The African church we trained last year in T4T, Global Harvest, held a weekend training in Charlotte in June. Several other churches sent participants as far away as Greensboro. Miriam helped us lead this training; she shared her version of the Three Circles. Global Harvest members have continued to share their stories and God’s story with their neighbors and workmates and have small churches and groups meeting around their neighborhoods. Since the training last month, Pastor Qwesi has followed up with the churches that were present to train them further and help them start evangelizing their communities. All of the participants made oikos maps and prayed over them, committing to reaching their communities for Christ.
Austin, TX & West Palm Beach, FL
In June, two separate five-day trainings were held; one in Austin, TX and the other in West Palm Beach, FL. These trainings delved into the “why” behind Four Fields. Participants studied the books of Luke and Acts and discovered what Jesus and the apostles did for evangelism, discipleship, church formation, and the development of leaders. This time together was an invaluable learning experience. In Austin, Angie and several other wives who are practitioners spent two evenings with women in the area who are either actively trying or are investigating how to mesh discipling others with the responsibilities of having a family, including ways to involve children of all ages. Angie met one math teacher who had already led six of her fellow teachers to Christ and was meeting with them regularly. She also had the desire to find more discipleship opportunities, but was stretched for
time. She discovered that in order to develop leaders and disciples who make other disciples, she should take one or two of her fellow teachers with her when she intentionally sets time aside to share the Gospel. In doing so, she trains them in who to share with, what to say, and how to disciple and can then hand off new groups to these she is training, thus multiplying herself. In West Palm Beach, two sons (ages 10 and 8) of one of the trainers taught the Gospel presentation section to a room full of adults! The boys, and their whole family, are actively involved in sharing the Gospel at skate parks and in their school.
Many of you have been praying for Nepal and giving toward relief projects in the wake of the April 25th and May 12th earthquakes, which have resulted in the death of over 8,500 individuals and injuries of over 20,000. An estimated 505,000 private homes were fully damaged and 279,000 were partially damaged throughout 23 sectors. Property damage is estimated at $5 billion and $2 billion in lost income. In the first phase of relief efforts, our friends sent out survey teams, medical teams, distributed goods, and determined the next steps for relief. They also mobilized 22 local churches from Pokhara and several other churches from the regions wherever distribution was arranged; those churches provided volunteers and support for the relief efforts. Our friends continue to send out survey teams and respond to calls for help from many villages. Even though it has been close to two months since the initial earthquake, many villages have received little aid or assistance.
Another relief effort focused on Dhading district, Ri and Chimchowk Villages. Bundles of tin, food, hygiene supplies, and school backpack kits were provided, helping nearly 500 families. The Kutwal church was set up as the ‘distributors.’ This church has now gained enormous respect in this district, and, in addition to meeting the needs of believers, this church has intentionally reached out to their unbelieving neighbors. After the monsoon subsides, our friends intend to return and launch an outreach and training program in this district to help the Kutwal church to continue to grow and do the work.
Abigail came home from her gap year in South Africa on Father’s Day! Since she has been home for a month now, she has re-adjusted to America, for the most part. Driving a car was the biggest hurdle after not driving for nine months. She misses the children in her kindergarten class the most. Her relationship with God deepened while she was there; she had to learn dependency on Him for physical and emotional strength and wisdom for decisions. She believes every high school graduate should serve in a gap year program or in a long-term situation in which they cannot depend on their parents. We are excited to have her back home!