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...
Living a new Kenyan dream

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...
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...

Raising up Missionaries from the World’s Most Islamic Country

  One might think that past persecution and living in the world’s largest Islamic country would fill Christians with fear or bitterness, but the love of Christ is compelling God’s people to share the Good News with their Muslim neighbors. Through dedicated prayer, mobilization and missions training, Indonesian missionaries have seen the number of unengaged people groups drop from 39 to 31 in just the last few years. Ryan and Jason are the CMM’s Catalytic leaders in Southeast Asia, which is home to not only millions of believers, but also many of the world’s unengaged people groups.  Our Catalytic strategy is to find where God is already awakening the church to missions and pour fuel on that fire. Whether it’s an emerging missions mobilizer or a nationally led mission agency, we come to them with open hands to share resources, connect them to other national mobilizers in the region, encourage them, and coach them through mobilization tools created by us or others. By God’s favor, we’ve seen amazing fruit from our partnership with national leaders. Leaders whom we’ve entered into a formal partnership with, we call Global Affiliates. Ananda is the CMM Global Affiliate in Indonesia. Although this role is new, we have partnered with Ananda since 2011. Ananda is regularly speaking before pastors, leaders of major denominations, mission networks and agencies. Through his strategic influence with Indonesian leaders and his promotion of CMM resources and vision, he has been able to see thousands of everyday Christians get connected to the Great Commission and numerous missionaries sent out. Our relationship with Ananda deepened in 2013 with his assistance in hosting...

Strategic Shepherding

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6. Gabriel, a Frontier Mobilizer with the CMM, was living for the world rather than for God, professing with his lips but not his heart. His ascent towards healing began when his youth pastor noticed his habits and brought them into the light, boldly yet lovingly telling him that his actions did not align with what he was claiming to be, that he was a “lukewarm Christian.” Shortly after, Gabriel’s habits landed him in the hospital for a time, and when he woke up he realized the emptiness of the path he was pursuing. His hopeless circumstances made him think that there is surely more to life than deadly indulgences. Prompted then to give weight to the words of his youth pastor and pursue God instead of the thorns and thistles of worldly pleasures, Gabriel began searching the scriptures and seeking God’s heart to find meaning for his life. Gabriel’s eyes were opened to God’s burden for the world and what this meant for those who chose to follow Him, and suddenly he began to realize that eternal purpose was within his grasp. Gabe expresses how God’s Word convicted him with the fact that “there are areas of the world where people don’t have access to the gospel. There’s no Bible for them to purchase, no Bible written in their language, there’s no church for them to go to, and they can’t go to anyone who knows anyone who knows anything about...

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