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.

Pressing Forward in Great Faith: The Esther Initiative Launches in Bhutan

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We first met YC* at our Global Advance Frontline Pastors Training Conference in the small and beautiful nation of Bhutan. Bhutan is nestled in between China and India in the eastern Himalaya mountains, and is categorized among the least reached people groups with less than 2% of their population identified as Christ followers.

Living under a Buddhistic dynasty, local pastors face persecution and social ostracism, and are mostly severely limited in their gatherings in this restricted access nation.

In spite of these challenges, God is raising up passionate frontline leaders in Bhutan who are pressing forward in great faith.

When YC was a young girl, her family planted a church in their village. Immediately, they faced intense persecution. But young YC was not deterred from serving her Savior. When she was just seven years old, God led YC to start a Sunday school class for kids her own age. Today, she serves full time in their growing church network, and is part of an influential leadership program in her nation. 

God has placed the same dream in YC’s heart as that of her mother; to disciple and empower the women of Bhutan to become intercessors and leaders who will impact their families, the marketplace, their communities, and their nation for Christ. Equipped with personalized training through Global Advance’s Esther Initiative Mentoring Track, we partnered with YC and the Global Advance Bhutan national team to host an Esther Initiative training conference in June of this year.

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Over 60 women leaders from nine key cities gathered shoulder to shoulder for our first Esther Initiative conference in Bhutan!

"The Esther Initiative has just encouraged me so much. Going through the Esther Manual was just so uplifting and encouraging in my personal life, which helped me commit to this national vision of taking the Esther Initiative to every church; to every woman... getting them mentored and coached with what the Word of God says. We were blessed to host the first Esther Initiative conference here in my church, and I was in tears as I was listening to the testimonies. Many of them left so encouraged, and they have been begging me; asking me when the next Esther Initiative program will be."
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YC’s commitment to raising up modern day Esthers in Bhutan, combined with Global Advance’s practical leader multiplication strategy, is a powerful force for the advance of the gospel in South Asia. From remote villages to large cities, YC is on the move with a vision in her heart and tools in her hands across the borders of the most unreached region of the world. 

 

Whitney D.

 

THE GOSPEL IS CENTRAL IN LIFE AND MINISTRY

“Whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock; and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24–25)
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Training Church Planters

I once heard someone say, “Always keep the main thing the main thing.” For over 28 years, Global Advance has anchored its focus in the gospel, and has worked to advance the gospel around the world by empowering frontline leaders to fulfill the Great Commission. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the Bible’s integrating theme. It is the underpinning of all biblical truth. It is the skeletal structure of the Scriptures; the scarlet thread that weaves together God’s story of redemption. Our work of training pastors and leaders on the gospel’s front line is helping to lift the biblical knowledge of many under-served and isolated pastors. Because of your generous support in the work of Global Advance, several things are accomplished:

·      Churches are protected from the spiritual health disaster that otherwise awaits them.

·      Theological and cultural misperceptions of Christianity are corrected.

·      The future leadership of the faith multiplies.

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Training Tribal Pastors

We must continue to protect the gospel as we train indigenous leaders who are without access to basic, biblical understanding. The apostle Paul’s most stinging rebuke was reserved for those who tampered with the gospel. He wrote, “There are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:7-8) 

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Empowering Women to Proclaim the Gospel


 

We work every day to cultivate relationships with frontline leaders who know the needs in their own spheres of influence and who can create effective solutions to meet those needs. We aim to strengthen our global pipeline to deliver leadership training and to support well-planned, carefully communicated ministry opportunities that can advance the gospel. 

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Discipleship on the Front Lines

LET US PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15, NIV)

We are working with men and women, young and old, to empower a global movement that carries the hope of this gospel to those who have not heard. It is beautiful to see all of God’s creation proclaiming the promise of the gospel’s message. Without question, the glory of God is the highest motive for sharing the gospel, but it is not the only motivation. Reaching people who are lost in every sense of the word - those without Jesus who are headed for an eternity devoid of God, and thus devoid of hope – is an equally valid, biblical motive for evangelism. There is both a vertical motive for evangelism and missions (the glory of God), and a horizontal motive (the lost state of humanity). 

We are to be “making the most of the time because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16). From an eternal perspective, one of the wisest uses of time – an investment that will yield eternal dividends – is bringing people to personal faith in Christ and challenging others to do the same. The writer of Proverbs counsels us that “he who wins souls is wise” (Prov. 11:30).

All around the world, Global Advance is working to promote the urgency for reaching unbelievers with the gospel. As believers, we can increase our urgency in three ways: 

First, ask God for it.

Second, make evangelism intentional.

Third, see the world through “gospel glasses.” Make the gospel first – first in your loyalties, first in your ministry, first in how you view people, and first in how you view life. 

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Training NEXTGEN Leaders

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.

