Pival is the director and trainer of a discipleship-mission program in Northeast India. His training program has been equipping and sending out disciple-makers and church planters for 7 years now. When Global Disciples helps launch a training program, we provide seed funds for three years until the training, the sending of workers is fully supported by their cluster of churches. At the point of local sustainability—generally by year 4—it becomes a Member Program in the Global Disciples Alliance.
As leader of one of these Member programs, Pival happily reported on the fruit of their long-term ministry. Through the training outreach, 16 new fellowships of believers were planted and are growing. And overall, the program has trained 110 disciple-makers—and eighty of them are fully engaged in church planting!
But it isn’t all smooth sailing.
Brother Pival said, “One day we set out to do evangelism work in a Muslim village. We were 16 in number, and divided into several groups. As we were coming back from preaching, we were stopped and forced into a local community hall.” However, since the men who opposed the outreach team weren’t able to find the key, they couldn’t lock them up as hostages.
But it did create quite an uproar, Pival said. “We were surrounded by a big crowd—many of them holding knives and sickles and swords. One man attacked me from behind with a sickle in his hand. But someone among the crowd stopped him by holding back his hand. God saved my life from the hand of the enemy! Soon we were released from that place and came home. Praise God for the way He delivered me and my friends.”
You know, fruitful ministry often comes at a price. As we rejoice to hear how God is at work, let’s also remember to pray for courage and perseverance for those who face opposition and even risk their lives to share the Good News of Jesus with people least-reached with the Gospel.