as well as many other kinds of ministries.
Several years ago, ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) began to realize that many of our missionary candidates were not adequately trained for evangelism and discipleship, especially for ministry with Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, spritists-animists, Postmoderns, staunch Roman Catholics, and other people from non-Christian worldview cultures.
In 2004, ABWE leaders convened a group of veteran missionaries, missionary administrators, and cross-cultural ministry experts from other mission agencies. After a few days of deliberation, this group concluded that training and resources for cross-cultural evangelism and discipleship were needed that would…
With input and influence from people like Mark Zook (whose story is featured in the Ee-Taow video), John Cross of GoodSeed, Dr. Tom Steffen of BIOLA University, Dr. David Hesselgrave and Dr. D.A. Carson of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and others, Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship was developed as part of the training division of ABWE.
After we developed our Good Soil training and core resources we (at ABWE) began requiring all of our missionary appointees to participate in the Good Soil Basic Seminar and, prior to leaving for the field, (1) take an unbeliever through The Story of Hope and (2) a new believer through The Way to Joy. We almost immediately began to see some amazing results. For example:
The ABWE missionary appointees that attended the July 2011 Essential Mission Components class (approximately halfway through their pre-field ministry) had taught through The Story of Hope 101 times with a total of 324 people seeing 24 faith responses. They taught through The Way to Joy 68 times with a total of 168 people. 7.4% of the people with whom TSOH was shared made positive faith responses. Of the 101 presentations, 31% resulted in at least one positive faith response.
Good Soil training and resources have DEFINITELY made an incredible impact in preparing ABWE pre-field missionaries for their future cross-cultural ministries. Here are a few (typical) reports from our pre-field missionaries regarding their use of Good Soil training and resources during their pre-field ministries:
“The past two weekends we have been part of teaching Good Soil at two Florida churches. Each church had approximately 25 adults who expressed great interest in learning how to effectively share the Bible's Big Story! It was great to pass along the knowledge and techniques that Good Soil at ABWE taught us. Not only can we use The Story of Hope (TSOH) and The Way to Joy (TWTJ) personally to evangelize and disciple, but after ”Training the Trainer” we can also multiply the effect by teaching others how to use TSOH and TWTJ. It was nice to just minister to these churches and help them in their local ministry!”
—Matt and Alicia, raising support to work in Project Office
“I'm also thanking God for various ongoing ministry opportunities whether through The Story of Hope, The Way to Joy, or through the discipleship class at my church. Later today I will be meeting a friend from church to do follow up visits for the discipleship program through my church. Later this week, I'll be meeting with two Syrian refugee families that my church ministers to. Please pray for the many refugee families to come to faith in Christ.“
—Elizabeth, pre-field missionary to Togo
“I finished The Story of Hope with my friend. She clearly stated that she believes and is already looking forward to starting a new study to continue to learn and grow! I'm so thankful that she sees her need for a Savior. This was not a conversation I was expecting to have, as she seemed to be participating on a purely academic level. I'm grateful to have a new sister in Christ!“
—Jennifer, pre-field missionary to Chile
“It was a joy to lead a former coworker to the Lord on Saturday! I went by my previous job to say “Hi“ to my former coworkers and one man that I had started sharing the gospel with came up and was excited to show me that he had been reading the Bible on an app I introduced him to. He shared with me so many things that he had learned, but had so many questions. I asked him if we could meet and let me share with him The Story of Hope. He excitedly agreed and so we met at McDonalds for three hours and I went through The Story of Hope with him. At the end, he looked at me and said “I am not where I thought I was with the Lord! My name is not in the Lambs Book of Life.“ I asked him if he wanted to accept Christ and he said “Jason, I am not sure, because if I do then I will have to change a lot about how I live.“ I encouraged him to not let his pride get in the way if he felt God was calling him to make a decision. He stuck his face in his hands and began to weep and literally shake physically. I sat there quietly for about two or three minutes and he finally looked up at me and said, “OK, I am ready!“ I said okay what do you think you should do now. He said, “I need to tell God!“ So, he publicly prayed and not only asked God to forgive him but also asked God to make this decision go beyond today; to help him live the life that he now knew he needed to. He finished praying and looked up at me and said with a smile, “Okay, what's next!?!“ I gave him some homework to go back and study The Story of Hope more in depth and said I would be following up with another book for the next steps. Wow! I am still floating on Cloud Nine! God is good.“
—Jason, pre-field missionary to Columbia
We are continuing to work through the The Story of Hope and The Way to Joy with several individuals. The young lady that Tabitha is working with has shown some great signs of growth. It really has been a highlight of our pre-field process!
