United for the Gospel

“…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

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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…

Workshops provided opportunities for training and encouragement as together we go to the nations.

Workshops provided opportunities for training and encouragement as together we go to the nations.

Thanks to technology, we were able to connect with Global Advance partners around the world who are raising up modern day Esthers in their nations!

Thanks to technology, we were able to connect with Global Advance partners around the world who are raising up modern day Esthers in their nations!

What a privilege it was to quiet our hearts and PRAY:  for each other, and for the nations.

What a privilege it was to quiet our hearts and PRAY: for each other, and for the nations.

“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? 

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Rickshaw Puller turned Kingdom Puller

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

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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.

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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

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CARING FOR THE PERSECUTED

The reason for persecution, then, is that people keep finding Jesus—and, then, they refuse to keep Him to themselves.
— Nik Ripken, The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected

To write about Christian persecution is a challenging proposition. It is a global epidemic and a mainstay of history, as repeated studies have shown Christians to be the most persecuted group worldwide, year after year. Yet Jesus warned his disciples to expect it, and Peter instructed the church not to be surprised at it “as though something strange were happening,” (1 Peter 4:12).

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Global Advance has already committed training and support for church leaders in 18 of the top 50 most-persecuted nations (assessed by Open Doors USA in their annual World Watch List), including direct rescue and relief for persecuted believers through the Alpha Relief initiative. Our commitment to, and involvement with, local churches in these nations bring the challenges of serving Christ under persecution front and center.


When we as believers encounter personal, heartbreaking stories of our brothers and sisters under fire, we wrestle to reconcile the tragic realities of persecution with the knowledge that it is wrapped up in the all encompassing love and sovereignty of God.

Recently, Global Advance received word of a new family in the faith from rural Pakistan. They received Christ last summer through the efforts of local missionaries and church planters we’ve been working with in the area. After committing to Christ they started receiving threats, but they stood firm in their new faith.

Sadly, last week their home was burned to the ground and their daughter Sundari was trapped inside. She was only nine.

 
 

We reached out to assess how to we could best help in this situation. Should we relocate them? Could we find them lodging in the city? In amazing faith, they are committed to stay, rebuild, and proclaim the hope of the gospel, and in it their testimony to God’s goodness in the midst of tragedy. Global Advance has committed to help them reestablish and refurnish their home in the village. Continued pastoral care will be provided and we are believing the church in this village will flourish as a result of their faith.

Please consider giving a gift to help care for Sundari’s family. As always, thank you for your partnership with Global Advance.

Ben

2019: THE YEAR OF UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS!

2019: THE YEAR OF UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS!

As we embark on our 29th year of ministry, God has given Global Advance unprecedented access to advance the gospel in 2019. See what amazing opportunities await…

FIRE IN MY BONES: Reaching the Unreached in North India

Friends, revival is in India.

The stirring in my heart while writing this update is similar to that of the prophet Jeremiah who said, "God's Word was in my heart like a burning FIRE shut up IN MY BONES. I could not hold it back…" (Jeremiah 20:9). I pray that the reading of these words may be a “journey on the road to Emmaus” that results in burning hearts and bursting lips!

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Global Advance recently conducted the first ever NextGen Conference in North India. Pastors and leaders came from three different states: Gujarat, Maharastra, and Rajasthan. No words can adequately express the immense presence of Jesus on each day of the conference. The state of Gujarat is known for violence, communal riots, and persecution, but we experienced what one songwriter declares, "I see a near revival staring as we pray and seek..." 

During the first two days, 230 Pastors and Youth Leaders attended the NextGen training, then over 2,000 young people gathered for the NextGen Conference that followed. The auditorium capacity was so maxed out that the team had to rent extra chairs! Attendees left thoroughly equipped, challenged, and expectant to see the gospel advanced and their communities transformed for Christ. 

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In the evenings, our team was honored to speak at the public evangelistic crusade. Literally thousands gathered each evening. On the final night, we gave a call for NextGen leaders to surrender their lives to Christ and challenged them to go to the unreached areas. 402 youth came forward; altogether 494 young people were prayed for and commissioned during both the NextGen Conference and the crusade. It was very humbling to hear these future leaders proclaim, “Here I am, Lord. Send me!” I am sure heaven was rejoicing to see many of these young leaders verbalize what was in their hearts. Praise God for these decisions!

