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Giving Thanks for Mozambique

Nov 11 2014 Published by under Church, Evangelism, Ministry

GU_presidentThis month’s posts will focus on what it means to be thankful. Our second post is written by Dr. Gary Seevers, President of Global University.

Dr. Gary Seevers, President of Global University, recently had the opportunity to travel to Maputo, Mozambique in October. Below, he recounts his experiences of that trip and the incredible results.

“I first came to Mozambique 12 years ago in 2002. Keith Heermann (Executive Vice President) and I had made several trips to Mozambique. During those trips we met with several leaders and ministers, including Pastor Luis Manuel Jeronimo. He pastors Igreja Evangelica Assembleia De Deus Alfa & Omega, possibly the largest A/G church in Mozambique. Soon after those meetings took place, we unfortunately had to put the GU National Office in mothballs.

This 2014 trip was scheduled to hopefully begin the process of re-opening that National Office. At the request of the AGWM Area Director Lance Hines, we were hopeful that we could reconnect with the ministers of Mozambique.

We arrived and God immediately began to move. An unexpected breakfast meeting was scheduled with Pastor Luis, missionary Todd Stamps, and myself. During this meeting I learned that Pastor Luis, who has visited Global University three times, had begun using our Christian Life (CL) curriculum as the start of a seamless training program with the young people in his church!

The approach Pastor Luis followed was to “require” the youth of his church to study Global’s CL courses beginning at age 12. This December, there will be a graduation of 86 teenagers who have completed all 18 CL courses. Currently, there are 356 more teenagers moving through the CL curriculum. He testified that the students are growing and developing spiritually, some more so than the adults in his church! The parents of many of these teens indicate that studying the CL courses has positively impacted their children’s regular studies in school and their academic performance has improved overall. The students are more committed to Christ, the church, their families, and better prepared for adult life because of Global’s CL courses. Isn’t God good?

Despite the incredible impact these courses are already having on his church, Pastor Luis’ primary question was this: “How do we take the next step in the seamless approach to the Christian Service (CS) program and eventually to the BA program?” What an amazing future partnership opportunity!

Todd Stamps, the missionary who also joined us in that meeting, shared his heart with us as well. We hadn’t had the opportunity to work with Todd previous to this meeting and we were glad to meet him. Todd is the son of Don and Linda Stamps (missionaries to Brazil), the author of the study notes for the Fire Bible, and a gifted translator. He shared how the Holy Spirit has placed a burden on his heart to be involved in the training of pastors. His desire is to try and learn about the “need” of the church and see how Global could fit into or fulfill that need. This is an incredible introduction that the Lord arranged for us at the perfect time!

I was also able to introduce the Portuguese courses and Portuguese GlobalReach.org site to Luis and two other missionaries. All have indicated this is a strategic tool in advancing their various efforts not only in their particular churches, but in the entire nation.

Before this trip, Keith and I were terribly saddened by the closing of the National Office in Mozambique. Frankly, I thought progress there had come to a full stop. Unbeknownst to me, God was still taking the seeds we helped plant over a decade ago and growing them into a model that is about to go nation-wide through Pastor Luis’s ministry! Not only that, God is now opening doors so the people of Mozambique can continue teaching their young people with CL curriculum in their local churches. We are so thankful for God’s continual blessings. He is so much bigger than we could ever understand or comprehend. He is so good!”

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“A Lighthouse… In a Sea of Islam,” Armenia Bible College Opens

Oct 13 2014 Published by under Church, Evangelism, Missions, News

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By Levi Costello

Armenia Bible College, a school of Global University, officially launched on October 11, 2014 with 75 Armenian students in 2 locations within the Eurasian country. This training initiative uses Global’s accredited Bachelor of Arts courses that have been translated into Armenian.

“Armenian leaders… are simply looking for the fuel of quality biblical training to allow their light to shine even brighter,” said Dr. Gary Seevers, President of Global University. “Their dedication to send missionaries to these nations is strategic to God’s plan of winning our generation to Jesus. They see themselves as a lighthouse for Christ in a sea of Islam.”

There are currently no other Bible schools in Armenia, despite the fact that the country is the oldest “Christian” nation in the world, making this endeavor a historical one.

Enough of the program has been translated into Armenian that students are enrolling and have begun their studies. Classes will take place in existing Armenian churches and the courses will be delivered on hand-held electronic tablets. Armenia Bible College hopes to train 250 Armenian missionaries by 2020.

To learn more about Armenia Bible College, please contact Nicole Vicari, Executive Director of Advancement, at nvicari@globaluniversity.edu or call 800.443.1083 ext. 2636.

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Glorify God and Pass the Salt!