—John & Tabitha, pre-field missionaries to Togo
You will find many more pre-field missionaries’ Good Soil stories below.
From the beginning it has always been our goal to provide Good Soil training and resources with others outside of the ABWE constituency – mission agencies as well as churches.
We are happy to say that many dozens of evangelical mission agencies have participated in Good Soil training and/or use Good Soil evangelism and discipleship resources.
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Gaining Ground with Good Soil is an evangelism and discipleship training narrative—a scaled-down version of the Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship seminar in a narrative format. The principles gained from this book are applicable for anyone wishing to serve God through Biblical evangelism and discipleship, but is especially instructive and helpful for cross-cultural missionaries and those who lead and train them.
The realistic, but fictional narrative, around which the book is developed, tells the story of a couple of missionaries who were frustrated and discouraged—to the point of almost giving up—because of their lack of success in evangelism and discipleship on their field. But, the "Good Soil" principles they learned from Bible study revolutionized their ministries. It will help you think through a theology of evangelism and discipleship and help you to present the gospel so that people will clearly understand it, sincerely embrace it, and firmly hold on to it.
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Two weeks ago, I finished The Way to Joy with Linda. She told me that even though she had been saved for over 26 years, she had never gone through any form of direct discipleship. She now plans to use the Good Soil books with others!
—Hannah, pre-field missionary to Africa
On Friday afternoon, we covered the final lesson in the Way to Joy with a couple that Cari and I have been discipling for almost two years. Afterwards, we had dinner with them and introduced them to our church's new associate pastor and his family. I am hoping that they can develop a relationship since our time here is very limited.
—Bryan and Cari, pre-field to Brazil
The gal I took through The Story of Hope, and am now continuing to take through The Way to Joy, has a friend who isn't a believer. She wants to take her friend through The Story of Hope now. I love seeing her excitement!
—Hayley, pre-field to Cambodia
It's been an absolute joy to start The Story of Hope with a group of young women from rough backgrounds and The Way to Joy with another young woman, who I'll call M. I love the questions they all ask. I love M's curiosity about the word. It's so refreshing!
—Elizabeth, pre-field missionary to Togo
I am gearing up to start my Bible studies. So far I have 8 people signed up for The Story of Hope and 10 signed up for the Way to Joy. Not really what I expected or planned for, but that is our God for you!
—Bethany, pre-field missionary to Togo
We started to do a Wednesday night discipleship program at our church using The Way to Joy. One of the couples shared an exciting story with us as we were about half way through the book. They were trying to lead one of their nephews to Christ. When he seemed interested, her husband said, "Do the Bridge" (ChronoBridge). When getting through the Chronological Bridge to Life, the young man said he wanted to receive Christ. All three continue to grow in the Lord. Our Wednesday night program is now over and we are hoping to start a study using The Story of Hope. Thanks for these great tools.
—Rob and Sherry, pre-field missionaries to Chile
Just wanted to let you know that tonight, Matt, one of the guys I trained, started discipling two young men. One of these is a new convert who is a senior in high school, and the other is a kid who has been in the youth group, but does not have a Christian home. Also, Anthony, one of the others that was trained, is supposed to meet for the first time with a guy this week. Thank you all for your work.
—David, pre-fielder to Brazil
I wasn't sure how to go about finding people to teach The Story of Hope or The Way of Joy so I asked my pastor, who sent me to a women's shelter in our area. Last night, I shared my story and invited them to be a part of either of my Bible studies. The response was amazing! Twenty to thirty ladies wanted to be a part of it. These women have all come to a point in their life that they realize they can't do it on their own and they need help. It is such a wonderful opportunity to build into their lives and show them the hope and joy of Christ! Please pray as I begin this ministry that the right women come, that many would come to know and grow in Christ, and that one of them would take up the torch and lead others through these studies in the future.
—Bethany, pre-field missionary to Togo
After a week of ministering to 35 teens using The Way to Joy for devotions, 13 of them were baptized in Moosehead Lake, ME!
—Craig & Cassandra, pre-field missionaries to Nicaragua
I have really been praying about who God might have for me to lead through The Way to Joy. One of my pastors suggested a lady who has been coming to my church for less than a year. Her life story has been pretty horrific, and she has almost no Bible background, and continues to live a pretty rough lifestyle, but she's made a profession of faith recently. I was a little nervous about whether she would show up, or actually do the study, but after praying about it I approached her. She was so excited! We have met three times now, and we are both loving it. She comes each week with copious notes and questions from the study and her daily Bible reading, and I'm loving seeing things "click" for her. She still has a lot of room for growth (of course, so do I!), but it is so fun to help her set the foundations for a life of walking with Jesus.
