September 10 2015
For today's post we have various stories from mission fields around the world. These stories include church planters who have begun using the Train & Multiply curriculum, as well as courageous men and women sharing the Gospel in their own cultural context. We hope that these stories will inspire and encourage you to continue the great work of the Kingdom.
Govardhan - India
by Jim Hogrefe
Govardhan from Madya Pradesh had tried to plant churches, but had no success because he did not know where to start. He came to a Train & Multiply training event and then went back to his village and trained others. One of the people groups in his village had no believers, so Govardhan prayed and one person from that group believed. Govardhan made him a disciple and after several months invited him to become a pastoral worker. At first the man was hesitant, but they prayed and Govardhan said, “If God is telling you to share the Gospel, I will help you.” Together they went to the man’s people group and began looking for persons of peace. Now there are fourteen families (53 people) who have believed and formed a church to help each other grow in the Lord.
Angela - Colombia
by Greg Carlson
As Angela hung up the phone she gripped her brother's arm and said, "You've got to come with me!" Her family, members of a fourth generation house church in Medellin, Colombia, had been evangelizing in the streets near their home. The phone call was from her neighbor who was pleading for Angela to come pray for her sick mother. Angela was afraid. She had never done that before.
McGregor, Angela’s brother, agreed to go along for moral support. He had only chosen to follow Jesus weeks earlier after previously listening indifferently to the Bible studies in his cramped living room. As Angela sat beside the ailing woman, the only prayer that came to her mind was what we call ''the Sinner's Prayer." She asked the woman if she would like to pray to ask God to forgive her sin, and the two prayed together. The next day, Angela learned that the woman had died.
Attending church the following Sunday, Angela spoke with the pastor's wife and said, "I just hope the Lord will have mercy on her." "Why, Angela," the pastor's wife replied, "you gave her the offer of salvation, and she accepted! It's because of your visit that she is in heaven today!"
June 11 2015
an ECC trainer in northern India. Shortly after Anil married Samita, they were
returning home by train from a worship service in another town. Sitting in a
crowded compartment together, Anil was advising Samita on the proper way to
sing worship songs. Although Anil was singing softly, a man sitting close to
them said, “What is that you are singing? It is beautiful!” Immediately, Anil
saw an opportunity to share the Gospel. He told the man about Jesus, and then he
and Samita sang several Hindi praise songs.
asked, “Where do you live?” When Anil told him, the man exclaimed, “That is
only a few kilometers from my home. You must come and tell us more about
Jesus!” They exchanged phone numbers and Anil promised to visit.
day was Monday, the usual day of rest for ECC workers, and Anil and Samita were
enjoying the day at home. Anil’s cell phone rang. It was the man from the
train. “Where are you?” he asked. “We are all here waiting for you.” Anil
apologized and promised to visit the next day.
Tuesday, Anil and Samita walked to the man’s village. He was waiting for them
on the road to escort them to his home. As they passed an old woman sitting by
the road, the man told her, “Auntie, come to my home. You must hear this.” As
the group was about to enter the house, the man saw several men working in a
nearby field. He walked over to them and said, “Stop what you are doing and
come to my house. These people have something you need to hear!”
next few hours, Anil and Samita shared the Gospel through word and song. The man and his family all believed in Jesus
Christ and formed the nucleus of a new house church.
June 9 2015
V is one of the many migrant
workers who moved to South Korea looking for better job opportunities. He and
his wife were optimistic until V began spending all of the money he earned drinking
at local bars.
One Sunday, V heard David Jun of Friends of All
Nations (a partner ministry of One Mission Society) preach. After the service,
V talked to David about his situation. He told David that his wife was at home
crying, and he needed help. David told him that he needed Jesus.
V was skeptical of Christianity at first. He was nervous that he would lose
the friends he had made at work if he followed Jesus. A while later, V came to
the Friends of All Nations center and told David that, in a dream, God had told
him to not worry about his friends. That day, V accepted Christ as his Savior.
His wife soon became a believer as well. V and his wife served with Friends
of All Nations for several years and continually brought people to the center.
Today, he is a missionary in his home country. God is good!