These events took on a very personal meaning for me, as this North India host city is where my family relocated from South India when I was a 9-month-old child. Growing up, I would literally dream of thousands of youths coming together to give their lives to Christ. What a privilege it was to see this dream coming to life when young men and women stepped out in bold obedience to do just that.

These events took on a very personal meaning for me, as this North India host city is where my family relocated from South India when I was a 9-month-old child. Growing up, I would literally dream of thousands of youths coming together to give their lives to Christ. What a privilege it was to see this dream coming to life when young men and women stepped out in bold obedience to do just that.

Just last year in this same region, we held a Global Advance Church Plant Conference for 350 pastors with the goal to empower indigenous pastors to identify unreached areas and plant churches. Since that time, nine brand new church plants have been launched! I was able to visit these churches personally during this trip. I believe India is on the brink of a revival which will literally spread to the nations. The churches have tripled since 2017. Missionaries are willing to take risks to go to areas that do not welcome Christ. I see a boldness that only God can give. Frontline leaders are persistent, and they have never given up. I firmly believe that because of their faithfulness, God has not only provided for them, but He has given them great favor in their nation. 

With the blessing of their fathers, the two young men pictured in the middle have committed to planting churches in unreached areas.

With the blessing of their fathers, the two young men pictured in the middle have committed to planting churches in unreached areas.

As I look back at all that has been accomplished, I am in complete awe of what God has done. SO WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

We invited 50 pastors to a follow-up meeting to pray for these NextGen leaders and to discuss next strategic steps. Each pastor committed to mentor and disciple specific young people assigned to them using our Global Advance LifeBooks. God laid the burden on our hearts to focus on Northwest India, covering 7 states and 2 Union Territories: Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra (States); Diu and Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli (UTs). Our prayer is that by 2030, there will be a growing church in each village, district, city, and state, and all the people groups will be reached with the gospel. Our prayer is to see every people group in this region engaged through these trained young leaders. Will you commit to pray for them?

My heart is overflowing with thankfulness to God for raising up a ministry like Global Advance to lift our hands in reaching the unreached for Christ. I am grateful to Global Advance for believing in and investing in my generation by empowering us to fulfill the Great Commission, to strengthen the global church, and to penetrate every sphere of culture with the gospel.

My hope and dream for the Church in 2019 is that we would shift from being a Church that does missions to being a missionary Church. These people groups are at the very heart of the unfinished Great Commission task. With the enabling of the One true living, all-powerful God, your financial partnership can make a difference in eternity. Will you prayerfully consider partnering with us in this new year as we continue to empower frontline leaders to reach the unreached in North India and beyond?

 

Vivek S.

GOD RECEIVES THE GLORY AND GIVING NEVER FELT SO GOOD.

GOD RECEIVES THE GLORY AND GIVING NEVER FELT SO GOOD.

In a dusty town in south-central Pakistan villagers gathered in curiosity. The crowd grew as dusk settled and a man stood to speak…

To Know Him and to Make Him Known

Through our combined Church Planting and Esther Initiative training conference in India in November, new church plant teams were inspired and resourced to boldly lock arms to fulfill the Great Commission in some of the most unreached areas of the world.

Through our combined Church Planting and Esther Initiative training conference in India in November, new church plant teams were inspired and resourced to boldly lock arms to fulfill the Great Commission in some of the most unreached areas of the world.

It’s a common tag line adopted by local churches and ministries today, but as I scrolled through pictures from our recent training event in Vijayawada, India, this evangelistic creed - placed front and center on a banner where courageous frontline leaders gathered - stood out to me with profound depth and meaning.

To Know Him and to Make Him Known

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Maybe it’s the Christmas season that has me reflecting with greater intentionality on the immense privilege of knowing, loving, and serving the One who was born to die so that I might live.

Maybe it’s the news of a martyred missionary that has me more humbled, introspective, and prayerful regarding the reality of the number of unreached people groups around the world.

Maybe it’s because when I take time to look into the eyes of these brave frontline leaders, I’m reminded of their great sacrifice and commitment as they take the gospel into the darkest and riskiest places.

