Surprise Conversions Bring Joy

April 12 2019

A beautiful story from Vicki Pasterick from a recent trip she took to Panama, along with her team from Peru, to train the church there about Train & Multiply.

We were in a church outside of David City that was actually a tabernacle. There were no walls - just curtains. They call it Canaan Temple or Camp Canaan. There are many people in this area from the indigenous Ngäbe tribe.

We understood that these people were all believers and we were teaching them how to share the Gospel with those they are close to who are far from God. Part of that is teaching them the 3 circles evangelism tool. This tool takes the Gospel story and presents it in an easy to understand and easy to share format.

When I finished telling the story that we all live in brokenness, but that was never God's intention - that brokenness is the result of our sin... When I told them that God loved us so much He made a way for us to get back to the relationship with Him that He always intended... When I explained that when we are willing to turn from our sin and make Jesus the King of our lives, He will make us a new creation. HE changes us. We don't have to do the changing on our own... something happened that I never saw happen before.

People came forward and said they wanted to follow Jesus. They had never fully understood the simple story of the Gospel. They were in church. They were attending church, but they didn't know Jesus!

One man was asked if he wanted to pray also, and he said no. But as the others prayed, I saw his lips move as he lifted his brokenness to the One who longs to have a relationship with him. When the others were gathering their things to leave, I spoke to him. I told him that I would be praying for him and welcomed him to the family of believers. He smiled a big smile.

Later, one of the men who was there for the training asked if he could have one of our training manuals. He told us that he does mission work in Nicaragua and he was excited to be able to share these tools on his next trip there.

God is opening doors and drawing people to Himself. Oh how He love us! What an honor to watch Him work in lives!!

Thank you for your prayers and support!

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​Reaping Dividends in Ministry

March 21 2017

Taran* serves as a church planter in Southern Asia. His ministry includes evangelism, doing baptisms, planting churches, and leading discipleship training. By God’s grace, Taran has planted five churches and made four disciples (new leaders). Taran is learning to be an effective trainer using the Train & Multiply curriculum.

The distances between ministry locations where Taran serves in Southern Asia are far apart, so he must either walk long distances or use public transport, which takes a lot of time, money, and energy. Most days, he is unable to visit every location that he needs to in order to lead in those towns.

“If Lord helps me to get a motorcycle for ministry, (this is one he rented) I will be highly encouraged and able to be much more effective in my work activities. I sometimes use rented motorbike, but paying hourly is way too expensive for me.”

If you would like to donate toward the purchase of a motorcycle for Taran, please click here.

* Name changed for security.

Tags: southern asia, church planting, train & multiply, motorcycle, bikes for church workers.,

Miracles Happen

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 week.

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 continue growing.

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.

Tags: prison, honduras, t&m, noah, obedience, good news, family prayers, train & multiply,

​How does T&M parallel the methods of Jesus and Paul?

April 29 2015

Train & Multiply 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 slowly 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 slowly, 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 building relationships. 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.

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Train & Multiply History

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.

Tags: train & multiply, history, george patterson, 2 timothy 2:2, booklets, pwr, oms, one mission society, t&m,

​A History of Train & Multiply

April 22 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.

Tags: train & multiply, training, 2 timothy 2:2, history, joint venture,

What Might Happen? - Training

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 in Jesus.

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).

On the 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 maps.

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 their visions.

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.

Tags: training, unreached, train & multiply, philippines, t&m, make disciples,

What Might Happen?

March 31 2015

What might happen if we could mobilize ordinary people to go into the great harvest fields at our doorsteps and start church multiplication movements? Ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they are empowered by the Holy Spirit and equipped with the right tools. T&M a powerful tool to help ordinary people do this; it is a process to help ordinary people start healthy worshiping groups that will multiply.

The founder of T&M 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 other (2 Timothy 2:2 NIV).

Watch for the April 2015 media blitz for Train & Multiply

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