This week New Life Global Ministries has the great privilege to be a part of Liberty University’s Global Focus Week. We get to set up a table (along with a number of other ministries) in the student center and catch students as they study, hang out, or transition between classes. We are incredibly excited about the opportunity the Lord has provided us and the possible growth for our ministry in the days to come. The entire week on campus in focused globally. This includes their weekly hall meetings, convocations, and even classroom lectures.
Our ministry has an immense burden to see the Great Commission fulfilled and see all the nations hear the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ but we often think of Romans 10.
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” Rom. 10:13-15
Our prayer this week is that God would allow us to intersect some current/future disciple-makers and give them an avenue to be sent. Liberty University (and many colleges in general) are filled with young people that are making decisions about the trajectory of their lives. Imagine if they made the decision to be sent as multiplying disciple-makers to the nations!?
Would you join us in prayer for this week? Pray that God would:
Raise up workers for His Harvest
Stir deep passion for simple and obedient disciple-making to the nations
Provide summer interns
Provide summer/fall journey participants
Provide potential future staff
Provide social traffic through our social media challenge giveaway
Build relationships between NLGM and other like-minded, Kingdom-advancing, ministries (and potential partners)
Give NLGM favor with Liberty University so that we may participate in future mobilization opportunities
Allow our team (Ryan, Abigail, Adaline, and Steven Clemmons) to make the most of the time
Our next team is officially on our way. I’m currently sitting in a coffee shop in Dulles airport awaiting our first leg to Casablanca. This team of 11 will spend 7 days in Praia, Cape (Cabo) Verde training students and churches while walking alongside them in local villages to see the gospel advanced!
I’m going to try to keep updates on our blog so that you can be praying for with us. I’ll do as much as our WiFi will allow! Please be praying for our travels through Casablanca, Lisbon and on to Praia. Please also be praying for me. I miss my girls so much already!
Thanks for reading this and keeping up with what God is doing in and through our family.
The first few days of this journey have been an absolute answer to our prayers! We have seen that God truly has gone before and set up divine appointments. There are four teams in three different areas. Each team has had multiple conversations with people whose hearts were clearly ready to receive the gospel because of God’s grace. As normally happens, almost all of the plans we had prior to arrival have changed. But it is all for God’s glory and He has shown us that He is absolutely in control!
“Many are the plans of a man’s heart, but it’s the Lord’s purpose that prevails”
For the first time for me, I am able to “float” between the teams and spend time with each of them. What a blessing this is from the Lord to be able to shepherd people from both our North American and South American team! I’ve already had many opportunities to speak encouragement and truth into disciples. The most beneficial conversation I had yesterday was with a translator struggling with the apathy she finds in many people of her church. We talked about our role as ambassadors for Jesus and disciple-makers and how she can overcome apathy through leading by example and leaning heavily on Jesus. The Lord has really been pushing me to push our team to “not miss knowing Jesus in the midst of making Him known.” I have been greatly encouraged to see many of our team spending their down time in God’s Word and seeking to really KNOW Jesus. How good God is to be enabling our team “to both desire and to work out His good purpose.” (Phil. 2:13) I’m so excited to hear what God has already done and to see what He has in the next few days.
Here are some things you can be praying for me:
Vision from the Lord (to see the needs of our team and address them according to His Word)
Grace and Mercy
Dependence on God’s Word and Spirit
Good internet at the house to be able to speak with my wife and daughter (I greatly miss them!)
Stamina to give myself fully to encourage, equip and empower our team as well as engage in the harvest as my heart so desires to do
You may be wondering why the title of this update is “F Is For Fuego.” We have a younger team this week (9 out of 12 are 25 or younger) so we have had our share of laughter. There are a number of jokes circulating but F is for fuego came up this morning at breakfast. In Bolivia, hot water is on the left and cold on the right. Hot is marked with a “C” for caliente (which means hot) and cold is marked with an “F” for frio (which means cold). One of our teammates was confused as to why the shower was cold because she thought F was for “fuego” (which means fire). We had a pretty good laugh together. I am truly grateful that this team can laugh together as we share the journey of following Jesus.
Abigail and I are truly truly grateful for your prayers. I genuinely thank the Lord daily for you. We could not be doing this without each of you.
What a joy it has been to join God in His work the first two days here in La Paz. Our purpose for this journey (without a full team) is to follow up with the work that was started in May and do some “next level” training to encourage next steps. At this point, the majority of our time has been spent pouring into our national partners. These conversations have been similar to some of Jesus’ conversations in scripture, mixed with encouragement and very hard truths. I am believing that the horizons for what God is doing in La Paz are very bright and exciting.
This morning we were able to visit with a brother that decided to follow Jesus during our last missionary journey. We were incredibly encouraged to hear of his growth and steps of obedience! He is currently involved in a number of discipleship groups in his community and trying to help others follow Jesus.
We also visited a sweet lady in the village of Lluto who has been hosting weekly discipleship groups at her home with her husband. She and her husband were both reached during our last journey and have continued to study and obey the Bible with a few translators.
In both of these villages we were able to cast vision for the urgency of sharing the gospel and making multiplying disciples. I am personally most excited about everything I hear of the work of the disciplemakers that partner with us as translators! They are being obedient and are hungry to see their city reached. Please be in prayer for our special training time with them on Saturday.
The prayer that seems to be present at all times in my mind is articulated well in the Rend Collective song, “Build Your Kingdom Here.” As we drove from place to place today I was able to play this song from my phone and sing it as a prayer to the Lord of the harvest. The major struggle for any ministry work across the world is the difference between MY kingdom and THE or HIS Kingdom. We always desire for great success but often if we check our motives, they are based in our kingdom and seeing it grow. I fear this is why we are constantly settling for good instead of GOD! The need for the villages here in La Paz (and around the world) is to truly see Jesus build His Kingdom/His Church. My prayer is that God would use us (you and me) to multiply disciples across the globe and watch HIM build His kingdom!
I want you to think about a passage of scripture that has gripped my heart for a little over a year now.
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.” John 15:16
This verse has some beautiful words from Jesus to His disciples. He first addresses an important thought. “I chose you.” It’s pretty cool that Jesus, the Son of God, chose his disciples and appointed them (commissioned, sent) to go out and bear fruit. It takes the burden off of them and put’s it on himself because it was his decision. Jesus takes it a step further in the next line saying “so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.”
SO THAT. I think those words are important. What if Jesus gave us this mission to make disciples of ALL nations, a HUGE mission, so that we’d have to go to him in prayer to accomplish anything.
If we are going to accomplish anything close to what Jesus has called us to we need to fall to our knees and pray. Pray for the work, pray for workers, pray for each other, and pray for Jesus to be lifted high.
We need you to join us in prayer to see all the nations reached with the good news of the great savior! Let’s ask in Jesus name!