Acting Beyond September 15, 2017

“The Stories on This Speaker Have Changed My Life”

Rini, who lives in South Aisa very recently became a follower of Jesus. This is her testimony of how she has already started a church:

One day, busy with housework at home, I heard a loud voice come through the open window. It seemed to come from my neighbour’s house. The person was telling a story. I stopped to listen. It was an amazing story about how the world came to be. Back at the beginning, God made this world a beautiful place. Amazing! I had to give my full attention to that voice.

Once the story was finished, I went to find out more. Rini, my neighbour, told me that three months ago, she became a follower of Jesus. A man named Raj gave her an audio speaker with God’s stories on it so she could learn what it means to follow Jesus. Rini now meets with 47 other people in her home each week to study the stories. They listen to a story, and then discuss questions about it. That creation story was so beautiful. I began to attend the meetings, and soon decided to also follow the God of those stories.

One month later, I met Raj. He gave me a speaker, too, and now we have two groups meeting in our village! Just like the group at Rini’s house, we listen to a story, discuss what it teaches about God, and then try to apply it to our lives that week. We are all learning about God. I am very thankful to Raj for providing us with a speaker. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to know this amazing and lovely God. I am an illiterate woman. I cannot read or write, but the stories on this speaker have changed my life.

 

We want to be like Jesus: Women and Vision Casting

If you really wanted to do something better, and could study under the world’s leading expert, WOULD YOU?

In the past few years, workers tired of seeing few results in hard places desperately went back to the Best to learn from Him. Through His Bible and His Spirit, they learned the biblical “secrets” for how He cast vision and gave strategies of not just making a few disciples, but how to launch disciple making movements in order to make disciples of all nations / “ethne.”

Are you spiritually desperate to see all peoples reached and willing to take up that challenge to change anything you do or are to reach that goal? If so, examine how Jesus cast vision.

First, Jesus modeled how to be a disciple that the Father could use. For example, He modeled prayer. Only then did His disciples ask him, “Teach us to pray.” He broke “religious” people’s expectations for the sake of people. He modeled going to people’s households rather than inviting them to synagogues. He modeled how to live the “love and obey” (shema) life style of Deuteronomy 6.

Laura traveled over 10,000 miles to prayerwalk among her focus unreached people group (UPG). Susi, a new believer in that UPG, had God’s heart for her whole people. Laura invited Susi to join her. Susi learned much about prayer walking and spiritual warfare that day. Amazed that one so young would come so far to pray, Susi said, “I live here, but I have never walked and prayed for my people. But I will from now on!” Susi has been “Laura” to many since and has launched many reproducing disciples and an amazing prayer movement. Laura modeled, and Susi learned and passed it on to many.

Second, He showed how to follow completely the Father’s heart and end vision for all ethne. He equipped his disciples to focus toward this goal of His simple but deep strategy. Ordinary people from all walks of life could completely reproduce and implement His strategy for changing lives. His process produced obedient disciples who immediately became the harvest force. As He left, he told them to follow His model exactly– to go and make disciples in the kind of way that will start a disciple-making movement among all nations by teaching them “to obey everything I’ve taught you.”

Grace, an Asian woman from a UPG, became a true believer abroad. She returned home to meet Lynn, recently trained in Jesus’ discipling plan. They together received God’s vision to use Grace’s art to open lives and homes. Grace emphasizes the Holy Spirit tells her what to paint. The Spirit then led them to hold a “Dialogue with Art” Exhibit designed to engage her people in spiritual discussions. They cast vision—and believers gathered to prayerwalk neighborhoods with invitations to the exhibit. Local believers chatted and/or prayed with exhibit attendees. The spiritually interest were visited and invited to study about God with their family or friends. Today, people in this UPG are studying His word in new groups. The vision of going and engaging people in spiritual conversations in creative ways has multiplied the number of workers who are bolder than ever to seek people of peace.

Third, He modeled being an outside catalyzer (a spark) that starts a disciple-reproducing fire within each town or people group in simple ways that will not depend on the outsider. These new disciple-makers depend completely on the Holy Spirit and His Word, not on the outside spark.

Donna was invited for further training after being exposed to these discipling paradigm shifts. She knew it was more important that her three local partners get this vision. Donna prayed and God provided the funding for them to be trained together. Their table was abuzz as these four literally took everything they were learning and made needed changes in their ministry to follow these new biblical strategies. Little did Donna know that her days were numbered on this team; God had plans for her and her new husband in other places. But the DNA for reproducing disciples continues in that local team and the reproducing disciples they are training, thanks to Donna and her vision for that team.

Do we women see ourselves as “disciple trainers” or vision casters? Our busyness with family and friends and the challenge of living among the unreached might make us think we can only reach a few women and disciple them. But that’s not what He asked us to do.

Trainings often are held for men. Recently, a trainer invited women to join and the next day, many did. At the end, the trainers emphasized “Now, you women must go and make disciples, too! Go and obey what you have been taught! Pass it on to others as well!” Realizing they could and should, they did! They rejoiced that women, not highly valued in their culture, were highly valued in God’s spiritual multiplication plan. They have discipled multiple households into become reproducing disciples.

Once we realize the goal for each of us is “making disciples of whole people groups”, we will joyfully pass on this Great Commission DNA. We will teach those we disciple to be obedient and loving disciples who will make the same kind of disciples who also make disciples…. We realize, “He wants spiritual generations from these disciples, in the same way that He wants that from me.”

Thus, we invite them joyfully to raise their own spiritual children and grandchildren into generations. God has called us as Ordinary Women to be Spirit-filled / powered disciplers, harvesters and vision casters. He is an end vision God, Jesus was vision casting Savior, and the Holy Spirit enables workers to complete His vision.   Faithful is the One who called us, ladies—and He will do it! (1 Thess. 5:24).

The next Women2Women Training is in Los Angeles in February.  Contact IMPACT@linkmail.org for more information.

 

 

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