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A Prayer for the Global Church

Kent Shaffer —  November 1, 2012

My time at the Global:Church Forum (read the notes) two weeks ago was one of the best ministry events I’ve experienced. The worship was rich. The theology was deep. Good friendships were formed. And the ecumenical unity was beautiful.

It is not easy to pragmatically explore how the global Church can better work together like a body’s cells and parts do in unison. However, the forum’s conversations were fruitful steps in the right direction. But I also realize we must protect this momentum. We must keep our hearts vulnerable to each other. And we must guard against lapsing back into our old habits and ways of doing things. We cannot do this in our own strength. We need God. And we need to stay steadfast in prayer.

This is the prayer I pray for us all:

Lord, help us for we cannot do this without you. You are a good God who graciously and generously invites us to take part in Your plan. May your kingdom come here on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us what we need, not what we think we need. May we be responsible with what you give us. When we have more than enough, may we generously share it with others as you have generously given to us.

Purge from us the comforts that we have made idols. Free us from any clutter of possessions, mindsets, sins, and systems that weigh us down and slow us from running the race well.

May we become more like Christ. May we pray like a poor man. Teach us to have a heart like David, obedience like Noah, and courage like Rahab.

Humble us – for mankind is too weak and proud to discover meekness without Your help. Remove far from us jealousy and selfish ambition – for it is divisive. Teach us to be patient with each other, kind, and selfless servants. Break us where we need to be broken and heal us where we hurt. You are the Potter, and we yearn to be your clay.

May we not forget the stories of Your greatness in our own lives or the legends of Your goodness from the far corners of the earth. They produce hope that illuminate the dark times and sweeten the bitter.

Give us ears to hear. May we first hear your Word because it is the fuel of our faith. And without faith, it is impossible to please You. May we hear the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit and be bold enough to obey it. We repent for talking when we should be listening. And we repent for remaining silent, when we should be a voice of truth and justice.

Grant us wisdom to know how to work with each other as co-equals and as a healthy and whole body. May the Body of Christ be as graceful as our own bodies are – made in Your image as a miraculous symphony with millions of complexities. And grant us grace for each other when we fall short. May the Holy Spirit fill the voids where we lack. May You get all the glory.

Above all else, may we reflect God’s love to everyone. For without it, our work is futile.

May all we do bring glory to Your mighty name.

And it is in the precious, life saving name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

In the weeks to come, I urge you to be thinking about how your role within the Body of Christ can work interdependently with the other equally important parts – locally and internationally.

Bob Doll on the Global Economy and the Church

Kent Shaffer —  October 18, 2012

At the Global:Church Forum, Bob Doll, formerly of BlackRock, discussed the global economy and the Church.

Key demographics and economic trends.

As an investor we look at the world primarily divided by developed markets (developed countries), emerging markets (will eventually be developed), and frontier markets (an unknown future where some will be successful and others will disappear).

When we look back 10 years from now, we will see emerging markets making significant progress with important assists by the US.

Cell phone costs have dramatically dropped, which has given mobile access to lower economic areas.

A country’s change is population is the most significant factor on its economic growth. China’s 1 birth policy will slow their economy down. The US has an advantage of having a higher birthrate than the rest of the developed world. US immigration rate is also the highest globally, and those that come to the US tend to be young and very productive. In a decade or two, every country in Europe will be declining.

By 2050, half of the world’s Christianity will live is Africa and Asia. There is little relationship to a country’s rate of growth and its commitment to religion. But there is a big link between a country’s income growth and their religious engagement. Materialism crowds out God.

More Presbyterians were in church last Sunday in Ghana than in Scotland. More Roman Catholics worship in the Philippines than in any country of Europe including Italy.

Half of Christian leaders that have ever lived are alive today.

As representatives of the global Church we must think careful before saying what Christians now believe.

In the global South, churches are appealing to different cultures. They do quite well reaching migrants to cities. By 2025, 60% of the world’s population will live in cities; it will be two-thirds by 2050.

Impact of these trends on the church and its growth.

Who is my neighbor?

We live in an era where travel is easier and international communication is greater than any previous era.


Only about 3% of the world’s population immigrates on a given year. Yet that small percentage can sometimes affect a specific community by at least 15%. Most economists agree that immigrants are positive to a country’s economy, but people don’t like it when their jobs are taken.

