Brand-new Christian immediately empowered into missions

Brand-new Christian immediately empowered into missions

A Kenyan student embodies God’s heart for the world just two months after following Christ himself When Thomas first heard about missions, he had only been a Christian for two months. He was still keeping his salvation a secret, still living with his girlfriend, and at that point, he could see no difference in himself from before he was saved and after. Yet when a couple of wazungu (Swahili word for foreigners) working alongside the CMM approached him on his campus talking about God and something about God’s “desire for all people,” Thomas actually listened. And then the funniest thing happened… God gave him a heart for the nations. Thomas grew up in a rural town outside of Nairobi, Kenya, an area whose primary source of income comes from small-scale farming, with households growing just enough to keep their own families alive. Making a living alone was a challenge, and one of the only “ways out” for families in this region is through saving up enough for at least one child to further their education. Attending university is a high privilege for most people in Kenya; therefore, when a child does have this privilege, families often place a seemingly insurmountable amount of pressure for their children to attend university, find a decent-paying job, and then help provide for their families back at home. So when Thomas joined Kenyatta University in 2014, he knew he had to work hard to help his family. But he also knew that at university, there was also “freedom” to do whatever would make him happy. And so his pursuit began. After arriving on campus,...
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...
When the unreached live next door

When the unreached live next door

“Are you sure these people are from Maoxian county? This is my county, but I have never heard of this people group,” asked Jordan, postgraduate student at a Chinese university, during an Xplore study with CMM staff and other Chinese believers. Jordan is the only person in her family following Jesus, and one of the first in her area to commit to following Him. Instead of letting this isolate her, Jordan has instead allowed it to grow her passion for sharing the gospel with her family and her people. Born in southwest China, in a region dominated by Buddhism and animism, Jordan went her whole childhood without hearing the gospel in her mountain city, and probably still would not have heard if tragedy had not struck in her area. In 2008, a devastating earthquake hit Jordan’s city, killing thousands, and leaving many wounded and without homes. At this time, many nonprofits and aide organizations entered the region to help rebuild. It was then that Jordan met an aide worker who shared the gospel with her and watched God open her eyes to His heart and His truth. Later at her university, Jordan joined an Xplore study led by members of the CMM’s mobilization team in China and was eager to absorb whatever truth God had for her. Jordan gathered with two other Chinese Christians and two CMM mobilizers each week to walk through Xplore and discuss what God was teaching them. At the end of each lesson in Xplore, there is a small excerpt about an unreached people group that represents one of the five major world religions: Tribal/Animism,...
Meet Levi: A student who’s obedience to the Great Commission is leading him to the Muslim world

Meet Levi: A student who’s obedience to the Great Commission is leading him to the Muslim world

The first time Levi (pictured above) heard about the 10/40 Window and unreached people groups, he was shocked. While he had grown up going to church, he had never known that entire groups of people don’t have access to the gospel—and some of them were living right alongside him in Nairobi, Kenya, or even attending university with him. In church, he was never told that people who do not accept Christ will spend eternity separated from God. No one had ever shown him how he could play a role in taking the gospel to the lost. After hearing all this information for the first time from a mission mobilizer visiting his church, Levi was invited to join an Xplore study to learn more. At first, he went simply because his brothers were going, and he felt obligated. He later admitted that during the first couple weeks of Xplore, he was just going through the motions. But God used even this reluctant obedience to soften his heart. It all started during the lesson on prayer. “That’s how I will get involved,” Levi thought to himself. “I will pray for more laborers. This takes the least amount of work, and I’m still doing something.” As Levi began to pray faithfully, God began to change his heart. As he continued going through Xplore with the group, he was introduced to other practical ways to live out God’s heart for all nations. In simple obedience, Levi started joining the group on various ministry activities. He went with our team on prayer walks in the Muslim and Hindu areas of Nairobi. He joined the...
The harvest is ripe and ready among refugees in Germany

The harvest is ripe and ready among refugees in Germany

A new season of building relationships began for the CMM team in Germany as mobilizers, Shana and Brandi, sat in the candle-lit home of a young German woman named Mira. Mira told them stories of refugees whom she was helping out of abusive relationships, sharing the gospel with, and spending hours investing and pouring into. Mira was clearly living a lifestyle that models Christ’s mandate to make disciples of all nations. She has tapped into a unique and timely opportunity to bring the gospel to the unreached without leaving her home country. The mass influx of refugees into Europe has yielded unprecedented access to some of the world’s most unreached people groups. Individuals and families from Syria, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, and other nations have flooded countries like Germany—the unreached coming to the reached. Before long, a friendship and ministry partnership began between Mira and our Germany team. She served as an open door to several refugee camps in the region and modeled doing ministry among the unreached. One day, Mira invited Shana and Brandi to join her at a refugee camp outside of Frankfurt. Setting aside all agendas and expectations, they went along with her. “As we pulled up, Mira informed us that we would be helping host a Kids’ Christmas party at the camp,” shared Brandi. “Nearly 30 children showed up from all ages and backgrounds. Part of the program was to teach the kids about the reason for celebrating Christmas through activities, songs, and games. We were amazed as children from Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, Iraq, and many more countries stood singing songs about our King. What a...
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....

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