June 16 2015
One day, Samita went from her village to the market
in town to buy food. She met Saroz, a young woman she knew, and talked about
what she and her husband were doing.
When Saroz heard about Jesus, she exclaimed, “You must have your husband
call me and tell me more!” Samita called Anil right away, and Anil promised to
visit Saroz later that same day.
Anil visited Saroz in the home where she lived with
her parents, her brother and sister-in-law, and their children. Saroz listened eagerly
to all that Anil told her, and she believed in Jesus. Anil discipled Saroz, and seeing her
commitment and obedience to make disciples, invited her to become a church
planter. She joyfully accepted and regularly shared the Good News with her
family. Within a short time, all eight people in her home believed in Jesus
Christ and formed a new house church. Saroz also went to her uncle’s home and
led him and three others to the Lord. She then began training them in the same
way that Anil was training her.
After a few months, Saroz’s sister came to visit
from her village some 15 kilometers away. When Saroz told her sister about
Jesus, her sister pleaded, “Please come and tell my husband and family about
Saroz went to her sister’s home a few days later, accompanied
by Anil. They shared the Gospel and five people confessed their faith in Jesus
Christ, and another house church began in the sister’s home.
Saroz still closes the door and
shutters when her house church gathers for worship in order not to disturb the
neighbors. However, she is not afraid to share her faith and consistently tells
her friends the Good News about Jesus.
April 27 2015
T&M uses the training methods of
both Jesus and the apostle Paul.
Jesus focused on a few (12 apostles)
to win many (within 70 years his disciples had taken his good news into every
corner of the Roman world). He went slow at first in order to go faster later.
Jesus knew he only had three years to prepare people to launch a movement. Human
intuition says, “Start fast, and start big.” Jesus was counter-intuitive. He
started slow, and he focused on a few. T&M does the same. You will not find
any well-packaged, mass marketing campaigns or programming in T&M. Instead,
you will find groupings of one-on-one or small groups as trainers and coaches
equip disciples for the harvest and to lead churches.
Jesus invested his time in the right persons. He focused on obedience-based
discipleship. He ministered to everyone who came to see him through preaching,
teaching, and healing. But, he used tough teaching, fervent prayer, and calls
to obedience to filter his followers down to the 12 he invested in the most.
T&M welcomes everyone. But, through various filters and a focus on
accountability, it helps the coach to invest his or her time with motivated
participants -- ones who want to grow in Christ-likeness and do so through
devoted learning and obedient service. But, T&M also helps believers focus
on the persons God is directing them to invest in through their evangelistic
and discipleship efforts – those persons of peace Jesus directed his disciples
to in Luke 10.
Jesus made disciples who could make disciples. His approach was very
relational. Making disciples is very different from making converts. Disciple
making requires time and relationship.
Jesus did life with his disciples. And he modeled exactly what he wanted
them to do as they went out to make disciples. They learned well. They taught
others what Jesus taught and modeled what he had modeled. They made disciples
who made disciples who made disciples.
In the T&M process, the T&M coach develops very genuine
relationships with T&M participants.
T&M is a very relational process that empowers Christians to both
coach and train believers to multiply
themselves in the lives of others. Disciples
make disciples who make disciples, as participants become coaches who train
other participants who become coaches. Strong leadership development occurs,
healthy churches are started, and the process continues as a church
multiplication movement builds.
April 20 2015
Rinse & Repeat.
Most shampoo bottles recommend doing this for the best results. When you want the
best results in reaching the unreached, the best method is
Train & Multiply.
At the time Willy
and Vicky moved to Tacloban City, training was not anywhere on their immediate
radar. God had called them to be there for the people and to share their faith
They quickly discovered that preparation through training was necessary
as the ministry was growing at a remarkable pace.
In June of 2014, they attended training in a process called
Train & Multiply (T&M). When worked properly, this method is producing
much fruit. The three-day training equipped Pastors Willy and Vicky to open
many new doors in Tacloban City. Instead of trying to disciple everyone, they
are now able to train a team. This is similar to the way Jesus demonstrated to
us, working with the twelve disciples.
In January Pastors Willy and Vicky facilitated training for
13 different people. On the one end of the spectrum, they had very highly
educated individuals (a college professor, a retired regional social worker, a
teacher and a retired teacher, and a couple of barangay officials).
other end were individuals who struggled with the learning process. What a wild
range of participants. Willy and Vicky did a superb job of handling both groups
well. Excitement pulsated through the room when people shared their vision
Willy and Vicky are presently working with groups in seven different
areas. They could have 7-8 more areas if these lay people follow through on
Train & Multiply has been instrumental in One Mission
Society and their partners starting 25,565 new worshiping groups in 2014. Pastors
Willy and Vicky are a true testament to what might happen if we could mobilize
ordinary people to go out into the harvest fields.
February 4 2015
Mission Society is not just an international mission organization, it is a
family—a very diverse family—but a family nonetheless. Our OMS family tree
began as a sprout planted in the soil of Japan, lovingly tended by Charles and
Lettie Cowman, Juji Nakada, and Ernest and Julia Kilbourne. Rooted in holiness
and resolute faith in a life-giving God, the tree grew sturdy and strong,
branching out across the seas into all the continents, with the exception of
Antarctica. However, if a civilization existed, I guess we would have been
there by now too.
the past 114 years, the OMS family tree has continually produced fruit with an
eternal shelf life. Just last year, in 2014, more than 1 million people came to
faith in Jesus Christ through the ministries of OMS! There is much more work to
do, and I pray 2015 will be just as fruitful … and more because OMS makes
disciples of Jesus Christ. We do not just count raised hands responding to a
sermon. Our missionaries and national partners cultivate disciples and church
plants that are able, willing, and eager to reproduce. Following Jesus’ command
to make disciples of all nations is the soil One Mission Society uses to plan,
plant, and produce disciples who will carry on the process to their own
cultures and fellow citizens.
on the principle that the most effective way to share Christ is by training a
nation’s people to lead and multiply their churches, the OMS family tree grows
with every person who comes into the family of believers. We do not do this for
ourselves but for the glory of God.
By Beth Jordal -