Most of the reports we give are about our work in countries far from home. This time I want to share a story by Terry, one of our team. It will show that God is using our training material right here in the United States.
“I have had the privilege of knowing a man of God by the name of David for over 25 years. I met him when we lived in Union County, NC. David is an African American brother in Christ, who started a church over 25 years ago in Marshville, NC. He has seen growth from a handful to hundreds. God has worked in marvelous ways in the man's life and in his church corporately.
In the past several years, David has been mentoring many men that we might call his Timothys. Those brothers are spread throughout NC and the United States. We keep in touch periodically, so earlier this year he called me to catch me up on what the Lord is doing in and through him. He mentioned a group of believers that he wanted to disciple. That call came about the time that the second edition of God’s Plan for His Disciples came out, so I sent him a copy of it. He told me that he completed the first two lessons and knew that it was a tool he wanted to put into the hands of the disciples. So I sent him 25 more copies. After that he wanted an additional 50 copies.
Since that time, I sent a copy of GPHD to a brother he knows in Chicago, who wanted an additional 25. I sent those to David as well, and he sent them on to his friend.
The brother recently reported to David that the manual is "hot in Chicago!" People are using it and growing in the Lord. It is receiving much praise primarily because (according to the brother's testimony), "it's getting people back into the word of God." The manual has also been sent to Costa Rica and has been well-received there also.
Brother David Allen also has a school of ministry that he had suspended for a time but recently told me that he wants to start that back up again and introduce the brothers to both GPHD AND GPHC. God willing, I will visit David and go over GPHC with him to see if that's something he wants to use in training the leaders of his church and other various ministers of the gospel. I'm looking forward to what the Lord will continue to do with GPHD and GPHC. To God be the glory!”
If this can happen in churches from NC to Chicago, what will it do for discipling in your church? If you are interested in receiving a copy, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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