Eventually, they made their way to the United States. Together they sought the Lord’s blessing on plans for a significantly expanded ministry built around their initial experience in sports ministry and camps. Today, just six years later, all across eastern Europe and Central Asia, Max now has disciples that are replicating and expanding on his family’s initial sports camp ministry concept.
It was through Max’s contacts that we were invited to teach at the two recent conferences. In the midst of a one-month trip, when I first met Max he had a single backpack and a small carry-on suitcase. He volunteered to teach me how to travel light, without unnecessary baggage. During my time with Max, God challenged my thinking about the disciple-making process. New strategy concepts, ideas I have never had, were put on display right in front of me. Truthfully, I was astonished at the way God has instructed this young man. Please understand. I am not elevating Max. He is just a man. However, I praise God for what He showed me through him. I stand in awe of the God both of us serve.
By simply reading and studying the Bible, God gave Max a Bible-based vision for discipleship. Authentic biblical discipleship leads to biblical evangelism. This was what Yeshua imparted to His first disciples. They utilized what Yeshua taught them in ministries of their own. Max and his family have simply followed the plan they discovered from their own personal study of the Bible.
I left the United States on September 1st thinking I was equipped and ready for the ministry responsibilities ahead. On September 2nd, I discovered what I had brought with me would not be available. In the interim, God re-supplied the essentials for my obedience to the Great Commission through an unexpected source.
How great is our God!