The Person of Peace will share! Leave a Comment
I met Erzsi in 2014. I discipled her, baptized her and knew she was a Person of Peace (someone who is open, hungry and shares with others) in her family and community. She started to disciple her sister Juli and than baptized her. After a little while, Erzsi had a break from fellowship for various reasons. Despite this, Juli grew stronger and stronger in her faith.Last year, Juli’s niece, Maria, came from London for her Dad’s funeral and stayed with Juli for a week. During this time, Maria met the Lord, was baptised and began to be discipled by her Aunt Juli. After the funeral, Maria went back to England and started sharing about Jesus amongst her family and friends.Two months ago, her brother Gabor visited Maria in London and he gave his life to Jesus too. Maria baptised him and started to disciple him.Fast forward to today and the gospel is spreading amongst their family and communities.Gabor is already doing a Discovery Bible Study (DBS) with two of his friends!Maria has started to disciple her sister too who lives in Hungary as a Buddhist.They read the bible together and discover who Godis, looking for their personal truth in which they will commit to obey. They are accountable to each other and to share with others. They support each other and their community in their needs. They love Jesus and their lives are being transformed as they read the Bible and obey His word. Their passion for reaching the lost amongst their community is growing more and more!Please join Gabi, our Hungarian-based worker reaching the Gypsies, that the gospel will continue to move amongst these Gypsy communities.
Answered prayers- DBS groups Leave a Comment
The Discovery Bible Study (DBS) is the Engine Room of Disciple Making Movements. The discipleship of the many in a movement, happens as groups of people together learn to read the Word of God, respond to the Holy Spirit and grow through obedience-orientated discipleship.
We should never be scared to pray with specifics! Our God is a big vision God but he also knows the details required. Be encouraged by this story from Kelvin and Niro Chang, leaders in the South East Corridor from Clayton to Dandenong and beyond, to pray not only the specifics that you want to see but ask with boldness. Pray to our powerful God for more than you can imagine! (Eph 3:20).
“We had been praying as a team of young adults for 18months. Our prayer times were powerful and passionate. Filled with the presence of the Spirit. We were moved for the harvest. Filled with a vision to see God move through our nation. However, on a team retreat in February this year, we reflected that whilst we were having amazing prayer times, we had no DBS groups currently running in the harvest. Hmmm…. this was a problem for a bunch of people wanting to see a Disciple-making movement. They are a somewhat essential part of DMM! So we decided to start praying specifically for DBS groups. Every time we met we prayed for groups to form. Every day we would come before God and ask for groups. “ God, give us one DBS group. God, give us 5 DBS groups”. We were on repeat.
We then did the 40 days prayer and fasting alongside the rest of the Praxeis community. Still nothing. Not only did we see nothing but we found the time quite hard. We didn’t feel particularly encouraged. It was a big of a slog! By the end of the fasting period we really recognised that we were doing our best and it was up to God to do the rest. It was in his hands. We just kept on asking and praying.
Then seemingly out of nowhere, between the end of the prayer and fasting time (April) until now (May), 5 DBS groups have started amongst a variety of communities including a Malay Muslim uni student, Sri Lankan Buddhist uni students, the Hindu Indian medical community, Afghans and Chinese International Uni students. We have experienced increased boldness in sharing and initiating spiritual conversations. We are encouraged. This was not us! We could not have gone from having no groups in the harvest to 5. We know this must have been God.”
Person of Peace amongst Chaldean Iraqi people Leave a Comment
Andrew and Mindy Pyman and their team are ministering in the Western Suburbs of Sydney with Praxeis. Recently the Pyman family moved into a new neighbourhood where half of the people living in their area are from a Catholic background. Being the largest Catholic community in Australia, the Pymans and the West Sydney team started to pray for these people.
After prayer walking and gaining a better understanding of the suburb and its needs, God showed the team an access ministry of ESL (English as a Second Language) to connect with locals from the area. Meaningful and spiritual conversations started to develop with those from the ESL class at the local library. Soon Andrew found himself connecting further and starting to pray after the class with an Iraqi Catholic called Nabo. Nabo started to invite Andrew to meet and open the Bible with his extended family in different houses across the neighbourhood. It was clear that Nabo was the kind of person the team had been praying for; someone who was open to friendship, spiritually hungry for God and who shared what they were learning with others in their family and wider community.
Today, twelve months on, Nabo has a heart to see his Catholic community become disciples of Jesus. As Andrew and the team disciple Nabo, he continues to attend his Catholic church on Sundays but only so he can find others who want to join his weekly discovery bible studies in his home. In his words, Nabo prays for and dreams of seeing an ‘Injil inteshaar’ (Gospel movement) amongst his Chaldean Iraqi people that would multiply through his one thousand odd extended family network and back into Iraq and the nations where this people group have migrated to as refugees.