—Anna, pre-field missionary to Hungary
Rachel completed her The Story of Hope and The Way to Joy Bible studies last year for our training and one woman has been saved and baptized in our church, and another has started becoming more involved in church and attending quite regularly. Chad had the opportunity to share the gospel with a man that came to pick up an item we posted on Craigslist. He is not saved but has a lot of questions and is hungry for the word of God. He has begun attending our home church and is interested in a men's Bible study that is about to start. God is totally amazing and continues to amaze every day.
—Chad & Rachel, pre-field missionaries to Nicaragua
I had the opportunity to share about Togo at an African Dinner Night that our local Christian high school was hosting. I started The Way to Joy Bible study with my teaching partner. We have enjoyed spending this time together and have shared our testimonies. God used a Facebook quiz to bring her to her knees in need of His grace and love.
—Megan, pre-field missionary to Togo
I finished The Story of Hope with a college girl. It was a great time of study, and she is excited to start the Way to Joy.
—Hayley, pre-field missionary to Cambodia
We are excited to have started both The Story of Hope and The Way to Joy with individuals that God has clearly opened up the door for us to share the Gospel with or disciple. What a blessing and privilege to have the opportunities God has planned for us and to walk alongside these people for a portion of their journeys!
—Caleb & Alair, pre-field missionaries to Jamaica
Maicol's discipleship with The Way to Joy has opened doors for lots of conversation with a young adult who was previously very closed and quiet. A woman in our neighborhood who has become somewhat unfriendly with neighbors continues to allow Maicol in to share with her as they study through The Story of Hope. She is 85 years old!
—Maicol & Mandy, pre-field missionaries to Brazil
I started back up meeting with some college girls; one of them we continued going through The Way to Joy and really touched upon the subject of serving at the local church (she confirmed she wants to serve with youth). We built a devotional/study plan for her.
—Carla, pre-field missionary to Spain
God has provided a woman for me to lead through The Way to Joy. I wasn't entirely sure where she was at when we started. I knew she "believed,", but we needed to solidify what her faith was in and what it was she believed. This last week we went through the Chronological Bridge to Life, and we ended with her proclaiming, "I DO believe in him!" It has also been great, because not only are we going through this study, we also are talking about other spiritual things and how they relate to life. So, I feel like we have truly entered into a discipleship relationship.
—Becca, pre-field missionary to Togo
I have been praying for months about finding someone with whom to go through The Story of Hope. Two other people I've tried to set up have not worked out. God has finally provided the former neighbor of a friend from church. Linda has never been exposed to the Bible or its stories, and so it's neat to see her curiosity and wonder! Please pray for her salvation!
—Bethany, pre-field missionary to Togo
A friend of mine is willing to go through The Story of Hope with me and she is full of questions!
—Jessica, pre-field missionary to Brazil
We have been studying The Story of Hope with two ladies and, in our May prayer letter, we asked people to pray for them. Today through God's work and grace and the prayers of His people those ladies came to know Christ as their LORD AND SAVIOR! We are praising Him!
—Caleb & Charity, pre-field missionaries to Jamaica
I started The Story of Hope with a friend last week. It went SO well! She is excited to study and wasn't afraid to ask questions when she had them. I am looking forward to our spring evenings in the park and excited to see how God will use this time.
Later Report: I am studying The Story of Hope with a friend and we have gotten to the lessons of Jesus's birth, temptation, and John the Baptist's proclamation. It was exciting to see my friend begin to make the connections of all the things we discussed in the Old Testament. We also had an in-depth conversation on what it means to have a relationship with Jesus and baptism. It was an encouraging time of study!
—Megan, pre-field missionary to Togo
I had my first study in The Story of Hope with my Grandma this past week. It was a great blessing to both of us and she is excited to learn more as we continue.
—Becca, pre-field missionary to Togo
The man who is studying The Story Of Hope with Matt was able to lead a lady to the Lord two weeks ago, and this same man's girlfriend also just got saved. Praise the Lord for two new believers!
