From Lizz M. in Tulsa;
Annual Mayfest/Blue Dome Arts Festival in Tulsa – They let people do chalk drawings all over the square in the middle of downtown Tulsa. I drew 3 Circles today. The irony was not lost on me that my mom’s favorite song, “Nights in White Satin,” was playing as I was drawing it. She had us play it at her funeral, & her death 10 years ago is really when my journey with Jesus started coming alive.
From Tim Scheuer;
Tony J, from NZ met Pana & Salome while on a short-term mission trip to Fiji in October 2014. At that time Pana was a CMF pastor in the village of Nagado. The church consisted of Pana and his family and a few other families, a total of approx. 25 people attending. They began with a village mission.
Tony J cast vision for a multiplication movement through generations of disciples and churches and trained Pana in the basic Skills of Following Jesus and Fishing for people (T4T).
After the initial visit and training due to other pressures, Tony only had occasional contact with Pana. Just prior to Tony’s second visit I met with him in Auckland and spent several hours talking through the Fiji work and helping Tony prepare for further training including generational mapping.
Tony’s second visit with Pana was 10 months later in August 2015. Tony spent time with Pana and Salome modeling several aspects of T4T including inductive bible study, and the 3 thirds meeting format.
Tony sat down with Pana to create a generational map and found that after 10 months God had been at work powerfully. Here is what they discovered:
• 8 groups in 8 different villages
• 5 of the 8 identified as Church
• 187 total attending
• 16 existing believers
• 130 newly baptized
• 14 new believers
• 27 enquirers/pre-believers
Tony continued to connect with Pana on Skype after returning to NZ for weekly and sometimes twice weekly skype or phone meetings. In February this year Tony made another quick visit and led further training with Pana, Salome and some of their leaders, including – celebrating the Lord’s supper, healing as part of our approach in spreading the good news and the priesthood of every believer as there was still a strong religious spirit amongst the groups i.e. there was a feeling that only senior men or a Pastor could lead in the Lord’s supper. Tony has just returned from visiting Pana for the fourth time last week. When they sat down to map what God has been doing it was quite astounding. This is just 7 months from the last visit (18 months since first visit).
Here is the current status:
• 88 groups (4 more not recorded)
• 916 attending (30 not recorded yet)
• 50 existing believers – all leaders of groups
• 38 newly baptized believers leading groups
• 679 new believers
• 187 enquirers/pre-believers
• Spread over 18 villages or settlements
New groups are forming in new villages and also in villages where groups already exist.
• Pana & Salome were pastors with the CMF, a denomination that uses largely an attractional strategy. They have now moved away from this strategy.
• As leaders they are very humble.
• They visit new people most days. Pana and Salome initiate many
relationships and groups.
• Pana thinks in terms of expansion and has great compassion for the people of
• They cast vision by explaining what a disciple really is.
• They release ministry to others along with authority to baptize and conduct
the Lord’s Supper.
• Pana and Salome have taken on board the need to keep things simple.
• They understand the need to lead groups using discovery bible study.
• They effectively track new believers, baptisms and group membership
through a system of decision cards.
• Pana will hang out at the market in Nadi, meet people he knows from the
villages, cast vision for being a disciple and get an invitation to the village. Pana and Salome will then spend 2 or 3 days in that village as a result of the invitation sharing the gospel and casting vision.
• Tony connects with Pana for support, coaching, and prayer on a regular basis.
• Tony has been very protective of Pana and not let others distract Pana from
his primary calling.
• Tony has taught them the authority of every believer. That they don’t need an outsider, a pastor, an elder, or a male to pray for someone. They just need Jesus and to understand he has commissioned each of them!
• Groups range in size from 5 to 22 members. Groups are very much family groups.
• Every group has at least one enquirer/pre-believer.
• Some gen growth of groups, more gen growth of disciples.
• Some groups are combining for bigger gatherings on Sunday but informal
using the three-thirds process.
• Some groups are more than a year old. Some groups meet on Sundays.
• People are joining groups from existing churches. Pana does not discourage
anyone from attending any Sunday service and is careful not to say anything negative about other churches
• Giving – Tony has introduced biblical giving to meet needs, particularly of cyclone victims emphasizing “freely and as they feel in their heart” and has
• Addressed the unbiblical tradition of cheering & clapping those who give a large gift (remember the story of the widows tiny gift!).
• Leader development – they have recognized the need to invest deeply into the leaders of groups.
