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...
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...
Russian pastor mobilized to missions

Russian pastor mobilized to missions

Our Russia team has been given great favor as they forge relationships with Russian churches and ministries and point believers to the unreached. In the past year, they have traveled to speak at conferences, churches, and youth groups throughout their region of Russia, encouraging congregations to be active participants in the Great Commission. They frequently share the Russian Xplore study as a way to cultivate a culture of mission to the unreached within churches. Earlier this year, the team was asked by a local Kalmyk pastor to teach a support raising seminar. He pastors a Russian church that he hopes to mobilize to go as missionaries to the Kalmyk people. Kalmykia is the only European region where Buddhism is the primary religion, and the Kalmyk people are completely unreached with the gospel. Through the support raising seminar led by our Russia team, this pastor was able to fund mission trips to this people group. This is a key step since our Russia team and others have repeatedly found that short-term mission trips to an unreached people group can be a highly effective mobilization tool in helping believers understand their role in the Great...

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