SHARE HISTORY MAKERS (4)

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The match has been struck, the kindling has caught fire, a brush fire is blazing, and soon the DR Congo will be on fire with the message of Salvation through Jesus Christ.  In August 2017 Bishop Aynaki Moksi found out about SHARE Evangelism and inserted its training into an existing conference with only one week’s notice.  From there it has caught on and is growing into an effective self-supporting, self-sustaining church planting movement.  The following account comes directly from the field with only minor edits.  The account includes all the organizational details in the hopes that others will find encouragement and help to organize in their own places.  It amazes me that all this has happened in only three or four months.  I stand in awe of how God works with such efficiency through willing hearts and hands.

My dear friend, Aynaki, told me on October 25, 2017, “I met a student yesterday who completed the SHARE Evangelism training. She was using her training in her place.  She gave me testimony of how SHARE transformed lives and community to bring people to Jesus.  Her testimony challenged me to go see really what God is doing through SHARE.”  During the month to follow, Aynaki visited various places to follow up on SHARE projects.  He exclaimed that it “is a great work with mighty exploits.”  Aynaki continues, “I plan to send first life change histories of what God is doing through SHARE Evangelism History Makers.”  These are the life stories of women who are leaving their marks on the community using SHARE Evangelism.  They are the SHARE History Makers.

Therese Kibasa from Baragumu, DR Congo exclaimed, “SHARE Evangelism has contributed to transform my environment from the place I want to leave to the place I want to live.”

“Through the use of SHARE Evangelism and SHARE Micro-Credit: Muslims, prostitutes, pagans give their lives daily to Christ.”  The financing of 10 to 20 micro-projects each week continues to build the hope of poor families by meeting their needs for food, health and children’s schooling, of the beneficiary members. An unusual situation has arisen because the pastors often send us [trained SHARE evangelists] to go to preach, but now thanks to the use of SHARE Evangelism in the community, micro-finance is starting to produce effects; it is the people in the community who are starting to SHARE Evangelism RD Congo officials.”

The following is the account of the founding and organization of SHARE Institute, International, RD Congo, using SHARE Evangelism.  This can serve as a guide and encouragement to others who may want to do this in their place.

INTRODUCTION

SHARE Institute, International, in collaboration with Testimony of Christ International, had successfully launched SHARE Evangelism training, beginning August 17, 2017.  After four rounds of training [10-12 hours each] in different places, it has become necessary to measure the impact that has resulted. Three hundred fifteen leaders from churches, local Christian authorities, and Christian associations and community groups, participated with success completion of the courses.

At the present time we are interested in conducting a field trip aimed at an evaluation of this course.  The main purpose is to provide a strategic review of the project’s performance as of the date of the evaluation.  Our goal is to:

  1. Evaluate all progress (or lack of progress) and detect preliminary signs of success or failure through life stories;
  2. Validate (or complete) the model/design of this training;
  3. Evaluate the relevance of the training;
  4. Examine the management of the training in order to ensure its alignment with the achievement of outcomes and the execution of activities;
  5. Evaluate the degree of satisfaction of the various stakeholders and beneficiaries according to the results achieved at the time of the evaluation;
  6. Identify other issues/questions;
  7. Evaluate the sustainability of the activities carried out; and,
  8. Draw initial lessons on project design, design execution, and management.

Determining factor in the time of the evaluation:  This assessment takes place four months after the start of the training and the process resulting from it.

PHASE 1:  The life story of Therese Kibasa, founder of Baragumu group

Miss Therese Kibasa, founder of Baragumu group, repeated her earlier statement, “SHARE Evangelism training helped to transform the lives of our beneficiaries (individually) and our place from the place we wanted to leave, to the place we want to live. Miss Kibasa studies medicine in Uvira (RD Congo) but she also received training in several courses in community development.  She had a passion for those who live without Christ, so she was always looking for ways to reach many people with the Gospel without success.  At the same time, she was uncomfortable with her church, because it seemed to be constantly asking for money without any visible returns.  To her it looked like a market.  The aspect of funds provoked an inner revolt because there was no alternative.  The purpose of the church is not to serve only the leadership and certain faithful members.  Miss Kibasa wanted to see the Gospel touch the needs of the poor faithful in all their dimensions at the spiritual, physical and emotional level.  The church should be a place that unites the faithful, where mutual help, compassion, communion and cooperation reign.  The weak and the poor have a place in such a church.  Others were also sensing problems and began leaving that church.

