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Ethiopian families embrace God’s mission

There is no bigger advocate for discipling families in Africa to embrace the Great Commission than Tariku, CMM global affiliate from Ethiopia. As the executive director of Horn of Africa Evangelical Mission Engagers, Tariku knows that to have a sustainable mission movement to the unreached, we must reach families. To empower and train families in living out the Great Commission, our family mobilization ministry, Weave, launched The BIG Story Training in Ethiopia three years ago. Since then, it has been embraced and championed by key mobilization partners like Tariku. Of the eight BIG Story Trainings held in Ethiopia since 2014, six of them have been led by Ethiopian trainers. Earlier this year, Tariku reported that the Amharic translation of the training was complete and had been distributed to 15 trainers from two key regions of the country. Tariku sees The BIG Story Training as a core piece of his organization’s mobilization strategy. He shared with us, “In light of Africa being the youngest continent, and because of the strategic place family and children have in building missional culture, our organization is taking The BIG Story Training as our top mobilization tool of igniting mission movements for the decades ahead.” God has used this mobilization tool to cast vision across the nation of Ethiopia for the role families can play in the Great Commission. Tariku and the Weave team celebrate Ethiopian families like Shemel’s. After attending a BIG Story Training, Shemel and his family began embracing the habits of a World Christian family. The father of two daughters, Shemel and his family continue to pray daily for the unreached, as... read more

Refugee crisis offers unprecedented access to the unreached

The world is in the midst of the greatest migration of Muslims in the last 100 years, and Europe, specifically Germany, is the destination for many of these refugees. They are coming from some of the most difficult areas to reach with the gospel, such as Syria, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Afghanistan. Many of these Muslims are now disenchanted with Islam, and as they have the chance to exercise religious freedom for the first time, many of them are showing up at the church’s doorstep to learn about Jesus. Every ministry leader we have met with agrees this is an unprecedented window of opportunity for reaching many unreached peoples with the gospel. The evangelical church, especially in Germany, is seizing the opportunity to reach these desperate people, but many more laborers are needed. Churches and ministries in the area have asked for the CMM’s help to raise up more World Christians to join in the work of reaching refugees with the gospel. This fall we launched a new CMM team to Frankfurt, Germany to partner with existing efforts to regionally mobilize the European church. The team has already been invited to partner with several churches and ministries, including Africa Inland Mission. AIM has been planting churches among the unreached for more than 100 years and has invited our team to train and coach their mobilizers in three different European countries. Our team also will have the opportunity to train churches that want to welcome Arab Christians into their congregations and begin outreach efforts to refugees. We are eager to join the work God is doing through His people in... read more

Chinese missionaries are the missing link

The towering mountains of southwest China are home to thousands of Himalayan Buddhists. Flat-roofed village homes nestle in the lush green river valleys below, and on the outskirts of town, yak herders live in tent dwellings as they have for thousands of years. In this remote region, where many Buddhists have never heard the good news of Jesus, God is moving in surprising ways. In one such village of 70,000 people, a Buddhist temple gleams white in the sun. Overhead, strings of colorful prayer flags flutter in the breeze. Large Buddhist prayer wheels line the outside walls, awaiting worshippers who will spin the wheels in hopes of gaining merit. In the monastery, young boys live together as monks-in-training. They receive a basic education, as well as training in Buddhist scripture and practices like meditation. The man in charge of their education is called a Living Buddha, who is highly respected by the people and has great spiritual power and authority in the community. For more than 20 years, a Western missionary team has made yearly trips to visit this Living Buddha and build a relationship with him and others in the village. As their friendship developed over time, the Living Buddha began to trust this group of missionaries. Although they have shared the gospel with him, he has never professed faith in Jesus. But a couple years ago, this Living Buddha made the surprising announcement that he wanted the 300 monks under his tutelage to become Christian. He requested that his monks be trained in the Bible, English, Mandarin Chinese, health, and math. So at his request and under... read more

