REJOICE AND PRAY FOR DR CONGO (5)

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With the beginning of January 2018, SHARE Evangelism is exploding like fireworks in a New Year’s celebration.  My friend, Bishop Aynaki Moksi, is a church planter who is training church after church in Burundi and Democratic Republic (DR) of Congo in the methods of SHARE Evangelism.  Because SHARE impacts their lives in both spiritual and physical aspects, it is well received and quickly put into practice.  The text and pictures that follow will encourage and inspire those who are praying for Africa and those who are specifically praying for Bishop Aynaki as he tirelessly seeks to share the good news of the Gospel across Africa.

At a recent Regional Conference of churches in DR Congo, SHARE Evangelism Impact was a major agenda item.  In addition to the individual trainings, there were several initiatives planned that would help the communities as a whole.  Of major concern is household poverty and environmental issues like clean water supply and electrification of rural areas.  When the villages band together, using local funding such as the SHARE Credit Union, mentioned in an earlier post, they can accomplish these tasks.  Research has shown that locally funded and locally built projects are better in many ways than projects that are built or funded by sponsors and other outside sources.  (This is a fundamental aspect of SHARE Evangelism.)

Aynaki reports that SHARE Agriculture Micro Credit plans to create a full employment of thirty persons next year.  They have big plans and need your prayer support in this effort.  Others are working in many projects.  For example, one woman is selling shoes.  Can’t you imagine how many times she can start conversations about Jesus, and how we need to follow Him by walking in His footsteps?

                  

Baragumu has started making juices of many kinds.  Not only is she doing it herself, she is developing this project to teach others the method, and teach them about Jesus.  She is  certainly following her Creator when she creates wonderful, healthy fruit juices.

         

Women have taken SHARE seriously.  They put all their efforts into making it happen, even going beyond what their leader has taught them.  Aynaki plans to train them to use SHARE to form house churches and begin a SHARE disciple-making movement.

Please pray that, as their income grows as a result of what they have learned through SHARE Evangelism, they will wisely increase their investments in SHARE Credit Union and be faithful in their giving to support their local church and the indigenous missionaries that serve them and others.

Sadly, all over the world, many churches fail to survive.  They blame it on lack of funds.  We must always remember the bounty is in the harvest.  Perhaps we try to start too big.  It is not essential to have a church building, a fantastic sound system, musical instruments and trained musicians.  There is nothing wrong with all those things; but the primary function of the church is to preach the Word of God, and to disciple and train believers.  That can be done in a simple setting like under a tree or in a home.  The early church sang spontaneously in praise to God.  Notice after the Last Supper, Jesus and the disciples sang a hymn and then went out.  Surely they did not need instruments and a sound system on that occasion.

As long as we are talking about music in the church, Bishop Aynaki had a new and exciting report.  SHARE Evangelism has touched the hearts of musicians, producers, rappers, and dancers.  They are excited to use their new faith to share Christ through their various talents.  More about that later.

Bishop Aynaki Moksi writes, “It is is amazing to see how musical artists and musical producers [commit their] lives to Jesus, those who use SHARE, start church planting,  It is amazing, those who have poor start among people [are the ones] who help me to move SHARE forward.  I glorify the Lord for the grace and testimony we have through SHARE Evangelism in Bukavu. From Uvira to Bukavu there is 120 Km (75 miles), by the grace of God, I have training of SHARE Evangelism in Kazimiya in Fizi territory. The distance between Bukavu and Kazimiya , there is 290 Km (180 miles). We have to travel by car, boat by water and go a long distance by foot. Thanks to your prayers.”

SHARE Institute, International and Testimony of Christ International has opened a new start this year (2018) in Bukavu Province and South Kivu of DR Congo.  Bishop Aynaki is leading his team to accomplish their goal to reach the highest number of people in the world.  They work tirelessly, serving Christ and witnessing to those in need of salvation and livelihood skills.

