International students catch the vision for mission mobilization

International students catch the vision for mission mobilization

Nearly 800,000 international students study in the U.S. each year, and more than half of them come from countries in the 10/40 Window with limited to no access to the gospel. While this represents a significant opportunity for evangelism to the unreached without even leaving our cities, there are also students who are already following Jesus when they arrive in the U.S. This creates an entirely new opportunity for mission mobilization. This is exactly what happened in our College Station, Texas, team recently. CMM mobilizer Tori met Lyly when they were paired as conversation partners. Lyly is from Indonesia, home to the largest population of Muslims in the world. She lives in College Station while her husband is attending school there. While Lyly had already been following Jesus, she had never been taught that she has a role to play in the Great Commission. After Tori invited her to an Xplore study, she began to realize Jesus commands His followers to make disciples of all nations and that He had given an her incredible opportunity to share the gospel and make disciples of her fellow international students in College Station. College Station is home to 7,000 international students like Lyly and her husband. Most of them are from countries where people are born, live and die without ever hearing of Jesus. It has been evident to our team that God positions people to seek and find Him, just as Acts 17:26-27 tells us. We believe He has purposefully positioned His sheep from unreached parts of the world in university towns, with Christ followers who will tell them of the...
Mission movements are gaining momentum in Southeast Asia

Mission movements are gaining momentum in Southeast Asia

Dozens of people were coming forward. The platform at the front was crowded with young Indonesian students, some with heads bowed down in worship, others with hands and faces raised high in surrender. On that summer day in Indonesia, our executive director, Steve Shadrach, and an Indonesian mobilizer challenged 300 students to commit at least three years of their life to take the gospel to an unreached Muslim people group, and more than 80 of them came forward. This was the culminating moment of the Finishers Conference, one of many such events led by the National Unreached Peoples Network in Indonesia. Ananda, director of the Network and a CMM global affiliate, has used these conferences, along with others, as a strategy for expanding the mission movement in Indonesia. At another Finishers Conference, more than 100 people committed to go to the unreached. As part of the Network’s follow up plan, many of these students are placed into Xplore small group studies. After completing the study, they are then connected to training opportunities that will prepare them to go to the unreached. Stories like this are the result of months and even years of groundwork being laid by the CMM’s Southeast Asia Catalytic Team. For the past three years, they have been teaching, networking, and partnering with influential mission leaders and church pastors throughout 11 countries in Southeast Asia. These relationships have created opportunities for new collaboration and partnerships, which have led to initiatives like mobilizer trainings and the Finishers Conferences—all of which spread mission vision to the body of Christ and help launch more missionaries to the unreached. The...

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