Russell Godward

UPDATED: From Buckingham to Athens, the Gospel Does the Work

A team goes out in Buckingham (the place, not the palace) and offers prayer to 129 people over two days.

  • 53% say yes to prayer

  • 34% say yes to hearing the gospel

  • 13% want to know more

  • 2% turn and believe on the spot

This is postmodern, postChristian, secular England. Maybe everyone is unsettled by Brexit. Or maybe the reason we don’t see movements in the west is we’re not in the community sharing the gospel and making disciples.

Get some training.

UPDATE: This just came in from Will Burnham working among immigrants in Athens.

Stop delaying. Get some training.

178-Becoming a Great Commission church

How does a local church take up the challenge of making disciples and planting churches? Steve Addison talks to David Bareham in Essex in the south of England.

David referred to:

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I had a dream of two white guys coming to my home...

Paul

Paul

We normally think of a person of peace (Luke 10:1-11) as someone far from God who welcomes the messenger, the message, and signs up for the mission of reaching their community. Sometimes the person of peace is already a believer, and God uses the messenger to activate them. 

This just came in from Russell Godward:

My teammate Steve and I were out visiting homes on a nearby housing estate in Tilbury. Something we do together every Wednesday.

We connect and care for people by offering to pray for them, then ask "Can we tell you how we came near to God?" Typically 60% of people say yes when we offer to share in this way, so we go ahead and share the gospel with them using the 3 Circles.

That morning we were having a great time and decided to visit just one more home before lunch. So we knocked on Paul's door. 

His sister-in-law answered with Paul quickly joining us. We prayed for them and shared the gospel. There and then we invited them to follow Jesus and discovered they are already believers. In fact, Paul's sister-in-law had been wanting to go out onto their estate to share the gospel with people but was unsure how to do this, so had prayed that morning that God would show her how to do this. Then we knocked on her door! 

Steve and his wife began meeting with the whole family to teach them the 'Commands of Jesus' and train them to make disciples. 

Over the weeks Paul was able to free up the time to join us every Wednesday connecting with people and sharing the gospel. He has become a faithful servant sharing the gospel with many people in his town.

Recently Paul and I traveled to train in another UK city. On the way home he shared he had dreamt that two white guys came to his home and invited him to follow them, and the Lord had told him he should go with them. He reminded me of the day we met on his doorstep, and told me that I was the man he saw in his dream!

There are God-prepared people in your community waiting for you right now. How will you find them?

Send Russell Back to Kenya

Russell Godward

Russell Godward

My mate Russell Godward is headed back to Kenya early 2018.

I've seen first hand how much impact that man can have when he trains and coaches in Kenya. Here's a link if you'd like to find out more and support the trip financially

Meanwhile, I've still got my head down working on the next book. Planning to keep getting some podcasts but the blog is on hold.