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Monday, July 14, 2014

Update: Kingdom Ventures

Our family's work with Global Frontier Missions continues to grow in fruitfulness - glory to God!  Nathan is the Multiplication director for GFM - Atlanta.  His work with GFM is multi-faceted, but could be described with 3 words:  Connect - we are working to build a network of disciple makers and church planters throughout Atlanta; this includes individuals and churches.  Engage - we are also working among several Unreached People Groups locally, sharing the gospel of Jesus, making disciples and planting churches.  Advance - we are raising up, coaching and sending out teams into the 10/40 window.  Please continue to pray for our family as we serve in Clarkston, Atlanta, and across the globe.



Besides our ongoing work with GFM, Nathan is currently working on several other kingdom ventures.  Here's a little update on some of them:


  • Nathan is a part of a local team who have been given a grant through Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.  This will be a year-long venture.  Nathan's primary role will be to connect our team with local refugee pastors and Christian leaders.  You can read more about that here.

  • Nathan's dad, Bert, is co-host of a daily radio program ... Exploring the Word.  Soon, Bert will be hosting a new weekly program called Exploring Missions.  The program seeks to mobilize the listening audience to be active participants in God's mission in the world by connecting them with mission principles from God's Word and mission practices and practitioners who are making a difference in the world.  Nathan has been helping his dad with this program and will be co-hosting from time to time.  The first episode airs Sunday, July 20, at 1:00 pm Central on American Family Radio.

  • Another ongoing work that Nathan is involved in is with PeopleGroups.Info.  This is a demographic/mapping project from the IMB and NAMB.  Think of it as Joshua Project for North America.  Nathan will be working with others in trying to identify which people groups live in the Atlanta metro area.  Unfortunately, although we know a lot of information about people groups living on the other side of the world, we know very little about those in our own neighborhoods.  This venture is an attempt to change that for God's glory among the nations living among us!

  • In a couple of weeks Nathan and Grant (GFM's founder/director) will be flying to Phoenix for the Refugee Highway Partnership - North America Round Table.  While there, training and networking, Nathan will also be presenting a couple of workshops:  "Turning Obstacles into Opportunities for Fruitful Cross-Cultural Ministry" and "Teenagers as People of Peace in Refugee Communities".  Please pray for Nathan as he travels and shares - that God's people would be better equipped to serve as effective gospel workers.

  • Nathan has just begun working with a new homestay company.  In fact, he's the new Atlanta homestay director.  He'll be working with international students on 5 college campuses around the Atlanta metro.  Pray for this venture as there promises to be lots of opportunities to make a global impact and see God's kingdom advance!

As you can see, we are very busy.  We haven't yet mentioned about Rachel's administrative work with RTN-Atlanta, as well as her ESL class ... PLUS the new baby!  Andrew is 3 months old and growing.  We really appreciate your prayers.

Baby Andrew - 7lbs, 10oz at birth;
Now - 15lbs and growing!


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Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Father, His Children, and a Call to Obedience (A Guest Post from Urban Nations Outreach)


My very first exposure to Diaspora Missions was about five years ago on a short term mission trip to New York City.  There, I met Larry Holcomb who is the director of Urban Nations Outreach.  Over 20 years ago, Larry moved his family from Alabama to a neighborhood in Queens.  I remember how overwhelmed I felt the second I stepped foot off the subway and into Jackson Heights - the diverse neighborhood (more like a small city), where Larry ministers.  The sights, sounds and smells immediately took me out of the USA and into multiple cultures all at once.  There, thousands of immigrants from Bangladesh, India, Latin America, Tibet, etc., are living within a few blocks of one another ... this video will give you just a little taste.  Not long ago, Larry posted this brief reflection on Facebook.  He graciously gave me permission to post it here.  Please pray for Larry, his family, and all of those serving with Urban Nations Outreach in NYC.

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    By Larry Holcomb:


When Linda and I moved to New York City twenty-one years ago, the very hardest thing for me to deal with was the thought that my precious little babies (Joshie was 2 and Tori was a newborn) would grow up in this horrible place (it really was a horrible city when we first moved here!) ... I feared that my kids would become druggies, gangstas, or worse!  I worried incessantly about their safety, their potential emotional scars, their education opportunities, etc. ... but, I finally just totally gave it up to God like an Abraham/Isaac sacrifice thing, and God let me know "it will all be OK."