Living a new Kenyan dream

When the CMM team in Kenya met Peter, he was studying at the most secular and prestigious university in Nairobi, in full pursuit of the Kenyan dream. He hoped to someday work for the U.N. and help support his family in the village, as any good, educated Kenyan is expected to do. Peter was born in central Kenya, where his family raised him as a Muslim. But at the age of 15, Peter discovered the words and teachings of Christ, and began to fall in love with Jesus. Soon after, he decided to follow Jesus and leave behind the teachings of Islam. As our team began getting to know Peter, they went through the Xplore and Go Mobilize studies with him. At first, Peter clung tightly to his personal dreams and his idea of being a good Kenyan. But over a two-year period involving life-on-life discipleship and a cross-cultural training project in Ethiopia, Peter’s heart began to change. After the training in Ethiopia, Peter realized his life purpose was not just to get a good paying job, but to participate in the Great Commission Jesus gave to His church. He began sharing this new passion with his fellow classmates and inviting them to live their lives in obedience to God’s mission. But even with his new passion, Peter still didn’t know his most strategic role in the Great Commission. So when the CMM team planned a trip to northern Kenya to visit a missionary school, he immediately signed up. This missionary school is located in a town that is a well-known stronghold of Islam in Kenya. It is the... read more

Xplore introduces Brazilian teen to his strategic role

The CMM is committed to getting the gospel to the unreached by igniting mission sending movements from outside the western world—where 80 percent of evangelicals live, places like Brazil and many other Latin American countries. While the U.S. still remains the largest sender of missionaries in the world, Brazil has has been experiencing massive growth in mission sending and is among the largest mission senders in the Global South. Tiago is a Brazilian believer who is a mobilizer at heart. As director of the mobilization division for a Brazilian mission agency, he became a friend and co-laborer of the CMM team that was based in Sao Paulo for several years. One of the tools Tiago has adopted into his mobilization strategy is the CMM’s Xplore study. Like many of our friends around the world who use Xplore, Tiago has formed his own way of presenting the study. Mobilizing mainly throughout the state of Sáo Paolo, he speaks and teaches at numerous churches, sharing about missions, recruiting mission workers to be trained, and raising prayer warriors and financial partners to undergird the missions movement. For many Christians, engaging with Xplore is the first time they have the chance to hear about unreached people groups and God’s global plan to bless all the nations. Tiago is committed to introducing believers to new ideas like this. Last summer, Tiago and his team planned and coordinated another Xplore study. They decided to promote the study on Facebook, which is how Wilson, a 16-year-old high school student, heard about it. Wilson lives in Sáo José do Rio Preto City in Sáo Paolo Brazil with... read more

Russian pastor mobilized to missions

Our Russia team has been given great favor as they forge relationships with Russian churches and ministries and point believers to the unreached. In the past year, they have traveled to speak at conferences, churches, and youth groups throughout their region of Russia, encouraging congregations to be active participants in the Great Commission. They frequently share the Russian Xplore study as a way to cultivate a culture of mission to the unreached within churches. Earlier this year, the team was asked by a local Kalmyk pastor to teach a support raising seminar. He pastors a Russian church that he hopes to mobilize to go as missionaries to the Kalmyk people. Kalmykia is the only European region where Buddhism is the primary religion, and the Kalmyk people are completely unreached with the gospel. Through the support raising seminar led by our Russia team, this pastor was able to fund mission trips to this people group. This is a key step since our Russia team and others have repeatedly found that short-term mission trips to an unreached people group can be a highly effective mobilization tool in helping believers understand their role in the Great... read more

