Global Advance has been quietly investing in a team of leaders from across Afghanistan who are binding together to disciple the emerging church in Afghanistan…
Jesus told them, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.” - Acts 1:8 (MSG)
Picture it… a handful of His disciples, mostly uneducated; certainly not powerful or wealthy or well connected. As they gathered one last time with the risen Savior before His ascension, Jesus declares that they shall receive power from above to be His witnesses and make disciples of all the nations.
What did they do next? They spread out over the world.
How did He charge them to carry on? His directions were quite simple. But like all of Jesus' teachings, within His simplicity lies a depth of profound meaning. Jesus told his disciples to GO. He told them to make disciples from ALL nations. He let them know that His vision was not just local, but encompassed Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth.
“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)
Jesus' command to go and make disciples is as fresh today as it was 2,000 years ago. What part might you play in this Great Commission? For the last 29 years, hundreds have partnered with Global Advance to train and empower indigenous leaders in over 100 nations. The task is not yet finished. Is there an “ends of the earth” city, country, or region God is laying on your heart? Boldly ask God to reveal to you the role He that wants you to play in fulfilling the Great Commission throughout the world.
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In 2019, Global Advance is accomplishing much through the training and resourcing of frontline leaders in South Asia. But this year our commitment goes another step further…
This is my new friend Daisy. She and her husband founded and oversee an amazing work in their nation.
At the end of every Global Advance Esther Initiative conference, there is always a commissioning. This time, I had the privilege to close out the conference. I referred to India as home to the world’s largest concentration of unreached people groups. I felt led to share what God was laying on my heart as it related to the specific position of these women, and then I asked if any of them would commit to being missionaries to the unreached and least reached in their nation.
The Spirit of God moved powerfully in that moment, and twenty-five of them stood up to say yes. They lined up in the front, and Daisy began to pray. As we stood there together, the presence of God was so overwhelming that neither Daisy nor I could stop the massive tears from flowing. It was like nothing I have ever experienced before.
I have seen God’s Spirit move in incredible ways, but this was uniquely different. The only way that I can describe it is that it was like God’s heart, Daisy’s heart, and my heart all collided at the response of these willing women; at the call of God on their lives in their nation. It was one of the most special moments of my life, and one I will never forget. I’m so thankful that God allowed me to be there to experience it, and I’m so inspired and thankful for my sisters who know sacrifice like I may never know in my lifetime - and who are still willing to say yes to advancing the gospel, even in the midst of major hardship.
I’m humbled and filled up.
I’m thankful for Global Advance, and for all who prayed for these women as I went! I’m thankful most of all that our God writes eternity in our hearts, and that we get to be a part of advancing His Kingdom together.
Global Advance Ambassador to India
For $500 we can supply a rural, farming pastor with a new plow and a cow to pull it. This enables more productivity, meaning he can bring his crop to the market.
“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)
God is at work in a powerful way all across the nations. I have just arrived back from India, where our team is preparing for our upcoming NextGen Engagement training in Mumbai. I particularly see and sense the sovereign move of God across this nation among the next generation. During this trip I was able to visit and speak in ten different cities: eight in North India, and two in the south. It is really incredible to witness these authentic pockets of revival. They are not man-made. Young people are coming to the altar and just laying their burdens down. Hour after hour, day after day, individual reports of God's supernatural working in these young hearts have brought tears to my eyes. I lift my heart to praise and give thanks to God for this dramatic demonstration of His supernatural harvest throughout the entire nation of India, and the continent of Asia at large.
Thousands of young people are praying and fasting throughout the world for a new Jesus Movement. If we study the significant movements of the Great Awakenings, there are common threads of increased prayer and people repenting to God and each other. God is moving in these ways, and what I have personally seen and heard is beyond my comprehension. I humbly bow in reverence, awe, worship, and praise to God. This is His doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Will you stand with us for this generation and help us win and empower them into the next wave of His army? The Lord will use what the enemy intended for evil to bring about a generation of young people radically committed to loving Jesus and changing their world. You can count on it. We are headed to Mumbai to train NextGen leaders soon - don’t miss out on this opportunity to partner with us!
One of the greatest transformational movements in modern missions has been the cultivation of marketplace ministry. Marketplace leaders are business professionals who add value in their nations by creating jobs, bringing salt and light to the workplace, and raising a standard of righteousness and integrity in the market. This movement represents a growing intentionality in the global Church to fully integrate business leaders in the marketplace with the biblical mandate to take the whole gospel to the whole world.
