Refugee crisis offers unprecedented access to the unreached

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...
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...
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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