Today a few of us went to John Bales’ home to discuss the DMM (Disciple-Making Movement)/CPM (Church Planting Movement) with him and his wife Jan. His challenge to us was: Are there more effective and biblical ways our churches can be structured to reach Sydney and the entire world with the gospel? DMM is being put forth as a great church model to see the Great Commission fulfilled in Sydney and beyond. A disciple-making movement is a rapid and exponential increase in disciples making disciples, spreading wide and deep to at least four generations and beyond. The emphasis is not on growing an increasingly large church but on multiplying small groups of disciples who make disciples using the simple DBS method (discovery bible study). Please pray that this may be a source of many people being brought to full maturity in Christ across the world in places that are gospel poor.
Six of us had the privilege to be involved in ESL teaching. *T attended the beginner level class and although she has very little English, google translate and non-verbal cues readily helped build rapport and a loving relationship with Christians. Intermediate ESL class was an encouraging time of unpacking the Easter story using a variety of listening and writing exercises. What we gained most from ESL teaching was being a learner from our friends from various cultures.
We also got to be a part of their weekly Anglicare food pantry ministry where we got to meet 15 locals from the community that came to collect groceries through the rain. Many half conversations were had in the waiting line before their number was called. Pray for the Mandaean sheikh who came, that he may keep connected with Liverpool South and that he will come to see his gnostic religion as no way to the Father, but only through Jesus Christ our Lord. Please pray for fruit to bear from all these positive interactions we had today by further follow-up by church members.
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