Tuesday, November 16, 2021

DMM Leadership Development: A Long Line of Obedience in the Same Direction

 “Prayer is the work.”


Training Indigenous Leaders: DMM Leadership Development


“So, what I am wanting is for you to let me know if you all have any local workers in your network with whom I could partner for this UUPG? I am only looking for highly mature, thoroughly tested, thoroughly impervious to temptation, godly ones who know suffering and can take it,” ventured a foreign missionary from another company recently. Interestingly so, he offered no involvement in the process of coming alongside and developing those whom we might know who might feel called to that particular UUPG. 


The bit playful part of me wanted to offer the response, “so, what you are looking for is a ready made disciple like the Apostle Paul?” Thankfully, grace and mercy in the nudging of the Holy Spirit’s conviction prevented the above response.


In Matthew 9:37-38, Jesus admonishes the disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”


There are many times where the fruit goes limp or wanting for lack of harvesters in  UPG areas. You too, if you were serving in an Unreached People Group, most likely would concur.  


We come from a society, in western culture, broad strokes wise, where instant gratification is the norm. Whatever we desire can either be acquired, desired, or inspired by all that is available in our day. Fast food, drive through, is main course for millions. Our western cultures crave the satisfaction of every longing, every impulse. We want information, just the sound bites, not the depths. And we want whatever we want instantaneously. Not later, not in a process.  At least, that would be the tendency of my flesh, maybe not yours. 


Not so, the process of the development of disciple-makers in the Disciple Making Movements process or in any ministry approach really.  When you start from scratch, many times you can feel shredded by the process of pouring into others’ lives. But then again that is what we do as disciples of the Lord Jesus: we make reproducing disciples. We need to follow the patterns Jesus laid forth in selecting others whom we pour the Christ life into. Faithful, available, teachable ones are the ones whom God led Paul to disciple. Select well, by the Holy Spirit’s leading. 


In the DMM process, we often start with the lump of clay. That pretty much sums up the condition of each of our hearts before God molds us into Christ-likeness displays, obedience based followers, and worship thirsty disciple-makers. He is about Himself being made famous through us, his desired vessels of honor. His honor. 


Much to the consternation of many a western culture background missionary that is a long process. Discipleship of oikos and the respective indigenous facilitators/leaders of them is a messy deal. Be assured that there are no ready-made trained disciple-makers in UPG areas. 


The Apostle Paul was not ready made, lest we forget that transformational power of the Holy Spirit reality. That is precisely one of the main reasons why these groups remain Unreached. There are few going to them. Even those near culture Christians have various bondage areas, which need the redemptive power of Christ in order to walk in freedom and to become vessels of honor. Isn’t that true of each of us?


Shy not from the process of disciple-making with those whom God is raising up in the near culture laborers alongside the indigenous Persons of Peace (Luke 10-POP’s) and their respective oikos. 


Discovery Bible Study (DBS) style disciple-making helps to reduce patron-client dependences, which are rampant in Asian cultures. I love that reality. I love that from the get go, as we partner with the Holy Spirit and God’s Word, we invite others to become effective in facilitating others and themselves to engage with ABBA in this way. As they become those who desire to be obedient worshipers of Jesus then the DNA can be set, which can then birth the development of Apostle Paul types. 

Thursday, November 11, 2021

DMM: Baptism Reproducible


A Big Day Has Arrived 

As my husband and I continue to implement, train, and coach others in DMM among UPGs, one of the dividing lines of commitment among Muslims is obedience in the step of baptism.

In coaching others to implement this step, the first breakthrough came when God shifted our local partners’ paradigms as to who is able to baptize. They discovered through Scripture that there is no instruction that only ordained people can baptize. They then adopted the principle that the person who led another person to faith would do the baptizing after a brief baptism DBS.

These days, in what is the beginning of a CPM, male and female, young and old baptize those who have made a commitment to follow Jesus in their DBS groups. Whether in a rice field, river bed, wash room, or the ocean, baptism is an outward commitment of the inward reality of followership of Jesus.

This story, taken from the book Stubborn Perseverance, shows what this process looks like.

* * *

The big day had arrived! Faisal and Fatima picked up Ahmad and his family and drove to the beach. The sun was coming up, and a light breeze blew. 

The group stood near the water’s edge. Faisal opened to Matthew 28:18–20 and read:

And Isa came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

“Baptism is one of the commands Isa gave His followers. Ahmad and his family have come to obey that command. Baptism has three primary meanings.

“First, baptism is a public statement that you have made Isa your Savior and Lord.

“Second, baptism is an outward symbol of the inner change in your life. You have become a new creation. Being immersed symbolizes that you have been washed and changed.