 

Pastor Ken

What Does it Take to Transform a Nation?

What Does it Take to Transform a Nation?

In the commissioning of his followers, Jesus made it clear: we are to be nation-disciplers. What an immense privilege – and responsibility – to partner with the Holy Spirit to propel the transforming message of the gospel throughout entire nations and regions! But what does it really take?

Days With David: Downloading A Legacy of Leadership to the Next Generation

 

"A truly successful life is measured not by its duration but by its direction; not by its parties but by its purpose; not by what was amassed but by what was dispersed; not by the embracing of things but by embracing the One Thing - to love Jesus supremely and to make Him loved by people everywhere. " - David Shibley

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In 2000, when Global Advance Founder David Shibley was 50 years old, he sensed a mandate to begin to “give back” in gratitude for all the Lord has allowed him to do. In Dr. Shibley's words, “I felt a distinct call to download to the next generation of ministers the big things in life and ministry the Lord had taught me or is still teaching me.”

From this deeply personal conviction, Days with David was born. 

Days with David is a gathering where Dr. Shibley unpacks his most valuable lessons from over 50 years of vocational ministry. For two days at a time at the Global Advance headquarters, he downloads this rich wisdom with the laser-focused mission of investing in and inspiring emerging young leaders.

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The group is purposely kept small; each Days with David session typically hosts between 8 – 12 young leaders. Participants are recommended by pastors of partnering churches with Global Advance, and attendance is by invitation only. The target demographic of this unique offering is young people - usually under the age of 40 - who are specifically called to vocational ministry.

Over 150 young men and women have attended Days with David weekends since they began 18 years ago.

The Days with David training format covers dozens of subjects under three big themes:

  • Starting Well - Foundations

  • Serving Well - Disciplines

  • Finishing Well - Legacy

Sessions are in a dialog format. Although Dr. Shibley covers a defined curriculum of material, participants are encouraged to engage with the teaching throughout the weekend and to approach Dr. Shibley at any time with questions or comments.

The intentional training structure and warm, personal setting allow for just that.

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"This is one of the most gratifying things I do in ministry. From now until I see Jesus, I want everything I do in ministry to be trans-generational. I leave these weekends mentally exhausted, but very happy and grateful."

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Today, a collection of photos line the walls of the Global Advance offices - memories of past Days with David gatherings and the fruitful ministry that has emerged since. Each photo tells a story, packed with beautiful reminders of God's faithfulness in using one man and his bold decision 18 years ago to give back intentionally. Dozens of testimonies have rolled in throughout the years, much like the one participant who, with tears in his eyes, thanked Dr. Shibley saying, “I feel like I just cheated on life. It’s like I just received a 25-year head start!” A walk by the photo collage is an encouragement to press on; to continue investing well and making much of Jesus as long as we have today.

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Global Advance is engaging the next generation of kingdom leaders to fulfill the Great Commission. They are the current and future leaders of the Church and the key to advancing the gospel in every sphere of culture. Training next generation leaders helps bridge the leadership gap, and ensures a successful leadership handoff. 

Days with David continues to download a legacy of leadership to the next generation because we have been entrusted with the gospel. Consider partnering with us by hosting a future Days with David event.

 The first ever  Days with David for Pastors  event was held on August 16, 2018, in Rockwall, Texas.

The first ever Days with David for Pastors event was held on August 16, 2018, in Rockwall, Texas.

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Doing What Has Never Been Done: The Global Advance South Asia Coalition

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July 2018 Frontline Pastors Conference in Sahiwal, Pakistan

One of the biblical assurances we have before the second coming of our Lord is that there will be a great spiritual harvest. Many people will become followers of Jesus, and there will be a great harvest of souls into the Kingdom of God. The gospel will be preached to every nation, and people will be saved out of every nation or "people group" before the end comes (Matthew 24:14). The book of Revelation tells us about a multitude of people worshipping around the throne from every tribe, language, people, and nation (Revelation 5:9).

 

What God is doing in the nations of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Maldives through the Global Advance South Asia Coalition is exactly the fulfillment of the above promises. God is enabling our leaders in these nations to present to the Father redeemed people from among 3,218 unreached people groups.

 

This massive undertaking by Global Advance is something that has never been done in the history of the church in South Asia.

 

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Raising up modern day Esthers in Sikar, India

What makes this initiative unique is that it is national leaders led, powered by the training and equipping provided by the proven ministry of Global Advance. As a result of the huge investments of finance, Global Ambassadors pouring into the lives of the national leaders, and backed with valuable training resources, today we have the best of the best, top-level national teams collaborating in unity to reach their own nations. This has resulted not only in the development of strategic national strategies, but also a regional Kingdom coalition that is now set in motion to reach over 2 billion people. 