If you have read this far, you might also want to know how you can duplicate or adapt the work in DR Congo to your place in the world.  Following is a five-point outline including a picture, of the training on January 5-7, 2018.

  1. Training on SHARE Evangelism (10 hours of complete training and graduation)

Leaders from Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda, numbering 37 people, successfully participated in this training. The majority of these leaders also run SHARE Micro Credit. At the end of the training, everyone received a certificate of participation.

  1. SHARE Micro Credit at the service of winning souls to Christ through skills (a fresh start towards the creation of a savings and community credit cooperative)

”SHARE Micro Credit Community continues to build hope in the community at the social, spiritual and economic level.  The members participate regularly, the number of those who receive Christ as Lord and Savior increases daily.  We do not need to travel miles to find those who live without Christ or go door-to-door, sometimes causing household distress.  God is touching the hearts of the people of our community, who are beginning to come to us.  SHARE Micro credit, is a tool we use to share the Gospel.  It touches the basic and primary needs of the people of our community.  We share with them the hope we have in Christ, we pray with them and we help alleviate their social and economic problems.  Our movement progress every day, the number of group credit unions and Credit Community has just increased from 20 groups to 53 groups currently with a membership of 1325 members in South Kivu” Salima Rose reported during the workshop Bukavu.

The participants attended the training seminar on SHARE Micro Credit and Macro Impact, and exchanged ideas and experiences on this subject.  This is a new start towards the creation of SHARE Cooperative savings and Community Credit.

A steering committee has been set up to implement the recommendations of the Bukavu workshop.

  1. Accelerate SHARE Evangelism by targeting Stevia plant and food crops agriculture for more efficient community response

Cleophas reports, “We aim to reach every individual, every culture with the gospel and the testimony of Christ through skills.  The potential of DR Congo is in agriculture.  SHARE has already created SHARE Micro Credit Agricole, we are committed to promote global collaboration, unity, cooperation through SHARE Micro Agricultural Credit. We ourselves will create permanent jobs for 30 farmers and 2 engineers soon in order to fight hunger and poverty in our community and help to build churches.”

  1. SHARE Evangelism art in the service of winning artists to Christ

Bishop Aynaki continues to report, “A special meeting was organized with the musical artists, the dancers, the rappers, the producers who sing for the world [secular music]. We shared the word of God and taught them how, they can use the art of music to bring people to Christ. They were smokers of chamvers, people who consume and sell drugs, prostitutes, they used witchcraft to sing. Some refused to repent and be baptized, they also did not allow their photos to be published. That is why I find myself unable to send you the pictures of the meeting, because I removed them in their presence. [The photos below are] of families of those who have accepted Christ’s invitation to repent and be baptized.”

Those who will be baptized:

  1. SHARE Evangelism and Testimony of Christ International begins Church planting in Bukavu, DR Congo

Aynaki is standing with Pastor Jacques Mmandama of Bukavu, DR Congo, who understands SHARE Evangelism.  Aynaki’s team will leave the work in Pastor Mmandama’s care when it is time for them to move on to other fields.

He continues, “At this time, we are gathering the necessities for our next trip. We expect the arrival of 10 farmers and 2 engineers who will take care of agricultural work in Bukavu.  They come on the recommendation of the church and SHARE Institute, International established in Burundi.  When they arrive from Burundi, we will go with them on the ground.

“Meanwhile,” according to Bishop Aynaki,” our brothers from Uvira, who were among the first to be trained in SHARE Evangelism, insisted that we come back.  At our strong encouragement they were the first to start a SHARE Micro Credit Agricol group.  After a time of prayer on this subject, we accepted their invitation, and God opened a great opportunity for us. We have to trust God, He always provides for our needs, if we obey His voice.  SHARE Micro Credit Agricultural is considering renting a tractor for agriculture in Uvira.  It’s amazing for a project we started with a zero budget.  Our God is truly Jehovah Jireh (Provider).  Glory to God.”