• In one village a denominational church has told their people not to go to these groups. They anticipate as the work grows so will opposition.
From Charlie P. at West Point
Everyone! Just wanted to tell you it’s been 1 week since the NPL training. Saturday night when our church met was a sweet time. Nick and Ben had already started a church. Countless gospel shares throughout the week for many of us. A renewed vision for the importance of obedience to our King. Jonah wants to lead the church when I leave; he believes he and everyone there can be an elder in the churches they start. A couple of the biggest takeaways from the church that were very evident from our time together Saturday evening were the realization and desire for everyone to start a church
who hasn’t yet and a renewed heart for the lost around us. Almost every high and low had to do with gospel shares. They really appreciated how simple and to the point the training was. What was sown last weekend will reap huge fruit over the next year. Saying “Thank You” is not really sufficient, but we receive it all from God and are thanking Him. God first loved us, and His love is compelling us now.
I believe in #NoPlaceLeftUSMAbyMay2017
From James H. in Nashville:
Vision of Blocks story: I asked my Nepali HBB disciple Samuel to write up this dreams & visions story to share with my NPL family.
Hi my name is Samuel. I have been following Jesus for the last four to five years learning how to better grow as his disciple. James has taught me to listen to God and ask him to give me dreams or visions to help people. We had a team of 40 college students here in Nashville, TN. They were here to go out prayer walking. I was there when they were talking about their weekend. I have learned to ask the Holy Spirit to show me the leaders in a group like that. I asked God to give me a person to encourage and a vision to give to them.
I closed my eyes, and I saw a body made of blocks that were so weak that wind could knock it over. Under that body was a box that was keeping it up. There was a big wave that came and tried to knock the block body over but it didn’t even move an inch. The Holy Sprit also showed me the person with whom to share it, but I didn’t share it when I had the chance. I told James what I saw after the team left, and he said he could drive me to where the team was staying.
We went and met Andrew, the student I’d had the vision about, and I shared with him what God had given me. I told him that the blocks meant he was weak without God and that the box underneath him was God keeping him up. The wave didn’t knock him over because he had God with him. That’s what made him a good leader. Andrew was shocked and amazed that God could show us things like that. He also told us he wasn’t really a social person, and that’s what the interpretation of the body made of little blocks meant. He was blessed by the fact that out of everyone there, God told me to tell him he was a leader.
Next, I prayed over him. I asked God to give him strength to overcome his weaknesses, asked for a double portion of the Holy Spirit to be upon him, and I asked God to bless him and to give him the eyes to see the unseen, the mouth to speak God’s good news, and the ears to hear the Holy Spirit. I anointed him with oil, and I gave the oil to him so he could walk in his new leadership anointing and bless people.
When I saw Andrew first, I really didn’t notice him. It was later that God showed me that he was a leader. I learned that I shouldn’t judge people by the way they look, but I should learn about them first and get to know them.
From Jim McKnight:
A short update about generations of churches in the #noplaceleftarmy work.
I have been discipling Justin for about the past two and a half years, I train him weekly in our Church. Justin has been leading a church on Fort Benning for about the past two years. Justin met Tyler about a year ago and began training him to make disciples and multiply churches. Tyler had some experience and training in the West Point Navigators before he came to us. Justin invited Tyler to live in his home for in depth modeling and training. He helped Tyler refine his evangelism and church plating skills.
Tyler quickly started a church at Fort Benning and led a friend Josh to Christ and baptized him. He continued to lead that church over the next year. Tyler just moved to Hawaii where last night he started the first #noplaceleftarmy church at Schoffield Barracks. We’re excited to see this 3rd Generation Church and 4th Generation disciples at a new army installation! This is a picture of the church starting in Hawaii. Thank you Jesus! Please continue to pray for 2020 churches led by laborers like this across the 30 major army installations by 2020.
Harvest Story from Brian Hayden
I shared with this gentleman when I met him and he told me that he and his wife were atheists. After some conversations I found out that he liked History. So I started sharing stories from History, HeHe. It took time and prayer but he accepted Christ after hearing the stories and has now led his entire family to Christ. We worshiped together last weekend and we are going to meet again this weekend. This man’s first wife died of cancer and now his current wife is in the fight of her life with the same disease. Please help me in praying for Jesus to rid her body of cancer and be healed in His Name. Thank you NPL family.
Here is where we ended up today. He is going to bring his family to the beach next and I have a feeling many others also….