T&M Training in India

June 23 2015

One of the final year students, Akanksha Samuel, was always attentive and offered feedback during learning tasks. She was very creative in doing a T&M “Good News” demo about love to the large group with another female student. On the last day we were to practice Enrolling a Pastoral Worker and needed someone to practice with. Akansha easily handled the material and process with T&M booklet “Pastoral Worker Training and You.”

After the demo, she made this statement, “Tomorrow is my birthday and the Train & Multiply training has been the greatest gift I have received from God.”

Please pray for Akansha to finish her studies well and to see how God uses the training to impact others.

Tags: train and multiply; india; great gift;,

Training the Ready

June 18 2015

A pastor in the south has been working in some of the islands in SE Asia. His initial training was in 2013. He has been working with uneducated peoples but with considerable success. During this visit, A. conducted T&M training in this province for 27 students. Most were from his church and about 20 were native to that area. A. taught for four hours without a break because the students did not want him to stop! The pastor estimates that perhaps ten worshiping groups will be born from this first generation.

Tags: pastoral training, new churches, multiplication

Person of Peace - part 2

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 this!”

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.

Tags: india, person of peace, make disciples, house church, multiplication,

Person of Peace - part 1

June 11 2015

Anil is 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.

The man 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.

The next 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.

On 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!”

For the 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.

Tags: india, worship, salvation,

Korean Transformation

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!

Tags: friends of all nations, salvation,

Akhi’s Story

June 4 2015

My name is Akhi, and I am a pastor’s wife. One day my husband and I attended an engagement party of one of the Christian young men we knew. While at the party, we discovered that the Christian man was marrying a Hindu girl. We were very concerned, knowing what the Bible says about being unequally yoked with a non-believer.

My husband and I had no choice but to go this young man and explain that he shouldn’t get married until his future wife became a Christian. I offered to meet with this young lady for Bible study and asked her to invite any of her Hindu friends that she would like.

At first I shared with them the story of Noah. This young woman was open to the Gospel and responded immediately to Christ, acknowledging Him as her Savior. We continued to meet on a weekly basis, and as a result of meeting with this Hindu girl and her friends, twenty-two family members became Christians! The young couple ended up getting married and have established a beautiful Christian home. But the blessings didn’t stop there - another outcome was that the parents of the Hindu girl even got married! Although they had lived together for years and years, they had never felt the need to be officially married until they met the Savior.

Tags: hindu, noah, christ,