A seed is only a small beginning, a little thing filled with potential life. Seed Funds are also small beginnings yet with the potential to affect great change. Through Global Disciples, Seed Funds for discipleship-mission programs provide resources for the Body of Christ to multiply new life in new places.
What grows out of our Seed Funds?
Let’s take a look at one report from Aloys, director of a training program in Burundi. He trained 25 students to be disciples of Jesus Christ who can disciple others, evangelize and plant churches. As part of their training, the students were sent out in three teams for two months to evangelize to unreached people in provinces along the borders of Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
One team really put their back into it. They went to a community near the DRC and every morning went to work—digging ditches, making bricks, and picking up community “chores” the local authorities required people to do on Saturdays. Their willing work gave the team favor with the authorities and an open door to plant a church.
Missionary Team 2 took an 8-hour walk to reach their destination. No vehicles, not even motorcycles, can travel the roads to this community, still recovering from the impact of Rwanda’s war which ended in 2005. Some NGOs came for community development, but not the Church. Through teaching and evangelism, this team established a church in a month.
The third team, near Tanzania, started three new fellowships— two among family groups, and one in a hospital. The local administration welcomed them when one of the team members demonstrated what he offered with a small business, thanks to his Small Business Development training.
Director Aloys reported, “My joy is that each team planted a church and we got a leader for every church from our [own] missionaries.” Twenty-five participants, two months, and five new fellowships of believers in communities previously with little Christian witness.
Never underestimate the power of a seed.
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!
In the Gospels, we often see how Jesus reached out and changed a person’s life. He healed the sick, made the lame walk, the blind see, and freed those who are in spiritual bondage. We read those stories and marvel at His power and compassion.
Well, today Jesus is still changing lives.
Stories from the Democratic Republic of Congo illustrate His power and His compassion in action. These stories come from disciple-makers and church planters who were trained and sent out through our Global Disciples partner programs.
In one village, where a woman heard the disciple-makers talking about Jesus’ love and power, she rushed home and came back with her lame child. She had heard from everyone around her that there is no way her son would ever walk. He was too crippled. But she believed Jesus could do it. And the church planters prayed for her child in the name of Jesus. Within a month, the boy started to walk!
During another time of outreach, the church planters met Rose. She was suffering from terrible inflammation in her knee. When they laid hands on her and prayed in the name of Jesus for her healing, she was healed. The pain disappeared! And three days later the inflammation was completely gone. Even better, Rose believed in Jesus Christ as her Savior and was soon baptized.
One team of church planters met three people who were possessed by demons. They shared the Gospel with them, prayed for them in the name of Jesus, and all three were set free from the forces of Satan!
Matana had been chased from her home because of demonic forces in her life. When she heard the message of Jesus, she too gave her life to Jesus. And destroyed all her tools for witchcraft. Another life was touched and set free, in the powerful name of Jesus.
Yes, Jesus is working in powerful and miraculous ways today, in some of the hardest and least-reached places. He’s setting people free, drawing them to a new life of hope, freedom, grace, and power.
Praise His powerful name!
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 when 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!
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.
Forgiveness brings spiritual healing and restoration. And sometimes God adds physical healing too!
In Psalm 103, David poured out his heart in praise to the Lord. He says, “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
As Global Disciples, we often see how God keeps forgiveness and healing flowing together. As we walk alongside church planters and disciple-makers in over 64 countries, we hear again and again how sharing the Good News of Jesus has brought both forgiveness and healing to people’s lives.
Like the stories from Bukongo, who directs a discipleship-mission training program in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
While the teacher was leading a session, a man named Kashaba drifted into the classroom. Bukongo said, “The Holy Spirit led him there. He was sick. Due to diabetes he had a wound that had not healed for 3 years. But he sat down and listened to the Word of God.”
After the class, the disciple-makers laid their hands on Kashaba, praying for him in the name of Jesus. Then he went back home.
Three days later, the wound began to dry and close up. Because he saw that Jesus had power to heal him, Kashaba returned to the disciple-makers in training and asked to become a follower of Christ.
Bukongo also relayed a story about a woman his team met during outreach. Junelle was pregnant—in fact, she was very much overdue! The disciple-makers had a chance to talk with her about Jesus, and she gave her life to Him. They also laid hands on her womb, and prayed for God to deliver her baby.
And later on that day, she gave birth—no complications, no surgery. Junelle rejoiced in what God had done for her and asked to be baptized as a new believer.
Praise the Lord, who forgives our sin, and heals our diseases! That’s Good News worth sharing.
Cephas leads a discipleship-training program in Zambia, affiliated with Global Disciples. For five years, he’s been equipping Zambian believers to make disciples and plant churches there, and in neighboring countries too.
At a recent gathering, Cephas shared the uniqueness of the training program as his cluster of churches operates it. “We have a mobile school,” Cephas said. “We move and go out to train people where they are. And then send them out as church planters. They don’t graduate until they have planted a church!” What would happen if a Bible school or seminary here in Canada required students to plant a church in order to graduate?
Like so many places where Global Disciples training programs continue, Cephas and the disciple-makers he trains face many challenges. He told me about a recent outreach in northern Zambia. It’s a place that is a stronghold for witchcraft. “We went to this isolated place,” he said, “on an ungraded gravel road, we traveled for three hundred kilometers, and it took us all day and all night. You take extra tires along—and we blew out three of them on the way! ”
He and his team put in hours of preaching and sharing the Gospel with the community. They were also able to use the local radio. And every day, many people came to ask about salvation, and for prayer for healing and deliverance. “Many people are coming to know Jesus,” Cephas reported. And they’re seeing spiritual fruit from their ministry.
Cephas said, “Last year, we started no less than 15 churches. And each of them has more than 50 people in the fellowship. We are also in Congo, in two towns with two churches. And now we are going to move into Mozambique.”