Empty No Longer

The Good News of Jesus is filling empty spaces in the hearts of people all over the world. Learn more with this 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.

You’ve heard me tell many stories from Africa and Asia, but Global Disciples is also working alongside churches in Latin America to equip and send out disciple-making church planters. There are not nearly as many people unreached with the Gospel in Latin America as in Africa and Asia. Growth has been slower but in the last year, we have started to see the momentum pick up as leaders and churches catch the vision for what they can do–among those who are least-reached in their region.

A couple stories emerged from our regional Annual Equipping Event. As directors of discipleship-mission and leadership programs gathered together, our staff reported a new sense of unity, of dreaming big dreams for the work God has entrusted to them. And real breakthroughs in a couple areas.

Gamaliel is a program director in Mexico, and for two years God was keeping him awake at night, speaking to him to focus on developing church planters. Now the program he directs for their group of churches has been training disciple-makers and church planters for three years and seeing good results. On their last training and outreach session, they sent a group to a community that once had a church but it was now empty. The pastor had moved on but there was no active fellowship of believers. Gamaliel’s team wanted to replant a church there. So they found the former pastor and asked his permission to use the old, empty building. He gave his blessing–and the team went to work, presenting the Good News of Jesus in this village.

Soon, five families–not individuals but whole families–put their faith in Jesus Christ and became the core of a new church! And they continue to grow. The once-empty church is now being reconstructed to accommodate the growth!

These are stories we rejoice to hear! God is moving among His people, bringing dreams to reality and multiplying the Body of Christ in Mexico and many other parts of Latin America.

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