As Leroy Eims says, “Every believer in Jesus Christ deserves the opportunity of personal nurture and development”. But so often, we are so busy with church programs that we neglect the process of effectively discipling leaders who can themselves disciple others into maturity and fruitfulness.
The term 10/40 window became popular in the early ‘90s as a way to describe the least reached part of the world. With more than 67% of the world’s population living in this region and most of the least evangelized countries and people groups of the world in this region, it should get our attention! There is a huge need for willing, tenacious, and tough gospel workers.
WIM senior missionaries were recently asked the question, “From the perspective gained during your time on the field, what additional study materials or preparation would you like to have received during your training?” One answer repeatedly surfaced. The single most-frequent response revealed a desire for greater understanding of how to live and work cross-culturally. With a goal of addressing this need, for the past several years WIM’s required reading for new missionaries includes the book, Cross-Cultural Servanthood, by Duane Elmer
“Am I going to have to wait until I’m an old man to teach people about the Lord?” our nine year old son blurted out in frustration. Earlier, Caleb had overheard my wife and I discussing who would run her weekly bible class in the village during her absence… and he felt like it should be him. After all, I had just prayed with him the night before about God using him to minister to others. This was his opportunity…