Bishop Aynaki Moksi adds this powerful closing, “In spite of the financial difficulties that SHARE meets on the ground, God continues to open the paths of provisions where we did not believe to have the opportunity.  We move forward with the goal of reaching everyone with the gospel and witness of Christ using our skills. New horizons, soon.”

 

 

 

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.

SHARE TRAINING (3)

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In the two previous posts I shared with you how SHARE was being established in the DR Congo.  Bishop Aynaki Moksi and his team are tireless teachers.  Everywhere they go the find places to teach the principle of sharing Christ through sharing skills.  If you can find some shade and mats or low wooden benches to sit on, you can share what you know with those who need to know. The following pictures say more than words, so I will let them speak.

  

   

 

      

     

   

After the Christians receive the training and earn their certificates, they immediately head out to places near and far.  A common way of travel is still trekking as shown below.

   

Soon they will arrive at their destinations. We pray together for them as they set out in faithful service, watching for the great moving of God.

BEGIN AT THE END

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Is it possible for something to begin at the end? Is it true that something small, is really huge? Can good times be bad? Can bad times be good? Can poverty be riches? Can an uneducated person become an entrepreneur? The answer to all these questions is, yes.

For me, the ending of a long journey is probably only just the beginning. It has been a journey of inspiration and frustration, vision and blank stares, physical weakness and supernatural strength; scary episodes followed by sweet relief, spiritual mountain tops and deep valleys, and through it all, God’s guidance and assurance.

What is all this “crazy talk” about? It describes my three-year writing project which is finally being published. My book, Church Planters Have All the Fun(ding)! has finally gone to production. For many years since the beginning of my husband’s and my life on the mission field, there were two questions that jumped out at us over and over. They were: “How do I plant (start) a New Testament church?” and “How do I find the best way to finance church planting?”

Before I go any further, let me explain. Although I have finished writing the book, I am finding an almost overwhelming need to respond in writing to so many church planters who have the same two questions. My writing continues in blogs and on social media, but in a different, more personal and individual focus. My book is relatively small in size (a little over 200 pages); but it contains a unique, practical way to finance church planting, that is already having an impact, physically and spiritually. Although unique, it is absolutely compatible with scripture. If you find it useful, then a small thing has become huge.

Can bad times be good, or the reverse? We can easily find examples of seemingly good times being truly bad or sinful; but what happens in the bad times? In my experience, every time I start a project or ministry that has the potential for great outreach, I suffer frightening medical events that seem to be demonic efforts to stop and discourage me. I don’t want to go into a long list of complaints, so let me briefly share that I have lived with constant severe pain for more than 25 years. In the last three years, I have been writing without being able to see clearly. Now, after six surgeries on my eyes (I know, I only have two eyes!), and a unique kind of contact lens, I can see much better. Then, as I was putting the finishing touches on the book, I was diagnosed with a serious heart condition. Praise God, that heart condition “disappeared” a few weeks later.

I am not asking for sympathy—a little compassion is good, though—but I share all this so you will know that God can give a person a vision, and then the devil responds by slinging his poison arrows. With God’s help and the Christian’s determination and commitment to follow Him, anything is possible. Since childhood, whenever I faced a problem that demanded a solution, I was known to say, “There’s always a way.” In a way, it became my life’s motto. It was some time later that I realized I was just restating the biblical concept of Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

God has put me in unusual circumstances throughout my life to prepare me for a unique approach to sharing the Gospel. My husband and I live simply, on a limited budget, but we count our riches in the people we have helped, and in our service to God. It is not for fame or riches that I write. I wrote Church Planters Have All the Fun(ding)! because I saw a need. The book will be accessible to anyone in soft cover or eBook format.

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 fun(damentals) of establishing a new church from the beginning based on New Testament principles, and the fun(ding) the church will experience as it finds ways to combine evangelism with possibilities for personal income. The fun(ding) for the church planter, as well as the church plant, comes from an outreach method called SHARE Evangelism.

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.