Then everything changed!  Miss Kibasa, being led by the Spirit,  began her preparations to abandon that church.  On her planned last Sunday, the pastor announced the SHARE Evangelism training.  In the announcement he asked the congregation three key questions:

  1. Are you looking for a way to reach people who have not heard the Good News of Jesus?
  2. Do you have a loving heart for those who live in poverty and do not seem to find a way out?
  3. Do you need economic relief?

The pastor concluded that the answer to these three questions lies in the training of SHARE Evangelism.

At the last hour of leaving and completely abandoning the church (of the place she wanted to leave), these three questions touched her heart.  She decided to temporarily suspend her plan to leave until after the training.  She thought if the training did not answer the tree questions posed by the pastor, she would leave.  She enrolled in the training and found her answers there.

“During the training and after the training, I found SHARE Evangelism as an indispensable tool to witness Christ through vocational training, witnessing Christ through work, and planting churches.  Evangelism is the priority, and so are the means to support the disadvantaged of our community and the poor who are in the churches.”

“My three dear questions which the Pastor has posed thus find an answer thanks to the training evangelism. The Holy Spirit has opened my mind to understand what is happening in the Church and to put into service the work of God and the talent which God has given me in order to reach many people who have not heard the Gospel and help those who live in poverty.  I testify that SHARE Evangelism has transformed the place I wanted to leave into the place that I want to live.  Today I work with church leaders in the work of sharing the Gospel and generating income for myself, the church and the community with SHARE Evangelism.”

PHASE 2:  Global problems require global solution of Community Evangelism and Microcredit to Transform individuals and the Community.

  

In the training, SHARE Evangelism taught us that evangelism is the priority and the skills serve as bridges or point of contact.  Personally, I have found that there are other essential elements that are missing to successfully carry out God’s work through SHARE Evangelism.

I found that sharing the Gospel in practice also requires money.  For those who receive the Gospel it is free according to the Bible; but for those who will preach the Gospel he must first pay the cost of transportation, food communication, tools necessary for practice.

      

This idea was the point of life that all the participants saw in the same way, because in the situation of poverty that the countries of the Great Lakes cross sometimes found only $10 of displacement from one place to another is a big problem because the population lives below $1 a day.

The main problem according to Miss Therese is poverty and the solution is money.  It is essential to help people who preach in practice and in practice find a way to find money to carry out their missions successfully.  Mademoiselle Therese and her team decided to mobilize, and mobilize the support of others to find the solution to this problem.  Their vision was to touch by the Gospel, witness of Christ and the skill of many people: “There were among us women and men with passion for those who live without Christ but lacked means to fulfill this mission.”

“It was essential to find a solution for this problem.”

  

  

PHASE 3:  Micro-credit–Macro Impact for the overall response

Miss Therese had received training in entrepreneurship and community microcredit.  She decided to work with poor women in the community to form SHARE – Savings and Credit Union.  Today she is in charge of nine (9) SHARE – Caisses d’Epargne de Credit which brings together 270 women in the South Kivu Province.  She has developed Christian leadership and has shown the way to learn and connect with women in difficult circumstances in the community that promotes SHARE Evangelism through community microcredit.  The development of using SHARE Evangelism through micro credit has opened up the opportunity for poor women usually excluded from the traditional banking system, to benefit from weak loans.