Is there a Christian view of immigration? Leviticus 19 says the stranger among you should be treated well. We are told to love our neighbor not love our neighbors born in our country.

Foreign aid?

Globalization brings the suffering of the world more directly to our attention. One billion people today live on less than $1 per day. Outside of China, most of the world has not been able to alleviate poverty well.

The absence of coordination among NGOs (nonprofits) has created a great waste of resources.

Perspectives on Global Partnership

Kent Shaffer —  October 18, 2012

At the Global:Church Forum, a panel discussion shared the global partnership experiences of Ajith Fernando of Youth for Christ (Sri Lanka), Menchit Wong of Compassion International (Philippines), Oscar Murui of Nairobi Chapel (Kenya), Bishop Jospeh Garang Atem of The Episcopal Church of Sudan (South Sudan), and John Huffman of Christianity Today (USA).

What have you learned at the Global: Church Forum?

Huffman: Those of us who are givers need to be receivers and to listen for a season before talking. In fact, Westerners may be the receivers in the years ahead which will be tough.

Wong: We need to stop and reflect.

Muriu: There is a need for the Church to explore southern hemisphere to southern hemisphere partnerships.

How can leadership boards be better?

Murui: Bring the reformers in. Bring in fresh eyes that have no vested interest and can speak with honesty.

Huffman: You have to be willing to give up power in order to have global diversity. At board levels, this is a very delicate issue.

How do you maintain balance without creating power struggles?

Fernando: Come in with the perspective that God’s sovereignty is greater than us. Do not give up the idea that agreement is possible. Always punctuate meetings of conflict with prayer because it is difficult to be mean when influenced by prayer.

Atem: Give the Holy Spirit room to do His work.

Wong: Don’t call it a retreat when it is really a business meeting. We had to repent and humble ourselves before others and God. And as we set aside the business agenda and reflected spiritually, it was a time of great growth. When we pay attention to the Holy Spirit and less of ourselves, good things happen.

In some ministries there is an unspoken value of perpetuity equals success. But sometimes there are times that the work is done. How do you discern that? What are barriers to realizing it?

Huffman: If times change and a ministry model is no longer successful, you need to close it.

Fernando: What does our nation need? Is our group doing something that the nation needs? Sometimes you need to stop things. Other times you just need radical shifts.

Murui: Maybe we need to learn as Christians to work a timeline into the things we create. Without an end point, some ministries live on to drain Kingdom resources. If I was the Devil, I’d try to keep organizations alive.

Why are the majority of black Americans not investing in Africa as missionaries?

Murui: The black American Church has been asleep to missions because it is so caught up within its needs within the US culture – dysfunctional families, incarceration rates, etc. But we are beginning to see the black American Church wake up and start coming as missionaries. When we see a white come to Africa, there is some sense of suspension because of our history of colonialism. But when a black American visits, they have high credibility because Africa looks up to their music and sports athletes.

Will donors in the West start mandating organizations to start working together for strategic partnership? And should they?

Fernando: It is necessary for there to be chemistry, and you cannot mandate chemistry. I also think there is a move of the Spirit that will connect people together.

Huffman: Mainline denominations did use to mandate working together, but then they declined. What is happening now is a new paradigm of working together. The Holy Spirit is mandating us, but I don’t think it will be one-size-fits-all.

Wong: The work to be done is so big that we must have strategic partnerships, so we at least must be working towards them.

How do we help the Northern Church free itself from isolated independence and better engage in God’s mission?

Huffman: Friendship is the best way to engage and prevent isolation. These relationships are lasting. Partnership at its best comes from friendship. Not all partnerships have the luxury of 50 years of relationship first. Sometimes you have to move in fast, but always work for friendship.

Murui: There seems to be a romanticism for the West to go into extreme poverty and engage it while bypassing key churches around that poverty that would be a great help. Work with significant local organizations and treat them as equals. The Africa and India of today have changed from 50 years ago.

Wong: It is when God humbles us that we can truly experience great things. When an organization is proud of its vision, it is easy to miss the strengths of other groups. Invite other organizations into your gatherings so that you can appreciate their work. When you travel, remove your ideas and act as family. Mentioning your title can create barriers. Pray together.