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Women leaders sit shoulder to shoulder to receive vital training at our Esther Initiative Conference in Thimphu, Bhutan

 

 

Some of the challenges and threats we face in this region are radical religious groups persecuting Christians, political instability, corruption, poverty, caste discriminations, natural disasters, population explosion, forced re-conversions, sex trafficking, child labor, civil war, laws to hinder or stop Christian activities, the burning of churches and Christian establishments, imprisonment of pastors on false charges, and threats to our very families and personal lives. Amidst these challenges and more, our leaders in South Asia are laser focused on our vision of planting at least 15,000 new churches within the next five years.

 

  Empowering church planters to fulfill their vision to plant a church in every district of Nepal at our Frontline Pastors Conference in Kathmandu

Empowering church planters to fulfill their vision to plant a church in every district of Nepal at our Frontline Pastors Conference in Kathmandu

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Over 600 leaders gathered for our Frontline Pastors Church Planting Conference in Karachi, Pakistan in May 2018

Prayer is needed for the following nations classified as Restricted Access CountriesAfghanistan and Maldives under Islamic rule, and Bhutan under a Buddhistic dynasty. God is providentially and supernaturally providing creative access to bring the gospel to these nations.

Our second classification of nations is Limited Access Countries: Pakistan and Bangladesh. Both of these nations are Islamic domains. God has made it possible for our leaders and Global Ambassadors to travel to these nations to provide in-country training and equipping to hungry leaders.

Our third category of nations is Cautious Access Countries: India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. India - a predominantly Hindu nation, with the second largest Islamic population in a country - is now leading the way for the world’s fastest church planting movement. God is also raising up key apostolic leaders from this nation to advance the cause of Christ, not only in this region, but throughout the world.

“This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” - Psalm 118:23
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This groundbreaking South Asia Coalition continues to make tremendous gospel advances, but we're not done yet. May Jesus Christ be known, loved, obeyed, and worshipped by every tribe, people, and nation so that the Great Commission becomes the Great Fulfillment! Thank you for your partnership that provides frontline leaders in the toughest parts of the world the vital training and tools needed to impact God's Kingdom for eternity! 

 

Dr. James Chacko

Field Director, Global Advance South Asia Initiative

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Dr. James Chacko and Global Advance team arrive in Dhaka, Bangladesh for a Frontline Pastors Church Planting Conference in July 2018

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Dr. James Chacko with representatives from the Global Advance Sri Lanka national team

Enlightened Newsletter: A Summer 2018 Update from Global Advance

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At Global Advance, we're passionate about telling the inspiring stories of how hope is rising in the hearts of God's people throughout the world as together we carry out the Great Commission. Don't miss our most recent Enlightened Newsletter, where you'll find just that:

 

  • Learn how God is multiplying our original projections for a higher impact through the Esther Initiative beyond what we could have ever imagined. 

 

  • Hear testimonies of how our recent Frontline Pastors Conference in Kaduna, Nigeria is making a difference for the advance of the gospel across the Islamic rim of Northern Africa.

 

  • Read about how our resources go farther when we equip indigenous leaders like Zin from Myanmar through our Alpha Relief Initiative.

 

  • Review why the marketplace matters, and how YOU can be a part of a move of God through Marketplace Missions!

 

Click the button below to take a look at the highlights of how your support is impacting lives for the kingdom of God:

Global Advance in Vietnam: Shining the Light of Christ through Marketplace Missions

We are “the light of the world,” said Jesus, like a town on a hill or a lamp on a stand that cannot be hidden and whose light shines in the darkness (Matthew 5:14-16). The marketplace ministry of Global Advance equips business leaders to shine the light of Christ in their spheres of influence.

For more than 10 years Global Advance has engaged with believers in the marketplace of Vietnam. Most of the time they are first-generation Christians. The Holy Spirit has set them ablaze to be His witness in the factories, the board rooms, and the back offices.   

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Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, bursts with economic progress.

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In Hanoi, some estimate that there are only several thousand Christ-followers among a city of millions. On the 72nd floor of the highest building in the city, we sat down with Bernard. “I am the only Christian in the office. People are watching how I deal with stress, family, and temptations. I know God has put me here to be a witness.”  

 

 

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In Ho Chi Minh we met Lucky, a young owner of a fashion clothing outfit. Together we prayed for God to use Lucky for His glory. “I have a passion to bring young people to Christ and run an excellent business.”   

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Lucky owns a high-end fashion store. He wants to use his influence for the Kingdom.

Diep owns an audio equipment business in Saigon. Before turning to Christ, she trusted in the hundreds of idols and shrines that lined her office. She struggled with an illness of bleeding, much like the woman in the Bible. That’s when she met our friends from LEC church. The pastor and his wife prayed over Diep and the Lord healed her. From that moment Diep rid her idols and surrendered her life to Jesus. She is now active in helping youth and recovering drug addicts find hope.     

