PHOTO BLOG: What is the 'Front Line' of the Gospel's Advance?

GLOBAL ADVANCE EXISTS TO EMPOWER FRONTLINE LEADERS TO BE CATALYSTS FOR THE FULFILLING OF THE GREAT COMMISSION.
— Global Advance Mission Statement

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?

The Village Vision in Pakistan

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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.

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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.

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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. 

Pastor Ken

NextGen Rising in Bhutan

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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.

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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.

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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

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HOW CAN YOU HELP US EMPOWER FRONTLINE LEADERS IN BHUTAN?

 

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To be most effective, frontline leaders need resources, training and tools. Global Ambassadors go to the front lines 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 training & tools, Scripture, relief, and economic empowerment. 

 

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 Vivek S.

 

OUR FOCUS IS JESUS ⎮ OUR MESSAGE IS THE GOSPEL ⎮ OUR TASK IS THE GREAT COMMISSION

 

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

*Name changed for security purposes

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