Start knocking on doors: What to do when the unreached come to you

Start knocking on doors: What to do when the unreached come to you

Zara is from an area of the Middle East where she never once encountered a Christian, church, or Bible, meaning she had no opportunity to hear the gospel. She left everything in her home country to find a better life in Germany with her 4-year-old daughter. This decision was costly, and she feels unsafe and unstable in such a foreign culture. After a year of living in Germany, Zara met a group of Americans in the city center. After talking with her, they gave her a Bible in her native language of Farsi. The stories she read about the God of the Bible greatly contrasted with her view of God in Islam. She kept going back to the city center to find the Americans who could help her make sense of their God. She never found them, but she continued reading and eventually started praying to this unknown God. As the year progressed, her fear grew so much she felt she could not bear the weight any longer. A year later, another group of Americans came to Frankfurt to share the gospel with refugees by door-to-door evangelism. I had the opportunity to join them, but was apprehensive of such a bold approach, afraid that going from door to door might be too forward for these people who were still adjusting to a new culture. Nevertheless, we split up into groups and started knocking on doors. But no one answered. No one opened their door to us. Discouraged, we knocked on the last door on the second story. Still no answer. We started discussing what to do next when we...
Students witness the window of opportunity among refugees in Germany

Students witness the window of opportunity among refugees in Germany

“Why am I so adamant to talk to everyone around me for the sake of a scavenger hunt but not for the sake of Jesus?” This was a question raised by college student, Ashlee, during a CMM vision trip to our mobilization team in Germany. Ashlee and six other individuals joined our CMM team in Frankfurt for two weeks of experience in frontier missions and mobilization through a “boots on the ground” approach. There they had front row seats and actively participated in the work our Germany team is involved in day in and day out. In the midst of ministry and mobilization, the students paused to engage in a scavenger hunt to get more familiar with the city of Frankfurt—but the activity served as a deeper spiritual illustration as well. While searching the city, they had to ask many strangers for directions. Ashlee was electric, asking every person she found. But afterward she was troubled as she thought back to the game and the ministry they had been doing. She was convicted by her boldness in something trivial, and her lack of courage for something that held eternal value. But this was just the beginning. The team went to refugee camps, local churches, participated in street evangelism, and led Xplore trainings. Spending time in the refugee camps and interacting with unreached people who came from war-torn, persecuted places was especially impactful for them. They realized they were stepping into a unique window in history and that Germany currently offers unprecedented access to unreached people who come from places where it is extremely difficult and dangerous to take the...
Support raising training in China equips national workers to fund their ministries

Support raising training in China equips national workers to fund their ministries

“I equated sharing with others about our financial situation as the same as asking others for money,” shared Josiah, a national Chinese missionary. “Asking others to support our financial needs would be seen by most as using man’s methods and not God’s methods. I saw support raising as unspiritual and thought that I should only pray to God to meet my needs.” This perspective has kept Josiah and countless other missionaries over the years from fruitful ministry. Support raising is consistently one of the biggest obstacles keeping laborers from the field, and it’s no different for the Chinese church. Because of a fear or misunderstanding of support raising, many would-be missionaries have either not obeyed God’s call or resigned themselves to live in poverty. At the same time, God has greatly blessed China over the past decade with unprecedented economic growth. Resources now exist within the Chinese church to send out missionaries to the unreached like never before. But connecting these resources to God’s mission will require a cultural shift in perspective within the Chinese church—in both givers and missionaries. Support Raising Solutions (SRS) is a ministry of the CMM dedicated to equipping ministry workers in personal support raising. In the past 10 years, SRS has equipped 15,000 ministry workers from more than a thousand organizations to raise their own support. In conjunction with our CMM mobilization team in China, SRS recently launched its first support raising training in the country. Fully translated into Chinese, the SRS Bootcamp training covers the biblical basis for support raising, as well as practical, hands-on ways to begin building and cultivating a support...
Making mobilization a lifestyle

Making mobilization a lifestyle

“I’ve never led a Bible study. I’ve never been on a mission trip. I’ve never been baptized. I’ve never been a member of a church, and I’ve never approached an unreached person with the intent of sharing my faith. I’ve never talked with a stranger about God; I’ve never joined a worship team, and I’ve never joined a Christian organization outside of church—that is, until now.” John, a senior at Texas A&M University, recently shared these compelling words about how God has been shaping his heart for the nations throughout his college years. CMM mobilizer, Chris, had known John for years, and invited him to go through the Xplore study. Doing this study together served as the catalyst for a much longer, deeper discipleship relationship. “John is always responsive to challenges,” said Chris. “I don’t have to invite him twice.” When Chris challenged John to begin taking small steps to implement what he learned in Xplore, he responded by starting conversations with his international classmates. He also invited a friend to join the Xplore study with him and Chris. As Chris was mobilizing John, John was mobilizing his friend! John began to see that God was positioning people around him in everyday life for a purpose. He regularly played basketball at the rec center with international students, but had never before seen it as a potential ministry. He began to see those games as an opportunity to meet those who had never before heard the gospel. God began positioning John in places where he’d have more open doors to befriend people with whom he normally would not cross paths....
Meet Di Laoshi: A Chinese believer faces her fears of other cultures

Meet Di Laoshi: A Chinese believer faces her fears of other cultures

“I have to tell you what happened yesterday!” my teacher said as I sat down for our weekly Chinese class. Thursday was quickly becoming one of my favorite days, as I knew the moment I walked in the door she would have a story. My teacher, Di Laoshi, was working through the Xplore study with some other teammates, and it was starting to shake things up in her life. After each Xplore lesson, she would come in with a simple, yet profound revelation and a practical step of obedience. At first, they were small: “I didn’t know there were so many unreached people in the world.” Or “it’s so amazing that God wants to use the Chinese church to grow his kingdom.” But then one day, she came to me and said, “I’ve been going to the minority university to share the gospel every week after work for months now. But every time I see someone from a minority, I get so scared. I’m used to sharing with people who look like me.” She continued to explain that Han people are not intimidating because she understands them and shares a cultural identity with them. But certain minorities, specifically rural mountain dwelling peoples from West China, have a reputation for being dangerous and hateful toward their Han counterparts. The cultural and racial clashes are very real and deeply ingrained. “Yesterday I was praying,” she continued with a smile, “and I told God that I don’t want to be afraid because I know His love is for all people. Even the ones who are different from me.” Soon after her prayer,...
Breaking the norms to build up the kingdom

Breaking the norms to build up the kingdom

In Kenya, it is easy for a student to get stuck in the “cycle of life.” As young adults, Kenyans are expected to get good grades in school so that they can go to a good university, make good grades, get a good job, make a lot of money and provide for their family. Their children are then expected to repeat this cycle, and so on. These very same expectations were upon Alice Kalunda. When we first met Alice, she was a junior at Kenyatta University studying world religions. She had a heart for missions, but life and societal pressures discouraged her from pursuing that calling. Instead, she wanted to study world religions in order to serve as a teacher in local schools throughout Kenya. Because Alice had this passion for missions, she was really excited to meet missionaries from America. We were able to take Alice and her friends through the Xplore study, and it was like she was seeing the world for the first time. She was overwhelmed with some of the things she was learning. She had no clue there were people in the world who have never heard about Jesus. Before the Xplore study, she read the Bible as a random collection of stories with her at the center, instead of reading it as as one story, with one theme: the glory of God filling the earth! All of this information was so exciting for her that she started gathering all her friends to learn these same things. We were overwhelmed with how many people she was inviting to go through an Xplore study. Eventually,...

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