Welcome to “The Global Story,” a weekly glimpse into how God is at work through the global Body of Christ.
The pictures showed us steep mountain paths, barely wide enough for one person, but traveled by a small group in single file. We saw men and women gathering bamboo poles and heavy palm leaves for a new building. Another showed a rough hole, filled muddy water. And with the pictures came a report from a remote region of Myanmar, in south Asia, where a group of new disciple-makers shared the Good News of Jesus with an unreached people group.
The report told the story beyond the pictures. In this region, the people are poor, uneducated, and they eke out a living from small-scale farming. They are Buddhist in background but mostly they worship evil spirits. So a small group of disciples—who were equipped through a training program affiliated with Global Disciples—came to share the Gospel of Jesus. They walked over the mountains for several days to reach three different villages. Once there, they prayed for those who were sick and in need, talked about Jesus, and they saw God do great and mighty things.
In one village, they prayed for a very sick woman. And when God answered with healing, it opened the door to others, who wanted to hear more of God’s Word. As a result, about 65 people came to faith in Christ. And praise God, three new churches were established! One community began building a place to meet—that’s why they needed the bamboo poles and palm leaves I mentioned earlier.
And that hole filled with muddy water? In a region where water is scarce, they did what they could and turned the mud hole into…a place of baptism! The director reported 43 new believers were baptized in these three villages.
Reports like this excite me. They fuel our passion as Global Disciples to see every person have at least one opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus in a way they can understand and respond—even if they live in very remote places of our world.