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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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Santu grew up Muslim in South Asia. His family is still Muslim. But when he came to understand the Gospel—that Jesus Christ loved him enough to die for his sins—Santu knew he had to put his faith in this Jesus.

“I faced many challenges,” Santu said. “My father threw me out of the house while I was still a student. But I was able to stand firm in my faith.”

Four years ago, Santu heard about Global Disciples. And with the support of local church leaders, we trained him to direct a discipleship-mission program for their churches. Santu shared, “We faced many challenges, and much opposition. It’s difficult to serve the living God in our region when more than 92 percent of people are Muslim. Pray that we will be able to reach them and win them for Jesus.”

At times, they’ve contended with floods and other problems in gathering participants for training and going out to witness and plant churches. But they have seen God’s hand at work, drawing people to Himself.

Santu said, “One day, during our outreach, I saw a group gathering in front of the house. There was a small child in the home who was very sick and close to death. We told them that if they believed in Jesus, when we prayed for the child, he would live. We prayed loudly and waited for the glory of God to be revealed. And after some time the child began moving, and we continued to pray in the name of Jesus.” And soon the child was healed! And for several people there, a new life of faith in Jesus began. Praise God!

Santu is just one of many who found new life in Christ, and now work tirelessly to share the same life-changing Good News with those who are still waiting to hear it. Pray for Santu and the disciple-makers in South Asia as they risk their lives daily to fulfill the mission Jesus gave to His disciples.

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!

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!

At Global Disciples, we understand that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the deepest core need we have as human beings.

Intimacy with God is the very source of life, strength, and fruitfulness and this intimacy is nurtured and encouraged by worship, prayer, and obedience to the Word of the Lord. Therefore, one of our core values reads, “Everything we do must be conceived, birthed, and carried out with prayer.”

Amit served with Global Leadership Equipping and Development (LEAD) as a leadership trainer. As part of the three-track Global Disciples training model, LEAD seeks to raise up believers who are capable, visionary leaders, serving in the global Body of Christ in all areas of society.

At a leadership training in Southeast Asia, Amit taught his trainees about the power of prayer. He trained them to use prayer in two ways: offensively and defensively.

2 Types of Prayer
  1. Defensive Prayer
    Through defensive prayer, we can ask the Lord for the needs of ourselves and our acquaintances.
  2. Offensive Prayer
    Offensive prayer allows us to use divine authority in asking the Lord for miracles such as healing and liberation from evil spirits.

Immediately following their training, Amit exposed his trainees to the power of prayer through practice.

People from all over the community brought prayer requests to Amit and his students. One teenage girl had been possessed by the evil spirit for almost 13 years. When she was brought forward for prayer, she began to shout, drawing attention to herself. All 70 people in attendance began to pray for her, and they were able to bind the evil spirit, liberating the young girl from possession.

The faith of these trainees was increased, as they experienced visual evidence of prayer’s power.

Next, a married couple came to Amit and his students for prayer. They had been married for almost 15 years, but had been unable to conceive a child. They’d spent lots of money on medical procedures and fertility treatments, to increase their chances of getting pregnant, but with no success. The trainees began to pray for this couple, and continued relentlessly for ten months. In the eleventh month of prayer, the woman conceived and became pregnant! By the power of prayer, they gave birth to a beautiful baby.

The intimate relationship we desire with Jesus is despised by the evil spirit. Therefore, in any attempt to build the Body of Christ, we will face a spiritual battle as described in Ephesians 6:12“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms.” 

In Ephesians 6:13-18, Paul describes that one way to combat the schemes of the evil one is to pray in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amit’s trainees experienced God’s power through prayer to heal and liberate, and their intimacy with the Lord was strengthened as a result.

How can you use the power of prayer in your life today?

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!

Peter is a big, burly man but tears filled his eyes as he told his story. He had been an angry, violent alcoholic and his parents-in-law had taken his wife and daughter away, fearful of what he might do to them. His life was in ruins.

Then Peter met a disciple of Jesus Christ. He discovered that Jesus could change his life in ways that his Hindu gods could not.

His family was reconciled and Peter found a fullness of life in Christ that he never imagined possible. His new church asked him to take the discipleship–mission training they had developed with Global Disciples and then commissioned him to plant a church in an unreached village.

Peter needed a way to support his family, so he also took the Small Business Development training developed by his church with the help of Global Disciples. When asked the question, “What’s in your hand?” Peter thought back to his boyhood experiences on a farm.

