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    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
    - Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20

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    "And my God will liberally supply your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
    - Phillipians 4:19

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    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
    - Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20

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    With your help we are able to train leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples.

Can the Gospel of Jesus Christ reduce the murder and crime rate in an area?

Hawi knows firsthand what’s possible with God.

Hawi is a pastor in Ethiopia. He and his church thought they couldn’t do much for the Kingdom. Then he connected with Global Disciples and he began equipping and sending out disciple-makers to take the Gospel to least-reached people.

He said, “God called us from many nations and languages to serve Him. I have no story to tell other than the story of what God has done.” And it’s a remarkable story.

Hawi’s region of Ethiopia is largely Muslim and Ethiopian Orthodox. It’s known for its high murder rates, crime activity, and witchcraft. So sharing the Gospel there is risky and challenging.

Hawi said, “The first time we trained, we sent out 25 disciple-making church planters to the rugged mountain areas. They planted 5 churches.

In the second training, three more churches were planted. Now we have 15 growing churches, and five more emerging, new fellowships.”

And they’re seeing the Lord moving in a mighty way through this growing number of believers and churches.

“God is transforming our region totally,” Hawi declared. “Those who practiced witchcraft are now in the church; former criminals are now in the church. The local authorities are cooperating with us. They say what they could not control with a gun, is now being controlled by the love of Christ. And it is so good!”

Miracles of healing and demonstrations of God’s power also open eyes and hearts. Hawi said that one day a group brought a very sick man to the church. When Hawi and the believers called on the name of Jesus, the man was healed! He got up and started eating and drinking. About 17 of his friends—mostly Muslim—came to Christ.

In fact, Hawi reported that last year, nearly 400 Muslims came to faith in Jesus and were baptized. And now another 250 are preparing for baptism!

In this dark and difficult place, the light of Jesus is shining through. And God is at work in powerful ways, through people like Hawi.

Praise the Lord for His incredible work of transforming lives for His glory!

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

“I thank God for calling us to do missions,” Moses began. “My heart is filled with joy for the work God has used us to do.”

Moses directs a discipleship-mission training program in Democratic Republic of Congo—or DRC. He recently shared some of his story with other directors and leaders at a Global Disciples gathering. Like many of those directors, he has faced difficult challenges in conducting the training and the outreach. Years of civil war and conflict have left DRC’s economy in shambles. Infrastructure, highways, power—all things we take for granted—are either minimal or non-existent. They use the Congo River and other waterways to travel long and often dangerous distances.

Yet Moses and his fellow directors persevere. And as Global Disciples, it’s our privilege to come alongside and help them fulfill the vision and mission God’s entrusted to them. Moses said, “Working together with Global Disciples, God helped us plant many new churches. And they now work to reach other tribes and peoples.”

He gave the example of their outreach to one village where about 45 people came to faith in Christ, and started a new fellowship. It became a base for the disciple-makers he trains to continue reaching into the surrounding communities.

Moses is an advocate for our Global Disciples small business training. He said, “With our small business training we have opened a little shop in our village that helps support the ministry. And it gives us an opportunity to interact with people. We’ve also invested in a boat that we use for travel up and down the river for our outreach, and we generate some income as well.”

Other ventures—like a tailoring shop and a library—are contributing to both support the training program and to give them more opportunities to share the Gospel.

Despite the hardships and challenges, Moses knows the joy of mission as he carries on equipping a new wave of disciple-making church planters to share the Good News of Jesus.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

“We have experienced the Holy Spirit’s movement and power during our outreach this year,” Chiso said, joy beaming from his face. He directs a discipleship-mission program in Malawi, and was eager to report on how God had worked in and through the young disciple-makers he trained.

Chiso said, “The Lord helped us win a lot of souls to Christ. The number of people who were born again was 713! All these people came to Christ as we went door-to-door and talked with them.” But it hasn’t stopped there!

Chiso also reported how they saw God act in an extraordinary way. One miracle involved a 10 year old boy named Steven. He had been paralyzed since birth, and it affected what he could handle in terms of food or movement. Every night he cried from stomach pain. His parents had looked for help everywhere but no doctor ever found a solution for young Steven’s problems.