Sep 08 2014 Published by under Church, Evangelism, Ministry

By Dan Rockwell

dan3Christians say, “Glorify God,” as easily as, “Pass the salt.” Actually, pass the salt may have more meaning.

We exist to glorify God. The Church exists to glorify God. Even nature exists to glorify God. But, glorifying God isn’t a mystical experience that happens in isolation.

One behavior best exemplifies what it means to glorify God.

One purpose:

Everything the Church does has one purpose – winning people to Jesus and helping them grow so they can win people to Jesus. We are here to win people.

Paul teaches us that the Church is the body of Christ. Luke tells us that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. So, if we are the body of Christ, we are here to seek and save the lost.

Let’s give teeth to religious language and say that everything the Church is here to do one basic thing – win people to Jesus and help them grow so they can win people to Jesus. Nothing less. Nothing more. Nothing else.

Everything:

What the Church does:

  1. Teaching
  2. Fellowship
  3. Worship
  4. Support
  5. Encouragement
  6. Friendship
  7. Social engagement
  8. Meeting needs
  9. You name it ….

Everything we do traces back to one objective, win people to Jesus.

The “edification of the saints,” is so they can win people.

Teaching the Bible loses its ultimate purpose if it doesn’t equip us to win people. Furthermore, fellowship isn’t just for our comfort and enjoyment. It’s to enable us to win people.

Winning people gives purpose and meaning to everything believers do. Without the objective of winning people, we’re just going through the motions and God is not glorified, regardless of what you do.

Method:

The method is as clear as the mission. Love people.

Now that I think about it, glorifying God is a bit like passing the salt.

 

Dan Rockwell is the author of the Leadership Freak blog, recognized as the most socially shared leadership blog of 2012, in addition to authoring the Grace Freak blog. Currently, Dan coaches leaders, consults with organizations, and delivers corporate and community presentations. You can follow his blogs at www.leadershipfreak.wordpress.com and www.gracefreakdan.wordpress.com.

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Compassion Births Urgency

Aug 25 2014 Published by under Evangelism, Ministry, Missions

By Rev. Nick Alfaro

IMG_9038I recently spoke with a pastor from India who shared about the work of the Christian church in his country. I was very excited to hear the wonderful testimonies of how God was moving in a powerful way in India. This brought to mind a similar move of God in the church in Mexico while I was growing up. I longed in my spirit to have a move of God like that here at home.

I suddenly remembered the words “CRISTO VIENE” (translated “CHRIST IS COMING”) written in all caps, in red paint, displayed across the hood of my dad’s white van while I was growing up in Mexico. For some reason I shared this memory with the pastor from India. He then told me that he also has a similar message written on his church van in India. I believe this message speaks to the urgency that both my parents and this Indian pastor sensed in reaching the lost.

I believe that to effectively reach this world for Christ, we must have an urgency for the lost.

I believe that compassion for the lost births the urgency that compels us to pray, give, and go.

In 1947, a man named Robert Pierce, a Youth for Christ worker, departed for China to hold an evangelistic crusade in the country. On the trip, he met Tena Hoelkedoer, a teacher. She introduced him to a child named White Jade, who had been beaten and abandoned by her family upon her decision to follow Christ at his crusade. Unable to care for the child herself, she asked Pierce, “What are you going to do about her?” Pierce gave the woman his last five dollars and agreed to send the same amount each month to help the woman care for the child.

While in China, Pierce saw widespread hunger. He felt compassion for the people. Robert Pierce turned his personal crusade into the foundation of World Vision, now one of the largest Christian relief and development organizations in the world. He later wrote these words in the flyleaf of his Bible: “Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God.”

  • Matthew 9:36 states that when Jesus “saw the crowds, he had compassion on them.”
  • Jeremiah 8:21 states “Since my people are crushed, I am crushed.”

Robert Pierce saw the widespread hunger in China. Jesus saw the crowds as sheep without a shepherd. Jeremiah saw the coming destruction of God’s people. All three were moved by intense compassion and were compelled by urgency to do something about it.

Compassion for people will birth in us an urgency to share Christ with the over 4 billion people on earth that have not yet had an adequate witness of Jesus Christ. Compassion for people will birth in us an urgency to reach some of the estimated 30 million people worldwide who will die without knowing Christ this year.

I challenge you to ask God to break your heart with the things that break His, to give you an urgency to reach the lost and to fill you and empower you with His Holy Spirit.

 

Rev. Nick Alfaro serves as the Director of Hispanic Ministries for Global University, and as the Hispanic Ministries Pastor at Nixa First Assembly of God, Nixa, MO. He can be reached at nalfaro@globaluniversity.edu.

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