To support himself as a church planter and have an identity that made sense to the people in the village to which he was going, Peter developed a business plan for pesticide spraying. The guidance and support he received through his church from Global Disciples was enough to get a small loan and purchase a backpack sprayer with a small gasoline motor.

In the last several years, Peter has planted five churches in surrounding villages, building relationships through his business. He has been able to support his family and earned enough money to buy a small field to raise crops of his own. Now his face glows with delight.

Recently Peter was able to buy a second backpack sprayer, but not to expand his own business. He’s giving the new sprayer to another church planter who recently completed the Global Disciples training and is now going to make disciples and plant new churches in unreached areas.

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 church is so many things to so many people. A house for people who have nowhere else to go. A sanctuary for those who need to escape the world around them. A foundation for people seeking to help others. And for some, it is a place where they can learn and share Jesus’ words around the world.

Indeed, any ordinary person can become an extraordinary influence in this world by being a beacon of Christ’s teachings. The Christian Church isn’t just for Christians; it’s a place where everyone is welcome, regardless of religious background, race, or sin.

Jesus didn’t just teach His followers in the temples; He taught them in the markets, towns, fields, and anywhere else He went. His disciples weren’t just the twelve men who followed Him around. In addition to the men and women who travelled with Jesus, He taught the ordinary people who wanted to learn.

“Then Jesus said to the crowds, “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it. It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.” – Jesus in Luke 16:16-17

Jesus was a carpenter, not a priest. He didn’t have a doctorate in theology or ministry. He was a teacher, and He taught anyone who wanted to learn the word of the Lord. He taught children. He taught adults. He taught His disciples. And He taught people who weren’t His disciples, but who came along, curious to hear more. In fact, most of the Bible was not written by the twelve disciples. Many of the Bible’s greatest stories were told by people who didn’t meet Jesus face to face.

Even today, Jesus’ teachings can be spread by anyone. It only takes one ordinary person who wants to share God’s word with another to become a beacon of influence, like the disciples of old.

“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.” – Matthew 28:19-20

For anyone who is interested in sharing the message of Jesus Christ with others, the church is a great place to start. Take what you know of the Bible and teach it to others. You can use your voice and share His message in song. Use your hands and volunteer to help the needy. Or, you can join one of the thousands of ministries worldwide and lead others in their faith.

We live in a busy, noisy, and dirty world. It’s a strange world where the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and everyone else pays the middleman just to get by. Making the world a better place starts with our beliefs, our friends, and in our families.

That is why we love the church so much. It’s a place where people come together to be changed, a place where anyone and everyone is accepted, and where you can learn about God, love for one another, and all of His ways to love and care for the world and us.

Conclusion

The world may have changed since the earlier days, yet the Christian Church hasn’t. It’s still a place where anyone is welcome and where anyone can learn how to share His love and message with others.

The church isn’t just a place where people go to hear the teachings of Jesus; it is a place where they can learn how to share those teachings with others. What once was, is no longer. What was, is now. And what will be, is yet to be. The world may experience many shifts, but God’s words are constant.

If you are looking for an organization that provides Christian disciple training, look no further than our services here at Global Disciples Canada. We are a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near reach least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. Call us today for more information about our advocacy and discipleship programs.

“There are many people who honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain because they teach human rules as doctrines.”Matthew 15:8-9

When it comes to showing your faith in Jesus Christ, there’s often a pressure or fear that others will be quick to judge your words or faith. You may feel like you’re put under the spotlight, with no witty comeback, no solid argument, or a satisfying answer to questions.

Sharing the gospel isn’t about defending your faith to other people, but about giving your faith to the world. There’s not always a “right” answer when it comes to sharing your faith, but here are a few ways to help you with sharing the good news (or gospel) of Jesus Christ.

How to Build Your Confidence When Sharing the Gospel

Tip #1: First of All, Don’t Try to “Defend” Anything

There’s rarely a time when you need to “defend” your faith to someone else because it’s not meant to be defended. Your faith is something you harbour within your heart, not by guarding it, but by giving it freely to the world.

When you feel like you’re being put under pressure, trying to “defend” your faith will only cause you to become protective and defensive, which might work against to those you’re trying to share the gospel with.

Don’t let the words of other people cause you to think you’re not a believer, but instead allow your own words to show your faith to the world.

Tip #2: Approach with the Intent to Converse, Not Confront

Life is about communication, and how we share our faith with the world is no different. It’s can feel like you and the person you’re talking with are opposite sides of a magnet–each repelling the other.

