Tools & Trainings E-NewsletterIssue 42 June 15, 2010
|A Story from the Field|
Yesterday I was talking to one of our church planters who has invested in folks from the Los Angeles area and beyond. He was sharing about how there is a growing favor with leaders and churches in his denomination as he and his family have been about the work of loving and leading lost people to embrace King Jesus.
This often happens with folks in our movement, as they pursue what the Lord wants, their denomination or spiritual family wants to hear from them. They often become an important voice. Like any prophetic voice calling people to follow our radical Jesus, these voices also get lashed out against as well. There is hurt, pain, progress and victory all wrapped together. (Reminding me of some helpful stuff written recently by Katie Driver in her blog about 1st, 2nd and 3rd shifters in the movement.)
He even told me of a pastor who had emailed him some very hurtful things and driven a wedge into his heart in the last 18 months or so. This pastor has been touched by the Lord recently and has had a change of heart. Just last week affirmed that he was praying for our church planter as he was going to a training to share with the denomination. God is doing his reconciling work!
As we were wrapping up the conversation, this church planter bubbled with excitement as he shared about one of his friends and disciples who has been advancing Christ's Kingdom in the darkness on the other side of the globe. The Lord sent off this friend to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Over the last several months in the UAE, this disciple has been casting seeds of the gospel. He gathered another person to do a Life Transformation Group (LTG) together. They talked about what the LTG was about and did it the first week. The next week there were two LTGs because the new partner found someone else. The third week it fostered another group again. Soon they were meeting on the steps of a mosque--sharing about Jesus and how He was transforming them. Each week they got back together the group had spawned another one! This continued for the first twelve weeks! Now they are meeting in a mall area seeking what the Lord might have for them in that soil.
The symmetry of this conversation- spiritual growth and impact in both the church and in the lost world- resonated with me. Hopefully this story from the field will encourage you to press on in what the Lord has called you to in your field!
by Mike Jentes
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