—Matt & Jessica, pre-field missionaries to Chile
I started The Story of Hope three weeks ago with my friend. She is so interested/engaged and I am loving our conversations. Now that we have gotten to "The Flood," she said she's going to have way more questions because she doesn't really know anything about the Bible after the creation and sin stories. This has been such an encouragement to my heart already and I'm excited to see how God uses this study in her life!
—Jennifer, pre-field missionary to Chile
I had my Skype meeting to chat about The Story of Hope with a teenage girl in Hungary today. One of the stories we did was The Ten Commandments, and while talking about which commandments she may have broken, she asked me if she had broken too many and if that meant she was going to go to Hell. That was my opening to share the gospel! It was the first time we've been able to talk through the whole plan of salvation. Towards the end of our discussion, she still had some questions, but I'm excited to see how God is working in her heart.
—Anna, pre-field missionary to Hungary
I've had a great blessing in being able to study The Story of Hope with several people in the last month. One is a young woman from our church who is great about reaching out to others and needed a tool to disciple. She already has two other ladies identified that she's going to do The Story of Hope with! The other are my two best friends from high school. While we've stayed close over the years and they have professed faith in Christ I never saw them grow much in faith. It has been so exciting to see how engaged they are in this study and want to know and more about God and His Word. This has been an answer to many years of prayer for two people I love very much! Our God is an Awesome God!
—Garry & Tanya, pre-field missionaries to South Asia
We're grateful to be able to serve short-term in Togo during our pre-field ministry. We've learned so much regarding the culture, language, and team of missionaries that we intend to do work with and feel that God has given us this time to refine what he is leading us to do. I've started The Story of Hope with a local shop owner who asks many direct questions about what the Bible says. Lauren and I are working intentionally to establish discipleship relationships with the goal of seeing young adults passionate about the Lord.
—Samuel & Lauren, pre-field missionaries to Togo
Last Tuesday Cari and I had the privilege of finishing The Story of Hope with a young single mom. She affirmed every part of the Chronological Bridge to Life and agreed completely with the Statement of Faith at the end. She grew up in a church, but for a number of years was apart from any church and is now much more confident of the Bible and her trust in Jesus Christ.
—Bryan & Cari, pre-field missionaries to Brazil
I've been teaching through The Story of Hope in our kids ministry each week. This morning we studied the entrance of sin into the world and how, in any other story, getting kicked out of the garden would be The End. One of our kindergarten kids spoke up and said "But that's not the end! Jesus is coming!" His sweet faith reminded me of how important The Story of Hope really is
—Jennifer, pre-field missionary to Chile
I've been doing The Story of Hope with a college student and she's been loving it so much. She's excited and can't wait for each week. Thankful for the opportunity to share this with her!
—Hayley, pre-field missionary to Cambodia
This is the most exciting news of our week. My husband has finally been able to ask our brother-in-law to do The Story of Hope with him - and he agreed! We have been praying for this opportunity for a very long time, that our brother-in-law would be open to studying the Word. Praise God for his faithfulness!
—Pre-field missionaries to Africa
Recently, I have been meeting with my sister-in-law to go through The Story of Hope. Previously she has been very closed off to the Gospel. Now I am praying that our remaining six weeks move from curiosity about Christianity to challenging her to personally make a faith response to trust Jesus. Trusting through the small steps!
—Pre-field missionary to Africa
Shawn has been able to spend time with a man at work who is very resistant to the Word, however he has been asking Shawn questions and talking with him, though unwilling to give up his time to do a study at this point. I, Becca, have been doubly blessed in that I have the opportunity to do discipleship with my grandma who is a recent believer - we actually will be going through the Story of Hope first because she has almost no background whatsoever.
—Shawn & Becca, pre-field missionaries to Togo
On Tuesday, God gave Jordan the opportunity to go through The Story of Hope with Johnny for about two hours! No decision, but good response. Long story, but boiled down to the point, The Lord saved Jordan's cousin, Jeremy, on Friday!!! Jordan has the opportunity to disciple him now! The Lord also gave Jordan the opportunity to go through The Story of Hope on a weekly basis with a couple guys that have never been in a church or read the Bible before. They are so eager and interested in this study!
—Jordan & Abigale, pre-field missionaries to Nicaragua
I started meeting with a coworker this week to go through The Story of Hope. She is engaged and excited to learn more about God's Word.
—Teresa, pre-field missionary to South Africa
I asked my aunt in California (I'm in NY) to go through The Story of Hope with me over the phone. I didn't actually think she'd agree, because she's never seemed interested in God or the Bible. Not only did she agree, but our first phone session (lessons 1-3) showed that she really seems to want to know what the Bible is all about!
