Raising children in the Great Commission

Raising children in the Great Commission

One family multiplies their God-sized vision It was spring in Malawi. The skies were the bluest they could be, and the trees just as green. The CMM’s children and family mobilization team, Weave, was en route to visit a family who had caught a glimpse of God’s heart for the nations, and they were blown away by their discovery. The team walked into the home of the Kachala family, where maps covered the walls. One wall displayed a world map where the parents, Reuben and Elisabeth, gathered to pray as a family for the unreached. On another wall hung a map of India, where God had led their family to serve among an unreached people group for a few years before calling them home to mobilize the Malawian church. In another room was an inflatable globe. As the teenage Kachala children, Maya and Paul, tossed this globe, the family told stories of how they had used it to play games and learn about the 10/40 Window as the kids grew up. The Kachalas attended a Weave workshop during the 2015 Global Mobilization Conference, where they learned that there was an entire community of Christians devoted to mobilizing families and children. Although this was their vision long before they encountered Weave, this pairing of identical visions started the Kachalas down the path that God had for them. It was obvious to the Weave team that the Kachalas believed God created them to make His glory known around the world. They could tell by the maps on the walls, but mostly they could see it in the family’s eyes as they...
No barriers will impede God’s mission

No barriers will impede God’s mission

CMM Global Affiliate leads the cause of mission mobilization in Pakistan When Asif first sensed God’s call to the nations, he thought, “I will change Pakistan through my prayers.” But over time, Asif realized the need was too great and the task was too big for any one man or one church to accomplish. To reach Pakistan—and the rest of the nations—with the gospel, it would require the whole body of Christ. Today Asif and the international church he pastors are leading the charge for mission mobilization in Pakistan and setting the pace for other churches to follow. Regionally, Pakistan has access to more than one third of the world’s unreached people, and nearly 200 million unreached within its borders. As one of the newest CMM Global Affiliates this past year, Asif realizes the vast potential the Pakistani church has to move the gospel into unreached areas, though it is not without challenges. He says Christians in Pakistan are often filled with fear, and even hatred toward the nation. “They feel neglected and a persecuted minority, so the natural response will be to hate the majority and other nations, especially if they’re not Christian,” he says. But as their mobilization efforts have begun to take root, Asif and the other leaders have witnessed firsthand that the love of Christ is more powerful than cultural or religious barriers. Because Asif is also the national coordinator for Kairos in Pakistan, half of his congregation has gone through the Kairos missions course, which has initiated a significant paradigm shift within the hearts of church members. He has also found the Xplore study...
Getting face to face with the unreached

Getting face to face with the unreached

Russian students are mobilized through a mission trip to the unreached of Nepal What if you came face to face with someone who had never heard the gospel, and their eternal destination depended on you sharing with them? The problem then becomes personal, earnest, and significant. We’ve found that experiencing the unreached firsthand can often be one of the most powerful tools in mobilizing Christians into the harvest. Earlier this year, I took a group of Russian students to Nepal for a month on their first cross-cultural mission trip to an unreached people group. We began by helping a Ukrainian missionary who runs an orphanage in the region. The students led Bible studies, devotions, and discipleship lessons with these children. From there, we set out on a backpacking trip, visiting four villages in Nepal and two near western China. We handed out gospel resources in the local language and were able to share the gospel with 80 people. Eight of those people chose to receive Christ! Throughout the trip, I led the students through the Xplore study, bringing even more context and meaning to the reason for our trip. I challenged them all to use their new passion and momentum from this trip to mobilize other Russian believers to find their roles in the Great Commission. When we returned, they invited their whole church to gather and hear of all God did in Nepal, praying their fellow church members would gain an awareness and vision for the unreached by hearing their experiences. More than 100 people attended their presentation. Several approached me afterward to express interest in joining us...
Launching to the field for the first time

Launching to the field for the first time

New staff experience an immersive mobilization training before launching to their assignments. “I found myself at several moments being awestruck that I was even in Southeast Asia and this was the direction God was leading me,” said Cara, a new CMM recruit. “Even when I think about the difficulties facing me—transitioning into a culture so different from my own, security risks, being across the world from family, learning a new language—I feel secure and honored in moving toward the work He has prepared for me to do.” One of the responsibilities of the team here in College Station, besides mobilizing on the Texas A&M campus, is spearheading our recruiting efforts. We’ve found that for the frontier mobilizers we recruit, the time between onboarding and launching is crucial. Like Cara, many of them said “yes” to God knowing they would face many obstacles: support raising, language learning, and moving cross-culturally around the world. The CMM has developed an extensive Field Staff Training to equip and prepare laborers like Cara as much as possible before they leave for the field. Cara spent two weeks in Southeast Asia learning to utilize our resources effectively, structure her work week, understand overarching principles of movement-building and discipleship, in addition to gaining hands-on training in frontier mobilization. She also had the opportunity to get to know our senior staff and leadership from all over the world and glean from their years of ministry experience. Because the training is held abroad, she was able to practice meeting local believers and exercise her mobilization skills, as well as engage in culture-learning exercises, such as prayer-walking and interviewing...

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