“Third, baptism joins you to every other person who has been baptized. You become members of one worldwide family in Al Masih.

“Finally, baptism doesn’t save us; faith does. Baptism is not a work to ‘earn’ salvation. It is a command to obey.”

“Now please share your personal salvation stories, starting with Ahmad.”

When they finished, Faisal asked:

Do you believe the Taurat, Zabur, and Injil are inspired by God and free from error?

Do you believe Isa Al Masih is the eternal Word of God who became a human being?

Do you believe Isa is the Messiah and the Son of the living God?

Do you believe Isa Al Masih shed His blood on a cross to cleanse you of your sins?

Have you confessed your sins, asked God to forgive you, and received Isa as your Savior and Lord? Are you willing to obey Him even to death?

Have you severed all ties with the occult, ancestor worship, and idolatry?”

They responded “Yes!” to each question.

Then Faisal prayed, “O God, we praise You for the way You have worked in this family.

“Thank You for calling them to be Your children, and for giving them the courage to obey You in baptism. Strengthen them so they will be faithful when persecution comes.

“Be glorified in their lives. In the name of Isa Al Masih, Amen.”

Together they waded into the sea. 

Faisal stood in front of Ahmad and placed his hand on Ahmad’s head. “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Ahmad lowered himself under the water. 

Ahmad then stood in front of his wife and placed his hand on her head and declared, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” She lowered under the water. Ahmad then baptized the rest of his household.

After they changed, food was spread out. All eyes turned to Faisal to bless the food.

“Hey, am I the only one here who can pray?” Faisal joked. “Let’s ask Ahmad to pray!”

Monday, August 23, 2021

DMM: The Role of Listening Prayer

 Hearing God through Listening Prayer


The Role of Listening Prayer


“Over the last twenty years, I have led believers around the world through an in-depth study of Paul’s journeys to learn from his example and apply these principles in our ministries. Invariably, the primary observation that emerges is that, while Paul had a clear path of ministry and strong discipleship processes, he was led by the Spirit. Paul knew what to do but the Spirit showed him where to do it, with whom, and in whose strength.

And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. (Acts 16:6–10, emphasis added)

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me(Col. 1:28–29, emphasis added)


Paul and his team lived the very way Jesus predicted they would: the Spirit Walk. An unpredictable path paved with predictable steps.” 

The above is used with permission from Spirit Walk by Steve Smith, 2414 Ventures, 2018


“With new churches/new disciples, we just tell them to pray and ask God how they should apply that week's story, and then they do. We use the verses in John 10 as the basis for being able to go to Him, listen and then obey.” Robin Smith (no relation to Steve Smith quoted above)


Listening prayer invites God to speak to our hearts and shape our thoughts and plans. As we listen in community, greater clarity often emerges. All that we hear is tested by His Word.




Below are a variety of resources on growing in hearing God and listening prayer, written for a variety of learning styles. 


Hearing God


1)    Spirit Walk by Steve Smith (2018, 24:14 Ventures LLC). Appendix I - Format for a SWAPMeet: Multi-day, Daily, Hourly discusses how to walk through the process of surrendering to the Spirit and hearing God’s voice. 


2)    Hearing God by Dallas Willard

Paper or ebook: https://www.ivpress.com/hearing-god

Audiobook: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9Glw8Ym7AE

DVD set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uucUAQDsnbI

3)    Growing in Hearing God by Jean Coles (Freedom for the Captives Ministries) http://ent.freemin.org/hearing-god/

4)    Hearing God’s Voice Exercise


5)    Some Ways God Speaks in the New Testament



Listening Prayer


1)    God Guides by Mary Geegh


2)    Introductory Guide to Listening Prayer by Bob Japenga https://microtoolsinc.com/japenga/Introductory%20Guide%20to%20Listening%20PrayerTitleAndBodyForWeb.pdf

3)    When Missionaries Starve by Jonathan Trotter, August 4, 2017, section entitled The Word is Necessary because God Loves to Echo Himself


4)    Listening Prayer PPT


5)    Collection of Listening Prayer Verses and DBS Ideas


DMM: Extraordinary Prayer Modules

 DMM Extraordinary Prayer


DMM Prayer Module #1 – But God


Disciple Making Movements (DMMs) are preceded by prayer movements.

·       Even if we do everything according to CPM principles, if the Lord doesn’t work, we won’t accomplish anything. 

·       We must both work hard AND pray earnestly, as Jesus did. With prayer, we work with God. Without prayer, we work alone.

Wherever there is a Disciple Making Movement today, it is accompanied by extraordinary prayer. In fact, in India, where a huge DMM has occurred among the Bhojpuri, church-planters normally spend 2+ hours/day in personal prayer, more time each day in corporate prayer plus 1-2 days a week in fasting.


