Listen & Observe


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“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

    • Why?
      • Before we do anything, we must allow God to speak to us and open our eyes and hearts. Otherwise, even good-intentioned plans will be powerless and will lack lasting fruit.
    • What should we do?
      • Discern the spiritual atmosphere of the location and the spiritual needs of the community.
      • Understand what the community perceives to be its needs and consider how the expansion of God’s kingdom might look there. The good news and authority of Christ may first be recognized as sight for the blind, comfort for those who mourn, water for the thirsty.
      • Begin to identify people of peace, their spheres of influence and other existing networks (including those of people who already follow Christ).
      • Seek partnerships with like-minded Christ-followers, especially if there are any actively involved at the location.
    • How do we start?
      • Pursue a deeper relationship with God and make it your aim for more of your life to be an act of worship.
      • Increase your willingness to be uncomfortable and to persevere through hardships for the sake of Christ.
      • Pray at least once a month at the location.
      • Pray at least once a week at the location for six weeks prior to planned active engagement.
      • Pray corporately at least once a month on behalf of the community. Consider keeping a record of what the Lord says during these times.
      • Ask friendly questions to learn about the people and the community.
      • Find out more about the location and its history as well as about the people’s countries of origins, cultures, languages, religious backgrounds, ideas of modesty and preferred methods of communication (especially for oral learners).
      • You can get to know the neighborhood before you go there by looking at peoplegroups.info.

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