The services offered are:

  1. SHARE Micro – credit for income-generating activities;
  2. SHARE Micro – credit agricultural
  3. SHARE Compassion (helping members in difficult situations)

The amount received allows beneficiaries to create and finance their income-generating activities.  Women are the first beneficiary of community micro-credit service.  The initiative funds between 10 to 20 micro-projects per week presented by women, ranging from $30 to $50 per individual and per individual micro-project.  God granted them grace to the people of the community, and the members who receive Christ increases daily.

This micro-credit community service is realized with the contributions of SHARE  Micro-credit with the support of certain leaders of the community. “Through the use of SHARE Evangelism and SHARE Micro-Credit Muslims, prostitutes, pagans give their lives daily to Christ.”

The financing of 10 to 20 micro-projects each week continues to build the hope of poor families by meeting the food, health and schooling needs of the children of the beneficiary members. An unusual situation has arisen because the Pastors often send us to go to preach, but now thanks to the use of SHARE Evangelism by the community micro-finance is starting to produce effects; it is the people in the community who are starting to come and get the SHARE Evangelism RD Congo officials. ”

 

 

These are the first three phases of SHARE History Makers–the history of life that continues to mark our community through micro credit opportunities.  Soon we will report on how the SHARE micro credit beneficiary members have used their skills through the money received to bring others to Christ.

Ten to 20 small loans, ranging from $30 to $50 per individual project, are issued each week to members of the SHARE Micro Credit Union.  There have also been members who have banded together to qualify for a larger amount to invest in tools and equipment.  Keep watching as the the SHARE Evangelism team continues to fan the flames of the Gospel across RD Congo.

SELF-FUNDED CHURCH PLANTING

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Why would anyone want to buy another book on church planting? According to some pastors and church planters, “most of the books on church planting are a rearrangement of the information that is already out there.” If that is true, then you need to take a look at what this new book, Church Planters Have All the Fun(ding)!,  has to offer.

Church Planters Have All the Fun(ding)! is divided into two parts.  Part One of this book seeks to address two aspects of church planting: the fundamentals of establishing a new church from the beginning based on New Testament principles, and the funding the church will experience as it finds ways to combine evangelism with possibilities for personal income. The fun(ding)–the fun and the finances–for the church planter, as well as the church plant, comes from an outreach method called SHARE Evangelism  Read More (more…)

YOUR HAIR IS NOT LIKE MINE

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When my husband, Rick went to Kisii, Kenya, the children were intrigued by his hair and they all wanted to touch it.  Even though he doesn’t have much, his silky hair was not like anything they had ever seen or felt.  Rick loves kids and they understood they could get permission to touch.  Every time they saw him, they would hold up a hand in greeting, indicating they wanted him to bend down so they could touch again.  Something as simple as hair can break through any language barrier.

GIVING SACRIFICIALLY TO MISSIONS

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When our daughter, Emily, was a preschooler she wanted to give something for missions. All she had was a dime and a penny. She gave it all. In the following 35 years, she has found 11 cents (always as a dime and a penny) in many places including on the floor in the house, in the car, on the street or sidewalk, in change after a purchase, etc. Maybe she is just focused on that amount, but she finds it everywhere. That original 11 cents gained significance to her in her life. When she was nine years old we went to the Philippines as missionaries. We talked with her about how far her 11 cents went when it was combined with the gifts of others. Her 11 cents paid for our plane tickets, it provided a house and car, it paid for furloughs and return trips, and continues to provide for missions in many new and exciting forms. Never underestimate the power of sacrificial giving to missions.

SHARE EVANGELISM INTRODUCTION

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Have you tried door-to-door or house-to-house witnessing and had doors slammed in your face so many times that your nose is all bent out of shape? Have you tried street preaching, only to get chased off by police, or even put in prison? Do you face severe restrictions on spreading Christianity? Do you face apathy and indifference from those who need Christ but don’t know it yet? Are there too many questions? Then let’s look for answers.