—Christina, pre-field missionary to South Asia
For years, I have used Evangelism Explosion. But, now I really think that it is so important to lay a solid foundation. Last week I met with a young man for the first week of a study using The Way to Joy. He was not a believer. I had shared the gospel with him two weeks prior to us getting together for the study. After the first lesson was over, we started to go over what his assignments were. He stopped me and said that He wanted to put His trust in Christ! God is so good! I really want to use this in the evangelism seminars we do as part of witnessing as a way of life, and getting folks excited about reaching their neighbors and loved ones for Christ
—Jim, pre-fielder to South Africa
We just finished Lesson 10 of The Way to Joy, with a couple of believers. Both of them have written out their faith stories using the elements in the Chronological Bridge to Life. We led Lesson 10 a little differently. We started the evening by having them come to our house as if they were perfect strangers. We role played with them, by acting as if we knew very little about spiritual things. They then proceeded to give us their faith stories and share the gospel with us. They were very nervous, but they did a wonderful job. In fact, they did share their faith stories and the gospel by using the ChronoBridge. We were excited about that because we had not required that of them.
—Jesse & Tena, pre-fielders to "First Nations" in western Canada
I want to thank you for praying for the lady (J) that I have been taking through The Story of Hope. We had our final study tonight. I ended up with the flu, however, and could not make it. Since she is moving this weekend, I knew the study needed to be finished so that she could have the opportunity to make a decision for Christ. Therefore, it was a great blessing that her sister (who is a believer) has been going through the study with us. God knows best and it was His way for her sister to be the one to lead her to a faith response tonight. J responded to each faith response with "I believe." J then stated that she began believing in Jesus when she was a junior high (at Catholic school) but that she did not know the reason behind all that Christ did. She stated that she learned so much through this study and when she learned that God looked at sin the same way, all requiring judgement, it closed up a gap for her. My friend (her sister) then prayed the prayer of salvation with her.
—Jen, pre-field missionary to Southeast Asia
I taught through The Way to Joy with five ladies from my sending church. One of these ladies made a profession of trusting in Christ last fall and has recently begun getting more involved at church. My overall summary of leading this Bible study with The Way to Joy is that the material is very easy to use and, because of that, it encourages newer believers who have studied through it with others to be willing and feel able to lead a similar study themselves. I asked as we went through the study several ladies if they thought they could and would want to use this material with someone else and they all responded enthusiastically that they would. The Bible study has been a great encouragement to me in reminding me (and many of the ladies) of the basics of walking with Christ, especially as my family and church family have experienced a lot of difficult situations lately. I plan to help lead the other ladies Bible studies in the future at my sending church as I am able until I get to move overseas.
The Roots of Faith Bible courses: I just spent two weeks in Harrisburg, as a student in The Roots of Faith courses. We had fantastic instructors from all over the globe that utilized a very interactive teaching style, with lots of audience participation which really helped me to internalize what we were learning. If a stranger had walked into the room they never would have guessed this hilarious bunch of people running around was a group of believers studying both halves of the Bible (The Old Testament and the New Testament.)
The courses emphasized going chronologically through the events in the Bible and looking, with fresh eyes, as if we had never heard the Bible at all before. We dove into the details and historical context as well as stepped back and looked at the large reoccurring themes (God's judgement, His Love, His record of keeping promises, His power). This was a great exercise since many of us will encounter people with no Bible background.
It was also awesome getting to talk and hang out with other cross-cultural workers during breaks and in the evenings to hear their stories of support-raising as well as what God has been doing through them in the countries. We laughed together, prayed together, played games, and sometimes even cried together.
—Jessica, pre-field missionary to Nicaragua
We were very humbled when God called us out of our secular careers into full time missions. With Tim being an architect, it is not quite mainstream missions. When we found that we were required to take the four Bible classes, we thought, that's odd, we aren't traditional missionaries. Why would we need that? We quickly learned we needed it! Not only has it increased our knowledge and understanding, but has spurred us to a deeper relationship with Christ. It has also equipped us as we serve in our home church. It is assumed that since we are missionaries we are very knowledgeable about all things of the Bible! Therefore we spend a good amount of time discipling others. Tim has also been asked to be the key person in discipleship training at our home church and to preach from time to time. We have seen very quickly how much we already use what we learned in those four classes.