Twenty-one years later, I'm so relieved that I trusted God's will - as opposed to my own logic and worries.  My 4 kids have all "survived NYC" and are all incredibly talented, finely educated, aware and connected to the whole world, compassionate, and committed to serving Christ here in the city ... they're not perfect, and have had to deal with many challenges, but basically, they are some of the best kids you can find on earth!

I know it is not our great parenting skills, nor the wonderful life "we provided" ... the glory can only go to God.  I give God even more credit, when I realize what COULD have happened, if I had refused to follow His plan and selfishly stayed down South where things would have been a lot easier and a lot more "Christian" for my family.

Now I work with hundreds of church groups, and I have seen saddening problems with many of the church teens from down South ... BIG problems of self-centered materialism, muted racism, life-consuming sports addictions, and a myopic, lassaiz-faire view of the lost world and its problems.  When I stop to reflect and pray for these kids and their suburban Bible Belt church families down South, I always think, "Wow, that's how my life and my family may have turned out if I had not left and obeyed God."

When I look at my kids, I thank God that they are a blessing to me and others ... and I am always reminded that, just like He has taken care of my kids for the past 20 years, when we follow His will, He will take care of everything, and bless us beyond anything we can imagine.



Friday, June 27, 2014

HARVEST WEEK: Summer 2014

This past week we led GFM's 20 Summer Interns, plus some more staff and other participants, in some intentional disciple making at a local, Clarkston apartment complex.  Our week began on Saturday evening with a few hours of training.  We picked up with more training on Sunday afternoon.  Then, we went to the apartment complex for some prayerwalking.





The apartment complex we worked in is a large one, with approximately 400 units.  90% of these units are filled with refugee families (mostly from the 10/40 window).  The majority are from the Horn of Africa countries of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan.  However, we talked to people from the U.S., as well as over 12 other nations like Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Congo, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and more.  There is a lot of crime in this particular neighborhood, as we heard and saw evidence of drug deals, murder, sexual assualt, theft, etc.  It's really a spiritually dark place (we encountered all of the THUMB religions plus others), and is in great need of the light of Jesus to shine through.

This is why we had come.  Also, to assist our partners, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, who had been working in this complex for the past several months.  In fact, they have seen the beginnings of three house churches in one corner of the complex, among several Eritrean/Ethiopian believers.  Our overall goal during Harvest Week was to identify 4 or 5 people of peace, so the team from JFBC could continue follow up and discipleship.



On Monday and Tuesday, after a little more training, we sent the team out to knock on every door.  Their instructions were simply to engage with people in their homes, pray with them in Jesus' name, and give a small gift of a Jesus film DVD in the appropriate language.  We were able to pray and share with approximately 50 families.

For Wednesday and Thursday, we returned to those 50 homes for follow up.  We told them our stories (testimonies), and Jesus' story.  One group was able to even do a Bible study with a Burmese family.  Those families that responded positively to Jesus' story will be followed-up with by the JFBC team in the next couple of weeks.



In all, we were able to identify 8 potential people of peace!  One of these men of peace was a Muslim man from Sudan.  On Sunday, as I was prayerwalking, I heard the Muslim call to prayer coming from the open window of a nearby apartment.  Immediately, the Lord impressed upon me to pray for a person of peace named Mohamed.  I voiced this prayer with urgency, and the brothers that were walking with me joined in with my plea.  A couple of days later, another group knocked on a particular door, waiting to give the DVD and offer prayer.  As the man opened the door and greeted the group standing there, the Lord whispered to one of the Summer Interns, "This man is a person of peace."  Of course, his name was Mohamed.

The same group returned to Mohamed's house to share with him their stories and Jesus' story.  Mohamed was very interested.  He invited the group to return to tell more about Jesus.  We are praying that he will invite more of his family and friends to hear about Jesus the Messiah!  Please pray for Mohamed and his family as they hear more of the Gospel.



