"those who sow in tears..."

Dear Praying Friends,

A recent study showed that only 17% of the church-goers in the U.S. have heard the Great Commission (Mt 28:18-20) and knows what it means. Our personal experience is that many believers want to share the gospel yet they don't know how, because they lack the skills or the confidence to initiate a spiritual conversation.

The Changing Face of Evangelism and The Well-being of the City is a PRACTICAL training developed and recently packaged by our team collecting simple, yet effective tools and best practices of conversational and comprehensive evangelism. These tools had been tested and proved in dozens of countries around the globe through our international partners. This training had been effectively held in many places in the U.S. God has provided resources for us to take this half-a-day-long, practical training to 10 citiesthis next school year. Our prayer is that this training would give the vision, the practical skills and the confidence to hundreds of believers to regularly engage in spiritual conversations with non-believers.

"Those who sow on tears..."

Several people have asked us how did we adjust to life in the U.S. Honestly, we didn't have a whole lot of time to lament over this as I had been on the road quite a lot (I'm writing from Memphis now). But every meeting we have and every situation we encounter with holds something new we learn. With learning comes not only new information, but a growing concern for the vastness of this mission field in the U.S. and for the hardness of the soil. This is by far the biggest missional challenge we've ever experienced! The Lord encouraged us recently with this passage: "Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!" Ps 126:5. God prepares a joyful harvest, but not without tearful sowing!

Prayer-requests:

  • I'm on the road until April 26th - pray for health, safety and effectiveness.
  • Pray for the preparation of our summer project in KC, called "In the City for the City".
  • It's getting harder and harder for us that we don't see Rahel. We are thankful for where she is, yet we can't wait for August to come when she'll be home. She'll have difficult exams in the next month and she would your appreciate prayers.
  • God would lead us to new friends who would want to help our efforts by praying for us and by financially supporting us.

YOUR PARTNERSHIP IS CRITICAL AND WE DEEPLY APPRECIATE IT!

Bold Moves

I've arrived to Manila last Sunday feeling sick and many of you've been praying for my health which I greatly appreciate. I'm doing much better. The 32 hours long journey was not easy, but the trip completely worth it. The "Bold Moves"Conference for church multiplication and city gospel movement strategies has been exceptional. 230 leaders from 90 nations have been meeting. God is truly doing miraculous things around the world, millions are coming to faith as obedient believers are willing to take bold moves to multiply, to partner, to expand and to lead. Hundreds of thousands of churches are planted in the past 5 years through partnership and creative, bold, faithful moves of believers across the Globe. The simple, child-like faith of these believers is bearing it's beautiful fruit. Many of them are risking their life as they obey to the Lord. Where there is a cost of discipleship and that cost is paid by His followers, God is pouring out his blessings to expand the church and to reach people with the gospel. 

God's surprise: YTL from Jamaica to East Asia

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Meet with Letetia from Jamaica. She has shared with me how they are using YTL (the program we've developed 25 years ago in Hungary) across their whole nation! She's asked us to go there and help train educators. Also, we met with a group of believers from East Asia who has shared with us that they are using YTL in their closed country and that gives them a platform to go in to schools and it provides a cover for them. They've also asked us to have a leadership training for them this fall. It's amazing to bump into stories after stories how God is using something we've started 25 years ago in the tiny country of Hungary to provide inroads and protection for his work globally! Keep praying for the translation of the newest YTL curriculum! YTL is needed globally and God is opening doors for us in the U.S.A. as well!

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A Bold Move...

This is Tamadji from Chad. We've had a planning session together. He has shared that 6 months ago the churches in Chad were in such animosity against each other that they were burning down each other's building. Tamadji prayed for reconciliation and invited all major denominational leaders for a reconciliation meeting. That meeting brought repentance to the heart of the leaders and now they are working together to plant churches all over the country together.

Boldly Pray:

  • "Only ask and I will give you the nations" (Ps 2:8) Pray that God would give us our nation and that millions of believers would wake up for their call to become an ambassador for Christ.
  • Pray for partnerships across the Body of Christ. Pray that through working together we would have worldwide impact for His kingdom glory!  
  • Pray for courage to lead graciously, wisely and boldly.
  • Pray that we will intentionally develop our next generation leaders. 
  • Pray for God to give us a diverse group of qualified leaders as a new national team
  • Pray that our MC2 (church planting training) in NYC this March 18-22 will lead to hundreds of new churches being planted in the USA and help us to grow multiplying leaders.
  • AND a safe trip home. Our team leaves tomorrow from Manila to fly home to KC and NYC.