Car Dealer Helps Plant 4,000 Churches Worldwide

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HAMPTON, Va. -- Entrepreneur Dois Rosser once made his fortune in the car business. However, as he approached his retirement, he traded his earthly fortune to see the gospel go into all the nations of the world.

The businessman-turned-missionary has spent his golden years building thousands of churches in 58 countries.

Rosser was born in 1921 into a Christian family in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

"I knew Christ at an early age. And I lived out my life not always the way I should, but I tried to live as I perceive God would have me live," he told CBN News.

At the age of 22, he married his wife Shirley, who had been a former high school classmate.

Rosser started a successful insurance and real estate company. He also went into the car business and purchased several dealerships.

Worldwide Ministry

As he neared retirement in his 60's, Rosser gained a fresh perspective on life. So he decided to leave it all behind to take the gospel to the world.

Rosser founded International Cooperating Ministries or ICM. The idea for ICM was came from Rosser's friendship with Bible teacher Dick Woodward.

"It was his teaching that really changed my life because it was so clear," Rosser said.

Rosser thought if he could find a way take messages from an anointed Bible teacher into all of the nations, then millions of lives could be impacted for Christ.

The Bible messages from Woodward's Mini Bible college are carried through a device known as a God Pod. The message is translated into the user's native language.

"Vita posta sella. That's Mini Bible college in Telugu," Rosser explained.

Church Partner

In addition to the Bible lessons, ICM partners with people all over the world to build churches.

Rosser said the key is to partner with churches, instead of just sending them money. He said that way the local people get involved and have more of an investment in their own churches.

"We've got a project in India that's being matched dollar for dollar. We're putting up half the money and they're putting up half the money," Rosser told CBN News.

"We've been told over and over again, 'You can't do that, they don't have anything.' We're saying to you, 'We have proof of it because we're doing it in the 58 countries. We're working in the world,'" he added.

Pastor Matthew Hartsfield regularly contributes to ICM.

"The results are amazing. Not only does it increase the witness for Christ in the community, but it adds a supernatural resourcing to that witness," he explained.

As the ICM ministry started expanding, Rosser and his wife asked their three grown children what they thought if they gave the family fortune away to help spread the gospel.

Their reactions astounded many folks, including their parents.

"We spent breakfast one morning at the homestead, talking for hours and I think we all left in tears. My daughter, a pastor, said, 'We never thought of it as ours to start with. It was the Lord's,'" Rosser recalled.

ICM has since planted nearly 4,000 churches in 58 nations and all originated from a staff of only 25 people at their headquarters in Hampton, Va.

They've taken the gospel into places like India, China, Cambodia, Peru, Cuba, and Tanzania.

"We're so grateful to ICM and all to the donors who did a great job to make this project possible," one local Tanzania pastor said.

Celebrating Milestones

One of ICM's current initiatives currently underway is to see 100 more churches built or under construction in Vietnam by the end of 2011 to mark the 100th anniversary of evangelical Christianity in the Southeast Asian nation.

This year, ICM is also celebrating a milestone of its own -- it's 25-year anniversary.

Rosser is now in his 90's and is still going strong.

"As long as I can make a contribution and feel like I'm not in the way, I want to be here, and it's exciting," he said.

"I think it prolongs your life. Because I get up every morning and think, 'God, what are you going to do today?'" he added.

Rosser said it's never too late to follow God's dreams. He's living proof that you're never too old to make a difference in the kingdom of heaven.

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