The dusty roads of Nepal were bustling with motorbikes dodging pedestrians, stray dogs, and deep potholes. Our group of ten Chinese friends wandered these streets, taking in the new environment and culture. Small temples on every corner with small offerings of fruit and incense attracted locals doing their daily prayers as well as tourists snapping artsy photos. This place was a beautiful mix of multiple Asian cultures.
When Rebekah decided on a whim to go to a church on the invitation of someone she had just met, she never thought her impact would reach to countries beyond Germany.
A month off the plane, not even fully moved into an apartment yet, knowing only how to say “my name is” in German…how meaningful could meeting new people at an event in a city one barely knows? Well, more than you think.
I first met Alice almost two years ago during my first visit to Kenya. We both were attending a missions conference and Alice sought me out during a tea break. I was struck by her kindness and tangible compassion.
We now sit across the table from one another on the terrace of the coffee shop. We make a point to visit almost every time she is in town. She has just arrived via matatu (Kenya’s infamous public buses) and we are simply delighted to be together. I must confess I was all but falling out of my seat with the excitement of interviewing her.
Persecution is indeed ramping up unlike any time in recent history. Hardly a day goes by here in East Asia that we don’t hear of another local church, pastor, or foreign missionary running into difficulty with local authorities. Yet at the same time, CMM’s mobilization footprint is rapidly expanding in this great nation of 100 million believers. In spite of everything the enemy is using to hinder the spread of the Good News throughout the region, it is the local churches, pastors, and everyday believers who are being mobilized for God’s mission and making the most significant impacts like never before.
Lima, Peru has has become a city with great mission influence throughout Latin America. We are seeing mission momentum build through partnerships established in Lima that are now multiplying across the continent. God has opened doors for us to mobilize Christians into God’s mission in Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Honduras, and Cuba. We recently saw the eyes of many believers opened in Santiago, Chili, through an Xplore study hosted by a CMM partner described below.
It’s breathtaking to see how God has surrounded the remaining unreached peoples of the world with strong and vibrant churches who have beautiful expressions of faith. These communities of believers are the future of missions to the unreached. God is using your prayers...
It was Weave’s very first BIG Story Training in East Asia. We were escorted into a private building, where participants would stay for four days. If anyone left, it could put the entire group in danger. Despite the circumstances, the room of participants was not full of fear, but rather full of anticipation.
Deep in Western China, there are many places that are known as “zero regions.” This simply means that there is no known engagement with the Gospel in these places, with entire minority groups with their own cultures, languages, and beliefs in which no one knows anything about Jesus.
Ruth is a young woman well on her way to giving her life to the purposes of Christ. We are blessed to be a small part of her journey as she continues mobilizing others to embrace unreached peoples and preparing herself to be a missionary to the nations. This is her story.