This just came in from Will Burnham in Athens:
Having coffee with Hadi this morning before we pick up some of his leaders for the day. He shared with me his story about going to a Greek monastery on the island:
He prayer-walked to the monastery to pray for the island. When he got there he saw the Priest and some nuns. He went in and shared the Gospel with them! The Priest asked him to keep sharing. One of the nuns was not happy about it and was rude he said. But the priest asked him to continue. They claimed to believe the same thing and Hadi asked them “then why don’t you go share the love of Jesus with these people?!” He then offered to pray for them. They are astonished he would offer that because he wasn’t a Priest. He then got to share about the Priesthood of the Believer!! Some women had come to see the Priest, overhead what Hadi was saying and followed him out to hear more. He shared with them that Christianity is not a religion but a relationship with a loving God.
Pray for Hadi to have more opportunities to share with Greeks as well as the refugees. Obvious it was “for such a time as this” God sent Hadi to the island.
The future of world missions is Afghan, Iranian, Syrian, Pakistani, Brazilian, Nigerian….
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Researcher, Jim Haney on the habits that result in fruitfulness in multiplying movements of disciples and churches.
Ghanaian Proverb—“If there is anything between you and power, remove it.” Fruitful practitioners deal with the things that prevent the Holy Spirit from empowering them.
Share the Gospel often, and invite people to receive Christ on the spot.
Gather those you share with into groups, whether they are believers or not.
Plan for groups to become churches.
Do not overly complicate witnessing, discipling, and forming new churches. Jesus said, “Follow me; I will make you fishers of men.”
Train for what you want; follow up for what you expect. If you are a leader who sends people for training, guarantee that they have opportunity to use their training and report their results.
Speak so they understand.
Scratch where they itch.
Expect and plan for results. If you abide, fruit will come.
Live among those you want to reach. How close? As close as Jesus was to his disciples.
The flip side: Ten habits that stifle a movement.
Interview with Jim Haney.
Steve Addison talks to Steve Parlato (above right) about NoPlaceLeft among the twenty million ethnic Lao people of NE Thailand. They are one of the lest reached people groups in East Asia.