A special focus was given to ensure young women received Bibles – girls who will be engaging in mentorship through the Esther Initiative over the next year…
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!
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In an Islamic nation in Central Asia, a group of local missionaries and church planters is bravely reaching the children in their communities. Recognizing the need to disciple believers from the oldest to the youngest, they hold VBS-style summer camps to teach the foundations of what it means to follow Christ.
June 20 is World Refugee Day, highlighting the plight of millions of refugees around the world. Global Advance's partners on the front lines often find themselves in the midst of crisis areas, either by circumstance or by intent. Today got me thinking about some of these hot spots and the impact of loving vulnerable people for Jesus' sake.
Building a kingdom coalition is hard work. At Global Advance, we have spent the past three years investing in high capacity leaders in eight nations located in South Asia known as SAARC. It came as a big idea from God to accelerate the Great Commission through partnerships and collaboration in this region. We felt God’s invitation to step out in faith and begin a massive Kingdom advance into the SAARC nations of Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, and the Maldives.
These SAARC countries represent a high concentration of unreached peoples, hostility towards the Gospel, and present financial and logistical challenges. Despite these challenges, a massive harvest potential of lives yet to be transformed by the power of the Gospel resides within South Asia.
In February of this year we convened these high capacity leaders in Sri Lanka. The 2018 SAARC Summit was a vital gathering to continue the work of strengthening relationships for the purpose of these leaders sharing resources and ministry strengths to fulfill our common vision. We recognize that this act alone goes against the tradition and culture of this region. However, we are seeing a powerful movement of God take place.
This big idea is rooted in our desire to see a spiritual breakthrough to the over 2 billion people in the SAARC region who have little to no exposure to the Gospel. In partnership with these leaders, Global Advance has made a 10-year commitment to train leaders, as well as to produce and distribute resources and discipleship tools for the advance of the Great Commission.
To accomplish this task, we are working with each national team to create deliberate, bold, and focused evangelistic initiatives in each of the eight nations. The indigenous national leaders are designing the strategies that are most effective. Together as a coalition, we want to see the planting of over 15,000 churches in SAARC over the next few years.
The opportunity lies before us and the groundwork has been laid. Now trust has been established. Synergy and passion is in play to boldly advance the Gospel throughout our SAARC network. A plan to equip South Asian frontline pastors and church planters has been formed, and the network has established teams that are already multiplying. In each nation, a multi-pronged holistic approach is being implemented to equip Kingdom leaders and Church planters, and our Alpha Relief Initiative has become a supply line for the front line of the Gospel's advance.
Your partnership with Global Advance positions you to participate in this big idea from God. Thank you for praying, giving, and sending us to empower frontline leaders for the Great Commission. Please continue to support the SAARC Initiative at Global Advance.
Recently with some friends, I was discussing Global Advance’s impact through the Alpha Relief initiative at the front lines of the Gospel around the world. A military intelligence contract worker made a poignant observation based on firsthand experience: the transformative power of the Gospel is the first line of defense against terrorism...
In northern Jordan, near the Syrian border, local Church leaders prayed about how to infiltrate nearby unreached communities with the gospel. After identifying a few strategic towns, they began searching for volunteers. But the sacrifice was severe: this would mean uprooting completely, leaving family, and planting in a new community unfriendly to Christians. Who would answer the call?
A few months ago, Alpha Relief received word of a Nepali woman named Amira* who had relocated to the Middle East to work as a maid. Upon arrival, things turned bad quickly for Amira. Her “employer” confiscated her passport and visa, effectively confining her to the house.