THROUGH A CHILD’S EYES

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When you take a child with you to the mission field, all sorts of funny things can happen. Looking at life–even strange new surroundings–can bring on interesting concepts and off-the-wall insights. But, before I get to the story, let me tell you about a long-standing deal Rick (my husband) and I have had with our only child, Emily. Knowing how preacher’s kids and missionary kids are a great source of sermon illustrations, and how much they don’t like it, we found a way to solve both problems. Emily would listen carefully to her dad’s sermon or to my speaking. Every time we mentioned her name or used a pronoun that referred to her, she would get 25 cents. She would carry pencil and paper to keep track so she could collect afterwards. Even though this cost us a little, the up-side is that Emily was glad to hear us, and she listened to what we had to say. Incentives help! Since we put no time limit on that deal, she still thinks we owe her, even though she is already 40! Maybe I already owe her more than $3.00 by now so I’d better get to my story.

Almost every day Rick would go for a run around the neighborhood. Sometimes Emily (age 12 at the time) would pace him on her bicycle. They passed many houses, businesses, and a Mormon church. One day Rick and Emily noticed that workers were doing roof repair on the church. The workers accessed the roof with a very long ladder. Emily said, “I guess that’s why they call them ‘Ladder’ Day Saints!”

I haven’t added up how much she thinks I owe her. I’m sure she will want to be paid per visitor to my blog. I want to hear from all my readers, but you do know I will go into debt for each comment! Oh well. Feel free to comment–I’ll deal with Emily! Thank you.

INTRODUCTIONS

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Greetings to all of you (or one or two!) who have found their way to my website. Although I have written many forms of manuscripts, this is my first experience at maintaining a website. My intention is to share ideas, experiences, humor, methods, and anything else that will encourage evangelical church planters. I believe the leading edge of evangelism is through the formation of new churches led by strong evangelical pastors who consistently preach the Word.

My husband, Rick, and I are former IMB missionaries in the Philippines. We were there for about 8 1/2 years during which time we worked along side national church planters. There was no way we had enough money to finance all the work that needed to be done, so we sought the national pastors’ advice on meeting their perceived needs; and then worked with them to develop methods to meet those needs. Those methods, developed jointly at that time, are still being used effectively by many churches throughout the country from 1990 until now. The training (discipleship training and livelihood skills training) happens though SHARE Institute, International. Teachers are trained and then they pass their training on to others who will learn under them. The training is all included in a manuscript called, SHARE Evangelism. SHARE Evangelism is available on line, protected by a passcode.  If you would like access to this important evangelism tool, please let me know in the comment space below, or email me at mitchellbarbara711@gmail.com. Please include your name, address, phone/cell, website if you have one, denomination affiliation, and any other information you might like to share. Also, please tell me a little about your church plant or your plans to plant a church.

SHARE Evangelism promotes outreach using a simple approach that a new Christian can do, even if he can only quote John 3:16! You don’t have to be a seminary graduate or a Bible scholar to do this. All you need is your testimony, love for people, and a desire to see others find Christ and make Him Lord of their lives. Maybe you are wondering if this can even be effective. In the 26+ years since its inception, SHARE Institute, International and its training method found in SHARE Evangelism has spread to 28 countries and growing. SHARE Institute, International is headquartered in my computer, with additional creative spaces in my sewing/craft room. At the same time, SHARE Institute, International has many locations–even more than I know. I occasionally get messages from people I never met, saying they learned it from someone else who learned it from someone who learned it from me. SHARE  can take place under a tree in Africa, or in a bamboo hut with a thatched room in Asia, or in an apartment community room in America, or in a church building in Europe, or anywhere. It does not require sophisticated accommodations for it to be successful.

Thank you for stopping by to read my posts. I hope you will come back. I am available on line or by phone (please be aware that I am in Eastern Time Zone) to mentor and encourage those who contact me. I am glad to help you find more creative ways for outreach. And, I learn so much from each person who reaches out.