International (MNN) — Today, Global Disciples is celebrating 25 years of faithful ministry! Their mission: To get the Gospel to the least-reached by equipping local Christians.
Wendy Nagle with Global Disciples says, “It started as a really amazing idea of what would happen if you could empower people in churches who are already there. It sounded like a [farfetched] idea in the mission world 25 years ago. Now it’s a proven model, and it really is time to…pass the vision on to the next generation.”
As Global Disciples looks to the next 25 years, Lord-willing, they hope to inspire the next generation of believers to carry the torch and fuel disciple-making missions around the world.
Kent Mast with Mast Film Co is a strategic partner of Global Disciples. He says the ministry is seeing a movement of the Holy Spirit and younger believers need to get involved.
“I think some of my generation – the younger generation – I think we’re kind of bored maybe. I think we’re kind of stuck. I can’t speak for a whole generation. I know lots of people who are on fire daily living this out with Jesus and with His Spirit…. But then there’s this other [group]. We don’t even know what to do. Is this still going on? Is this still happening? Is Jesus still moving like that?”
The answer is yes! In just one year, Global Disciples saw more than 3,500 new churches planted with over 83,500 new believers. They operate in 62 countries around the world and continue to see growth.
“The stories that are coming from Global Disciples [are] just insane,” Mast says. “I think that my generation needs to hear those stories.”
For example, Mast got to experience firsthand how God is moving when he went on a Global Disciples missions trip to Uganda in 2019. He witnessed baptisms there and it was both different and powerful.
“When we baptize people [in America], there’s a stage and a baptismal. You lead someone upfront and maybe the worship team is playing some keyboards or something and they give a testimony — and that’s great,” Mast says.
“But here, we stepped out of a building [and] walked maybe a mile and a half in scorching hot Ugandan sun up hills, down hills, dirt roads…and everybody was just worshipping the whole time that we were walking. It’s hot. People are sweating. But there is dancing and singing and chanting and movement and colors and all of this expression non-stop the whole time that we’re walking. Then they get baptized in literally a hole in the ground where it’s muddy water.
“To see that worship, to see that authentic heart just being poured out,…there is a real God who has really touched these people. He really wants to speak to them and to me and to you and to our neighbors and to the least-reached and all these different cultures around the world.”
Learn more about Global Disciples here! There are several ways to get involved like going on a mission trip or praying with the ministry.
Mast says, “These stories have really been opening my eyes and I think people need to hear it. We can’t grow cold and stagnant and think that God is done with that miracle business of transformation. No, God is still very active and He’s moving in our world daily. I think my generation needs to wake up a little bit and know that He is still calling us. He is still inviting us to live this life with Him and have this adventure with Him.”
Header photo courtesy of Fernando Cferdo via Unsplash.