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….
See if you can identify all the elements of the Four Fields from Abiding in Christ to Multiplying Leaders in Daniel’s story.
Three men were saved today! Please pray as we follow up next week and begin discipleship training with them. #noplacelefthaiti #justsharethegospel
From Jeff V.
4G Churches in Corpus Christi, Texas. This church has multiplied itself four times from their trainer in another city. Jeff and Joy have been trying to reach the city for a year and a half but really saw things move forward when they met and trained Sean and Claudia. He caught the vision for generational discipleship and church planting and Jesus has done some amazing things in the city. Jeff and Joy are being moved in their business to the Rio Grande Valley while Sean and Claudia will keep things going in Corpus.
Discipling Toward a Decision:
When we implemented No Place Left strategy about two years ago, I invited several people to join a Bible study for unbelievers who were interested in learning more about the Bible. I had two guys show up and they have been the most faithful attenders of any group I have ever led. We did a Creation to Cross study, then the gospel of John and now we’ve moved into Mark. At numerous times, I almost gave up but every time I started to quit, they would take an obedience step to show that they were really engaged.
Tracey (pictured) began taking big steps toward Jesus. One night I asked what the difference was and he shared that he had been praying through James 4:6-10 each morning before work. (I had preached a sermon on that passage and he kept the notes in his truck. The date on the notes was January and it was September when we had this conversation).
We talked and he said that he wanted to follow Jesus. I told him the next step was to get baptized and he balked. I hit him with the baptism hammer in Acts and he said he knew he should but just wouldn’t. Last week he said he was ready. When I asked why he said, “Well, we read Mark 8:38 – For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father and with the holy angels. This is my obedience step. It’s time to stop playing around with it.”
(The look on my face and the laughter is because he didn’t listen to the “bend your knees and then stand back up. I about threw my back out picking up the dead weight. Ha!)