Stefan was struggling. “I was in crisis with myself,” he said. “I simply could not fit in very well in the church. I participated in groups, went to church regularly, but I didn’t feel connected or useful.”
Then Stefan’s pastor stepped in. He also directs a discipleship-mission training in Brazil, launched with the help of Global Disciples. And he challenged young Stefan to join the training.
Stefan said, “My pastor told me that God might be calling me to work outside the church, and I was curious.”
At first, Stefan wasn’t sure about the training—it seemed to be familiar principles to him. But when he and the other disciple-makers went on outreach, his eyes were opened!
“We had many difficulties getting there, what I think were spiritual battles,” Stefan said. “I understood that what we had been taught in theory would have to be put into practice! So we began to pray even more for the outreach and for each other, because we knew God would do great things through the lives of the people in that place.”
One of the great things God did for Stefan was to show him that he was useful. As the team divided up different responsibilities, Stefan was assigned to share the Gospel with local children.
He said, “This was fantastic for me! I could use my gifts and talents in a natural way and see that God use me greatly. He’s never done this before.”
Like so many others, in over 45 countries around the world, Stefan has learned that God wants to use Him to further His Kingdom. He found direction and purpose in life as he goes out to share the Good News of Jesus, and multiply disciples—even if those he’s reaching are children.
Stefan reports, “Today I know God has called me to work beyond our church, and my church has sent me to support a new church that’s just beginning. I’m so glad I participated in the training program because through it, I found my purpose in life and a ministry that fits who I am.”