Atem: Come and see, and you will know what to do.

Oscar Muriu on 5 Changes to the Global Church

Kent Shaffer —  October 17, 2012

At the Global:Church Forum, Oscar Muriu of Nairobi Chapel (Kenya) discussed 5 changes to the global Church.

We have a lot of university students come to Nairobi Chapel, so we began to ask who else ministers to college students that we can learn from. So we began talking to a ministry in North Carolina, USA. Then we started looking for ministries from all over the world that we could learn from.

I challenge you to go back to the round table of missions and rethink mission and partnerships.

At Nairobi Chapel, we want to reach 10 million people for Christ. We want to disciple 100,000 people. We want to begin a social justice movement that lifts people out of poverty.

5 Major Changes to the Global Church

#1 :: What is happening in the global South. 

The number of people coming to Christ is mind-boggling. The center of Christianity has moved from the northern hemisphere to the South. A century ago 75% of Christians lived in the northern hemisphere, but today around 75% of Christians live in the southern hemisphere. So when we ask, “What does it mean to be a Christian today?”, it is a question that must be answered by the South.

#2 :: The way we do missions today need to be rethought and reevaluated.

While the last century was very fruitful, there were major problems with the model of missions. We from the southern hemisphere are grateful though. There are 2 major models. The North thinks like a business model. The South thinks like a marriage. So when the southern hemisphere partners with the North, we name our children after the partner because they become family. So there are probably a few kids in Africa called “Compassion”.

But when we work in these 2 different models, we wonder why there are problems. Why it lacks trust. Why when the work is done, the northern hemisphere leaves the relationship. The model that Paul uses is in 1 Corinthians 12 – a body. It is not a marriage or a business. There are many parts but one body. This is the analogy we need to define the body of Christ today.

5 Reasons We Must Be a Body

  1. We belong together. We must be linked together as the body of Christ. If your faith is as small as a mustard seed, you will say unto this mountain move, and it will be moved into the sea. And in Genesis 11, God loks at the Tower of Babel and says, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.” These 2 verses are the most powerful in Scripture. One concerns the power of faith and the other unity.
  2. As the gospel moves south, there is temptation for the South to be done with how the West treats us. But the only cells that rebel against the body are cancer. True maturity is about interdependence. The church of the South knows it needs the North, but does the North know it needs the South? If I am a member of the body of Christ then I have a place.
  3. We must build into our models of ministry reciprocity. Dependence is created when one part of the body accepts what the other part of the body has to give. In this era, the North must also empower the South to realize that they have something to give. The West must open themselves up to reverse missions.
  4. We must build into the body a sense of neutrality. What about the Japanese Church? We act like it isn’t important. Who ever read a church growth book from Japan? But God says these little churches get the honor, and the large churches do not get special treatment. After China was closed for 50 years and we went in and saw they had possibly 80 million converts to Christianity, we did not go in and ask them to teach us.
  5. We must learn how to operate from a posture of powerless, a posture of learning. When someone from the West comes to me and says, “What can we do for you?”, it is arrogant because it suggests the West has power over me. Instead ask, “What can you teach me?” That posture opens the door to learn from each other and then know each other’s needs. Learn to function from the perspective of powerlessness. We assume that the 2 vehicles of money and power will get the job done. But Matthew 9 says leaves these things behind and submit yourself to the cultures of the people you want to reach.

#3 :: Forget the term partnership.

The word partnership is loaded.

Maybe we need to say corporation. We are in this together. You do your job. I’ll do my part, and the job will get done. Look at Wikipedia.

We can also say co-neighboring. We sit around the table and we work together to get the job done. It is a short-term effort towards a goal.

Partnership is confusing. One side might want a long-term relationship, while the other says I just want to give you money and technology and move on.

#4 :: Mission models are changing.

With a shift to the southern hemisphere, the way we do missions need to change. Let’s look at the early Church. People like Paul didn’t have much of a strategic plan. They’d head off to one place, get a dream, and then obey God’s direction. They didn’t have a strategic plan; they had obedience.

Early Church Missions Depended on:

  1. The early Church had hospitality of Christian community.
  2. Pax Romana gave relative freedom for traveling around.

But the next era of mission largely took place in monasteries. Then mission moved to places like Middle England where Genesis 12 and going to an unknown land was the focus. They’d sail the high seas until God told them to land or until they bumped into land.