Also, please continue to pray for the Johnson Ferry team as they follow up with the other families.  Harvest Week - Summer 2014 was a huge success!  We can't wait to hear how God continues to work and transform this community.  Thank you for your prayers.  To God be the glory!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

3 BIG Questions for Global City Church Planters: #3 ... HOW?

When determining to obey Jesus’ command to “make disciples of all nations”, it is a good idea to work toward and answer to a few basic questions:  WHOdo we focus our energies on?  WHAT is our plan for engagement?  HOW do we begin the process of making disciples?  To assist disciple makers in this, we are sharing the concepts and visuals below.  These should be seen as tools to help disciple makers think through, visualize, and answer these initial questions, especially as the disciple making team begins to work in a new field.



Process [HOW?]


The disciple making team must also determine how they will start the process of making disciples.  The process begins while the team prioritizes their work and engages their plan.  Early in the work, there are two primary ways to begin making disciples.  The first deals with being, and the second deals with doing.  It is essential to keep these in the proper order – being before doing.  

As each disciple maker abides in Christ through prayer and God’s Word, they are partnering with God, spiritually saturating the soil as God is preparing hearts to receive the gospel.  This state of being in an abiding, loving relationship with Jesus overflows into actions of evangelism.  The team will engage in abundant seed sowing, sharing good news with as many pockets of people and in as many spheres of society as possible.  Both an abiding relationship with Jesus (see John 15), and this broad sowing of gospel seed is essential to see a disciple making movement.  Both, along with the continued faithfulness to the entire process, will reap the rewards of a harvest of praise for the One who is worthy!



In the above diagram, we first notice that each of the previous questions of WHO? and WHAT? Are answered.  The answer to “Who should we focus our energies?” is answered by two actions.  The first of these is to identify the PoP.  In Luke 10, Jesus tells his disciples to go out and find “people of peace” (PoP).  These are people who welcome the messengers and the message of the coming of God’s Kingdom in Christ.  A person of peace is also a person of influence in his/her social life.  This circle of influence is known as an Oikos.  Workers are to make sure the gospel is spread through the circle of influence.  A person’s oikos (“household”), is made up of their Friends, Relatives, Associates and Neighbors.  Each person of peace that the disciple making team encounters should quickly make a list of these FRAN’s.

The answer to the question, “What is our plan for engagement?” is answered by another pair of corresponding actions.  The first of these is to Evangelize the lost.  Every abiding follower of Jesus knows that there are only two kinds of people:  the lost and the saved.  When he/she meets anyone who is lost, they make it a point to evangelize them.  When a disciple maker meets a person who is already following Jesus, or they lead someone to become a follower of Jesus, they Enlist and Equip them to become disciple makers themselves.  As this newly enlisted and equipped disciple maker goes out, they then continue the cycle by looking for a person of peace and/or becoming a person of peace for their own oikos.  Then, they gather their oikos and begin evangelizing the lost and enlisting/equipping the saved.

The diagram also addresses the question, “How should we begin the disciple making process?”  The answer to this question is given through four more actions:  Abiding, Seeking, Applying and Planting.  As the gospel worker is abiding in Christ through prayer and the Word, they are saturating the soil and preparing for the next phase of seeking.  During the seeking phase, the disciple maker is primarily sowing the seed.  This means they are entering the community, working hard to become insiders.  They are also evangelizing the lost where they find them, especially among any people of peace and their oikos.



In the applying phase, the disciple maker will disciple new believers, as well as enlist and equip those who already follow Jesus.  This enlisting and equipping  involves leadership development.  Leadership development mainly involves raising up, training and appointing elders for the newly gathered oikos, which is quickly becoming a church.  The final phase is planting, where the church is formed and released for service in the world.  The harvest is ready for the new church to reproduce itself, multiplying disciples makers to begin the whole process over from the beginning!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Being Poor and Ugly (A Guest Post from Proskuneo)

By:  Josh Davis

Josh Davis is the founder and president of Proskuneo Ministries.  Josh has a real heart to minister to people of every culture.  Being gifted as a worship leader, singer and songwriter, he's had the opportunity to minister to thousands of people.  In fact, the music of Proskuneo has reached over 30 countries and has been translated into various languages:  Spanish, French, Creole, Korean, Arabic, and Russian ... to name a few.