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It’s because we know Him that we are compelled to make Him known.

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What Child is This?

What Child is this

Who so impacted history

that the calendar of time itself

is dissected by His birth?

To the atom

He is fusion for by Him

all matter is held together.

To horticulture

He’s the Rose of Sharon

and the Lily of the Valley.

To the animal kingdom

He’s the Lion of the Tribe of Judah

and the Lamb of God.

To astronomy

He’s the Star of the Morning

and the Sun of Righteousness

rising with healing in His wings.

To the seeker

He’s the way

To the philosopher

the truth

To the penitent

the life.

He is Joshua’s captain

Moses’ smitten rock

Isaiah’s majestic sovereign

Saul’s blinding vision

John’s revelation.

What Child is this?

He’s the poet’s greatest theme

the composer’s sweetest music

the sinner’s dearest friend.

He’s the healer of broken hearts

the mender of broken relationships

the restorer of broken dreams.

To the weary

He is Wonderful

To the confused

Counselor

To the weak

Mighty God

To the orphaned

Everlasting Father

To the distressed

Prince of Peace

In His life

He is humanity’s only perfection

In His death

humanity’s only Savior

In His resurrection

humanity’s only hope.

What Child is this?

He is Jesus

God’s love gift to you.

- David Shibley

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WHAT ARE FRONTLINE LEADERS?

In every nation, God has positioned influential people to advance His Kingdom. The front line of the gospel is where the Church is taking root in new areas and people groups. Persecution of Christians in these areas is common.

WHY FRONTLINE LEADERS?

Cultural influence and knowledge enables community leaders to introduce the transformative power of the gospel more effectively than outsiders. This also instills value and ownership in their communities. 

HOW CAN YOU EMPOWER FRONTLINE LEADERS TO FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION THROUGH GLOBAL ADVANCE?

To be most effective, frontline leaders need resources, training, and tools. Global Ambassadors go to the front line to train and mentor leaders. Advocates pray regularly for, and share with friends about, the needs of frontline leaders. Partners of Global Advance give financially to provide discipleship tools, Scripture, relief, and economic empowerment.

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“And this is eternal life, that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” - John 17:3

To Know Him and to Make Him Known.

May this be the cry of our hearts this Christmas season, and all year through.

Whitney D.

Give the Gospel

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For more than 28 years our commitment to advancing the gospel has not changed, our obedience has not wavered, and we still joyfully push forward as we work to fulfill His final commandment to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… Matt. 28:19”. Thank you for standing with us as we remain faithful to the call.

Our Focus is Jesus.

Our Message is the Gospel.

Our Task is the Great Commission.

Join the #GivingTuesday global movement by sowing into the Global Advance ministry with a financial gift. Your gift of the gospel has an eternal impact on the lives touched by your generosity. There is no better investment than that!

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Empowering Frontline Leaders to Fulfill the Great Commission

GLOBAL ADVANCE: A YEAR IN REVIEW

GLOBAL ADVANCE: A YEAR IN REVIEW

In 2018, we have seen compelling evidence of how HOPE IS RISING in the hearts of God’s people around the world. The following Year in Review highlights this evidence – these are real numbers attached to real people

Piercing the Darkness Through Prayer

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When God called us as a family from South to North India in 2001, we were immediately confronted by the spiritual darkness of this massively unreached region. Here, only .05% of the population of over 600 million identify themselves as Christians. Our city, Chandigarh, is named after the Hindu deity Chandi, who is popularly known as the “goddess of power”. The second part of the city’s name, Garh, means “dwelling”. In similar fashion - be it a road, a mountain, or a river - everything in this part of the world was dedicated to or attributed to some form of spiritual darkness. No wonder Paul admonished the Ephesians in chapter 6, verse 2 that, “… our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Before we could expand Global Advance initiatives to train pastoral leaders in this region, it was crucial to pierce the darkness by mobilizing massive prayer walks and prayer movements. From 2001 - 2005, we were intentional in organizing prayer walks that covered thousands of miles in North India, as well as twice through the entire nation of Nepal. Easter week of 2003 found our team conducting prayer walks in the Himalayan Mountains over an eight day period. Our team felt that we should make it to a church on Easter Day to worship, but our local guide informed us that the closest church was another four days’ travel away. To our disappointment, we wouldn’t make it by Easter Day. But today, thanks to years of prayer and Global Advance training initiatives, we now have a church in every district of these regions that were once absolutely closed to the gospel! We are grateful to the Lord for the many Global Advance prayer partners who are covering us in prayer as we continue to pierce the darkness. Today, through the Global Advance South Asia Coalition, we have a prayer network that covers eight nations through intentional, ongoing prayer initiatives. We who are on the front lines can feel the power of God at work as Global Advance prayer partners join forces to pray with our prayer coordinators in South Asia. 