At Global Advance, we have been working to establish Kingdom Business Networks in key cities around the world. A Kingdom Business Network (KBN) is a collaborative enterprise managed by godly leaders who use their time, talent, and resources to meet the spiritual and/or physical needs of the community around them to advance God’s purposes. A KBN is a door into the marketplace for the gospel’s advance. Through business we can intentionally tackle poverty, increase quality of life, bring positive social change, and as business leaders we carry with us the message of eternal life.
For three years, Global Advance has been working in Croatia to create a KBN that would be led and sustained by national leaders. Croatia has a small but complex business culture. Despite progress in economic reforms, challenges remain. These include non-transparent bureaucracy, the country's relatively high cost of living, and both real and perceived issues of corruption. By training and equipping Christian marketplace leaders, we are helping to transform the market. We are teaching business leaders to run their businesses according to biblical principles, to occupy their places of influence, and to work together to strengthen the market. The KBN helps equip business leaders to become faithful in their callings, and to together steward their resources to bring the shalom of God to others.
One of the Croatian business leaders that we have worked with for three years told us, “As an entrepreneur, I appreciate Global Advance’s investment in the Croatian business market. For some business owners, Global Advance was their first introduction to learning the great news that God can use them in the marketplace. Now we know that it’s God's will for every person to use their talents in the marketplace for the glory of God. This message is very important for me and for other people in our network. Thank you for everything you are doing here.” - Dajana (Croatia KBN Coordinator)
Our KBNs are providing practical and spiritual support for business people to learn biblical business principals. Our KBNs are growing. The measurement of success in reaching a city and its nation is the empowerment of all of its leaders seeing their work as sacred and understanding that their work has the potential to expand the Kingdom of God.
When marketplace leaders begin to mobilize together to serve the market and to strengthen one another to be God’s servants in their businesses, a Church without walls begins to form. The marketplace that was once a sleeping giant is now partnering with the Church to help her people step into their kingdom assignments. Your partnership with Global Advance is helping form Kingdom Business Networks that help leaders create healthy and sustainable businesses. Together, we are helping business people integrate their faith into their lives, their business practices, and the mission of their business.
- Pastor Ken
The state of Uttar Pradesh lives under a radical Hindu priest as its Chief Minister, appointed by the Hindu ruling government. Christ followers in this state have experienced more persecution in the last year than any other state in India. Uttar Pradesh has one of the largest concentrations of unreached people groups in the region. For this reason, Global Advance International Coordinators have been strategically training native leaders for tribal, rural, and urban church planting.
Loni, a primitive town with nearly 50 villages and a population of over fifty thousand people, is just a two hour drive from New Delhi, the capital city. One of our International Coordinators has been engaged in evangelism and community transformation initiatives for over two decades in this little town amidst great opposition and challenges. Christian missionaries have been under great threat for their very lives. In spite of various attacks, our leaders faithfully continue the work. As a result, earlier this month, Global Advance hosted the first ever Frontline Pastors Conference in Loni with 125 pastors and their wives. The atmosphere during the entire conference was one of great joy and celebration. Joyful, not only for the opportunity to receive high quality training and resources, but also for the opportunity to come together under one roof for the first time as leaders of the churches in Loni. Celebratory, to know that the church in Loni is growing and to know they are part of a wider and bigger community of believers. Our conference has provided a platform for unity and support for these leaders as they return to their villages and serve under great persecution and trials.
Here is what excites me about this training event…
114 leaders have committed to daily personal time with God in prayer and study of the Word; 64 leaders have committed to plant at least one new church among unreached people groups of Uttar Pradesh; 10 leaders have responded to the call for cross cultural mission work.
This commissioning was a solemn and reverential time before God and the witness of His people. God is breaking through barriers in Loni, Uttar Pradesh.
While encouraging and equipping are major focuses of our trainings, the distinct outcome is always the exponential church planting movements birthed as a result. The uniqueness of these new church plants as a result of our training is that they are evangelistic in nature. A tragedy of today’s missions’ paradigms is the focus on church planting and acts of service with a neglect of verbal witness of the good news of Jesus Christ. We praise God for the vision of Global Advance to bring a passion for evangelism that would result in the planting of new churches.
