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 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.