It is apparent that the devil is the ruler of this earth (Revelation 12:7-12) and his influence seems to be getting stronger. As Christians we know that Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 1:33) A great majority of the people we see on the street, or in every crowd, is lost and without Christ. We must find ways to present the truths of the Gospel and the truth of the Resurrection. We must find ways to overcome the complacency of the self-satisfied person. We must find ways to bridge the gap between love and hate to reach those who are stubbornly and dogmatically against the teachings of Jesus and the salvation He brings. We must be “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16) We must be fearless, not foolish. We must be brave, not resigned to defeat. We must tread gently as we boldly go.

As Christians, we have the King of Kings, the Ruler of the Universe, fighting for us. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) No one enjoys or wants persecution, but there are times when God allows it. Persecution does not come as punishment, but as a way of glorifying God. Even physical pain and disease may be used by God for his glory. We can’t know the ways of God, nor can we know the reasons; but we can know the blessings of serving Him, regardless of what happens to us. Let’s march forward as Christian soldiers, battle-ready and fully clothed in the whole armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

I have two resources for you. The first is S.H.A.R.E. Evangelism, which is a very practical training course that encourages the Christian to use the “stuff” of everyday modern life to inspire parables. This is a way of imitating Christ in an easy “as you go” style that makes witnessing a part of who you are. This method is most compatible with evangelical Christian theology and philosophy. Best of all, it is free! Just email me at MitchellBarbara711@gmail.com. Tell me you name, address, cell, your church name, your involvement in the church (pastor, Sunday school teacher, member, etc.) web site if any, your plans to plant a church, and any other information you care to share. I will send you the link and the pass code so you will have access any time.

The second resource is my new book on planting churches that can be self-funded and autonomous from the beginning. The title is, CHURCH PLANTERS HAVE ALL THE FUN(DING)! It follows an agricultural theme and shows how S.H.A.R.E. Evangelism and church planting go hand-in-hand. The manuscript is in the editor’s hands for final editing. I expect the book to be released by the end of summer, 2017. Let me know if you are interested and I will be sure to notify you when it is available.

Meanwhile, please visit other blogs on my web site. You may find them especially helpful and encouraging. I appreciate any comments on the blogs that you care to make. I’ll see you there. http://www.shareinstitute.org/blog/

SHOUT FOR JOY

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This account comes from my husband Rick. We enjoy it over and over; as Christians everywhere will understand it’s significance.

After a few weeks of language study in the Philippines, my assignment was to learn the plan of salvation in Cebuano (the local dialect) and practice presenting it with several people.  Because of the unrest and insurgency during that time, Lito, a night security officer, was assigned to the subdivision where we lived.  Lito and I became friends so I decided to try my testimony on him.  I struggled through it and probably murdered the pronunciation, but God spoke to Lito in spite of my feeble efforts.  Before I could finish, Lito said, “I want that.”  My language skill was not adequate to help him pray, so I quickly called for help from a nearby Christian friend.  Lito immediately prayed to receive Christ as his Savior.  He was so happy he ran out and told everyone he could find.  I gave him a Bible so he could read more in his own language.  The next day he brought it back and, in tears, threw it down and said, “They killed Jesus! He was such a good man. Why did He have to die?”  I told him to read the next chapter to find out more.

Ten minutes later Lito came back shouting, “He’s alive, He’s alive!” He stopped, looked at me, and said, “You knew this all along, didn’t you, Bro. Rick?” Oh, the joy when he discovered that Jesus arose from the dead. During the following couple of weeks, Lito sat under our bedroom window near the street light and read the Bible all night at the top of his lungs so everyone could hear the Good News!  We didn’t get much sleep for a while but we rejoiced in his joy and exuberance.

Shortly after Lito was saved he went to his childhood home on a distant island. He told his mother about his Salvation.  His mother said, “Son, I have been praying for your Salvation for ten years!” During Lito’s brief stay on the island, he told others how to find Jesus.  He planted a church with 20 new Christians and one Bible. From time to time, Lito would return to be sure they stayed on the right track.