From its inception, Global Advance has invested heavily in equipping, training, and resourcing frontline leaders to reach unreached people groups and to plant new churches in Asia. I am thrilled to see a kingdom coalition consisting of high capacity leaders from across seven South Asian nations: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Together, we are working in the unity of the body of Christ to see 15,000 new churches planted among unreached communities.
We need your prayers and support; what we are attempting through building a regional kingdom coalition has been never done in our history of Asian missions. We need prayers to overcome the hurdles of cultural, denominational, and world view differences. We are beginning to see God breaking through the barriers and uniting national teams in each of these nations to birth something in our church history that “no eyes have ever seen; no ears have ever heard.”
Join the Global Advance force in Asia and become part of making history as we work to fulfill the Great Commission.
In His Team,
Pastor James Chacko, Ph.D.
Global Advance Field Director to South Asia
At church this past Sunday, my pastor reminded us all to invite friends to church for the upcoming Easter holiday. It’s the weekend during which people in American culture are most apt to attend church, and therefore a prime opportunity to share the gospel message. “When faced with argumentative refusals,” he encouraged, “challenge them to sit through just one service. Because one hour in God’s presence will wipe away every human argument.”
We are witnessing, in our time, a powerful move of God to awaken our cities, stir up our churches, and call out leaders…
THINK ABOUT WHAT GOD HAS DONE
“Fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.” –1 Samuel 12:24
In 2014, Global Advance followed the Lord’s leading to a next-level development of the Esther Initiative. For years, women had come to Global Advance training conferences all around the world, hungry for more of what God intended for their lives.
We conducted a Global Needs Assessment for Women with 103 leaders in 48 nations to gain greater insight into the needs of women. We found that while cultures, specific circumstances, and challenges may vary from nation to nation, basic needs remained the same. Women lack personal worth and identity. They need biblical resources and leadership training. They’re made for community and long for personal mentoring relationships.
We listened, we prayed, and we responded.
By God’s grace, we took this information and developed a leadership training resource for women. We intentionally built our Esther Initiative training conferences and mentoring track on our findings, and we began to see communities transformed by the power of God at work through ordinary women all around the world.
The Esther Initiative elevates women to the areas of leadership for which they are gifted and created. Whether it be in the home, the church, the marketplace, or in their communities, women are being inspired to rise up as modern day Esthers in their nations – to courageously say yes to bold faith in action right where they live. We believe that one woman can make a powerful kingdom difference when she knows who she is in Christ and walks fully and freely in her calling. We believe that her unique kingdom contribution could even change the course of a nation.
THANK GOD FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE
“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” –Psalm 9:1
Grateful for clear direction from God, grateful for a strong foundation laid, grateful for the inspirational frontline women leaders He has brought in our path, and so very grateful for your partnership that has allowed us to answer such a great need. Our goal was to start small and dream big. But God is multiplying our original projections for a higher impact than we could have ever dreamed or imagined. The Esther Initiative mentoring track is just one example of this. What began as a pilot mentoring group of ten regional women leaders four years ago has now expanded into 27 nations.
TELL OTHERS WHAT GOD HAS DONE
“When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.” –Joshua 4:21-22
2018 was another groundbreaking year of expanded vision for the Esther Initiative – this time through the strategic development of select national women leaders. Last May, Global Advance convened NINE high caliber women leaders from South Asia who are pioneering the Esther Initiative vision in their nations. These women come from some of the most unreached places in the world and have sacrificed much to advance the gospel. They engaged in strategic leadership discussions and created practical action plans that are moving them towards greater gospel impact in their nations. The intentional training they received was absolutely vital; equally meaningful was the deepening relationships that have formed as a result of our quality time together. God is strengthening a kingdom coalition to reach South Asia, and these women are playing crucial roles in that initiative.
With 15 Esther Initiative training events in 10 nations on the docket for 2019, this is another year of expanded reach. God is faithfully multiplying the Esther Initiative, for His glory and for the advance of the gospel.
Friends, what a privilege it is to remind you that YOU are a crucial part of this story.
Thank you for praying, going, and giving as we lock arms with these frontline leaders in the hardest, most unreached regions of the world. There's nothing better than knowing, loving, and serving Jesus together.
Around Global Advance we talk a lot about frontline leaders. But what do we mean by that phrase, exactly? What does it mean to serve on the front lines of the Great Commission?
