Women2Women DMM/CPM Level 1Training

by davidwatson on September 18, 2014

Istanbul, Turkey February 1-6th, 2015

A Need for Training:

· Have you ever wondered how you, as a woman, might contribute to starting a rapidly multiplying discipleship movement?

· Do you want to make disciples who reproduce disciples, to plant churches which plant churches, to equip leaders who reproduce leaders who then transform their communities, but don’t know how to begin?

The first Women 2 Women Church Planting Movements (CPM)/Disciple-Making Movements (DMM) training was launched in Bali (November 2013) which brought together100 missionary women (from 10+ nationalities) who serve with 25+ missions agencies representing over 250+ UPGs.

“What just took place with this women to women DMM/CPM training was not just unprecedented, it was historic!”-Stan Parks, Global DMM/CPM trainer, ActBeyond

An Invite to Join the next W2W DMM Training (Level 1): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-r5OrtTA5nWLV9VekhiSHk4b0U/edit?usp=sharing

Registration is open until January 20th, 2015. Register before November 30th, 2014 to receive a $50 discount.

Rhonda A
Act Beyond www.beyond.org East Indo Regional UUPGs/UPGs Clusters Co-Facilitator
DMM/CPM Trainer/Coach/Practitioner
For further information contact: rra@gcnow.org

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I am looking for Worldview-Specific Creation to Christ Story lists, or any other story or Scripture lists on any topic.  If you could please ask your networks to assist us in this endeavor, they will have access to all the story lists we are able to collect at www.worldviewstorylist.com (under construction).

Please send your complete story lists with a worldview title (for example: Creation to Christ Story/Scripture List for Animists or Parenting Scripture List for Americans) to storylists@pobox.com.

Blessings!

David Watson

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The Odyssey – Wheels of Hope

by davidwatson on December 4, 2013

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Dear David,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, it’s hard to believe Christmas is just 21 days away. Here at Cityteam International we are busy training local leaders to launch and sustain Disciple Making Movements. The idea of a “movement” is a chain reaction of disciples making disciples that ultimately leads to churches planting other churches. I am continually amazed at how God uses simple tools and ordinary people to launch these movements.

In many cases the key elements are a trained Disciple Making Coach, a Bicycle and a Bible. You may be wondering why a Bicycle is so important? It’s because our dedicated Disciple Making Coaches are currently taking on difficult, dirt roads on foot, leaving their family for weeks at a time as they journey to unreached villages.

Below are 2 inspiring stories that highlight how local leaders used Bicycles and Bibles to make a significant impact for the Kingdom of God.

A Miracle for Samuel’s Baby

MiracleSamuel* and his family experienced a miracle because a Disciple Making Coach traveled a great distance on his bicycle to visit their village and share stories from his Bible.

“I was going to lose everything. My wife was about to have our baby and things weren’t going well. It was clear that both her life and my child’s life were in danger.

Everyone in the village thought that both of them would surely die because I did not have enough money for a doctor. I started searching for someone who would buy my goat. The goat was my only source of income, but I needed the money to pay for my wife to be transported to the hospital. Then I remembered there was a man who was visiting my village who talked about a powerful God. I had never heard such teachings before; he spoke about the love of God. I believed that his God could heal my wife, so I found the man and he agreed to come and pray for her. After almost an hour of prayer, my wife safely delivered our child.

I thank God for sending the Disciple Making Coach to our village to help us discover the truth of the Bible. Now I know the power of the one true God. My life is changed forever. I have hope. My family now serves the Lord and we are making disciples in our community. I am so grateful for the Disciple Making Coach who has visited us multiple times since the birth of our baby to train us and share God’s word with our village.”

– Samuel

Expanding the Kingdom
Bicycle
Abebe* serves as one of our Disciple Making Coaches in Ethiopia. He faithfully travels to the most remote areas of the Rift valley to train and coach local leaders. Day after day Abebe takes on the treacherous dirt roads, with his Bible in hand, traveling up to 300 kilometers between villages.

Many Muslims have come to Christ in the villages he has visited and many churches have been planted. Before he received a bike from Cityteam International it was impossible for him to reach even the closest neighboring village because of the vast distance. Now his ministry area has more then tripled!

” My bike is essential to the disciple making process. I give thanks to God for it daily”

-Abebe

 

God is moving in power and He is using simple tools in the process. If you want to help get the message of hope down a new dirt road check out our Wheels of Hope campaign this Christmas.

Thank you for your faithful prayer and partnership.WheelsOfHope

Harry

Harry Brown
hbrown@cityteam.org
www.cityteam.org/international
Office: 408-232-5602

*names have been changed for security reasons

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The Odyssey – October 2013

by davidwatson on October 20, 2013

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West Bengal, India is only 6/10ths of 1% Christian. We have experienced strong resistance for a long time, but by God’s grace we are starting to see the early effects of a Disciple Making Movement that focuses on obedience and multiplication. The following story comes from our regional leader in India.
 

