Last month I had the privilege of representing Global Advance at a NextGen conference in Panama City in partnership with Youth Solutions based in Colombia. Over 850 spiritual leaders from Panama and other nations registered for the Light the City event which was held at Hosanna Church in downtown Panama City. To our knowledge this was the first event of its kind in Panama. Over 30 churches participated in what many felt was a movement of the Spirit to unite churches and encourage leaders to bring the light of Jesus Christ to their respective communities.
Europe is changing before our very eyes. Amidst the beautiful steeples and quaint homes of Germany is a culture that is struggling to find its identity. Hundreds of years ago this land produced great giants of the Christian faith that still echo truths to our generation. What would Martin Luther, Nicholas Von Zinzendorf, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer think of today?
A growing buzz of voices filled the room as women overflowed into the small hotel conference room located in the Sichuan Province of China.
Kuwat knelt in his prison room feeling his face begin to swell and his lips crack from the beating he’d just endured. This was not the first time he’d tasted his own blood for being a follower of Christ, but it was the first time he’d been beaten by someone he knew … his own family.
Jesus said in Acts 1:8 that we will receive power to be His witnesses in Jerusalem; Judea; Samaria and ends of the earth.
Here are 5 REASONS MISSIONS MUST STAY TOP PRIORITY even in these difficult times.
About 120 women had gathered in a room designed to hold 100. It was hot and crowded, but there was joy and a sense of anticipation in the atmosphere. In attendance were women in leadership: representatives from seventeen denominations from across South Sudan. Their love for God was evident in their exuberant worship (in both English and Arabic) and in the warm smiles on their faces.
I wonder how people might interact differently if they could see the future when meeting someone for the first time? Make sense? You know, like if you met me and you could see my future (somehow) and know that I was going to be a millionaire that would in the near future be funding all kinds of projects (yes please!) like the one you are thinking of starting. Make sense now? How might you act differently, if any?
Jake has a masters in Intercultural Studies from Fuller, a masters in Governance and Sustainable Development from Staffordshire and degree in Philosophy from the University of California...oh and he started a "church" in a coffee shop.
Up untill last week, I had never heard that type of combination of worship style, especially in Spanish.
The dust kicked up in the air as our car made its way down the boulevard that was teeming with cars, pedestrians, motorcycles, and bicycles all maneuvering their way through the directionally complicated and congested city streets. The African sun pounded with intense heat off the city streets of Douala, Cameroon. We had traveled through the night to arrive in time for our scheduled frontline pastors meeting.
As the early morning sun splashed the path where I walked and prayed, a quiet confidence met my expectant heart. I was moments away from convening frontline leaders from the urban and rural villages that cover the landscape around the Sichuan Provence of China. While I prayed and prepared to train church planters to plow the soil and gather a harvest of souls, peasant workers worked their own gardens nearby.
I peeked around the weary brick wall to find her smiling and stirring away. The pot on the fire contained a simple meal; the work of her aging hands would feed hundreds of hungry children that day who might not otherwise have access to food. Tucked away in a dark corner she faithfully tended to her post, pausing frequently to wipe her sweaty brow with the edge of her skirt.
Earlier this month, Steve Lawson and John Gillespie traveled with Global Advance to lead a Front Line Pastors Conference. Steve serves as one of our Global Ambassadors, and he shared his perspective on the Moscow Russia Frontline Pastors Training event.
Walking the streets of downtown Seoul is always a surreal experience. It seems strange to me that so many South Korean citizens carry on their daily business, appearing to be mindless of the warfare being waged so close to their homes. Seoul sits just 30 miles from the heavily guarded North Korean border. It’s a border that’s still at war.
Chloe and Harmony are two North Korean children I met whose story is especially powerful. The elementary age girls managed to successfully escape with their mother. Terrified, the small family spent months in hiding, avoiding bounty hunters.
They came, and didn't stop coming.
Some from across town, and others on buses and planes that traveled for hours and hours across borders in the blazing sun. Hundreds of women from Nicaragua and beyond gathered together under one roof to worship and be filled with life-giving truths breathed straight from God through his Word. This is just a glimpse of what Global Advance does all around the world.
Sri Lanka is a country on the rebound in every way. Just a few years ago, the nation endured a bloody civil war with the Tamil Tigers. In the midst of this rebound, the message of Christ has brought hope to many people, lifting them out of the hopeless grip of despair and poverty.
When we say that leaders matter, we mean just that. At Global Advance, we are working to train and equip the next generation of indigenous leaders for the Great Commission.
The bell on the front door of Olie’s bookshop chimed and a man entered out of the hot Pakistani sun. Something about the look in his eyes immediately made the store owner nervous. In a single sweeping gesture, the man threw open his jacket revealing a bomb strapped to his chest.
A horde of police officers and government officials poured into the village under cover of darkness. Their mission: to harass and threaten a small group of Chinese Christians with severe punishment if they ever opened their homes to an undercover missionary again.