Finally, when leading others through The Story of Hope, having taken The Roots of Faith, it aids in quick recall of the events between The Story of Hope events. Always being prepared to fill in those gaps makes teaching The Story of Hope more meaningful. The way The Roots of Faith is taught allowed us to learn comprehend, and remember at a greater level than online learning. So that is why an architect and his wife should be well trained in Bible! Because God has clearly shown us that architecture is secondary and sharing the gospel message is primary.
Our plan is to come take Old Testament this summer. We have a few older couples at our church that have financially blessed us generously, which has allowed us to have the extra funds to come take the classes. I wish all pre-fielders would have a few mature believers who would be willing to invest in them to go fund the classes, they are that valuable. But for us, those couples now see us using what we have learned within our church so I guess it's a little different if we are going somewhere. They see the direct impact within the same church.
—Tim & Cara, pre-field missionaries to the ABWE Project Office
We took about 6 weeks off from our The Story of Hope study, due to a schedule conflict on our friends' part. We are picking back up after the New Year with lesson 16 but will review 14 and 15. They are looking forward to starting back up. The wife especially, is eager to read and understand the Bible. She is reading ahead and asking good questions (tough ones too). There is still lots of resistance to the supernatural in the Bible and a tendency to place their reasoning over Scripture. It's amazing how they take "by faith" evolution and the pluralistic position. World-views are colliding. But we believe the Lord is working on them. Since September they have been attending church with us. We will continue to go through TSOH, letting the Bible speak. We are trusting God to reveal His truth in His time.
A few weeks later: Just wanted to share with you some wonderful news of our neighbors. We just finished up The Story of Hope study with them. Today's lessons were the last three (lessons 38-40). The wife prayed to accept Christ today! Her husband, personalized John 3:16 for himself and now has a clearer understanding of who God is and what He did through Jesus Christ. After the study we spoke with the husband and he is concerned about his 12 year old daughter. Gary encouraged him in taking the lead as the head of the home in reading God's word with his wife and daughter. He expressed interest for Gary and me to lead them through The Way to Joy.
—Gary and Michelle, pre-field missionaries to Liberia
Praising God for the salvation of my friend during our time studying The Story of Hope earlier this month!
—Terri, pre-field missionary to Chile
I am starting a Bible study with a college-aged girl this weekend and am excited to go through The Way to Joy with her. -Melissa, pre-fielder to Togo
—Melissa, pre-field missionary to Togo
In 2011, my friend Aaron looked me in the eyes after we completed a Bible study that clearly laid out the gospel, I asked him if he wanted to place his faith in Christ. Aaron looked me in the eyes and said, "Jesus just isn't my thing." I continued to be his friend, but Aaron had zero interest in spiritual things. However, last year (2017) he went with me to our fall men's retreat and had a great time. In 2018 he began to attend church and asked to do another Bible study with me, so we started going through The Way to Joy. Aaron really enjoyed the studies, but at the end of each study he would always say, "there is just something holding me back from becoming a Christian." This past weekend he came with me again to our churches men's retreat. As I stood by him during the song time, I noticed that instead of just mumbling the words, he was singing with passion. It was clear God was working on his heart through the songs and the preaching of the Word. As we were driving home I asked Aaron what he thought about the retreat, he began tapping his chest over his heart and said, "God lives in me now." -Tyler, pre-fielder to France
—Tyler, pre-field missionary to France
It took a year to get through The Story of Hope with Ryan. Sometimes we only did one lesson at a time and we weren’t able to meet every week. But we finished the Chronological Bridge to Life last Tuesday and when he wrote his name in each blank for the John 3:16 exercise he exclaimed that it was real to him. He placed his faith in Jesus and is excited about continuing to grow and learn more. Josh and Jodie – Prefielders to Brazil
—Josh and Jodie - Prefielders to Brazil
The fellow I did The Story of Hope with got saved and is now going through The Way to Joy with me. Josh -- Pre-fielder to Brazil
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As the Good Soil representative for the Vietnamese and Burmese languages, Steve Deal and his team in the Philippines had been praying for nearly a year that God would open the opportunity to challenge and train key leaders in Vietnam and Myanmar. Steve had translated and printed The Story of Hope and the ChronoBible Cards in each language and was eager to get them into the hands of nationals.Read more
Tan and John are members of the same church in Southeast Asia. As businessmen they have been using their business trips to equip believers around Asia, especially North Asia, since the 1990s. In 2009, Tan retired from his secular work and commenced MDiv studies at a local seminary. It was at this time that he made many new contacts with pastors and other students from North Asia who came to study a course at the seminary.Read more
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