When his team met Steven and his family, Chiso said, “We shared the Word of God with them, and we assured them that even though the doctors had no solution for them, God can take care of Steven. He is Jehovah Shammah—the Lord is there. He is present whenever we call to Him. I told them it’s not just about mentioning the name of Jesus or God, but your connection to Him in faith.”

They prayed for Steven then. And instantly, God touched his body and he became strong! The stomach pains left him. He was totally healed! Praise God!”

What a miracle to witness! And it also opened the door for more people to put their faith in Christ.

Since then, this disciple-making team has planted three new and growing churches, and many are being discipled. Chiso said, “We praise the Lord for the multiplication of disciples!”

So do we—we want to people to be touched by the power of God, to see lives transformed by Christ, to see churches planted, and to see disciples of Jesus multiply in Malawi and around the world!

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

Being a church planter is hard work. And if you’re planting a new church where people are unfamiliar with the Gospel and there’s little support, it gets even harder.

Sanyu trained church planters through a discipleship-mission training in Uganda. He’s seen the struggles and the challenges these men and women face as they seek to reach others with the Good News of Jesus. So he’s incorporated our Global Disciples small business training to help them use business to support their ministry and their families.

Sanyu said, “Some church planters confessed that they actually considered leaving the ministry because they couldn’t support their families. As we talk now, God has opened their eyes to doing business to support their families and many are now happy to continue in the ministry.”

Initially, Sanyu trained 15 church planters to look at what God had placed in their hands that could enable them to do some kind of income-generating business. Several started shops or salons, another has a bakery, and one started a small pharmacy.

One church planter thought he had nothing at all. Sanyu said, “He studied on what’s in your hands. He realized there were brickmakers in his community. He saw an opportunity to start a brickmaking business on his piece of land. He now makes and lays bricks, and his business has enabled him to meet his family expenses.”

Many of these church planters are reaching rural areas in Uganda, and they’re seeing God glorified through the new churches and the impact of these small businesses. It’s just a beginning. Sanyu said, “We need more small business training. Businesses open many avenues to share the Gospel, and help sustain our ministry and outreach efforts.”

Will you join us in praying for and supporting the efforts of Sanyu and many more disciples of Jesus around the world, who are training and equipping the Body of Christ to reach the least-reached with the Good News?

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

Dawit is a young man in Ethiopia with a heart for sharing the Gospel with people who need to hear it. He was trained as a disciple-maker through a Global Disciples partner program. When it came time to do the outreach portion of the training, Dawit prayed about where he should go. The Holy Spirit directed him to a small village where most of the people are Muslims.

Soon after he arrived, Dawit met Ahmad, another young man and a dedicated follower of Islam. As they talked, the Holy Spirit was working in Ahmad’s heart. When he heard about Jesus Christ, his heart and mind were opened and he received Jesus as his personal Savior.

Overjoyed with his new life, Ahmad went home to his family and shared the news. But his father refused to let him in the house. His brothers beat him and kicked him. Every time he tried to talk with them, his family would abuse him, and they even burned his Bible!

Ahmad went back to his new friend Dawit for help, and soon found a place with live with a family who were disciples of Jesus. He stayed with them as he was being discipled and preparing for baptism.

However, the Holy Spirit was still at work on his behalf. One day, a messenger came to tell Ahmad that his parents and siblings were sick—they wanted him, Ahmad to come and pray for them. He and Dawit went and prayed, and soon his family members were restored to health!

On the day of his baptism, Ahmad’s parents, brothers, and sisters came to watch. They listened to the Gospel, they heard his testimony, and by the end of the day, Ahmad’s entire family—all 16 people—had received Jesus as their Savior too!

Today, Ahmad boldly preaches the Good News of Jesus as Savior! And Dawit continues to follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance as he nurtures the growing church in this village.

Praise God for the way He leads his people and draws others into new life in Christ!

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

The pygmy people of Africa are known by several names, as they live scattered in countries in Central and Western African countries. Whatever the name, they have a long history of being marginalized, mistreated, and despised by the majority peoples around them. They’re often considered second class citizens, or even “less than human.”

But that’s not how God sees them. And neither does Philé.

