“Our thinking and plans are different from God’s plans.” When the unexpected happened, one training team learned a lesson we each need, as you’ll discover with a new Global Story…
Welcome to “The Global Story,” a weekly glimpse into how God is at work through the global Body of Christ. This is Galen from Global Disciples.
As Global Disciples, we make it possible for churches around the world to prepare and send out their people as disciple-makers, planting churches among people groups who are isolated from the Good News of Jesus. And we hear many stories that tell us how God opens doors, performs miracles, and does amazing things to bring people to salvation. Exciting stories that sound like they’re straight out of the Book of Acts or the Gospels.
But occasionally, we get the other stories. Like a recent story from a training program in Nepal. The director wrote, “From the beginning of the training, we planned to present the Gospel in least-reached villages. The students, as well as training staff, were so eager to see the message presented to the villagers. But when we arrived at the first village … unexpected things happened. Even the few believers in the village were unsupportive and not enthusiastic to work with us. The unbelievers in the village were also against us. We had planned to stay for a week but the students felt no joy there. We shortened our time and moved on.”
This story isn’t quite as exciting as hearing that new churches were planted or hundreds of people came to faith in Jesus. But it reflects how Jesus prepared His disciples for their first “training mission.” In Luke 9, verse 5, Jesus said, “And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” Sometimes sharing the Gospel meets with a chilly reception or outright rejection.
The Nepali director finished his report with better news. After that, they moved on to another village. There they had a very different reception. God opened doors for witness in unexpected and miraculous ways. The team was amazed and encouraged. The timing was perfect. And he wrote, “We trainers and trainees got one insight from God—that our thinking and plans are different from God’s plan.” He orchestrates things in ways we never could! That’s the God we serve!