Not only that, but Josh is a good friend, a neighbor, and an excellent co-laborer in Clarkston.  Check out Proskuneo, listen to some tunes, and consider supporting them through prayer and financial giving.  Read to the bottom to check out a sample of Josh leading multicultural worship.

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Being Poor and Ugly

I was reading this morning in Acts chapter 3 when Peter and John encountered the lame beggar near the temple.  And, I was listening to what Peter said to the man with fresh ears.  "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give you.  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk."  The first part of that statement captured my attention today.  Basically, Peter was saying, "I don't have any money."  I don't know if Peter just didn't have cash on him, because he was carrying his credit card.  But, I seriously doubt it.  I don't know if Peter had a stash of gold back at the upper room, but I doubt it.  I think Peter probably didn't have much expendable income.  I think Peter was relatively poor.  By current American standards, he may have been incredibly poor, in fact.  And so many times we can look at poverty as a negative thing.  But, in this instance, I stop to ask myself, "What if Peter had money on him at that moment?"  That was clearly what the lame man was looking and asking for.  (Pause for a moment to wonder how many times we settle for asking for something lesser - like money - when what we really need is something greater - like healing.  That's another blog entirely.)  If Peter had money on him, the whole situation may have turned out differently:

               Man sees Peter and John and asks for money.
               Peter reaches into his pockets and hands him a coin or two.
               Peter says "have a nice day!  God bless you!" and goes away with a good feeling.
               The lame man keeps being lame, but has some money for a meal that day.

I have found that often, when we have plenty of physical resources, we can rely on those to solve the problems that arise.  I'm sick.  I have insurance.  I go to the doctor and get medicine.  Problem solved.  My daughter needs clothes.  I figure out what store is having the best sale and I go buy them.  Problem solved.  My car is out of gas.  I go to the station and fill it up.  Problem solved.

There have been times in the last year that someone in our family has been sick, and we couldn't afford to go to the doctor.  There have been times in the last year that our kids have needed clothes and we couldn't afford to go to the store (even the thrift store!) and buy them.  There have been times in the past year when our van was out of gas, and we didn't have money to go fill it up.  And, here is what I have learned:  Having fewer physical resources can make it easier to focus on our spiritual resources.  I pray more often for healing when I don't have money to send someone to the doctor.  I am quicker to celebrate how the Body of Christ can share resources (like hand-me-down clothes!) when I don't have money to buy clothes.  And so on.

Clearly, being poor can be a really good thing.  James 2:5 says that God has chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him.  It's interesting that I am much more aware of the promises of God when I have less money in my bank account or gas in my tank.  The promises of God are my insurance policy.  The promises of God are the currency by which I can live and move.  Hmmm.

Do you find it noteworthy that when God sent His son into the world, he sent him to be poor and plain-looking?  We as parents want our kids to be rich and beautiful.  But, God the Father (who has all resources and all authority) sent Jesus into the world to be just the opposite.  2 Corinthians 8:9 tells us that, though He was rich, Jesus became poor so that we, by His poverty, might become rich.  And, Isaiah 53:2 tells us that Jesus had no beauty that we should be drawn to Him.  Jesus was poor.  And, if not ugly, at the very least he was plain-looking.  And, I wonder what would have happened if Jesus had been rich and handsome.  He certainly would have been a better presidential candidate that way.  But evidently not as good of a Redeemer.  More people would have been drawn to Him, but apparently, God is not as concerned with big numbers as we are and, it's possible the people would have been drawn for the wrong reasons.  Maybe that's more important than we realize.

It is not wrong or bad to be rich and beautiful.  (But, our society communicates this message very clearly.)  So, today, I want to emphasize that it's OK to be poor and ugly.  In fact, it can be really good.  I truly desire to be rich in faith, for without faith, it is impossible to please God.  Whether I am poor or rich, I want to trust in God's promises more than any insurance policy or money in my pocket.  And whether I am good-looking or not, I can decide what (or who) I will depend on.  And you can too.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

3 BIG Questions for Global City Church Planters: #2 ... WHAT?

When determining to obey Jesus' command to "make disciples of all nations", it is a good idea to work toward an answer to a few basic questions:  WHO do we focus our energies on?  WHAT is our plan for engagement?  HOW do we begin the process of making disciples?  These questions will help disciple makers think through, visualize, and flesh-out some foundational concepts, especially as the disciple making team begins to work in a global city.