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We are seeing breakthroughs, open doors, and miracles as a result of prayer. The success and the progress we are making through the Global Advance South Asia Coalition is the result of much prayer. Prayer alone gives power and wings to the gospel.  

“The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.” – Andrew Murray

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You and I have the greatest resource for advancing the gospel through our ability to come before God in prayer to plead for what is already on His heart - the fulfillment of the Great Commission. While advancing the gospel is the work of the church, prayer is the engine that fuels its momentum. God’s decree for the advance of the Kingdom is dependent on prayer for its fulfillment: “Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” – Psalm 2:8

Will you pray with us?

Pastor James Chacko, Ph.D., Global Advance Field Director to South Asia

You can make a DIFFERENCE!

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We live in a world that is rapidly changing. The explosion of technology and information has created an environment of change and innovation that is unprecedented. The world is moving faster and faster; this is the new world in which our Lord Jesus Christ is building His Church. 

On October 5, many of our Global Advance Ambassadors came together to worship, pray, fellowship, network, and receive training here in Dallas, Texas. The room was filled with over 90 of our Global Ambassadors, Advocates, and Partners, all of whom share one goal: to fulfill the Great Commission. There was a fresh urgency as we gathered together to plan and prepare for unprecedented opportunities to light the nations with the gospel in the coming year.

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Notice these alarming facts of our world today: 

  • There are 2 billion people who have never heard the gospel. The gospel must get to them.

  • As the global population increases, so does the need for the number of churches to reach the lost. There needs to be 5 million new churches planted.

  • The ratio of theologically trained pastors to people in the U.S. is 1 in 230. The ratio of theologically trained pastors to people outside of the U.S. is 1 in 450,000.

  • According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, more than 2.2 million pastoral leaders (and as many as 3.4 million by some estimates) presently minister, while only 5% are trained for pastoral ministry.

  • Women are being marginalized, abused, and mistreated, but have hope and dignity in God’s eyes.

  • Poverty and corruption are rampant. Godly marketplace leaders raise the spiritual capital of nations. Christians in business can create capital that will bless churches, ministries, and bring help to social issues.

  • Christians are being persecuted at an all-time high. We are called to support them.

This is a troubling overview of our world, but HOPE IS RISING in the hearts of God’s people! As Christ builds His Church, it is our responsibility to equip these frontline leaders. For over 28 years, Global Advance has been a friend and advocate for indigenous leaders worldwide, challenging them to be catalysts for fulfilling the Great Commission. Global Advance has invested in more than 800,000 frontline leaders in 101 nations by placing vision in their hearts and practical tools in their hands.

Through the help of our Global Advance Ambassadors Network, we have been privileged to lift the arms of indigenous leaders worldwide who have surrendered their will, suffered in their walk, served their world, and spoken God's Word in the power of the Holy Spirit… for the single purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission in their context, community, country, and culture. 

As we were commissioned for upcoming 2019 opportunities, we together sang this hymn:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,

In the light of His glory and grace.

As we continue to light the nations together, may we look into His face and worship extravagantly. I challenge us to dream big dreams and cast a Kingdom vision that will last far beyond our lifespans.

How high are you aiming?

What will your legacy be?

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Come, let’s GO together to empower frontline leaders to fulfill the Great Commission. We need you! If you haven’t done so already, please click this link to check out our 2019 opportunities and indicate your specific areas of interest: www.globaladvance.org/goga  

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! 