Then mission moved into the British Empire where the trade routes helped spread the gospel. William Carey used the trading companies to reach India and Kenya. The old colonial system was part of the missionary system.

Then North America became the center of missions for the last 200 years. Wherever the American dollar went, missions could be done. You raise money because anywhere in the world accepts it. It grants access.

But the South doesn’t have the power of American currency, so what will we do? David was brave enough to say he couldn’t wear Saul’s armor to fight Goliath. The Southern Church will need to have the courage to say, “We cannot fight the fight of the Kingdom wearing the armor of the American Church.”

The Scripture does not say Africans should go where they can get visas for. Scripture says we should go into all the world. Africans, too, have received the full Great Commission. But they lack the income to live like American missions.

3 Advantages Africans Have in Missions

  1. In Africa, 50% of the population is under age 18. Somehow we must empower the youth of Africa, India, and China to reach the world.
  2. It is far to expensive to send American missionaries. They need 3 years to raise support. And they have to keep going back to raise support $100 at a time from churches. But if you can survive the poverty of Africa, you can survive anywhere. This is a gift for the Kingdom because we travel light.
  3. A third gift we have is anonimity. Americans stick out when they travel. But who notices an African? Who notices a Filipino? We can travel to hostile places and patiently convert a whole generation while serving as maids, drivers, and servants.

#5 :: Our faith is in the Lord.

Our faith is not in the instruments of mission but in God Himself. Our faith is not in a proven record. Our faith demands a lot of risk.
If you want to see amazing things happen, you must be willing to give your life. The Church of the West needs to bring back pain and sacrifice and risk into missions. It is not about ROI.
Why was it morally right for Brother Andrew to illegally smuggle Bibles into closed countries, but it is wrong for African and Latino missionaries to illegally immigrate into the US as undocumented workers?

Things to Consider

  1. The US recession is waning Africa off their dependence on the West.
  2. The West is transitioning. The Baby Boomers were generous, but when they pass their wealth onto their kids, their kids will not give because they are not in the Church.
  3. The Church needs to wake up to the fact that Africa is growing. Economists are reporting that African economies are growing faster than all other economies except maybe India and China. Africa is predicted to have 3 decades of lion economies in the near future. Africa is poised to possibly take off like India’s economy did.

Ajith Fernando on Partnering with the Poor

Kent Shaffer —  October 17, 2012

At the Global:Church Forum, Ajith Fernando of Youth for Christ (Sri Lanka) discussed partnering with the poor.

I want to focus on one area – partnership with the poor.

Some years ago 46% of the world’s population were poor, and 23% were absolutely poor. Some of the world’s best ministries are run by people who were poor, but there is a great gap between the poor and funders.

All Contributions are Equal

We all have something to contribute, and that contribution may be different. And I think one of the key contributions of the poor is prayer. They pray out of necessity. They may sometimes lie. They may sometimes cheat. But they pray, and prayer is the most powerful force on earth.

When you realize that we have something to offer, there is significance.

When you are working around the poor you must emphasize that their contribution is equally important.

Time builds relationships. Relationships build partnerships.

The key to real partnership is Christian community, and this is forged through hours of relationship.

This concept of Christian community is the major antidote to the lying found in the poor and shame cultures.

Protect the Truth

We much teach the doctrine of the Holy Book and build community that trusts each other. Make it part of your culture that you do not tolerate lying. This can be a hard thing because in some culture, telling the truth is not considered a high value.

Sometimes the most untrustworthy people are the ones that Westerners trust the most because Westerners tend to believe the lies. Many pastors ruined their witness by getting wealthy off of the Western support that was sent as tsunami relief.

Be Transparent About Finances & Rules

Be open about finances with the poor. We have an open salary book. Why? Because we are trying to forge a community, and the poor will not feel like part of the community if they aren’t allowed to be in the know. Of course, sometimes there are very unpleasant questions asked, but it is worth it to have a community that is once.

In our society, the rich don’t have to follow the rules, but the poor do. So these rules make them feel inferior. So we had to make clear how we as leaders have to follow rules. Let them know that even the one who earns the money is bound by rules.

The whole idea is that everyone is under the same.