Training at the gym, training disciples! Leave a Comment
At the gym, I was chatting with a young Hindu guy. After sharing the Gospel with him, I asked if he would like to read Scripture and pray with me. He said that he would love to, so a couple of weeks later, we met up to read Genesis 1 and pray. After we had been reading for a bit his housemate, also Hindu, walked in and asked what we were doing. His friend told him we were reading the Bible. I then asked if he would like to join us, which he eagerly agreed to. After reading and praying together, I asked if they would like to do this again. We are now locked in for meeting together each week!
Scott is based in Melbourne’s East and has made it his mission to share the gospel with those he meets at the gym, training disciples and gathering like-minded disciples in church.
“A year ago, I was harvest but now I’m a harvest worker!” Leave a Comment
[Jesus] told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. – Luke 10:2
“I’m moving to Queensland!” exclaimed ‘Miriam’, “My husband has a new job there and we leave next week.”
“Oh!” I replied.
Dozens of different thoughts and emotions were running through my head.
Miriam is from a Turkish Muslim background and began following Jesus less than a year ago. We’ve been privileged to walk alongside her as God has fathered her and drawn her into quite a dynamic relationship with Him. She is a key part of the team and community that is forming out here, is a passionate part of our weekly prayer times together and has played an important role in Katie’s discipleship journey (see below). In a short time she has become one of our closest friends. And all of a sudden, she was leaving. It would be fair to say we didn’t see this coming.
“Wow!” was the best response I could manage.
She continued, “When I heard the news I felt upset, like, ‘Why do I have to leave?’ But after praying about it I feel peaceful. I know I can trust my Father and I think He has a harvest field for me up there.” So cool.
She went on to tell me how she’d spent the previous evening talking past midnight about spiritual things with some Kurdish (Muslim) women she knows, and how she thinks they are wanting to start exploring Jesus for themselves. So cool.
A week or two earlier we happened to be doing a DBS (Discovery Bible Study) on Luke 10, and at one point Miriam commented, “A year ago I was harvest, but now I’m a harvest worker.” So cool.
We’re going to miss Miriam’s contribution to the community and harvest here, but it’s hard not to be excited when you see someone’s passionately loving God, their life being transformed as they follow Jesus, and sharing what they’ve learned and experienced with those around themselves.
We can also see God’s sense of humour in yet another answer to our prayer for more harvest workers. He doesn’t always answer the way we expect Him to.
Please pray for opportunities for Miriam to connect with people in her new area, and for her husband to experience God for himself.
The new Aussie Style Church? Leave a Comment
Andrew from West Sydney met ‘Johnny’ at footy training about a year ago. Johnny had a court case coming up and Andrew asked if he could pray for it. This led to more spiritual conversations during and after training at the pub and Johnny shared how he sometimes visits his Mum’s spiritualist church. Andrew had already started a ‘footy boys church’ that met in the pub and so Johnny came along to this and loved it. After a couple of weeks of Johnny meeting in the pub to do simple church, he asked if he could host the same thing at his home so his friend, Billy could come and feel comfortable. And so the footy church multiplied into two groups, one that met in the pub, just for the footy boys and one that met in Johnny’s home for his friends from his neighbourhood. Billy loved church at Johnny’s house and he now joins in regularly.
On Easter Sunday, Johnny visited a simple church gathering in Andrew’s suburb of Mt Druitt and decided to spontaneously get water baptised in obedience to Jesus. It was a ‘true blue’ Aussie baptism in the back of a ute which was filled with water!
Andrew is learning from Johnny what the new Aussie church can look like: meeting at footy training, meeting in the pub for church and jumping into a ute to get baptised.
Believing for growth!!
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Deakin University are definitely going through a season of engaging and equipping leaders. The team have been praying for God to raise up more workers out of the harvest and are praying for a total of 15-20 workers to be a part of their team by the end of 2014. They are also believing to see 20 new disciples follow Jesus this year and at least 10 of them be baptised. Excitingly, the group has already grown! God often divinely connects the dots! Matt, Ally and Jess were at Soul Survivor and Matt connected with three people who are going to Deakin who are now keen to find out more about the Uni outreach. In explaining this, Matt said it was so cool to see the guy’s face light up as he heard the vision and was keen to be a part of it. They now want to share with his friends the vision for Deakin University and get them involved. God’s heart and vision can be contagious!