Philé is a pastor and a discipleship-mission trainer in Central African Republic. As he finished his ministry in the church one day, he heard a new call. “The Lord told me to go to the unreached,” he said. And he knew this meant to the pygmy people in his nation.

“They have a particular and special culture,” Philé explained. “They are very primitive. They live with sorcery in control of their lives. You need to be very wise and tactful to relate to them.”

He was honest about the challenges. “At first, I didn’t have the right approach to work with them,” Philé said. He worked with other organizations but found no approach that would adapt to meet the unique needs and culture of the pygmies.

Then a church leader told him about Global Disciples and Philé came to a directors training. It proved with him just what he needed. It could be adapted to be effective among the pygmies.

“I have been working with them for several years now,” Philé said. “And we began a discipleship-mission training now among those new believers. They have already planted 30 churches!”

It’s still challenging at times. Sorcerers have often come against the new believers as they worship. They’ve opposed Philé and even tried to put spells on him to sideline his activities. But he’s seen God answer prayer on his behalf. “I’m still alive,” Philé says, “because God has work for me to do!”

What a joy to see how Philé and his heart for the pygmies reflects God’s heart for all who still need to know Jesus as their Savior.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

“We thank God for the work He is doing through our discipleship-mission training,” Mukisa wrote from Uganda where he leads one of Global Disciples’ partner programs. He was excited to report on what he’s seen God do through the first disciple-makers they trained and sent out.

For the outreach part of the training, the nine disciple-makers went in several directions. Mukisa took three with him. He said, “The Lord led us to do outreach among an unreached people group over the border in Tanzania. In that place they are mostly Muslim.”

While Mukisa and his team followed the Lord’s direction, they had a small problem. When they reached their destination they had no place to stay!

Within the context, visitors usually stay with someone they know—even if it’s only a vague connection. But they knew no one! So Mukisa found a guest house for a few nights but they didn’t have money to pay for rooms for an extended stay.

“We believed God would provide,” he said. “The second day as we went to witness about Jesus to people in the community, we met a woman who raised chickens. She was upset because a wild cat was disturbing and eating her chickens.”

Mukisa and his disciple-makers prayed with the woman, asking God to help her and take care of the problem. Within a short time, the wild cat was gone! The chickens were left in peace. And grateful for God’s help, the woman helped the outreach team with support and provided a place for them to stay.

And God blessed their evangelism—they saw over thirty people came to faith in Jesus Christ in that little Muslim village!

Mukisa rejoiced, “God has saved them. And now our church understands the need to reach unreached people. Before, it was outside our thinking but now we know we can do it! And we will continue!”

We rejoice with Mukisa—to see these disciple-makers and this church in Uganda embrace the mission to reach the least-reached with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

In the southern regions of Democratic Republic of Congo—or DRC—along the border with Angola, there are several people groups largely unreached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They practice sorcery and fetishism, seeking blessing from spirits and worshiping things they believe have magical powers. Additionally, diamond mining and its supporting business has created a boomtown in the region.

However, one of the few believers from this area, a man named Luc, attended Global Disciples training in another city in DRC. Luc was quick to embrace the vision of making disciples among least-reached people. And once he was equipped to train others as disciple-makers too, he was commissioned to return home as a mission worker.

Over the years, many mission workers and church planters have come to this region but the spiritual opposition from the sorcerers and the other practices has often proved too much and they give up. Now, with diamond mining, there is added temptations for pastors and church leaders to abandon their efforts and “follow the money” into mining and business.

So Luc faced with a significant challenge on his return home. However, God honored his efforts. And Luc is making a difference among his people.

He started a discipleship-mission training program, and he led outreach to communities around the region. The disciple-makers he sends out have planted and multiplied churches in DRC and over the border in Angola. He’s equipping elders and deacons to lead these new churches. And some local leaders are even seeking out Luc for leadership training!

What a joy to see God bringing new life and transformation to least-reached people in Central Africa!

We also need to pray for Luc, and the disciple-makers and the church planters he’s training, that the Holy Spirit will protect them from the temptations around them. That they will be faithful to His calling to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our vision as Global Disciples is to see every person have an opportunity to choose and follow Jesus – through training leaders, multiplying disciples and transforming communities.  That all sounds really nice, but is it actually working?   

