Recommended Reading: “Miraculous Movements,” by Jerry Trousdale

(adapted from Amazon’s review of this book)

How do the people most resistant to the transformative power of the Gospel come to be its most devoted followers?

Miraculous Movement recounts an amazing change taking place within Muslim communities where the truth of Jesus Christ is turning around the lives of many Muslims from more than twenty people groups. Discover through the sometimes humorous, often sobering, but always enlightening and encouraging true stories how imams, sheikhs, and entire mosques are forsaking Islam and embracing Christ.

Author Jerry Trousdale explains that “counter-intuitive disciple-making” is the biblical approach that makes such dramatic transformation possible.

WIM missionary Chad P. describes this as …
Sticking to simple principles that are found in the Bible, instead of using clever marketing techniques. Focusing on making disciples, not converts. Going slowly at first to be more fruitful. Focusing on a few people to win many, instead of trying to get mass conversions. Engaging an entire family, not just one person at a time. Sharing only when and where people are ready to hear. Starting with Creation and moving to Christ, instead of starting with Christ. Making the focus on discovering God’s will and obeying what God tells us to do, instead of teaching lots of Bible knowledge. We should aim to ‘disciple people to conversion’, not the other way around […] encouraging and coaching lost people, from the beginning, to obey biblical truth.

It seems that we could avoid many problems in discipleship, if we teach people to obey God from the beginning of their relationship with Him. … I liked how this book presented practical advice that can be reproduced all over the world. The emphasis placed on prayer was also refreshing. The idea of finding a person of peace to be a gateway into cities, communities, and even nations is […] is definitely something to pray for, in reaching a region with the gospel.

WIM missionary Jon Looney explains further:
Sometimes, we assume people already know about God and Creation, and we think they are ready to skip straight to Christ; when we should really start right where God started—at Creation.

Many times, as missionaries, we go where God has called us and start preaching or sharing [the Gospel] and do not notice whether they are ready to hear what we are sharing. Then, many times, we do not see the results we had hoped for and [find] ourselves feeling defeated and burned out. The basic idea is to make disciples like Jesus did, and that is not through mass evangelism, but through connecting with a few people on a deeper level, and teaching them to do the same. [We should do] it like Jesus did—discipling and sharing with an individual or family and, then, teaching them how to share; so they can do the same process with another individual or family. That is how the Gospel was spread back in the time after Jesus; and it still works today.

Speaking of useful free apps, check out the Jesus Film Project app!

A big “THANK YOU” to Frank White of Cru for telling us about this app!

He states,

“Featuring the Jesus film (based on Luke’s Gospel and originally distributed by Warner Bros.), the app includes over 200 videos (feature length, shorts, anime and mini-series) purposed for evangelism and discipleship in a multitude of languages. As of Jan. 2019 the Jesus film itself is available in over 1,700 languages, including some for the deaf!

The app boasts several robust features. It allows videos to be watched in their entirety or in brief clips, with low or high quality viewing, and the opportunity to show clips of Jesus’ ministry (in any of the languages), then immediately texting or emailing a link to the person for the entire film.
The map shows every country with the number of translated languages for each country, further broken down into the videos available for each language. It then links to those films in the requested language.
The Jesus Film App makes every smartphone user a missionary to every nation. And yes, it’s all free.”

Currently available in almost 1,700 languages, their goal is to have the Jesus Film Project library of media available in every language of the world, on any device. This app is designed to be the tool that can equip anyone, anywhere to introduce people they love to Jesus.

You can download any video and keep it forever, for free. You can share clips, episodes, or even entire films for free online. This media was made to be shared and given away, so you can use the whole library to share the good news of Jesus with anyone and everyone.

Learn more and download the app here

Amazon just announced another bonus donation opportunity for World Indigenous Missions! Through January 31, 2019, AmazonSmile will donate 15% the purchase price of new print magazine subscriptions. Visit https://smile.amazon.com/b?node=18541223011 for details.

 

10 Useful (Free) Apps for Missionaries

While technology has the potential to be a distraction, it can also serve as a useful tool for your ministry. Here are a few apps to help you while you are on the mission field.

 

Google Maps

 

The cool thing about Google Maps is you can download maps to use offline!

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app .
  2. Make sure you’re connected to the internet and signed in to Google Maps.
  3. Search for a place, like San Francisco.
  4. At the bottom, tap the name or address of the place  Download  Download. If you search for a place like a restaurant, tap More Download offline map Download.

 

Google Translate

 

The nice thing about this app is you can download the languages of the country you plan to visit before you leave and it will be able to translate those languages for you even if you don’t have an internet connection!

 

XE Currency

This app is a great tool for quickly converting prices to US dollars. According to their website, you can access live exchange rates, view historical charts, and calculate prices on your smartphone or tablet.

 

WhatsApp

Need free, secure messaging and calling? WhatsApp has you covered! The only downside to this app is internet is required for it to work. Your messages and calls are secured so only you and the person you’re communicating with can read or listen to them. You can also use video calls with this.

 

The Bible App by YouVersion

 

The Bible app offers 1,810 Bible versions in 1,255 languages for free. It also offers audio Bible support, reading plans, sharing capabilities, and offline usability. They even offer a kids version!

 

WorldRemit

 

For online money transferring, WorldRemit is an easy-to-use, low-cost option compared to traditional money transferring services. They allow users to send money to 140 different countries from fifty countries.

 

DuoLingo

 

One of the most popular online language-learning platforms currently available is DuoLingo. It has several languages to choose from and appeals to different learning styles. 

 

Trello

 

Looking for a simple, yet effective method to organize tasks? Consider the Trello app! You can set deadlines, reminders, and even attach files to tasks! You can still work with the app offline and it will sync once you have an internet connection.

 

Currency Converter – Units Conversion Calculator

 

Available for both Android and IOS, this app provides:

– Conversions for 15 categories of 198 units
– Conversions for over 170 currencies with hourly updates
– Calculator with history
– Short notes writing option
– Save option for favorite units conversion
– Quick units searching

 

Swarm

 

This app is a nifty way to track where you’ve been and you can even share the places you’ve been with friends and family. It includes a check-in map as well as fun stickers to unlock!

 

Know of any other useful apps? We would love to hear from you!

Disciples

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)

We are commanded by Jesus to go and make disciples. So, what’s a disciple?

According to the Merriam Dictionary, a disciple is “one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another.”

Therefore, a disciple of Jesus is someone who is taught the gospel, accepts this knowledge, and is willing and able to teach the gospel to others. He is a pupil, a student, a follower of Christ. This is the goal of missions and our goal—to make followers of Christ. As the face of missions has changed over the past century, WIM has adapted its methods to be relevant to a vastly different world. Yet, the mission of making disciples remains the same.

Whether it be preaching, teaching, friendship evangelism, business as mission, or compassion ministry, WIM missionaries are working with three goals in mind:

EVANGELIZING the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ
ESTABLISHING indigenous churches where there were previously none
EQUIPPING and serving leaders

How do you get started? What’s the process? These are great questions.

Contact us and we’ll answer all of your questions. With diverse ministry opportunities, we have a place for you.