Ugandan mobilizer points more Africans to the unreached

Pastor Francis is a humble man who grew up in the same rural Ugandan village as his parents and grandparents. He is married with 5 children, but is a father to many more as the leader of an orphanage, school, and four churches. Two years ago, CMM Mobilizer John met Pastor Francis through one of our BIG Story Trainings. From that initial meeting blossomed a friendship that included many trips back and forth to Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, meals at one another’s homes, culturally awkward moments, and lots of mobilization. After the first Xplore training in Uganda, Pastor Francis started training four key leaders and taking the training to other villages nearby. After a second Go Mobilize training led by CMM staff, he and his team returned to those same churches to begin training other mobilizers. He has trained Christians in many distant places far from his home, including western and northern Uganda and Tanzania. By God’s grace and with some basic training using one of our books, The God Ask, Pastor Francis has raised funds both in Uganda and from friends in the U.S. to attend trainings, host trainings, and even start a mission and mobilization ministry. He is also working on translating CMM resources into Luganda. He ultimately hopes to go to Eritrea as a missionary, but as his mobilization ministry has grown, he has felt led to stay in Uganda and keep mobilizing others to join him in obeying the Great Commission. Through his ministry, many people have come to Christ in three different countries, hundreds have become World Christians and mission supporters, and many new... read more

Local Chinese House Church Engages the Unreached

When Bri showed up to a university campus “English corner” one Friday night, she never anticipated the kind of connection that would come from this gathering. As a foreigner and native English speaker entering into a mass of eager Chinese college students, Bri prepared to be bombarded with questions. It was there that she met Cindy, a bright Chinese girl with impeccable English. As Cindy and Bri began talking, they quickly realized they were sisters in Christ. That was the simple and unexpected beginning of what has become a key mobilization partnership for our team in China. Cindy’s house church consists of a small but passionate group of young believers. Most of them are college students or young professionals, and many of them are first generation believers. As Bri began to invest in Cindy and visit the weekly meeting, she developed relationships with the pastor and others in the fellowship. The more Bri shared her vision and heart for China to be a sending force to the nations, the more people wanted to learn. She often heard them comment, “We are young and immature.” But as she gathered a group of them to study Xplore, they began to realize that joining God in spreading the gospel is a simple, yet profound path toward spiritual maturity that God invites all believers into. Last spring, our team led an Xplore study with the church leadership, and momentum for reaching the unreached continued to grow. Just weeks later, the church sent out their first cross-cultural missionary. On the day of the commissioning, CMM staff member Mark was able to preach on the... read more

2017 Year in Review

Greetings friends! We hope you will take a few moments to look through our 2017 Year in Review and read stories of how we have encountered God’s favor through your prayers and support this year. Although we aren’t able to feature a story from every staff member, we think you’ll enjoy reading how our teams around the world are helping ignite mission sending movements to the unreached from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our staff labor to raise up more missionaries from these regions who go to the unreached, more World Christians who send them, and more mobilizers who multiply the vision. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our ministry and helping us take the gospel to the unreached! —Steve Shadrach, Executive Director  Check out the... read more

Frontier Mobilizers Engage the Global Church

More than 2,000 years after Jesus commissioned His church to take the good news to the ends of the earth, the harvest is still great, and the laborers are still few. But we believe God is raising up a new generation of laborers to take his gospel to the unreached. Today, 80 percent of the evangelical church lives outside the West, in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. This powerful part of God’s church is surrounded by hundreds of millions of people with no access to the gospel. With fewer geographic, cultural, and linguistic barriers standing between them and the unreached, these believers are strategically poised to take the gospel to those who have never heard it. But right now, this 80 percent of God’s church sends less than 20 percent of the world’s missionaries. By God’s grace, the Center for Mission Mobilization is coming alongside the global church in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America to help God’s people reach their incredible potential to share the gospel with entire people groups across the world who are unreached. With frontier mobilization teams strategically located throughout these regions, we are helping disciple African, Asian, Arab, and Latino believers to engage with the unreached around them—and ultimately see indigenously led mission sending movements to the unreached. With over 3 billion people still unreached with the gospel, the task is too small to do alone. We believe it will take all of God’s people working together to reach all of God’s world. Pray with us to see more mobilizers in the global church, more mission sending movements to the unreached,... read more

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