The Mwinika church is at a place where the emphasis should be on discipleship. That is after all what Jesus told his disciples: go and make disciples of all nations… Not: go and convert people, nor: go and start a church! Making disciples… It is however easier said than done… no tick lists here and no programs that will produce good disciples!
So how do we know then that we are succeeding in our efforts? Well, the most natural outflowing of making disciples is when those we disciple will go and make more… If not, something is very wrong. It is encouraging to see the growth in Mr Moma, who is one of the big chiefs/kings in our area. All local authority in several villages, including ours, falls under him. He has been involved with us from day one when he chose and organized the workers who helped built our house! He went to the first Bible teaching in our partners’ village as well as the teaching closer to our village in 2012-13. However, he was seldom seen at the believers’ meetings for quite some time after that. Francois continued to visit him (he lives about 30 minutes’ walk on a footpath from our house). Then one day during a visit, they got into a discussion about God. Since then Mr Moma has not missed one believers’ meeting and is so enthusiastic, it is contagious! He has a burning heart to see his wife, his neighbors and everyone under his influence reached with the Gospel. His prayers are brimming with the desire to see the Good News coming to all Mwinika! He wants to see more disciples being made… Praise the Lord for touching his heart. May it yield a 100 fold!
The thing with making disciples is that it grows exponentially! If we really want to stay relevant and true to our calling, we should always move towards the edge. (As one of our leaders, Danny, so well explained). The edge is where the church (us) meets the unreached. As soon as the first church is being born, the edge should start to move out towards the new place where the church (new believers) and the unbelievers meet… It is so easy to get comfortable in our comfort zone, our own house or town or church! We are however convinced that it was never the aim God has for us being here on earth. Being the light and the salt of the earth, making disciples… how can me miss this truth? We should always move towards the edge, for only then will the End come.
This is relevant for all believers, also for you. Move towards where there is no Light, and BE that Light. Our very civilized cities and towns are sometimes some of the darkest places on earth! How can you be relevant where the Lord has placed you? And please make sure you don’t miss out! Make sure that you are where He wants you to be…
What does this mean for us as a Mwinika team (including our Mwinika brothers and sisters and expats)? In 2016 we hope to reach out to TWO Mwinika villages that have not received the Messages yet. One village has been asking us for the last two years to come… may the plans, your plans, for this year become a reality, Lord!
One thing is for sure: we need the Lord!