Plan [WHAT?]

Disciple making teams not only must determine who they will focus their energies; they should also decide what their plan for engagement with these people will be.  As disciple makers begin working among a people group, they usually enter as outsiders.  From this place, evangelism will be least effective.  An important goal is to move from outsiders in the community to insiders.  As an outsider, a disciple maker will be disconnected from the community at large, as well as from the hearts of individuals.  If workers could relate to people as insiders, then the individual’s heart will be open, and the community more receptive.  The quickest and surest way to move the message of the Gospel from outside the community to inside the community is through what is known as a "person of peace" (see Luke 10:1-20 ... more on the person of peace in a future post!).

There are three major obstacles or challenges that stand in the path of a (cross-cultural) disciple maker becoming an insider in the community.  It must be understood that it is very nearly impossible to be seen as an insider in every way that a community deems as important.  However, in these three ways, at least, it is necessary to move from outside the community to inside it.



The first obstacle is actually the easiest to overcome.  It is the challenge of location or context (1).  Very simply, workers must be an incarnational witness to the people they desire to reach.  Living among or near the community is crucial in becoming an insider.  There are multiple difficulties that accompany this and sacrifice will usually be necessary.  However, this first step must be taken in order to make disciples of all nations.

The next challenge is that of language and communication (2).  Before any people’s culture can be completely understood, appreciated and maximized for disciple making effectiveness, then their language must be learned.  Learning both the language and the culture are ongoing processes, as opposed to a one-time move to a new location.  For language acquisition, it can take several years before deep and clear communication is possible.

The third major challenge is communicating the Gospel in a way that makes sense to that people’s worldview or culture (3).  For adopting a people’s culture, team members will deal with issues such as clothing styles, music, food customs, relationships, work, and most any lifestyle situation.  As workers learn the language and live among the people, simple curiosity and observation will allow them to begin adopting the culture.  Before long, the workers have moved further inside the community.  A worldview is like a lens through which one views the world.  This gets to issues of belief and worship, knowledge and revelation, honor and shame, etc.  Without a genuine understanding of a people’s lens, or worldview, effective disciple making is not possible.


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Looking closer at these three major challenges to becoming insiders in a community, it may be helpful to understand them through the metaphor of a door.  Each obstacle – context, communication, and culture – is a door that must be opened before effective disciple making or a disciple making movement can occur.  For each door, there are a number of keys or practices that can be used to help us unlock and open the door or the heart - where life and community transformation can genuinely occur.



For the first door, context/location, there are three keys and one key ring.*  The first key is presence – living and/or working in the same context.  The next is proximity – this is being near and accessible; rubbing shoulders with people; being available for friendship.  The third key is powerlessness – indicating that as we enter a community, we do so in weakness, not in power; we come to serve, but also to learn.  The key ring that holds each of these three keys is proclamation – being absolutely necessary before we can move any further into the community (or individual’s life); until we share a verbal message of the gospel (not only a visual one), then we cannot say we are making disciples of Jesus.

*Read Alan Hirsch, “The Forgotten Ways” (pp.132-134), for more

The next door is communication/language.  It has five keys on a key ring.**  The key ring is story – without which will be no movement.  Stories are the universal way of conveying the most important messages; gospel workers have the most important message and the greatest stories, because they are true!

These keys describe the ways we are to tell the story and proclaim the gospel.  The first key is simplicity – if we want the gospel story to spread, then it must be simple enough to remember and repeat by regular people.  Next is unexpectedness – people respond more to things that are surprising, not predictable; usually, the good news itself is surprising.  Another key is concreteness – most people are concrete thinkers, not abstract thinkers; use concrete, everyday language that gives credence to their context and culture.

