A small group of 12 people in Bugger Hollow have accepted William Carey’s call to “attempt great things for God” by committing to share the gospel 561 times in the next 4 months. During the first week, the Gospel was shared 21 times! What would happen in our nation if bands of believers began to share the Gospel expecting God to do something great while they simply loved God, loved their neighbors and allowed the power of the Gospel to be demonstrated as people repented and believed in Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection???
William Carey said, “Attempt great things for God; expect great things from God.” That is the challenge we gave the group of Charlotte pastors with whom we meet every otherTuesday morning. The conversation around the table centered on increasing Gospel shares (telling another person the Gospel story). God desires to use us to reach Charlotte, and the harvest is plentiful in Charlotte according to Luke 10: 2. But, we will not see the harvest if we do not sow the seed. So, if we expect God to do something amazing in Charlotte, our attempts should match our expectations of what He can/will do. At our latest meeting,this Tuesday morning group set a goal for Gospel shares between Sept. 1 - Dec. 31. Our Sunday evening fellowship also set a goal. Collectively, we will attempt to share the Gospel 901 times during the next four months; we expect God to do awesome things!
I remember my first trip to Europe and hearing the normal response to reproducing discipleship, “It won’t happen here!” Resistance to the Biblical ideas of new believers sharing the Gospel with their friends and families and disciples making disciples is well noted. We see the examples in scripture, though, of God involving new disciples in the process. My first trip was 3 years ago; now we hear that folks in Ireland, Scotland, Britain, France, Sweden, Germany, and the Grand Canary Islands are having spiritual conversations, and not only are people interested but people are coming to faith and telling others. It seems there is a rumbling in Europe, not as post- modern Europe, but as a pre-Christian culture like it was 2000 years ago as Jesus’ disciples made their way across the known world. We heard stories of many people coming to Christ. We also heard stories of homes where there is a hunger to learn more about Jesus, so people far from God are studying the scriptures with friends to learn how to become near to God! It is so amazing to see what can happen when disciples make disciples, or trainers train trainers who can train trainers about God’s Kingdom.
Here is a testimonial of one of the participants in the training in England: Last week I had the gift of attending a gathering in England with other practitioners that are laboring in Europe with common vision, goals, and values. Although I had not met anyone prior to the conference, our similar DNA created an atmosphere of family. Many of us have had the similar testimony of the Spirit of God stirring our hearts towards discipleship and simple church and were struggling through trial and error to learn how to respond to what the Spirit was saying. I am confident that after this week of being trained we are all returning to our locations equipped, more confident and connected to see greater breakthrough. The key to the success of this trip was the opportunity to learn from, question, observe and spend time with the Sundells. Angie and Jeff had the unique position of having labored, experienced and therefore have insight and wisdom that spoke directly into our situations and helped clear away the fog to see clearly. Their example pushes me to be closer to Jesus. Having attended many conferences and workshops over the years, it was a gift to see a married couple serving together modeling for us how to make sure family is how we do ministry. I am thankful for how God is using this family and for the opportunity to have met them. I am thankful to be able to learn from their experiences and take their advice and suggestions rather than months or years of figuring out how and what works best in today’s context. This was the most helpful conference I have attended in my years overseas. Thank you for making the effort to be here for us! Looking forward to reporting what God does as a result! --S.B.
Within 7 days of the Second Training in Asheville, we received word that several people had been lead to Christ by folks who attended that training, and these new believers were immediately trained in the Three Circles Gospel presentation and the Commands of Christ in the Second guide. It was one of the few trainings I have ever done where I felt like 100% of the folks participating in the Second training would actually do it! It is exciting to see and hear that folks are implementing what they have learned from God’s Word.
Many of you responded to help Nepal through the earthquake crisis a few months ago. Here is an update from one of the church planters there:
We are always grateful for your immense love and support for us as we strive to glorify His kingdom in Nepal. It had been 6 months since meeting with some of our networking church pastors and leaders because of the earthquake. Finally, on August 11, pastors and leaders from different networking churches gathered together again. In the meeting, we heard how the houses and church buildings in the villages were destroyed and how many believers lost their lives. The news was heartbreaking, but even in the midst of the tragedy God was doing something incredible. We were astonished hearing how God had used our churches to spread His kingdom and serve people. These are some amazing things we were able to do through Him: 1. Shared the Gospel with 28,520 people 2. Led 195 people to Christ 3. Baptized 147 people 4. Planted 8 new churches in 6 different districts 5. Sent two couples on mission Through your love and support for Nepal, we were able to help many earthquake victims with the temporary shelters and basic needs. Through these relief works, we were able to set a great example of Christ's love and care among the people. This also opened the doors of gospel, bringing many people to Christ. Seeing our active participation in the relief works, different political parties and government bodies even recognized us with appreciation letters.
Thank you so much for praying and giving!
Please remember some upcoming trainings and meetings: Sept. 10-12, Houston; Sept. 16, Chicago; Sept. 22-23, Austin; Sept. 25-26, Apex, NC. Please pray for safety in travel and wisdom and clarity for training leaders and participants.
Join us in praying for breakthroughs and multiple streams of multiplying disciples and churches in cities across the U.S. as we focus on No Place Left (Rom. 15:23).
One church planting couple in Charlotte has seen several South Asian homes open up to the Gospel. We are seeking more workers to focus on Charlotte, NC with a strategy of reproducing discipleship.
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