 VIVEK SAMUEL
Programs Coordinator 

Hope Is Rising: Our 2018 Global Advance Light the Nations Dinner

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” - 1 Peter 1:3

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HOPE IS RISING was not only the theme for our Global Advance Light the Nations Dinner last week; it is also the reality for believers in some of the most persecuted nations in the world. There is a great need to resource these hidden heroes. But there is greater HOPE! Your partnership enables us to empower frontline leaders to spread the gospel around the world.

Many of our Global Ambassadors, Advocates, and Partners joined us on October 4 for an evening of gratitude and praise as we shared stories of how HOPE IS RISING in the hearts of God’s people around the world. Enjoy a glimpse of our night together!

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Friends, in the midst of hardships and challenges we cling to this unchanging truth: the Light of the World has come! The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness HAS NOT overcome it. The gospel is still GOOD NEWS!

Thank you for standing with us as a supply line to the front lines of the gospel’s advance. When you partner with Global Advance you are helping empower the Global Church to fulfill the Great Commission!

Walk Down the Street: Lighting the Darkness in Quito, Ecuador

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Two streets over from our hotel in Quito, Ecuador was the “Red Light District.” Armed with hot chocolate and crackers, we split into two teams and walked a couple of blocks to a whole new world.

Once a week for the last twelve years, our Ecuador friends have walked these streets with a very simple goal in mind: Love the people who are there. They simply keep showing up, week after week, with hot chocolate and crackers. They continuously ask them one question: “Can I pray for you?” That question is usually answered with a very quick, “Yes.”

Every prayer request involved their families. Some asked for prayer for their health. Another, a prayer for a job so she could get off the streets. We talked to her for a while and she said she loved to cook. We heard story after story until we were out of cups and crackers. I stood in the background mostly, pouring hot chocolate and observing, while prayer warriors prayed over women, and men who were dressed as women. They were all very kind. They all received us with joy.

They all simply needed us to walk down the street. 

As we walked back to the hotel, I realized how close we were to all of the people we just prayed for. It dawned on me that I’d been there for three days and didn’t even realize it. I was safe, warm, and comfortable in my hotel room, and there was so much need just around the corner.

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God has not called us to meet EVERY single need of EVERY single person. But, He has called us to do work that He’s already prepared in advance for us to do.

What streets do you need to walk down?

What people are you bypassing who need prayer? It doesn't have to be in the streets of Quito; it could be at your workplace, in your neighborhood, or at the ball field. The Church is not just a building… it’s you. If you can’t get them to come to your church, take it to them. Hot chocolate and crackers have been opening doors to minister the gospel in Quito for quite a while. But, they had to get out of their normal routine and take a bit of a risk.

They are fearless.

They are consistent.

They keep it simple.

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As a result, they’ve been shining an amazing light in a very dark place for many years. 

As God leads, will you take the risk, refuse to be “normal,” and walk down the street?

Leslie James

Global Advance Ambassador to Ecuador

 

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Our Esther Initiative team was recently in Quito, Ecuador to train frontline church, community, and government leaders, many of whom are involved in the restoration, education, and empowerment of women who have been exposed to sexual exploitation. Ongoing partnerships with frontline women leaders reveal how they are creatively gifted to address the needs of their communities. The Esther Initiative provides practical and spiritual support to these standout leaders, empowering them to build relationships, identify local assets, and own the dreams God has given them in order to advance the gospel and transform their communities for Christ. 

 

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Church Planting and The NextGen in Uganda:

As we arrived on the first day of our church plant conference, the worship had already begun. Voices lifted in worship to God filled the air and as I got my first glimpse inside the meeting room. I saw leaders waving their colored neckerchiefs in the air and singing with all their strength to our great God. In the room was over 500 pastors and leaders eager to receive training to plant the Church. Many pastors and leaders had traveled days to reach the conference site. To give this context, it took us about 7 hours to navigate our way to a location that would only take 2 hours to travel in the USA. 

 

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We had the privilege of helping these leaders cultivate their churches around a biblical framework, while encouraging them to live a life that is above reproach as a leader in God’s Church. We asked them to be leaders who make disciples and who send disciples to plant the Church, and to reach out to those unreached in their nation and beyond. 