A fourth key to unlock the door of communication is credibility – the integrity of the worker will make or break the disciple making process; the walk must match the talk.  The final key is emotions – speak to the hearers’ hearts, not just their minds; when a person’s emotions are engaged, their bodies will follow shortly.  (Of course, all of this assumes the worker is learning to communicate in the group's first language.)  These keys inform the disciple maker how to tell gospel stories, which in turn will lead to the final door of worldview or culture.

**From Alan Hirsch, “The Forgotten Ways Handbook” (p.162). Also read Malcolm Gladwell, “The TippingPoint”.




That door of culture/lens will be opened to us with another key ring with four keys.  Each represents an action that the disciple maker must employ to communicate clearly and challenge a person’s worldview.  The first key is lead – intentionally lead the person to real life change; this occurs as they interact and engage with the stories of God.  The next key is to listen – make sure you listen to each person’s story as well as the community’s story; being a good listener and learner will give you the right to become a storyteller; earn the person’s trust by asking good questions:  what questions engage their head and are easiest to build a comfortable setting, why questions engage their heart and get to existing worldview motivations, how questions put the answers in their hands as they begin acting their way to a new worldview; also pay attention to body language.

Third, make sure you look*** - notice any bridges, or common ground, between their worldview and yours, tell stories that they can agree on and find a similar thread of meaning to their own stories.  Pay attention to barriers or obstacles that would keep them from believing the truth, some barriers should be ignored and steered away from, but others should be addressed and challenged head on.  Look for gaps in their worldview where you will introduce new concepts.  The important thing in all of this is to apply the right stories to the right people at the right time, so look and listen for the Holy Spirit to guide you.  The last key is to live – this means that your “say” and your “do” must line up.  You will possibly be the only model of Jesus’ life and God’s Word for this person/community, so make sure your witness is faithful and follow-able – get them to act like you.

***For more on bridges, barriers and gaps, see Mark Snowden and Avery Willis, “Truth That Sticks” (pp.154-156).

The ring from which each of these keys hang is love – genuine, trusting, open relationships are essential to see a person’s heart open and their life transformed.  The relationship should be a mutually beneficial friendship.  Remember, ultimately you are loving them into a relationship with God.



Saturday, June 14, 2014

Honor and Worship in the Majority World

My friend and Clarkston co-laborer, Jayson Georges, has an awesome website - www.HonorShame.com - I invite you to check it out.  A small group of us local Gospel-workers, Jayson, Ted, Josh, and myself, have just been awarded a grant through the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.  We are excited to be working on a pretty cool project along with several ethnic church leaders in our community.  Jayson describes what this endeavor looks like below:

Calvin Grant

Most public worship and liturgies emphasize confession of transgressions and assurance of pardon/forgiveness, perpetuating the guilt-innocence theological paradigm.  But how can Majority World communities creatively worship God for His faithfulness in saving us from shame as well?  A team of us in Clarkston, GA won a generous grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship to help 10+ refugee pastors/congregations creatively express their own Exodus-like journey from shame to honor.

Political instability, emigration, refugee camps, and immigration/refugee experiences create not only material poverty for refugees, but also social alienation and status deprivation.  Despite the shame uniquely experienced as refugees, the Christians of ethnic congregations appropriate primarily Western theology and worship approaches for liturgy and life.  In response, our team will facilitate a year-long mentoring and collaborative process with leaders from 12-14 ethnic congregations to create, present, and memorialize a creative artifact that publicly worships God for deliverance from shame - a pivotal cultural component for Majority World Christians.

The grant project mirrors the prominent Old Testament motif of worshiping God by creatively recounting how God delivered His people from social disgrace.  Hannah's song (1 Sam 2), Psalm 136, the feast of Purim, hymn of Phil 2:5-11, and OT narratives of Israel's faith heroes (i.e., Joseph, Ruth, Daniel, Job, Esther) epitomize the biblical pattern of worshipfully remembering God's deliverance from shame.

How can you help?

  • Do you know an example of ethnic arts/music addressing the themes of honor and shame?  Please share, we would greatly benefit from any examples.
  • As you minister among the nations, how could you encourage indigenous worship, in terms of forms and content?  Perhaps this spurs some ideas for your context.
  • Join with us in prayer as we hope to share any new learning - forms of praise highlighting honor-shame themes - over the next year, as we all seek to advance His honor and glory among the nations!