June 1 2015
“Our homes are often
ransacked, and our Bibles are confiscated; then they have Bible burnings,
building huge bonfires in the community. Sometimes they also light fires
outside our churches to scare and intimidate us.” The young lady spoke in a
matter-of-fact tone of voice.
I was in a country in Asia training people to evangelize,
make disciples, and form new churches - any of which could mean severe
retaliation and serious persecution if they are caught. I looked at the young
woman with respect, admiration, and compassion; but as a valiant soldier of the
cross, she wasn’t looking for any of those responses from me.
She knows the risks of practicing her faith and obeying God’s
command to be His witness. I thought to myself, “She is very young. She has her
whole life before her. She could be living for herself and desiring a peaceful
future without danger, but instead, she has come to be trained.”
She and dozens more came to be trained. They had made the
decision to follow Jesus, regardless of the possible cost to their lives. They
are not choosing to live safely or to walk an easy path. They are choosing to
It was humbling to meet these brave ones. I felt a heavy
weight of responsibility as I equipped them to undertake ministry that could cost
them their lives. However, I know that the Gospel has always been spread
through the shedding of blood. For generations, we have had it easy in the
United States. I wonder how many of us
would follow suit. II Timothy 3:12 also
states, “Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly in Christ Jesus will
As we see our religious rights disappearing, perhaps it’s time
to ask ourselves this question.
May 27 2015
The future growth in the Philippines will come from the
tremendous group of college-age young people God is raising up. We saw their
enthusiasm and potential when we visited the Don Mariano Marcos State
University in La Union.
We met the Dagupan team at the National Lay Leaders'
Training in Baguio (more than half of the lay leaders were from this age
group), and at the Banaba House Ministry retreat for 17 young people, primarily
children of ECC workers and pastors.
These young adults are catching the vision of church
multiplication through T&M training and desire to spread the Gospel
throughout the Philippines and elsewhere. They come to the training events and
return home excited and ready to apply what they learned. They are starting
groups on their campuses and in their communities.
One young lady attended the training in La Union. She
committed to start a group with two friends on campus. She started with nine!
The group has now grown to 20 members. She is training three leaders in order
to divide the group so that it may continue to grow. The members lead worship
teams and are involved in children’s and youth ministries in their local
We believe that many of these young people will be the
future T&M trainers in the regional training centers, and the church
planters and pastors needed for the developing house churches.
May 21 2015
When we arrived at El Progreso Prison, we were met by the
warden and a member of the Honduran Judiciary. She welcomed us and was very
familiar with our local volunteers, Lilian and Annabella.
Lillian and Annabella were members of our classes for T&M
Levels One and Two. The inmates were gathering in the Chapel to worship with
us. We met with and had an opportunity to hear from the “Hijos de Paz.” These
four men were on fire for God. Along with Lilian and Annabella, the attendance
at the Bible studies was approaching 85 to 90 individuals and growing each
The service lasted for one-and-a-half hours as they expressed
their thanks to God for providing a way of learning and coming to know Him. They
related this to the lessons they had been studying; with many references to the
first study, the story of Noah. They drew comparisons to the world in the days
of Noah and how they were products of the present evil world. They spoke of the
ark as a symbol of Jesus, and that just as the ark had saved and preserved the
lives of Noah and his family, Jesus through His death on the cross had paid for
their sins and lifted them up and preserved their lives for eternity.
We could truly see that God is directing what is happening,
and that with the obedience the volunteers demonstrate, the program will
We also learned that great things are happening outside the
prison. The program has started in several neighborhoods and people are very interested
in continuing the lessons. We heard about one man identified in the
neighborhood mapping of Level One as a possible problem. The man had a drinking
problem and mistreated his wife and children.
One of the volunteers stopped and
spoke to the man one morning as he was sitting in front of his home. They
discussed the lessons from Noah and lessons from the T&M booklets “Good
News” and “Family Prayers.” He began to ask serious questions and after about
two weeks, he invited his wife and one of his teenage daughters to join them as
they discussed the material. The family noticed a change in the man, and soon
they invited another daughter, and then a neighborhood friend to join them.
This group which started almost reluctantly is now beginning to actively seek
the Lord and His answers to their spiritual questions.
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 23 2015
The use of Train & Multiply marks a new paradigm in discipleship. As a young missionary in Honduras, George Patterson became frustrated when his traditional teaching methods at a small Bible school didn’t work. So, he dug into the New Testament to study the methods of Jesus and Paul. He talked with older, experienced missionaries.
George discovered a simple but powerful paradigm modeled by Jesus and taught by Paul. “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” 2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV).
Train & Multiply uses this paradigm to take the training to ordinary, mature believers already involved in ministry. It can be used where believers live and work. The material is broken down into simple, easy-to-understand training booklets. Leaders are taught to introduce the booklets at the precise moment the believer needs the material in their ministry and coach them on how to implement it. In this way, it can be passed on for use by other ordinary, mature believers in other communities.
In 1985, Patterson left Honduras and turned all of his booklets over to S.E.A.N. (Study by Extension for All Nations) in Chile. S.E.A.N. worked with a large team of people to transform these hundreds of booklets into a set of approximately 60 books and manuals. They called this new work “Train and Multiply.”
S.E.A.N. entered a joint venture agreement with Project WorldReach (PWR) in 2000. PWR, under the leadership of Lloyd Niles, had seen the value of T&M and had a vision to see it expand and serve all nations in many languages. One key aspect of the partnership was to have T&M materials held centrally with Project WorldReach so that they would be available worldwide!
Then, in 2012, One Mission Society entered a joint venture with Project WorldReach and both now share the copyrights, management, distribution, training, and translation of T&M.
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.
