It’s for All of Us
Before Jesus returned to heaven, He gave His disciples a commission: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-20).
This “Great Commission” is for you and for me. And for each disciple of Jesus Christ in every part of the world. Today, followers of Christ around the world are seeking to fulfill this mission, eager to do whatever they can to reach those who are still waiting for the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Jember is an Ethiopian leader equipped by Global Disciples to train disciple-makers. He said, “Global opened our eyes about how to do missions. Our main task is to send disciple-makers into this region and plant churches where there were none. This region is more than eighty-five percent Muslim; in some places it’s one hundred percent. There are five hundred villages with no church! The first year, we trained twenty-five workers. God helped us and we have seen fruit.”
The fruit Jember mentioned includes local Muslim leaders coming to faith in Jesus, and ten church planters who are former Muslims. They’ve seen over 500 people come to Christ—several of the men who used to call out the morning prayers from the local mosques have now come to Christ. And he said, “God is using them to bring many other Muslims to the Lord.”
Pascal and Bekou are doing their part for the Great Commission in their home nation of Chad. Nearly two-thirds of Chad’s 148 people groups are considered unreached with the Good News of Jesus, and the influence of Islam is pervasive.
Pascal equipped 14 disciple-makers in his first training. And in their outreach, over 400 people came to faith in Christ, and they planted six churches. The second year, another 14 people registered for training but only six showed up. Pascal said, “This was not ideal but my brothers in the Lord encouraged me to start anyway.” And he was amazed at the results!
“The Lord guided us to different areas,” he said, “and with these six people, we saw 540 people turn to Christ and three churches were birthed. We baptized many—all because of the transformed lives of these six people!”
Bekou, another discipleship trainer, reported. “Thirteen disciples completed the training and we went to the south of Chad for outreach. It was evident that many people were in need of the Word of God. During the outreach, more than 500 people placed their faith in Jesus Christ.”
Bekou said, “We also shared the Gospel with one imam—a local Muslim leader—and he responded by asking us to plant a church in his region! When I witnessed this, I realized this is no time to be shy. We must be full of courage and share the Gospel always!”
The Great Commission is being fulfilled today, as we each carry out the calling of Jesus to make disciples of every nation. Thank you for doing your part!
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