We love this story of a Person of Peace. We have been learning this year about the importance of finding the Person of Peace in Disciple-making Movements. This person has been prepared by God in advance to act as an open door to communities. They are people who are spiritually hungry and open. They will often find us! But also, they share. They are people who will go back to their networks, households and communities and will share what they are learning and their journey of spirituality. Read on to hear about this Person of Peace that God has prepared in advance, before the workers had ever met him!
Dave came to visit us in Brisbane and we were able to get him onboard a ship stopping in the Port of Brisbane. The crew of the ship is all Filipino. I had been on this particular ship a number of times looking for a person of peace; someone who is spiritually hungry, open and who shares with their community.
One of my previous visits was with Ron, a few months prior and we had met the outgoing Captain. At the time, nothing of significance happened except that we both felt that there was no spiritual openness amongst any of the crew. So when I took Dave onto the ship, I was expecting a similar atmosphere. We met the new Captain, a man named Alberto. We had some general conversations with Alberto and some of the other crew members whilst in the mess room. After a time, all the other crew members left the room and Alberto changed the conversation to one of a more personal and spiritual nature. He explained that he had started to gather any of the crew who were interested, once each week, to pray and read the bible together, but admitted he was not much of a pastor. We were really excited to hear what God was up to on this ship! I was able to share with Alberto about the DBS process and we wondered if he would be interested in trying this with his crew. He was so happy to hear about Discovery groups. With tears in his eyes, he talked about his desire to see the crew be given help to genuinely follow Jesus.
We exchanged details and since then have been in regular contact as I coach Alberto in facilitating a discovery group. It has been a joy to hear of what God is doing on that ship and of more men coming to the group (around 12 regulars now). In our latest chat, Alberto said “we do continue on with our fellowship on board and God is really good. We have new members joining us on our weekly fellowship. Our (next) Brisbane call is cancelled. We do not have news when we will be back in Brisbane. Hope we will. Please continue to pray that more members to be added in our discovery group. God bless bro.”
Please pray for Alberto and the guys on this ship!