Will Burnham

Movements — How to Spot the Real Thing

Will Burnham and some of his guys

Will Burnham and some of his guys

There’s a lot of discussion about movements these days, but how do you know if you’re on the right track to see a multiplying movement? There’s a simple test.

Michelle and I have spent a week in Greece learning from what God is doing along the refugee highway. We got to spent time with Will Burnham and workers with Arab, Iranian, African and South Asian backgrounds. Many are former Muslims. Some of them are in the photo above. It was so refreshing to see the early signs of multiplying disciples and churches.

Will just posted this update of what God is doing through these new believers. Look for the evidence of what a movement is.

Michel and some of his disciples left the Training Center a few days ago. They passed an African man on the street sitting beside his adult son who was having a stroke. No one passing by stopped to help. He called out to Michel in Lingala if he spoke his language. Michel realized what was happening and called a taxi and took the man and his son to the hospital where he is recovering! They said if he was 20 minutes later there would be little hope for a recovery. 

As Michel shared the love of Christ the old man described how fear in witchcraft has been their only faith. Both opened their hearts to Jesus! Then the son, Tresor, asked Michel to come to his home where five other African men live in order to share with them. They all believed. Two men are married, one wife is in Paris and the other man’s wife lives in another area of Athens for work. 

Both wives found out about their husbands new faith in Jesus and asked to talk to Michel. The wife in Paris is watching the discipleship videos Michel just did in French. The other wife in Athens asked for Michel to come and share to the 30 other African women living in her building. He plans to go there with two of his female leaders next week. 

God at work through a simple act of kindness. May His Kingdom continue to grow!

Here’s the test of any movement. It’s not about what are you doing. Listen for the stories of what new disciples who were far from God are doing. That’s the difference between a ministry and a movement.

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.

The hope of Europe

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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….

more: 176-Return to Athens

176-Return to Athens

The world is arriving on Athen's doorstep. God is at work multiplying movements across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Will Burnham reports in.

147-Movements Among Refugees and Migrants

 

All over the world refugees and migrants are on the move. Will Burnham reports in from Athens on how people on the move are turning and putting their faith in Christ and learning to follow him as disciples in newly planted churches.