Micah is a training director in Nigeria that was trained in Global Disciple’s Discipleship-mission training.
He is seeing God doing great work in his life, and through those he’s training to make disciples and plant churches among least-reached people.
When Micah shared his experience, he said, “At director’s training, the topic of intimacy with God was important to me. God began to work in my life in a new way. I wanted walk with Him at a new level. He called me to do a prayer walk around the streets in our Muslim neighborhood, and He wants to do something there.”
As Micah started a local discipleship-mission training program with his church cluster, he saw the lesson on intimacy with God impact others as well.
“It has fueled a great outreach,” he said. “One man was so impacted, he went out and planted four churches. He is 54 years old; God has called him to spend the rest of his life for Jesus!”
A woman who participated in the training found new boldness. Micah said, “She was generally shy about speaking to people, but these lessons changed her.”
She found the courage to share the Gospel with a family member involved in a traditional religion.
The man planned to attend a nighttime ritual across a river, but this woman prayed for God to keep him from that. When it was time to cross the river—he couldn’t do it. Another time, he slept through the night—and missed the ritual again!
Micah said, “He’s not a believer in Jesus yet, but when he comes to Christ, he will be able to influence many others.”
Micah found his passion for mission has increased. And as he’s had the opportunity to train others, and engage in sharing the Gospel, it has fueled his walk with God.
“It all comes back to intimacy with Jesus,” Micah said. “When you are a friend of Jesus, it becomes easy to bring other people to Him.”
Micah’s on to something. At its heart, sharing the Good News is really about introducing people to your friend Jesus. And that’s something any of us can do today.
Global Disciples Canada is a Christian missions 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.
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.
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!
Reuben is a Nigerian pastor with a vision to take the Gospel to an area of his country where the Good News of Jesus was previously unknown. He works closely with the first Global Disciples training program in the region, leading outreach, and exploring new communities where the name of Jesus needs to be shared.
One trip was remarkable in showing how God provides when we ask.
After traveling several hours by motorcycle, Reuben and others of his team arrived at a village to meet their contact.
“He was happy to see us,” Reuben reported, “But we couldn’t talk much. Communication was a struggle. He took us to a big compound with several families who were also happy to see us—the children, young men and women, and the elderly took time to greet us. But we had a problem with the language.
“Here was a group of individuals, ripe for God’s Word, and here we were, without good knowledge of their language! I believed strongly that God had a better plan. Having led us this far, He would help us.”
He also noticed these families were preparing to go to the market, a long walk away. And he felt the Spirit nudging him to follow them. So, he got back on the motorcycle and off to market they went. “One of my team members asked why we would go that distance. I simply said I was following a lead from the Holy Spirit.”
As they reached the market in early evening, Reuben asked God to show him the next step. He looked up—and saw a familiar face! “I shouted out his name, ‘Simon!’ And we hugged, shouted, and greeted each other. Simon was in the last discipleship training we held. He is also part of this tribe…so he has mastery of their language!”
Right in the middle of a busy marketplace, God answered Reuben’ prayer by providing a trained disciple-maker who knew the language of those they were seeking to reach!
Simon travelled back to the village with Reuben that evening. They prayed with the families before bedtime and had an opportunity to share the Gospel.
“Simon is well-known in the community. He became our voice,” Reuben wrote. “And nine out of the 10 adults present raised their hands in surrender to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior! We were filled with joy!”
When they finally went to bed, on mats spread on wood, “the joy in our hearts pillowed our skins and gave us a good night’s rest.”
They held their first fellowship or service in the morning with 14 adults and 10 children. And plans are underway to build a worship center for the new church. “We are grateful to God who leads us in His own way,” Reuben shared. “God went ahead of us. We had a fact-finding trip at heart, but God had a people ready!”
With Pastor Reuben, we rejoice in what God has started in this region of Nigeria. And how He is using Global Disciples to prepare disciple-makers and church planters to multiply the Body of Christ among least-reached people.