Randy Friesen, Global Disciple’s VP of Leadership Development shares about his recent trip to Kenya.

Twenty five years ago I brought my family to Kenya for a 4 month ministry sabbatical rest and renewal opportunity.  My uncle and aunt managed the Mennonite Guest House in Nairobi, so that was where we often had lunch on Sunday’s.  One Sunday I met a Maasai leader named Sarone Ole Sena at the guest house and he invited us to his home community of Olepolis (which means “the land between two rivers”). 

After a life transforming all day driving adventure we arrived (or rather were pulled by a tractor through the flooded river) to our accommodations at his neighbor James’ house. 

We loved the people of Olepolis, and quickly learned of the huge changes they were experiencing in moving from nomadic to pastoralist lifestyles. 

Fewer than 2% of Maasai at that time were Christ followers, and many men with multiple life controlling issues impacting not just them but their families and wider community.

We helped send a team of 4 college students to Olepolis that next summer, and they teamed up with 4 Maasai college students to serve the community, grow together as disciples and share Christ.  

Flash forward 25 years.  Marjorie and I have been spending part of Jan/Feb this year in East Africa visiting with leaders and understanding the work of Global Disciples in the region.  We had dinner with our old friend Sarone Ole Sena and he said that from 2000 to 2010 he taught the character based leadership training curriculum that Global Disciples uses to over 1200 Maasai leaders. 

For many this was their first training experience, and they were the first from their communities to be resourced as leaders.  When the Kenyan constitution changed in 2010 with the resulting devolution of power from national structures to the newly formed 47 counties, Sarone estimated that as many as 600 of the Maasai leaders trained by Global Disciples were hired into various leadership positions in their respective counties.   

We attended the graduation of the first class of diploma graduates from the Nashulai Conservancy Tourism College in the Mara.  This graduation ceremony could well have been a church service.  Worship, preaching and prayer filled the agenda.  This was a civic event, community owned, and the most Jesus honoring day I have experienced in a long time. 

We learned that current estimates are that 80% of Maasai are currently Christ followers, and the bible is their most respected truth source.  That’s over a million new Christ followers in the past 25 years.  Only the Lord knows the impact of our leadership training materials on this story, but it is significant. 

We’re hosting several Maasai leadership conferences this January because we want to expand our equipping of the Maasai church to reach their communities, nation and neighbors with the good news of Jesus.   

Community transformation does happen and is happening – and together, we get to be a part of it! 

Randy Friesen – Global Disciples, VP Leadership Development

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

A leader with the right heart for God and His mission can see great things happen!

Some people want to be leaders because they want to be in charge, to call the shots, to be the “big man.” Others desire to serve, to guide people or develop new initiatives. And some become leaders because God simply has called them, and given them a clear vision for what He wants to do through them with His people.

Sam and Chris fall into this third category of leader. They’re gifted, called, trained, and with the right heart. But most of all they have a vision for leading beyond themselves.

Both are Nigerian church leaders, and working with Global Disciples to equip a new generation of serving leaders with a vision for reaching least-reached people with the Gospel.

Sam said, “The leadership training from Global ‘lifted my lid’ and got me out of the box I was in.” He’s broadened his focus to equipping leaders who are disciple-makers, ready and able to plant new churches. He and his church cluster have added discipleship-mission training, equipping future church planters. And small business development—SBD—gives church planters and new fellowships a means of support.

What started as leadership development has broadened to include planting 7 new churches. “In some of our churches,” Sam reported, “we have a senior pastor and an assistant. That helps the assistant be prepared to take on a new church as we multiply.”

Chris has a similar story; for several years, he’s been training leaders with the help of Global Disciples. But his vision to develop leaders has gone beyond his own network of churches to other groups and fellowships.

“The training is spreading throughout our region,” he said. “My passion is to see leaders well-equipped. I want to do more to train disciple-makers too, so they can multiply and plant churches.”

As Global Disciples, it’s a joy and a privilege to partner with leaders like Chris and Sam, helping them to equip a new generation of men and women to guide and multiply the Body of Christ in Nigeria, and around the world!