The people we work with are ordinary folks who love Jesus with their words and their actions. They understand the calling of Jesus’ Great Commission and His Great Commandment on their lives. If the commission and the command are at work together in concert, Kingdom objectives are realized.
Through a small group of seven men, the Lord greatly encouraged us to redouble our effort here in America. After years of work, we are now seeing increased interest in Bible storytelling among American Jesus followers from individuals, small groups, congregations, and para-church organizations. Storytelling is a powerful disciple-making strategy regardless of race, ethnicity, or age.
On January 1st, we will escort nine young Jesus followers through the grand story of the Bible. For 15 days we will trace what God has said about His plan for all things from Genesis through Revelation. Our classroom will be Israel and Jordan, where much of the story took place. This tour is not your retiree’s dream vacation. Upon completion of this training, the group will return home equipped to teach others what Jesus taught the Apostles to teach.
On February 19, twelve men from Central Asia will take a very similar journey. Participants are already proven disciple-makers collaborating together in sports ministry. Over half of the men live in countries closed to Gospel proclamation and disciple-making activity. This group will explore how oral Bible discovery can be a primary strategy where people are imprisoned and fined for carrying a Bible in public. Disciple Daily is co-sponsoring the cost of this training trip with a Eurasian sports ministry partner.
In August, we will be in Belarus and Moldova in partnership with another ministry, Shepherds Support. Two conferences will be held for pastors, ministry leaders, and their spouses. The focus will be on building healthy marriages and families as a vehicle for evangelism and discipleship. Many of the participants have previously participated in our training. So it will be a lot of fun to see them in this context with Noemi by my side.