 

By the second day of the training, we realized that several of the leaders present did not own a Bible. A Bible costs about $10 in Uganda which is a lot of money for them. One of the joys of the training was seeing them light up when we were able to give them the Word of God to take home to their villages and their churches. We gave out 360 new Bibles to church planters and Nextgen leaders. One leader was a woman who pastors a small church of 30 adults and several children. She showed me her Bible that was falling apart and missing chunks of Scripture. It was my joy to hand her a new Bible.  When I asked her if I could keep her old torn Scriptures, she said that she wanted to keep them to share with her church so that they could have access to Scripture. The ache in her heart for God’s Word was beautiful.

 

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In the west we have many resources at our disposal. Leadership podcasts and books, seminaries, seminars and tools are everywhere. In Uganda, however, many don’t finish school because they can’t afford it.  When we handed out church plant training certificates, we saw excitement and joy I cannot describe. For some, this was the first certificate of completion they had ever received. I had the privilege of shaking their hands as they graduated, with 173 of them committing to planting a new church in Uganda within the next 12 months.

 

As we concluded our church plant training, we launched into our Nextgen training. Uganda has about 43 million people in its population, and about 50% of those people are under the age of 20. We had 480 millennial NextGen leaders join our training. Many young leaders are trying to find their contribution within the church, but pastors struggle to know how to engage these young, inspired and creative leaders. Many pastors are guilty of ignoring their young leaders and not giving them an opportunity to grow the gifts and talents that God has given them. We had a chance to speak to both the pastors and those they minister to. 

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Each day of the Nextgen conference we challenged pastors to pay attention to and invite the next generation to the table, giving them leadership positions when possible. The Nextgen leaders were challenged to be Great Commission leaders who accept the Gospel and boldly declare the Gospel message. We were able to see an army of young leaders mobilized to carry the Gospel and leverage their influence to make an impact for the kingdom. As God moves on your heart here are ways you can pray for the current and future leaders of Uganda.

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·     Pray for church planters to plant health churches that multiply new churches.

·     Pray for the church planters to have vision and wisdom to make disciples. 

·     Pray for provision for those who lack the resources to lead well in Uganda. 

·     Pray that pastors would go back to their churches and give the youth space to lead with them. 

 

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We have been given so much in the west, and because of this, much is required. We are going with the rich resources we have been given by the Father. You can join with Global Advance in advancing the Gospel around the world through your prayers and faithful giving to this Kingdom assignment. Thank you for going with us to the nations. Thank you for praying for Global Advance and thank you for sharing in our collective work to reach others. We are grateful to work with you to advance the purposes of our King.

 

God Raises Up an Army of Kingdom Women in Pakistan!

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It has been an audacious dream of frontline leaders for years, and in August it became a reality. Over 350 women gathered for our first ever Esther Initiative conference in PAKISTAN! Words can't describe the JOY in our hearts as we see God building an army of kingdom women who are boldly saying YES to accelerating the gospel's advance in this Islamic domain.

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As a Muslim-saturated nation (96%), the culture in Pakistan is becoming increasingly influenced by radical Islamic militants such as the Taliban and the Islamic State. This fundamentalist Islamic rule has contributed to escalating violence, widespread corruption, and the persecution of Christians. Sadly, Pakistan is known for the abduction of over 700 Christian girls per year, who are abused and then forced to marry Muslim men and convert to Islam.

With over 350 tribal groups in the Sindh Province of Pakistan who have never heard the gospel, there is an alarming need to train leaders and plant churches in this region.

This is where Global Advance comes in.

Following the momentum of our Church Planting conference in May, and in collaboration with our ongoing Alpha Relief water well project, the timing and location of this Esther Initiative conference couldn’t have been more strategic.

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“Women were so much encouraged and on fire to take the message to others. They were restored, touched, and are now mobilized to impact other women living in Sindh and all over Pakistan.” - Pastor William, Global Advance International Coordinator

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At Global Advance, 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…

 

…for such a time as this.

 

Empowered with a vision in their hearts and tools in their hands, hope is rising for the Church in Pakistan! Thank you for praying, going, and giving as we lock arms with these frontline leaders in the hardest, most unreached regions of the world.

Whitney D.