Kavitha* attended a Disciple Making Movement (DMM) training just a few months ago and was so excited, she went straight home and started a Discovery Bible Study (DBS) in her house. From that study, two people went out and started two more Discovery Bible Studies. Then a person from one of the new studies went out and started another one. That’s a third-generation Bible study in an unreached Bengali People Group — in six months!

 

Kavitha came again in May to a quarterly evaluation and recharge meeting. She was encouraged to bring one or two of her “first fruit” leaders to the next meeting in August. After a stormy week, she was taking the bus to come to her third training bringing 2 new believers who facilitate 2 of the new Discovery Bible Studies along with her.

 

They arrived at the station early in the morning for a 6 hour bus ride on the day of the training, only to find that the bus was cancelled due to a breakdown. Not to be dissuaded, Kavitha and her friends waited for another bus, knowing they would miss half the first day. Finally, they headed out. Roads were in bad shape because of the heavy rains, and halfway through the trip, the bus got stuck in a major traffic jam. In all, the trip took 30 hours.

 

They arrived just 1 hour before the very end of the 2-day training. Kavitha pleaded with us to extend the meeting another day. So the next morning, we did a Discovery Bible Study together from Revelation 7. This is where a countless number of people from every nation, tribe, and language stand before the throne proclaiming together, “Salvation belongs to our God, and to the Lamb who sits on the throne!”

 

I asked Kavitha, “What would you like to do this week as a response to this story?”
Kavitha answered right away, “I want to share this news immediately with all my neighbors, because salvation belongs to Jesus Christ and everyone is invited to be there!”

 

We are excited to see how the Disciple Making process is impacting this region! When Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples in all nations” He was talking to a group of individuals, not to a church or missions organization. The basic message is that this command is for everyone and that just 1 person can make a major difference…no degree needed, just an obedient heart.

 

*name has been changed for security reasons

 

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The Insane Warrior

by davidwatson on September 16, 2013

Warriors, by necessity, are mentally imbalanced, when viewed by non-warriors.  To put one’s self in harm’s way for another is not natural, regardless of politics, and requires a degree of insanity to do so.  From the warriors’ perspective, the rest of the world lacks balance because it fails to understand the unique role of the warrior and what he or she has sacrificed in order for others to feel and/or be safe, often without even knowing they were not safe.

The warriors’ tradition emphasizes that the warrior risks his life for his brothers in war, ignoring the fact that they did not join the military thinking about becoming a part of a band of brothers.  The reasons for joining the military are as numerous as those who join.  But at some point these recruits learn the insanity of the military, and it becomes normal for them to risk their lives for others, even when they call it watching each others’ backs.  They put themselves in harm’s way to protect their families and friends, their nations, and to further the goals of their leaders, even when they may disagree with these same leaders.

The insanity of the warrior is not limited to those who fight wars.  This same sort of insanity is found in those who give care in war or warlike situations.  Putting one’s self at risk for warriors when one could be at home working in a safer environment requires a degree of insanity, when viewed by those who would never want the caregivers’ task and cannot understand what motivates caregivers to risk their lives for those who are even more insane – those who fight the wars or choose to live in war-zones.  From the caregivers’ perspective, they cannot understand why everyone doesn’t want to rescue/save those who risk their lives on our behalf.

First responders are often seen as heroes when they put themselves at risk in order to assist or save people they don’t even know, or who may even be criminals.  It requires a special kind of insanity to choose to gamble life in order to save a stranger, and every year first responders lose their lives to this special insanity as thousands are saved from their stupidity or from circumstances beyond their control.

The Bible says it is incredible when anyone risks their lives for family, friends, and nations.

John 15:13   “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”

But, it is more incredible to be willing to die for someone you don’t even know or perhaps even hates you.

 Luke 6: 27-31   “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,  bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. “Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. “Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.  “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

 Romans 5: 6-8  For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Christian workers, who serve in the most difficult places on our planet, have the same outwardly perceived mental problems as a warrior, war-zone caregiver, or first responder.  No one, outside their own colleagues, understands the lifestyle they have chosen.  And it is not unusual for those who have chosen to serve in more safe environments to look at those who have chosen to serve in the most difficult places on our planet and exclaim, “They must be crazy!”  This attitude is compounded when one considers that these crazy people take their families, including children of all ages, with them – something no other warrior is willing do.

I have been afflicted with this craziness for the better part of 30 years.  To look at where the church is not, and be compelled to change that situation.  I am driven by a passion that no one should die and no one should live without the opportunity to hear the love song of God as expressed in His Bible.

While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  When we were at our worst, Christ died for us.  When we didn’t even know God existed, or even cared about us, Christ died for us.  When we had nowhere to turn, and all hope had evaporated, Christ died for us.

It is into these places I go and declare, “The Kingdom of God is near.”  The price of our sin has been paid.  The strength of God is at hand to lift us from any circumstance.  The massive gulf between God and man is filled in with the sacrifice of Jesus and we have free access to God.

Philippians 2:1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,

2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,

7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

It takes an insane warrior to carry an insane message to people who are drowning in the insanity of life.  I challenge you to come join the insanity of sacrificing one’s life to God so that others will find God love through Jesus for themselves.

Blessings!

David Watson
From Thailand

 

 

 

 

 

 

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