Young Adults are Our Future

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 churches.

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.

Tags: philippines, young people, retreat, ecc, t&m, worshiping groups, training, multiplication,

What Might Happen? - Plan

April 16 2015

Plan.

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…

Tags: god's plan, philippines, typhoon, relief, restoration, house church, worshiping groups, grace,

What Might Happen? Learning about T&M

April 1 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?

In 2013, by the grace of God and through the ministry of One Mission Society, ordinary people did an extraordinary thing – they started more than 19,500 worshiping groups. They did this by being empowered by the Holy Spirit and by being equipped with a simple tool – Train & Multiply (T&M).

So just what is Train & Multiply?

Train & Multiply is a comprehensive leadership development program to help start and organize reproducing local churches, which can lead to a church multiplication movement.

It starts slow, with just a few people, but builds into a rapidly multiplying movement of disciples, leaders, and churches. In one-on-one or small group settings, motivated believers learn how to share their faith, how to disciple new believers, and how to gather those new disciples into healthy, growing churches. These disciples and churches then multiply themselves through 2 nd, 3rd, 4th, and even 5 th generations. And in the process, the disciples learn how to become strong, effective leaders.

T&M is a unique, menu-based leadership training/coaching approach that provides simple, easy-to-understand biblical training guides to equip ordinary Christians to start multiplying movements of disciples, churches, and leaders.

In the next five years (2015-2020), the goal is to start 414,000 new worshiping groups with the use of Train & Multiply.

We credit a very simple truth with the success of T&M: ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they are empowered by the Holy Spirit and equipped with the right tools .

NOTE: Watch for exciting stories of lives being transformed through this powerful tool throughout the month of April.

Tags: train and multiply, t&m, training, evangelism, worshiping groups,