1. Read out loud 2x, Ephesians 2:1-10 

2. Rephrase in your own words…

In what ways does “but God” apply to your UPGs?

Ask the Lord what new pathways He desires to build among your people group.


DMM Prayer Module #2 – Extraordinary Prayer/Prayer Themes-Empowered by the Holy Spirit

Listening and Reflecting

Take 5 minutes to pause, listen to God, and write overarching themes for UPGs for which you each have been praying in recent weeks, concerning the following:

·       Scripture

·       Topics

·       Themes

Take 1 minute each and share how the Lord has been leading you to intercede for your people in the above areas, in recent weeks.  Share any specific answers to intercession each person has seen. Celebrate God’s hand in brief praise responses over that area.

Sharing and Praying

If you haven’t prayed in this way in the past, take some time to ask the Lord what he might have for you to pray in this next season. If you don’t hear any direction from the Spirit, count it as freedom to come up with something. 

1.     15 minutes in groups of 2-3: Pray within the group one of these areas for your UPG.

2.     5 minutes

a.     In your group, determine if there were any themes or topics that rose to the surface or various items that formed a theme. Decide together which thing (if any) was a common factor in your prayers

b.     Pick a person in the group to state a theme to everybody. They pray it in front of everyone, with everyone being in agreement

3.     5 minutes: Everyone write down their themes and hand them in for me to check if there are any themes that have resonated among everyone.


DMM Prayer Module #3 – End Vision DMM Exercise

            Listen and intercede about these dynamics

            End Vision Components: (Road map which we carry with us everywhere)

1.     God’s Glory Centric

2.     Audaciously Specific

3.     Movement Mindset

4.     Time Bound


DMM Prayer Module #7 – Displacement: Praying the Opposite (Jean C)

Keeping prayer focused on God’s purposes/promises… instead of “praying against” something, we positively “pray in the opposite.” 


Someone has a central sheet of paper (could be a big flip chart) and writes down “complaints” or troubles concerning your place/people. What are some examples of negative things that we see in India (or elsewhere) and what does it look like to pray the opposite? Write a list of opposites. For example:

·       Family tensions                                 Unity (Psalm 133)

·       Prejudice/caste system                     Honor (James 2:1-13)

Spend some time as a group “praying in” the things listed in the column on the right.

Coaching Team letter


DMM: To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain

To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain

True confessions. When one has never ever considered dying for the sake of the gospel, it is highly likely that one has never really chosen to live in total unmitigated obedience to Christ. When it comes to the launch of reproducing Disciple Making Movements among Unreached People Groups, it is the worthiness of Christ and His love-filled command to go which compels. 

Missionary Biography: Anna Tan

“When your bucket gets kicked, what spews forth will be either bitterness or blessing. I can’t answer for others, but I know what I desire. When God takes me through suffering, I want to respond with blessing,” commented Anna Tan, Singaporean missionary to the Sasak Muslims of Lombok island, Indonesia. 

One morning in 2001, Anna was found with 80 percent of her body covered in 2nd and 3rd degree burns. Anna had awakened to the daily routine of making coffee in anticipation of her time with the Lord. The propane gas tank, which supplied the stovetop operation, had leaked profusely overnight. In her sealed kitchen area she unknowingly walked into a cloud of undetectable gas and lit a match.

Anna obeyed the Lord’s voice to demonstrate and proclaim the glory of Christ among the Sasak people. Her life represents just one from among the 120 missionaries who have come and gone in service among them in the past 31 years of modern mission efforts. For those of us still called to be among the Sasak, we jointly believe God to launch a rapidly multiplying movement of Sasak worshipers of Christ. 

Anna is a reminder of the high cost and the privilege of obeying God’s voice to the least reached peoples. She spewed forth blessing as she clung to Christ’ sufficiency, even as she died.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

DMM: Dreams and Visions

Reproduce Laborers

Amisha led five women in reading prophet stories from the Bible, a good way to introduce the Word of God to Muslims. They share the stories with their family and friends and obey lessons God impresses on them during their time together.

Three have had visions of Isa al Masih (Jesus the Messiah). In them, He had instructed one to forgive her husband and encouraged another by confirming that she was studying His Truth.. The third had a simple yet profound vision of being embraced by Jesus!

Soon all five women became followers of Isa. Amisha baptized them in the irrigation canal of a nearby rice paddy.

Amisha is a layperson who has been trained in Disciple Making Movements and longs to hear and obey Jesus. All six women are in the process of learning to become reproducing disciple-makers. 

These women were the first in their families to come to Christ. Pray as they engage their husbands with the Word of God and encourage their spiritual leadership. It can sometimes be messy, but it is so important in bringing the whole household to faith.