April 16 2015
I love it when a plan comes together, especially when it is
God’s plan. On March 15, 2014, the plan was in place, and Pastors Willy and
Vicky moved from Tarlac City to Tacloban City. By car, this is a more than
24-hour move. Their plan was to distribute roofing sheets to people who lost
their roofs during the typhoon. This would give them an opportunity for
connection to the community.
In the first two months they had distributed sheets to 44
homes in one area and 22 in another. They requested the roofs be painted red so
you can see which houses were given new roofs. The picture gives a view from
the top with several homes “seeing red.” The best part of the ministry is the
relationships built with people who have started attending house churches as
new believers. In two months they already had two worshiping groups meeting
weekly with more than 50 total in attendance.
The people of the Philippines are such giving people,
despite what little they may have. If you are visiting, they will prepare a
meal or an afternoon merienda (snack) from what little they have. Many of the
locals lost their families. Parents lost all their children, children lost all
of their family – 26 people were lost in one family alone.
A woman survived with all eight of her children by clinging
to trees while the storm surge hit. By God’s miraculous grace they all
survived. This is not the case for many as more than 6,000 people lost their
lives in Typhoon Yolanda. The area was devastated, yet the people still show
love and hope.
Pastors Willy and Vicky have committed to stay three years
to help those in need and build up leaders in the church. They live
sacrificially and have a true heart for glorifying God in their daily lives.
They yearn to do more for the families of Tacloban City.
To be continued…
April 13 2015
this we are lost. Pastor Willy had faith, but he needed guidance from God. The
group of four from FECPI and OMS traveled to Tacloban City with an
overabundance of faith and trust. They knew God would show them a way.
Their first goal was to get to a hotel and drop luggage. In
a ravaged city, this is not an easy task. Many places were destroyed and
transportation was limited. With this in mind, they attempted to hail a
motorcycle taxi (trike) in hopes of easier mobility. The first trike they
stopped was not for hire. The driver was a vendor of peanuts heading home after
a long day.
Knowing the difficulties of finding transportation, he gave
them a ride. Conversation ensued as the men described why they came to the
area. He had nothing to gain from them, but he offered his house to them as a
place to stay. This one ride resulted in the driver becoming their contact, or
Person of Peace (Luke 10).
The peanut vendor soon accepted Christ into his life and
became instrumental in introducing Pastors Willy and Vicky to many people
impacted by the typhoon. Since that chance meeting, his business has
flourished. Through faith, God revealed their person of peace and an opening
into a community that was in pain.
The person of peace described in Luke 10 will welcome you
into their house. This testimony shows God still reveals those people today. We
meet people daily in our lives. Many are living without hope and simply need
someone to reach out to them. How often do we overlook opportunities? “If a man
of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not it will return to
you.” (Luke 10:6) Keep an eye out for persons of peace in your life.
To be continued…
April 9 2015
what happens when ordinary people listen to God’s call. On November 7, 2013,
Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda hit landfall in the Philippines. One of the areas hit
hardest by Typhoon Yolanda was Eastern Visayas. Tacloban City and the
surrounding area accounted for 5,877 deaths, with more than 1,000 people
Pastors Willy and Vicky Galzote were following God’s call as
pastors of a church 996 kilometers away in Tarlac City when they heard the
Their compassionate hearts immediately ached for the people affected by
the storm. When such a travesty hits, many of us hurt for those impacted.
Their desire to help was unstoppable.
Pastor Willy contacted
leadership within Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines (FECPI), their
denomination, in hopes of coming up with a plan.
Their desire was not to merely
travel down with supplies or for a brief visit. God had convicted them to be
much more, to build authentic relationships. Their call was to comfort aching
hearts and offer hope.
Have you ever felt a call so strong that you were willing to
This is what Jesus asked of those he called. “And he said to
them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately they left
their nets and followed him.” (Matthew 4:19-20) This is exactly the call that
Pastors Willy and Vicky received. Pastors Willy and Vicky requested permission
to leave the pulpit and move down to Tacloban City.
A month after Typhoon Yolanda made landfall, a group of four
from FECPI and One Mission Society (OMS) traveled down to see what God was
calling them to do. They had no clear contact person but went on faith that God
would guide them.
Pastors Willy and the others were just looking for a clear
sign on how to help the people impacted. What they found was truly from God.
To be continued…
April 6 2015
Last week, we introduced you to Train and Multiply. This
church multiplication method has been used in amazing ways to advance the
kingdom of God.
But how exactly does T&M work?
One important distinction between T&M and other
discipleship programs is its emphasis on leadership development. While the 64
booklets include resources on evangelism and discipleship, its strength lies in
the development of healthy, well-equipped leaders, who are essential to a
church multiplication movement. Without solid leadership to guide new church
plants, multiplication will be slow and ineffective.
An illustration of the Train and Multiply process is below:
One rail is labeled ‘pastoral work.’ Every person involved
in T&M is also involved in some form of ministry. It might be a simple
church, a small group, or simply working with their family and friends. They
have some place to immediately apply what they are learning. T&M is not
training for ministry; it is training
The second rail is labeled ‘home study.’ A T&M
participant learns through weekly study of God’s Word, the T&M Pastoral
Worker Training Booklets, and practical experience. T&M booklets are simple
and practical biblical training guides. They are easily accessible. They can be
used anywhere, at any time, with any number of people. And they only cost what
it takes to print them.
But what ties this all together are the railroad ties
labeled ‘meeting with trainer.’ Each T&M participant has a trainer who
provides coaching and mentoring. Meeting biweekly or monthly, this trainer
guides the participant through the leadership development process. They help
the student plant their pastoral work and choose what to study. The trainer
also encourages and holds the participant accountable.