At first when we did this, the poor were angry because they finally realized how unequally they were treated before. When you wrk with the poor and there is anger, you must act immediately to remind them that they are equals. Often those who get the most angry have the most leadership potential.

Relief & Spiritual Development

As you work with the poor, you discover 2 huge need – (1) poverty is immense and (2) the gospel must be preached. Until you start discipling, you can’t come close to meeting their physical needs. Through discipling you can ultimately have a large organization.

Yest just because one organization doesn’t preach the gospel verbally, doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be funded. Often multiple organizations meet the needs of relief and spiritual development in a specific region.

Increasingly we are talking about what God can do in this world. However, we cannot forget to talk about the eternal Kingdom just like Paul did. If our generation neglects it, the next generation will reject it. We must talk about eternity.

The poor need relational and mutual enrichment and not just contextual. Above all, never forget the urgency of the gospel.


What God is Doing in the Middle East

Kent Shaffer —  October 17, 2012

NOTE: These notes have been edited with consideration to sensitive information.

At the Global:Church Forum, Fayez Ishak of Kasr El Dobara Church (Egypt) discussed what God is doing in the Middle East.

In Egypt we aren’t sure how the mess we are in will end. But I want to share another perspective with you – how God sees the Middle East. The Middle East is a paradox of both what you see on the news and what God sees it as.

In the Middle Eastern Church, we are experiencing things we have never experienced in modern history.

When you look in the distance, you think you see a lion. When you come closer, you realize it is a man. And when you come even closer, you realize it is your brother. The West needs to come closer to look at their brothers in the Middle East. It is not the Middle East; it is family.


Isaiah 19 is very encouraging. God came and visited Egypt and made Himself known to the Egyptians. God made a highway between Egypt and Syria. We pray for this to be true again today.

We were inspired by and tried to pray like the Koreans, but we lacked their disciplined, organized culture. So we decided to pray like Africans and put our emotions into it. The spirit of prayer is coming out of desperation. We see what God wants to do as well as our limitations, and we know we need God.

Ezekiel went to the valley and saw there were very dry bones. It is like saying, “This guy is very dead.” It doesn’t matter. A miracle is a miracle. Pray and intercede regardless of how impossible it seems.

The young people of Egypt are praying. What God is doing in the Church is amazing.


The unity is also amazing. People are giving up their dreams to serve God. More churches are working together than ever before.

Priests and bishops are born again and love the Lord. And they secretly come wise us and pray together with us. But over time, we said this can no longer be a secret, so on 11 November 2011 we gathered together 45,000 people in unity from different backgrounds (Protestant, Catholic, Coptic, etc.) praying from 6am to 4am the next day. At 3am the people just kept shouting, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!” for 11 minutes. And the leaders of the churches said, “This is the people of Egypt repenting.”

Open Doors

We see doors open one after another. Almost every week we have a baptism. Thousands are coming to Christ. The transformation is as never before.

And all this means is that we cannot do business as before.
We must be wide-eyed and obedient to Christ.


When God is challenging you with a big vision, and you look to yourself and see how limited you are, recognize that you need God and the Body of Christ. But it is not about getting people’s help because you can’t do it alone. It is about being a body that must work together.

We need to do more than bridge the gap between Christian groups. We need to shift our paradigm.

Giving and receiving must understand the need. When you give something, you need to first be sure that you are giving what is needed. That is why every partnership must be built upon relationship, understanding, and coming to visit.

Sometimes we insist on honoring you without asking a simple question of, “How can I honor you.”

Giving and receiving must also have evaluation. The win in a partnership is the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

Dave Gibbons on Roaming Ministry

Kent Shaffer —  October 16, 2012

At the Global:Church Forum, Dave Gibbons of Newsong Church discussed ministry that gets out of the box and roams.

It is easy to miss something you are not looking for.
Is the Church so intentionally locked in at things we want to see that we are missing things that God wants us to see?

Don’t miss the supernatural. Maybe we took the extra out f the ordinary and we need to add super back to the natural.

In the early years of our church, we were growing quickly and began a building campaign to raise money for some land. Our campaign’s slogan was, “It’s not about the building but what happens inside.” We raised a lot of money. We were excited, but then the real estate deal fell through.

I was so disappointed, but then God said, “I thought it wasn’t about the building. What would the church look like if it wasn’t contained on a piece of land?”

