Arby was pleased to receive an invitation to join the first Praxeis Asia Hub in Singapore. He wanted to see how God was working through Disciple Making Movements across Asia and how this could help him in his ministry to college students.
This was Arby’s first visit to Singapore from his home country. Singapore was beautiful and very clean. Everyone kept the rules: trains ran on time; cars kept in their lanes. However, the cost of living in Singapore shocked him – bottled drinking water was three times what it would cost in his country and takeaway coffee was served in a draw-string plastic bag with a straw!
During the first meeting at the Praxeis Hub, Arby struggled to understand the various accents of participants speaking his third language, English, but the warm welcome and passionate prayer times deeply encouraged him.
Hearing stories from other countries helped Arby realise the problems he was facing in starting Discovery Groups on campus were similar to what others were experiencing.
Using Discovery Bible Studies to study God’s Word in small groups over two days, the whole group explored the four gospels and Book of Acts and had steps of obedience to follow. This confirmed a training method he had heard of but not used: Group Discovery.
Mapping relationships and the focus on individual and corporate prayer challenged Arby. He still had much to learn.
A week later Arby was back in his home town training potential workers with a Praxeis worker. It was good to put into action some of the things he learnt in Singapore.
Arby works in a city with more than 120 tertiary campuses. His vision is to see many students discipled as followers of Jesus and coach them to make disciples who multiply.