Global Advance has sponsored many Marketplace Leaders Conferences, impacting hundreds of business leaders in Vietnam. A team of 20 businesswomen from the financial district in Taiwan also joined in the marketplace ministry in Hanoi. Seminar topics included Kingdom Entrepreneurship, Dealing with Stress, Building a Kingdom Corporate Culture through Vision and Values, and a call to join in the Kingdom Business Network our Father is building.

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  Business women from Taiwan flew to Hanoi to participate in the conference.

Business women from Taiwan flew to Hanoi to participate in the conference.

Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The harvest field is ripe for souls. Years of war and devastation are being overtaken by investment and growing prosperity as the people are diligently responding to greater market freedoms and opportunities. A great door has opened for the Gospel through "pastors in business" and leaders influencing their businesses and culture through their faith in Christ. Please join us as we continue to pray for and invest in Vietnam and other countries through Marketplace Missions.

 

Gratefully commissioned,

Jonathan Shibley 

 

  Ti runs a print shop which produces 90% of the Christian literature for Vietnam.

Ti runs a print shop which produces 90% of the Christian literature for Vietnam.

When God Moves in a City...

"But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” - Jeremiah 29:7

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Our team of seventeen had been preparing for months to train leaders in the city. From a large Esther Initiative conference, to Marketplace Missions workshops, to training in a local social community, there would be many moving parts to our ten days of strategic ministry together. To say that we were fired up to get on the ground and get to work would be an understatement.

But a week before we were set to depart for Porto Alegre, an unexpected truck drivers' strike was paralyzing the nation.

In twenty-four of twenty-six states, trucker roadblocks shut down highways in protest against rising fuel prices that took yet another hit to Brazil's suffering economy. Airport transportation was halted due to lack of fuel. Supermarket shelves became sparse. A massive loss of livestock resulted from lack of animal feed, and procedures in some hospitals were suspended due to lack of medicine. It is estimated that the strike resulted in a loss of over seven billion dollars of economic production over just five days. All the while, tension grew between a frustrated people and its government. 

And so we hit our knees and we prayed.

Our Global Advance international coordinators in Brazil have become more than beloved ministry partners; we have a deep heart connection that truly feels more like family. For the last five years we've dreamed God-sized dreams with them, lifting their arms as together we train leaders and pray for the transformation of their nation. In this time of historic economic crisis, political corruption, crime, and the poverty of millions, we know that the answer for Brazil is Jesus. There's no denying that Brazil's recent challenges have opened the door to bring the hope of Christ to this hurting nation like never before.

We felt strongly that the time to GO was now, and God answered our prayers.

The weekend before we were set to travel the truck drivers' strike was lifted. We were on our way to witness MORE of the powerful move of God in this city...

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Three years ago we launched our first Esther Initiative training conference in Porto Alegre. One church was represented and 400 women gathered, hungry to know more of who they are in Christ; to know of their calling and capacity to be used by God to advance the gospel in their city. 

Two years ago the Lord captured the hearts of the Brazil team to help bring unity to the city by inviting multiple churches to our second Esther Initiative conference. South Brazil - with only 11% of its population identified as evangelical Christians - had long been known as the "pastor's graveyard" due to a rejection of the gospel and the disunity of its people. A powerful moment during that conference came when representatives from 26 churches came forwardhumbled themselves, repented, and committed to serving God better together. Over 700 women in one auditorium proclaimed that together their focus is Jesus, the message is the gospel, and their task is the Great Commission.

When God moves in a city, the beauty of multiplication is evident.

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Last month we partnered for our third Esther Initiative conference - this time in a university campus auditorium in order to accommodate the 1,200 women who flocked together from 65 churches! From one to sixty-five churches. Only God!

These women know without a doubt that God has called them to work together to shine His light in their city... for such a time as this.

They joyfully accepted our challenges to recommit to daily time with God, to pursue intentional mentoring relationships, and to boldly step into their calling to reach the unreached in their city and beyond. 

But the impact doesn't stop there. 

In between conferences church leaders have begun meeting monthly to build relationships, pray, and seek the Lord together for the welfare of their city. Their unity and momentum has caught the attention of additional leaders throughout the marketplace, social, and government sectors.

As God continues to move in hearts across Porto Alegre, city leaders are now asking how they can work together.

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When God moves in a city, it has the potential to transform an entire nation. We believe that in Brazil He is doing just that.

Please PRAY for our additional training conferences in Brazil yet this year: for our large NextGen event that kicks off next week, and for our much longed for Marketplace Missions conference in November. Lord willing, we're already strategizing about how our holistic approach to Global Advance trainings can impact even more cities in Brazil in 2019. 

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The harvest is plenty, and the workers in Brazil are multiplying thanks to your partnership. Just look at what God is doing around the world as we empower frontline leaders to fulfill the Great Commission... together. 

Whitney