Gaining Vision in the Valleys

Gaining Vision in the Valleys

Chinese believers go outside their comfort zone to learn more about the UPGs surrounding them 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. On a long holiday weekend, my team and I invited a handful of local Chinese believers to travel with us out to one of these valley villages and spend time learning about and praying for the people there. Though we all had some reservations about the trip, we trusted God that He had great things planned. Most of our friends came into the trip with some nerves. They had never been to a place where they (Han Chinese) were the minority. Within China, there are many different people groups. The Chinese government only recognizes 56 of them, when in reality there are over 500. These people groups have different belief systems, languages, and cultures. In China, there is oppression and prejudice towards minority people groups. Our friends who are Han Chinese (the majority people group) often have been taught their whole lives that the minority groups are dirty and dangerous people. It takes a lot for them to unlearn these beliefs. Therefore, it took a lot of bravery to even say yes to joining us on this trip. We set out on our journey with very few expectations because we had no clue what the place was going to be like. We prayed on the way...

Raising up Missionaries from the World’s Most Islamic Country

  One might think that past persecution and living in the world’s largest Islamic country would fill Christians with fear or bitterness, but the love of Christ is compelling God’s people to share the Good News with their Muslim neighbors. Through dedicated prayer, mobilization and missions training, Indonesian missionaries have seen the number of unengaged people groups drop from 39 to 31 in just the last few years. Ryan and Jason are the CMM’s Catalytic leaders in Southeast Asia, which is home to not only millions of believers, but also many of the world’s unengaged people groups.  Our Catalytic strategy is to find where God is already awakening the church to missions and pour fuel on that fire. Whether it’s an emerging missions mobilizer or a nationally led mission agency, we come to them with open hands to share resources, connect them to other national mobilizers in the region, encourage them, and coach them through mobilization tools created by us or others. By God’s favor, we’ve seen amazing fruit from our partnership with national leaders. Leaders whom we’ve entered into a formal partnership with, we call Global Affiliates. Ananda is the CMM Global Affiliate in Indonesia. Although this role is new, we have partnered with Ananda since 2011. Ananda is regularly speaking before pastors, leaders of major denominations, mission networks and agencies. Through his strategic influence with Indonesian leaders and his promotion of CMM resources and vision, he has been able to see thousands of everyday Christians get connected to the Great Commission and numerous missionaries sent out. Our relationship with Ananda deepened in 2013 with his assistance in hosting...

Families Hold Exponential Importance In Spreading the Gospel

Many things come to mind with the word surrender. Jesus and one of His most effective laborers, the apostle Paul, placed a noticeable emphasis on the surrender of both children and the family. “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them,” Jesus demands, and then he makes a declaration that undoubtedly shocked those around him, “for to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 19:14). Surely this statement shocked the disciples when they heard it. They had been living with Jesus for months, hanging on every living word that came from His mouth. How can these little children be as qualified as them? Simple surrender. The disciples were qualified the moment they made up their minds to step out of the boat, and the children were eligible the moment they began to approach Jesus. Later on in Scripture, when Paul is explaining qualifications for the Elders, he places a clear emphasis on the nuclear family. Paul demands that elders “manage their children and their own households well” (1 Timothy 3:12). Why was this so important? Because they would be more effective as a cohesive unit. For an Elder of the Church, ensuring that your family had a healthy spiritual life was an expected responsibility within Paul’s command. The Elder may have held a high-ranking position, but if the he ceased to nurture and encourage the spiritual atmosphere of his family, a culture of spiritual indifference would spread infectiously throughout the Church body. Juxtaposition of these two passages in scripture reveals a mutual worthiness of both parents and their children to receive and spread the gospel....

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