God is moving all over the world.
He’s empowering people in many places, using hundreds of languages, to reach those in need of the life-changing message of the Gospel.
Yet, it’s hard work. It comes at a price.
Those taking the light of Jesus Christ into places where spiritual darkness has been firmly entrenched for thousands of years will often do so at a great personal cost.
Recently, several program directors in South Asia reflected on the difficulty of sharing the Gospel and the opposition that they face as they seek to equip other followers of Jesus as disciples and church planters.
Pastor D* said, “In my area, there is tension, and conflict with the Buddhists.
Already seven pastors or evangelists have left because it is so difficult. I worry for the new believers who may not know how to stand in their faith.”
Pastor D explained that sometimes the local Buddhist monks would create trouble. When a visiting evangelist came to share the Gospel, he was arrested and put in jail, maybe for up to two years.
Pastor D led an outreach and said, “In the evening, we showed the Jesus film in their language. But some officials came and gave us a hard time, so we didn’t have the freedom to share more. Many village leaders don’t like Christians. From time to time, the officials take us for questioning, and it’s difficult work.”
Another pastor works among a people group that has resisted the Gospel.
He said, “There are many villages where there are no Christians. And if someone becomes a Christian, the local village leaders take all their belongings—everything! So, it’s very hard for them to consider putting their faith in Jesus. Pray for these villages and this people group.”
Reaching the least-reached with the Good News of Jesus is hard work. It comes at a price.
But God has faithful servants around the world who are willing to pay the price, and fulfill His mission, no matter what difficulties they face. Praise God!
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!
What difference does our Global Disciples training make?
“I have done trainings with different organizations,” Nami said. “But Global Disciples’ training stands out for me because its focus is on the Word of God, and on spreading the Gospel.”
Nami directs a discipleship-mission training program in India, launched with the help of Global Disciples. When he had the opportunity to share how God is using their training and disciple-makers, he was eager to talk about God’s hand at work.
Nami said, “The work is spreading. And now we are working in 3 or 4 districts in our state, and a few in the next state. I have trained our young people and others so they can lead our churches when I’m away on outreach.”
As he trains disciple-makers and takes them out to share the Gospel, Nami and his teams have seen many put their faith in Jesus Christ. Several churches have been planted, even some in very difficult places. He reported, “We started a church in one area, but for 2 years we could not go back to them because of the persecution there. In that place there have been many murders but no one is ever arrested.”
Last year, they were able to go again and arrange a meeting. Nami discovered this little church was still going, despite the difficulties and the isolation. They were getting some help and support from several families with resources, and from the local forest rangers. He said, “God has given us favor there, new believers are coming. One man who previously persecuted the Christians has even accepted Christ…and now he’s leading a local fellowship!”
Praise God! Through the power of the Holy Spirit and the faithful witness of His people, He continues to draw least-reached people into new life through Jesus Christ.
Nami is just one of thousands who we serve who are working every day to make sure every person has the opportunity to hear, to choose, and respond to Christ. And we rejoice with him to see disciples multiplied and churches planted in India and around the world.
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins, Mark 11:25.
The Lord reminds us numerous times in the Bible that we are to forgive others, as He has forgiven us. However, in a world plagued by sin, it can be difficult to master the art of forgiveness when there’s so much evil and wrongdoing going on around us. Even still, we are called to forgive. Here are some stories of disciple-makers around the world experiencing the power of forgiveness:
Makena attended a Global Disciples leadership training to develop her skills as a servant leader, and grow her ministry. The Lord spoke to her during a lesson on forgiveness, and she was convicted to swallow the pride she’d held on to for years and forgive an enemy. She says, “I received an amazing healing from within. A heavy burden freed from certain bondage. The wound that was in my heart healed, and I felt great joy and peace. God restored me.” She now uses her ministry to reach others who are bound by an unforgiving spirit, by teaching them the same lesson she learned during her training.
During discipleship training, Mikyle encountered an unreached people group that had experienced severe persecution from an opposing religious faction. The Holy Spirit led him to focus on the concept of forgiveness, since many of these men were consumed with resentment and anger. They had been forced to consume human waste, and their women had been raped repeatedly. Still, Mikyle preached forgiveness. He shared the testimony of a woman who had been physically healed, and explained that internal healing, as a result of forgiveness, is just as necessary for spiritual liberation.
Gahiji’s parents and siblings were all murdered during the Rwandan genocide. While ministering in his local prison, Gahiji came face-to-face with the men who killed his family. According to Rwandan law, if the surviving victims of a family appeal the sentence of those who killed their relatives, the murderers will be released. The Lord convicted Gahiji to forgive these men, and liberate them from incarceration. As an obedient servant to the Lord, Gahiji not only forgave these men for their heinous crimes, but appealed to the government for their release. He even threw a party to celebrate their freedom, and invited the families of the murderers, as well as his own wife and children. At the party, he personally forgave each and every man, with tears streaming down their faces. After sharing this testimony of forgiveness, numerous guests gave their lives to Christ.
The Lord says, “if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him.” Ask the Lord who He is calling you to forgive today, and allow yourself to experience the same freedom from bondage as the obedient servants above.
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.”