“I have been searching for meaning all my life,” related Chesy, a director in training from Cameroon. “I went to seminary searching; I have been pastoring for years, still searching. God spoke to me during my time with Him after the teaching of intimacy with God. I am now connected where I had been disconnected.”
We often hear comments like these from the men and women in training as directors for discipleship-mission programs. They have spent their lives following Christ, often in leadership positions in the church, but they have yet to experience true intimacy with God. Teaching this core value has been the key to transforming many leaders who work alongside Global Disciples. Our trainers frequently hear that “we were looking for more teaching and knowledge to succeed in our ministry, but after we learned about intimacy with God, we found our life is like a house built on air without a foundation.”
They’re not alone. Many of us miss this foundational truth in our walk with God. We were created for a relationship with Christ by the Holy Spirit, to bring glory to God through worship, prayer, obedience, service, and fellowship.
Jesus practiced this regularly as he sought the Father in time alone in prayer, fasting, and meditation. During the director’s training, students see Jesus’ model and learn the hindrances to intimacy and the ways to overcome them.
There is planned time alone with God in prayer, fasting, meditation, worship, and confession. The final step—hearing and obeying God—leads to knowing and being known by Him.
With a new intimate connection to God, Chesy is now back home in Cameroon teaching the discipleship-mission training with students at the Apostolic Center of Missions and Discipleship.
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!
Read: Acts 13:2-4
As a disciple of Jesus, do you follow the Spirit’s prompting to share Jesus with others?
To recognize and act on the Spirit’s nudge is part of effective discipleship. In Acts, the Spirit prompted, spoke, directed, and yes, nudged Christ-followers to fulfill the mission. And the same Spirit still prompts us to act in obedience today.
Mazi’s story shows us why this is so critical.
As a young musician, Mazi left his home in Cameroon to work in France, where he became a highly successful music producer. He said, “I had lots of money but no peace. I was so disillusioned that I could see no way out—I planned to kill my wife and then commit suicide.”
The day he planned to kill himself, Mazi went out for a walk when a stranger came up to him and asked if he knew Jesus. Mazi said, yes. The stranger answered, “If you really knew the love of Jesus, you wouldn’t plan to commit suicide.”
Mazi was stunned—how did this man know? Mazi said, “I fell on my knees and began to weep. I confessed everything, and this brother explained the Gospel to me.” And the stranger invited him home and led him to faith in Jesus.
Mazi’s life changed completely! His drive for success disappeared—he wanted to know Jesus and share the Good News with others. Mazi and his wife had no children; now he cried out to God, and the Lord blessed them with three children.
Today, he’s a worship leader in Cameroon, training others to lead worship. His son—a son he would never have known if he’d gone through with his plan—now serves with him in ministry. Mazi has led many people to faith in Jesus, including one of our Global Disciples staff…who now trains disciples and equips church planters!
This chain of influence began when one disciple of Jesus heard and acted on the Spirit’s prompting. It led to Mazi’s spiritual and physical salvation…and multiplied into many more lives introduced to Jesus.
God led him and a small team of disciple-makers to a people and community that was fairly hostile to the Gospel.
Despite this hostility, a number of young people—mostly teenagers—heard the message of Jesus, repented of their sin, and accepted Christ as their Savior and Lord!
Mando was excited to see this tiny church begin, but then some personal matters came up that called him away for a time. And he promised to return.
What Mando didn’t count on was the parents of the young people.
Like any good parent, these fathers and mothers were concerned about what influenced their children. They didn’t want their kids to leave their own religious traditions to follow Jesus.
So, they decided to attack Mando on his return, to whip him, beat him, and run him out of town!
Several village elders heard about these plans and they sent Mando a warning. He decided to spend time in prayer, seeking God’s wisdom and direction on how to proceed. And the Lord made it clear that he was to return and carry on with his outreach.
As Mando walked back into the community, expecting the full attack of angry parents, he found instead a surprisingly warm welcome.
What changed their minds? Well, they saw what Jesus had done in their lives of their children.
The spiritual transformation was so evident in each teenager that their parents knew this was from God. Here was an influence to be embraced, not rejected! They were now open to Mando, wanting to hear the Gospel message too. Now the new church is growing beyond the core group of teenage believers.
A life transformed is a powerful witness to the new life Jesus offers.