A mission leader reflects on the strategy of the Great Commission.

By June 11, 2004

International (MNN)–To call it a ‘celebration’ seems to trivialize what went into the “Deliverance Day” (D-Day) of World War II. But, upon the 60th anniversary of that bittersweet day, one mission leader came away with the reflection of the similarities between D-Day and the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

Global Advance Ministries’ David Shibley points out the key to the success of D-Day, the turning point of WWII, came at the point of the beachhead in Normandy. “As we continue to get to the unreached peoples, particularly in the 10/40 Window, and establish viable churches, that that, in the same way, is establishing a beachhead that ensures the ultimate victory of the fulfilling of the Great Commission in our lifetime.”

Shibley says, like the military, their work is not without risk. The mission vision focuses on the bravery of ordinary people and illustrates what happens when different countries work together.

As GAM’s team trains pastors and church leaders around the world, that risk increases. “It’s a very volatile world, and some of the nations where we are going are especially volatile right now. Please pray for the safety of our teams, as well as of the pastors, and the safety of the conferences themselves. There are those who are antagonistic against the Gospel and would like to disrupt what we are doing in one way or another.”

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