Great things can come from remote and overlooked places! Within the Sindh Province in Pakistan, Global Advance has been developing a vision to reach the unengaged people who live in remote villages. King David came from the tiny village of Bethlehem. While Moses grew up in the corridors of power, the Lord sent him to do simple work as a shepherd before he returned to lead God’s people. Villages are full of people who need to hear the good news that Jesus loves them and came to die for them. The village vision is to see churches planted in the isolated, forgotten, and small places. We want to see Christ worshipped by all.
Recently, I visited one of those beautiful Pakistani villages. As the sun broke over the horizon, our car raced past roadside stands and carts being pulled by camels and donkeys. When we got to the first village, Pastor Guyan was waiting near his motorbike to meet us. The motorbike that he was using was purchased by Global Advance to help him traverse the network of villages that he oversees. He is passionate about evangelizing, opening doors for the gospel to advance, and identifying future pastors to be trained to plant churches in these villages.
Our first stop was at a village hospital. Pastor Guyan took me to the bedside of Pastor Matu, who was very sick from parasites found in unsafe drinking water. Pastor Matu is one of the pastors that Global Advance trained to plant churches last year. He is committed to the scattered villages across this highly populated province. I listened to Pastor Matu as he told me about his monthly routine, which includes walking from village to village 20 days out of the month to share Jesus with the people.
As we stood at his bedside, we began to pray for Pastor Matu to encounter the healing power of Jesus. He was healed immediately! He pulled out his IV and left the hospital to return to his important work. Pastor Guyan then led me to the village where Global Advance has been working to drill new wells that provide clean drinking water for the villagers. It was powerful to see the joy on the faces of the mothers and sisters who go to these wells to provide for their families. Clean water is a door for the gospel, so these wells literally bring living water to the villagers. Because of these wells, the gospel has been received and a church has been planted.
I often marvel at how God uses ordinary things to reach His creation. God’s strategies have always been different than ours. We are impressed by size, speed, power, and strength. We long for what seems glorious and impressive. Our God, by contrast, chose the way of the cross. He chose the way of rejection, isolation, and shame to come for us, save us, and forgive us. He was worshipped and welcomed by shepherds. These were the same kinds of men He chose to father nations, defy Pharaoh, and slay Goliath. Could it be that God could use simple people to reach all of Pakistan?
Ordinary things in the hands of an extraordinary God can accomplish extraordinary things.
A year ago, I was in Pakistan to conduct a Church Plant Training conference. In the year since, we have seen national believers engage poverty within their regions. We have seen dozens of baptisms. We have watched as pastors planted churches in 9 villages. In short, we have seen Jesus make Himself known to the people! On this trip I had the privilege to speak in one of those village churches. I prayed for their sick and dedicated and consecrated their homes to God. As the evening set on this anointed day, we gathered with the villagers to worship Jesus.
From drilling water wells, to supporting undercover missionaries on motorbikes, to training leaders to plant churches, Global Advance has been helping the gospel advance. With your support and monthly giving to Global Advance, we are seeing sons and daughters come to Jesus in Pakistan.
Global Advance was honored to engage pastors and leaders in Bhutan through our NextGen initiative last month. Our national team drove hours through the twists and turns of mountain roads to the Indo-Bhutan border, where over 700 rising leaders received two days of NextGen training. Representing a new era of ministry, most were first generation Christians between the ages of 18 and 30.
Bhutan is a small nation nestled in between China and India in the eastern Himalayan mountains, and is categorized among the least reached people groups with less than 2% of the population identified as Christ followers. These scattered believers often face persecution or social ostracism, and are often severely limited in their gatherings. It is considered illegal to build a church, so many of these believers meet underground in homes. Pastor K strongly believes in empowering the next generation to fulfill the Great Commission. With the help of our partners, Global Advance is coming alongside our brothers and sisters in Bhutan to equip and deploy these young leaders to the unreached areas of their nation.
At the final session of the NextGen Conference, Pastor K gave a closing “call to action,” where 500 young people committed to boldly declare and clearly demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ in their spheres of influence.
Dr. James Chacko, Global Advance Field Director to South Asia, reiterated the urgency to train leaders in Bhutan following his recent visit to train pastors and strategize with the Global Advance Bhutan National Team:
“THIS WAS THE FIRST EVENT FOR THIS REGION OF BHUTAN. THERE WAS GREAT RESPONSE AND HUNGER IN LEADERS TO LEARN. MANY TRAVELLED ALL DAY TO REACH THE VENUE. THESE ARE FIRST GENERATION CHRISTIANS THAT HAVE COME TO FAITH FROM BUDDHISM. THEY HAVE A REAL BURDEN AND PASSION AND VISION TO REACH BHUTAN FOR JESUS, AMIDST GREAT OPPOSITION TO THE GOSPEL.” - Dr. James Chacko
HOW CAN YOU HELP US EMPOWER FRONTLINE LEADERS IN BHUTAN?
