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...
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...
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...

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