanian friend felt confident that he could plant a church after an hour long teaching on the subject. I know that with God, all things are possible. It is my hope and prayer that my brother was successful. However, as I continued to ponder this issue for the days, months and years following – I realized that it was important to not only encourage and inspire, but to also train and equip leaders for the work of the Gospel.
For decades the missions community and the body of Christ as a whole have been pushing to complete the Great Commission. There have been massive efforts to reach the unreached the least reached and the underserved around the world. Denominations, alliances, networks, movements – you name it – have not yet been able to complete the task. With the global population continuing to grow at a rapid rate, it seems we cannot even keep pace with the present needs, let alone make strides to completing the task of the Great Commission. While this could be discouraging, we ought to rejoice for the wonderful opportunities ahead.
The body of Christ has made significant strides in the recent years. Yet, after visiting some of these remote locations that are on the edge of the frontlines – it has become more and more apparent that these believers are in dire need of sound biblical training. If we do not mobilize the proper training and resources for our brothers and sisters, while we urge them to keep pushing into the darker and harder areas – we run a grave risk of breeding dysfunction into the body of Christ. These men, women and children are in the most pivotal of positions. Villages, cities and nations hang in the balance based on their success or failure. As I continued to pray and meditate upon this, I asked God to position me to have the greatest impact on things that are eternal. I revisited the initial call to missions that the Lord burdened me with while I was in Bible School. I prayed Psalm 2:8 again and again. Today, serving with Joshua Nations allows me to honor God by serving the nations with my gifts and talents.