Your prayers and contributions recently sent us to Sierra Leone to assist the work of partner missionaries, Tom and Becky Brockelman, with multiple ongoing projects in and around Freetown. Part of that work included construction on a Christian housing and care facility for children with mental and physical disabilities, relationship building and Gospel outreach with a local orphanage, encouragement of a ministry to street boys and an intensive training workshop for two groups of nationals: a group of young people in their twenties and a group of young men training to be ministry leaders or church planters. I led the training sessions for five days, aided by Becky and team members Sue Riley, Todd Heath and Kathleen Robinson. The first group training was a Gospel Foundations course- as not all of those attending were sure of their faith in Christ.
It was incredible to watch one light-bulb-moment after another as the Holy Spirit gave the young people understanding and insight. They learned to study the Scriptures together and ask the Lord to teach them the truth. On the second day, after going through John chapter one extensively the day before, they were tasked with operating independently from the leaders to pray and discuss together what Luke chapter 14 was teaching us. (If you aren't familiar, this is the passage where Christ tells us that unless we "hate" other relationships and even our own life, we cannot be His disciple.) After repeating the processes of prayer and reading and discussing, they explained to us that, "...Unless we see our relationship with Jesus as more important than any other person or thing or pursuit, we are not really able to call ourselves true followers of His, but are just part of the crowd that wants His miracles and blessings." I did not teach them this. Rather, the Holy Spirit revealed it to them, and it is incredible to be a part of His work in the lives of these precious young people. They continually reminded me throughout the week that they had never experienced that kind of training in Scripture before. I want to express my heart-felt and sincere gratitude to each of you who make it possible to send our teams and allow us to provide this kind of training in countries around the world as we continue to focus on nationals reaching nationals and seeing discipleship multiply among indigenous populations.
As the second group was trained, they too expressed how little of what they were hearing had been given to them before, despite attending local Bible schools. So much of what the modern Church is focused on is church growth, when the Scriptures clearly teach and equip us to focus on successfully making disciples that make disciples. God grows His church, as we are faithful to co-labor as His ambassadors to expand His Kingdom. At the end of day 5, the young men were so excited and ready to begin focusing on not only making disciples, but growing disciple-makers in their respective ministries.
GSM is not a ministry that seeks to count the numbers of those who raised a hand or attended an event. We believe that the harvest is plentiful, and the laborers are few. So, we focus on being laborers and training international laborers to reach nationals who will reach their fellow countrymen for Christ. What a privilege to get to serve the Lord in this way! Please lift up these groups of Sierra Leonians who must now walk by faith toward their communities and carry the Gospel mission forward. Pray especially for a young man named James, who made his faith public and gave us the privilege of baptizing him in the ocean before we left. His family is Muslim.
Again, thank you so much for your support of this Kingdom work! Rob Casey President, Founder, and Missionary of GoSendMe Global