Ethiopian families embrace God’s mission

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...
Chinese missionaries are the missing link

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...
Xplore introduces Brazilian teen to his strategic role

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...
Russian pastor mobilized to missions

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...
Ugandan mobilizer points more Africans to the unreached

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...
Local Chinese House Church Engages the Unreached

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...

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