Practical Experience

There’s no substitute for practical experience! This Global Story shows you how it fits with discipleship training and evangelism…

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 help churches around the world to train and send out disciple-makers and church planters. First, we train a leader, selected by their churches. And then that leader develops directs a training program to equip and send out new disciple-makers to plant churches.

The training for these leaders examines the biblical components for discipleship, how to develop a sustainable training program. And it includes practical outreach experience. If you’re training others to share the Gospel, it’s good to know how it works in real life!

At a recent directors training in Sri Lanka, the new directors spent an afternoon out on the streets. Following Jesus’ example they were sent out two by two, seeking opportunities to talk with people about Jesus.

One team said, “We went on a prayer walk, and met a family of believers. They were discouraged, so we prayed with them and encouraged them in the Lord. We also talked to a man who knew of Jesus but was not walking with Him. We shared our testimonies and we encouraged him too.”

One director said, “We met a man, who was a witch doctor. He explained what he did and the power of his gods, but I shared that I am serving an Almighty God, who has authority over everything.” The witch doctor was stunned; he stopped and then turned away. He didn’t respond but a seed was planted in his heart.

Another pair stopped at a house, and asked for water. Curious, family members gathered and one trainee began sharing his testimony and talking about Jesus. While the women were very interested, the husband was not happy. Despite this, the director said, “The family served us tea, and while we talked, another person came by and heard the testimony. He invited us them to come to his village too.”

The practical experience of doing what they had learned prepared these leaders to train others. And it’s fueled their vision for reaching people with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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