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OUR FOCUS IS JESUS ⎮ OUR MESSAGE IS THE GOSPEL ⎮ OUR TASK IS THE GREAT COMMISSION
“…from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” – Ephesians 4:16
You could definitely say that it has become a treasured January tradition.
Combine a beautiful, secluded cabin in the woods, nearly thirty women leaders who are passionate to advance the gospel in the nations, a weekend full of relationships and intentionality, and you get our 4th Annual Global Advance Esther Initiative Ambassador Retreat.
To say that these women are on a mission would be an understatement.
The focus is Jesus.
The message is the gospel.
The task is the Great Commission.
Many of these Global Ambassadors will go to the front lines to train women leaders this year. They are teachers, mentors, prayer warriors, and givers, helping to provide discipleship training & tools, Scripture, relief, and more… in places where many have yet to hear the name of Jesus.
Thank you, Father, for the gifts of diversity and unity in the body. Thank you for creating us to function so much better, together…
“In His name the nations will put their hope.” - Matthew 12:21
The new year brings new opportunities to reach the world in Jesus' name.
Our calling is sure.
The time is now.
Won't YOU become a part of what Global Advance is doing around the world?
The strategic significance of our engagement in Chhattisgarh includes the central geographical location of this state in India. Out of a total 526 people groups, there are still 494 people groups who have yet to hear the gospel for the first time. - Dr. James Chacko, Field Director, Global Advance South Asia Initiative
Our latest training initiative for frontline pastoral leaders was held in the capital city of Raipur in the state of Chhattisgarh, India. During this three day training we provided much needed encouragement, equipping, training, and resources to 92 leaders. The majority of these leaders are working among those in extreme poverty: the Dalits (untouchables), and in tribal communities - including the largest tribe called the Gond - from the remote jungles of this state. These leaders provide oversight to approximately 200 church plants and various social and community engagements to advance the gospel in this predominantly radical Hindu state. Many of these tribal people were ancestor worshippers who were forcibly converted to Hinduism. Tribal peoples are generally poor, undereducated, highly superstitious and religious, and deeply engaged in the world of spirits, witch doctors, and sorcery.
Mukesh* was a young cycle rickshaw puller, living in utter poverty and darkness when the good news of Jesus was presented to him. Immediately, he gave up pulling people on a cycle to their destinations in order to pull people to their eternal destiny. Having received the call, he joined the Bible training institution run by one of our Global Advance International Coordinators. Soon it was discovered that he had tuberculosis, a disease most rickshaw pullers in India suffer from due to their poor work environment and the lack of money to provide healthy meals. His pastor took complete responsibility for providing medical treatment for this young man, who was now kicked out of his village for having accepted Christ. Mukesh was completely healed, and upon completing his Bible training was sent to his own community as a pioneering missionary. Today, he overseas over 100 church plants and heads multiple ministry initiatives under the spiritual oversight of one of our key International Coordinators in India. It was a joy to watch Mukesh provide the key apostolic oversight to host our first Frontline Pastors Conference in this state for his own people.
Kindly pray for these frontline hidden heroes as they face great opposition to the gospel. Anti-conversion legislative law passed by radical Hindu government prohibits converting people to other faith. Radical Hindu groups constantly enter into worship gatherings, disturbing the services and beating up believers and leaders. Naxals - namely the Maoist political groups - constantly abduct Christian leaders to extort money. They also destroy churches to create political instability in the region.
Hosting a conference amidst such persecution was a step of faith for the local leaders as well as for our national resource team, but our Global Advance Global Prayer Network stood in the gap in prayer to see the fulfillment of this incredible vision. We aimed to train 70 leaders, but exceeded that goal by training 92. Twenty-two leaders committed to plant at least one new church among unreached people groups within the next six months. We had two leaders commit to become cross cultural missionaries by leaving their state to go to another state to reach the unreached.
Thank you for praying, giving, and joining the Global Advance Ambassador Network to help us reach every unreached people group in Asia. Together, we press on towards the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
Yours in His Team,
Pastor James Chacko, Ph.D.
Field Director, Global Advance South Asia Initiative
*Name changed for security purposes