I am safely home from my Kinshasa trip. Your partnership with me, enabled me to train 33 leaders from 9 French-speaking (Francophone) countries in Africa. The trainees were friendly with contagious smile. Our missionaries, students and some professionals were excited to engage in digital mission to make a difference. In Africa there is a rapid growing mobile market and even faster growth in the number of social media users.
God is at work and people are hearing the gospel. For example, Riche Mbengi Mayele is a Law student in Kinshasa. He used to face challenges to start spiritual conversations with students on campus. Now, because of the tablet strategy he learned, students are open to explore more about Jesus. He passionately shared how the tablet with the Jesus Film and God Tools apps are helping him to connect well with students.
Riche led Emmanuel to the Lord after using a Jesus film clip and the Four Spiritual Laws (evangelistic) presentation. Riche used his tablet to do follow up with Emmanuel, by showing him the “Walking with Jesus” discipleship series. Now Emmanuel is joining Riche to reach other students for Jesus.
Another example is Bayang Mo-gnanguele, a staff member in Chad. He is very passionate about using Facebook to share the gospel.
His Facebook page attracted Rita, who works in the Customs office. Rita was following posts and Bible verses posted by Bayang. One day Rita sent a message on Facebook, requesting help and Bayang responded. They discovered they were in the same city so Rita invited Bayang to his home. Once there and sharing with them, Rita and all his family members gave their lives to Jesus. Bayang continued with regular chats with Rita and challenged him to talk about God with others. Rita is very outgoing and started talking about his new found Savior to his Muslim friend. Soon his Muslim friend becomes a believer and he is now in the follow up. The story doesn’t end here. Even as a new Christian, this Muslim man is preaching the gospel to others we can not reach. Watch the interview I did with Bayang
Ethiopian Athlete Almaz Ayana said three things:
Number one, I did my training,
Number two, I praise the Lord, he is giving me everything, everything, everything,” Ayana responded through an interpreter.“
And my doping is my training, my doping is Jesus.
Otherwise, nothing. I am crystal clear.” Almaz Ayana
Source : Telegraph I have enjoyed the opening weekend and all the sports activities of the #Rio2016 Olympics. Athletes are representing their countries and striving to be the best they can be.
Many are also representing Jesus as they compete. Athletes in Action is a ministry of Cru. They have developed a website and video documenting several stories. I’ve found another interesting one on YouTube. These athletes share their stories of how they follow Jesus through struggle and triumph.
They talk about their faith journeys and how following Jesus gives ultimate meaning in life. Telegraph featured Almaz Ayana today with the head title ‘my doping is my training, my doping is Jesus’ after smashing world record at Rio 2016. I am very happy for her and my country Ethiopia as we get the first Gold Medal in #Rio2016.
Many other athletes are speaking about Jesus too. Here are some
I was in Dallas, Texas connecting with ministry partners sharing about my ministry and as I prepared to head back to Orlando, my friend Cheryl in Dallas asked me “Miheret are you ready to get back home?” I instantly replied “where is my home?” Orlando!
Well it has been exactly 90 days since I moved to America. God is giving me success one step at a time. I bought a car and got my driving license, I opened bank accounts and all my paper work is now finished. I partially started commuting to the office because I am still raising my monthly support need. And currently I live temporarily with friends and co-workers Keith and Kay Seabourn. They generously shared their place with me.
Let me share with you one of the unique opportunities God has given to our ministry Cru. Can you imagine sharing the gospel with 1 Million Youth in two weeks? The following story was shared by Erin D.on Cru.org
Last week in Krakow, Poland, 150 Cru staff members and students (from Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Russia, Slovenia, Moldova, Ukraine, Australia, the United States, and more areas) traveled to World Youth Day, a Catholic youth rally, to share the gospel.
They were invited by Bishop Grzegorz Ryś of Poland to serve with World Youth Day’s International Center for Evangelization. This connection with World Youth Day developed as the result of a bold student named Joe Losiak who traveled to Poland to share Christ as an exchange student in the 1970s. Joe built a friendship with a priest who invited him to share Cru’s materials, including the Four Spiritual Laws booklet and the “JESUS” film, in summer Catholic youth camps all over Poland.
That connection has continued to today, as Polish Catholic leaders who were influenced by those summer camps remembered the ministry of Cru and invited them to serve at World Youth Day. As official World Youth Day evangelists, the Cru volunteers had full license to preach the gospel to the 1 million attendees. In less than two weeks, 2,905 people heard the gospel and 326 people indicated decisions to trust Christ.
Continue reading full story at our main Cru website www.cru.org
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Miheret T. Eshete