When you initiate the conversation, and the other person might not be so welcoming, that’s okay. Don’t get hung up on trying to correct their ways, but remember the main goal of sharing your faith is to make a connection with a person and show them your faith, what it means for your life, and what faith in Jesus can be for them.

Tip #3: Understand Other People’s Interests and Don’t Shut Doors

Sharing your faith isn’t about forcing your beliefs on someone, but showing them what Jesus offers among the variety of beliefs in our world. When you understand what topics interest people, you’ll also be able to see things or concepts that help you connect with a deeper faith-related conversation.

Don’t shut your doors on learning what someone has to share with you. If there’s a topic that interests you, be ready to ask questions. Don’t shy away from exploring another person’s interests, and they will in turn be more open to what you have to say about yours.

The Bottom Line: Asking God to Guide You can Ease Your Worries

Sharing your faith is about building relationships with the world. Your faith isn’t about you, but about God and how you can share His love with the world. When you start to see it from that point of view, taking the time to share your faith and having the confidence to do so will be easier than what you expect.

How Can We Help You?

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near reach 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!

Weekly we hear stories of disciple-makers who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, despite the contradictory religious ties of their families.

That’s what many disciple-makers all over the world face, as they are given the Good News of Jesus Christ, and must share it with their families. To make matters worse, many of these disciples live in communities where respect for elders trumps religious truth, and disagreement within families can result in alienation. Here are some of their stories:

Bibek was raised in a strong orthodox Hindu family. His parents were devoted to their Hindu gods and goddesses. Discontent with his parent’s worship, Bibek sought the counsel of a Christian man in his village. After purchasing a Bible and attending Christian church services, Bibek felt compelled by the love of Jesus, and confessed his sins. He accepted the Lord’s salvation and was baptized within the same year. However, Christianity was looked down upon in his village, considered the religion of the outcast, lowly marginalized class. He kept his new faith a secret from his family for some time, but when they learned that he was a follower of Jesus Christ, they were very disappointed. Although he has tried to explain Jesus is the only way to heaven, his family continues to practice Hinduism.

Sajit attended a discipleship training where he accepted the Lord as his Savior and began worshipping Jesus Christ. Following the training, he returned to his home, where he would be the only believer. His father was the head Buddhist priest in their community, and Sajit was hated by not only his family, but his entire village. False rumors spread quickly, and people on the street would spit on Sajit as he passed by. Six months later, he attended a leadership training, and found a job in the crusade against human trafficking. Through this position, the Lord provided Sajit with a positive reputation, and relationships among law enforcement officials in his village. As a result of the Lord’s provision, he has been able to share the Gospel with the community that persecuted him, and bring many of them to Christ.

The obedience of Bibek and Sajit is inspiring, as they remain faithful to Jesus Christ despite persecution from their families. Their faith has developed an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, and the courage to disciple in the wake of persecution.

At Global Disciples Canada our mission is to work alongside the Body of Christ to equip believers to be disciples who follow Jesus and fulfill His mission. By putting our efforts where disciple-makers will go and make disciples among people who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus, we are fulfilling the mission Jesus gave to all His disciples to multiply “even to the ends of the earth.”

Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!

This verse is the epitome of the Lord’s provision, explaining His desire to provide for each and every one of our earthly and spiritual needs. Luke explains that God feeds the birds, but think about the process He uses to provide their food. The Lord does not simply sprinkle bread crumbs from the clouds, but instead uses the rest of His obedient creation. He created trees and plant life, which grow berries and fruit for the birds. He also created humans, who harvest plant life, set out their own bird feeders, and buy French fries on the boardwalk for seagulls to steal.

If the Lord has developed such an intricate plan in order to sustain bird life, imagine the way He uses His children to sustain one another! Timely provision exercises faith, and expands the Kingdom of God. The Lord invites us, as His obedient disciples to take part in providing for others.

Following discipleship training, Manoj ventured into a village in South Asia. He encountered a Hindu woman who had suffered from a large stomach tumor for many years. She came to Manoj and his team for prayer and after six months was admitted to the hospital for an operation to remove the growth. She required a blood donor, but her entire family refused to help because they feared they would contract her disease. The Lord spoke to Manoj and told him that he should donate his blood. A test revealed he was a suitable donor. Manoj explained to her family that since Jesus Christ sacrificed all of His blood for their salvation, the least he could do was donate a few pints to save a life. Her surgery was successful and the woman was healed. Her entire family came to Christ, and are now serving as disciples.