Decades ago when the institutional Church wasn’t getting it, parachurch groups began forming. And now we are starting to see networks of Christians cropping up and being the Church.

The natural tendency of man is to build a Tower of Babel. But God commanded us to roam the whole earth an be fruitful and multiple and subdue it. That means you need to get out of your box and roam. If you are going to roam, you have to actually feel free. Does your way of doing ministry leave you feeling uneasy and not free.

We’re supposed to be a cloud not a box. A kingdom collaborative that rains upon the earth.

Maybe there is a principle of freedom where if you roam you can go inside and outside of the boxes. We are to multiply and fill the space.

Don’t get distracted by phones, TV, and surroundings. Learn to see people and their souls. If you don’t build relationships and see each other, then maybe your vision is just your vision.

Know a person. See a person. Affirm their destiny.
So many times our presentations of evangelism are so packaged and formulaic that it is embarrassing. It seems like a multi-level marketing scheme. Don’t just be nice to someone so that they’ll accept Christ. Simply be nice. Simply plant the seeds and let God do the rest.

You are beautiful people. You are made in the image of God. This is a special time in history where even in America you can see miracles. You don’t live for the miracles, but you need to expect them.

Tanya Walker on the Background and Mindset of Islam

Kent Shaffer —  October 16, 2012

At the Global:Church Forum, Tanya Walker of Ravi Zacharies International Ministries discussed the background and mindset of Islam.

Muslims make up every 1 in 4 people, and statistics show we can see an exponential increase to their adherents. Suddenly this centuries old religion has come to the forefront.

The staggering migration patterns of the last century have caused 46 million Muslims to move to the West. Simultaneously, we are seeing fear of Islam growing.

Because of this, we’ve moved away from a naive unawareness of Islam. But while our awareness has increased, we haven’t seen our compassion for Muslims increase. Christians must start reaching Muslims.

Beliefs of Islam

Christianity is a religion of complex beliefs and simple practices. Islam is a religion of simple beliefs and complex practices. There are five pillars of Islam.

  1. Shahada: This is the creed of Islam, and they believe that if you say it out loud, it makes you a Muslim. They have an emphasis on words and a mystic belief that saying their creed is all you need.
  2. Shallat: daily prayers
  3. Zakat: the giving of alms
  4. Sawm: fasting during Ramadan
  5. Pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in one’s lifetime.

While Islam and Christianity can use similar words like fasting and prayer, we cannot confuse the two religions. They are different.

The doctrine of god (Allah) is most important. God (Allah) is thought of in the absolute strictest form of monotheism. They believe that god (Allah) is utterly one without sections. Thus, the Christian Trinity is repulsive because they think God can’t have multiple forms. When a Muslim talks about the trinity they mean god (Allah) entering a sexual relationship with Mary to make Jesus.

Muslims do not believe that god can reveal himself. They believe that Allah is not bound by anything – character, promises, or anything. Consequently, they believe that Allah can change and not be bound by the scales of justice. It leaves Muslims to a state of fear.

Relationship with god (Allah) is a misnomer to them. Heaven is a place where they get pleasures.

Islam claims that the Christian have been corrupted. They believe that the classical Arabic Qur’an to be the real scripture. However, many variations occurred of the Qur’an, and Islamic leaders consolidated them for standardization and burned the early versions by the third generation of leaders after Mohammed.

The Muslim view of humanity is that humans are good by nature. They believe that humans are the pinnacle of creation but are not made in the image of god (Allah). Thus, they feel that they must earn their salvation, which is almost impossible even according to Muslim tradition. The way that Muslims consider sin is not as a fundamental problem but one of getting off the wrong path.

The Qur’an says that nobody including Mohammed can be assured of salvation unless they die as a martyr. The Qur’an says that no one can atone for another on judgment day. It completely refutes what Christ did for humanity through His death and resurrection.

Evangelism by Muslims is rooted in fear and a desire to earn as many good deeds as possible.

Muslims are the biggest unreached people group by Christianity. Yet more Muslims have come to Christ in the last several decades than in the last 14 centuries combined. This is the prominent move of God in our generation.

Don’t forget the persecuted Church. Reality is people are giving their lives for Christ right now. Partner with the persecuted Church at least through prayer.