Kiran leads a discipleship training center in South Asia. One day, his chef came to him and explained that there were no more vegetables in their kitchen, and they did not have the necessary funds to purchase more. Kiran questioned, “How much money do we have?” and the chef replied, “We have enough to buy vegetables for the next three days.” Kiran needed to feed his students for another 12 days, but did not fear, for he knew the Lord would provide. He told his chef to purchase chicken for all the students today, which would exhaust their remaining funds. The next morning there was no breakfast, but as Kiran walked to the chapel for prayer, he saw a man. He asked Kiran to hold out his hands and into them he put money. The man explained that the previous night he could not sleep well, and the Holy Spirit prompted him to prayer. During prayer, he received word from the Lord that Kiran and his school needed money. “I want to obey God,” the man said. Later, another man arrived at the school with 10 jugs of milk. The discipleship training was able to continue as a result of the obedience of these two gracious men.

The Lord could produce resources out of thin air if He so desires, but instead He seeks to use His disciples to provide for each other. Sustainable provision develops our relationships with one another, as well as our relationship with the Father. Make sure you are aware of His promptings, and obedient to His calls for generosity and sacrifice.

When Jesus sent His disciples out on their first assignment, He gave them power and authority like His own (Luke 9:1-6). He still does, as we see so often in testimonies from the discipleship-mission training programs.

A director in West Bengal, India, reported, “We had 18 who took the training and we were filled with the power of God. We went to 30 villages with the Gospel, visited many homes and shared the Gospel with many people. The Lord did His work.”

He recounts this demonstration of God’s power. After preaching in one village, several men asked to speak with the team, and took them to the home of a 13-year old boy who’d never been able to feed himself; he survived because others spoon-fed him. The church planters were asked to pray for the boy, and they encouraged the men to join them, praying and fasting for three days. God healed the boy and he was soon in school. As a result, “when we go to the school, the teachers allow us to share the Word. Five families came to Christ in that village and we baptized them.”

Other recent reports include children and students delivered from demons, healing from illness for which doctors had no answer, and always God’s mighty hand opening the door to draw people to Himself.

How do we tap into this power? A director from North East India said of their training, “For the first few days the participants were not very serious… but as we taught, the Holy Spirit started moving and preparing their hearts. Some were convicted, repented of their sins and recommitted their lives to God. Towards the end, it was so powerful the way God was moving. They didn’t want to leave; they wanted to stay and learn more.”

As it was for Jesus’ first disciples, this power begins in our relationship with Him and the Holy Spirit’s presence.

As our disciple-makers travel to unreached areas sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, they often encounter opposition from those who worship other gods, idols, or evil spirits. It is difficult for these people to change their beliefs without the ability to read God’s truth for themselves. Our disciple-makers must share with them God’s love, faithfulness, and salvation. However, when the evil one has penetrated the hearts of the unreached with doubts and questioning, the Holy Spirit often steps in to prove his strength and existence, while denouncing corruptive spirits. Here are some stories where the Lord has used physical miracles in the wake of doubt to demonstrate His power:

A group of disciple-makers were sent on outreach to an unreached area where they encountered a sick child. Although they had successfully shared the Word with some of the villagers, they faced significant opposition. A young boy had been sick with a fever for three years, and his family had spent lots of money on healthcare. When the villagers encountered the disciples, they traveled to the house of the boy and said, “Let the Christians pray for him, and we will see if their God is real.” Although challenged, the disciple-makers decided to pray. By evening the fever was down, and the next morning it was gone completely. A week later the boy had returned to normal. The family asked the disciple-makers to start a church in their home, and a small fellowship was planted. This church has continued to grow, and spread into neighboring villages.

Another group of church-planters encountered a village controlled by Muslims and animists. One man accepted the Lord’s salvation and the church-planter began to teach him the Word of God. The Muslims became upset when they heard the Gospel being shared in their village, and outraged to learn a man had been converted. To test the church-planter, they brought him to one of their brothers who had recently died, “If your God is able to raise the dead, you can pray for Him.” The new believer became afraid, for he knew persecution would follow if a miracle didn’t happen. He and the church-planter retreated from the village out of fear, but the church-planter continuously prayed for the dead man. Soon after, the man who had been dead returned to life! Within a week his relatives accepted salvation, and now there are 67 people in that village serving Christ, and a new church has been planted.

The trust exhibited by these church-planters among those who wish to see them fail is commendable. Surrounded by doubt and plagued by fear, they faithfully prayed the Lord would exemplify His physical power and might. Miracles such as these create an avenue for church-planters to spread the Good News of Jesus, and they remain faithful to the work of the Lord, He does not fail to be physically present in their ministry.

Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31