The Journey to Become a Mobile Messenger

The words in Matthew 28 are often quoted. Before Jesus ascends, He gives His disciples a particular command:

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.

This command to make disciples and preach all that Jesus has commanded in His Gospel is at the heart of our Mobile Messenger program. At With Open Eyes, we believe there is no one better equipped to reach the underserved and unreached peoples of our world than those who live and work in those specific communities. Our heart and mission are to come alongside these men and women in countries in Africa, India, and Nepal with resources to help them minister Jesus and His Gospel.

The term, “Mobile Messenger,” comes from the resources we provide and the precious message they carry into their world. Through motorbikes, bicycles, and sometimes SUVs, these men and women can extend the reach of the Gospel by entering remote villages often long distances away, and sometimes, only accessible by smaller vehicles.

Becoming A Mobile Messenger

The exact definition of a Mobile Messenger is someone who is a pioneer of the Gospel and is passionate about the spiritual welfare of their people. They have the heart for evangelism. They have an intimate knowledge of their own culture, language, geography and specific needs of their people. Our ongoing investment is to increase their access to unreached areas and accelerate the timeline and effectiveness of their work.

So how does one become a Mobile Messenger?

There are a few steps required for training consideration. These measures ensure that those who enter into the program are called, recommended, and ready for the training they are about to enter.

First, candidates for training must be recommended by the Mobile Messenger Leader/Coordinator in their country. Candidates are men and women who are currently in ministry and are currently in the process of being mentored by the leader or coordinator.   Once recommended for training, candidates are reviewed by With Open Eyes, and if accepted, an orientation into all the training begins.

Once we have enough people in an area for training, our training coordinator in Kenya works to find a teacher in the area who will be introduced to the class and the area they are teaching. This teacher is familiar with the curriculum used. They have also studied in a recognized theological seminary, OR have completed the Bible training curriculum.

When these details are in place, the students get ready to dig into their studies.

From Student to Minister

With Open Eyes uses Bible Training Center For Pastors curriculum to train Mobile Messengers. It was developed by Dr. Dennis Mock from Atlanta, Georgia in 1988 and has been a huge blessing and resource for us.

When a student begins his training, he is going to be locked in for 16 months to two years, depending on the pace the class decides to take. During this training, trainees tackle various classes, both practical and spiritual.

Courses include Old and New Testament Survey, learning how to read and interpret the Bible, and learning how to preach and teach people under their spiritual care. During their studies, trainees will read through the whole Bible. They will also learn how to be dedicated to personal study of the Word and equipped to minister the Word in their communities effectively.

Completion of the course means they have trained 540 hours in their classroom. The students also dedicate an additional 300 hours to personally studying and reviewing the Bible. They receive a certificate equivalent to a one-year mini bible school or college.

Go Into All The World

Currently, training has started in Kenya and Tanzania. Soon we will have graduates in Rwanda and Uganda. Earlier this year, we began outreach in India and Nepal as well. We can’t wait to see what the Lord does in these new countries. Each step has been a step of faith and trust in the Lord. It’s the heart of With Open Eyes to fulfill that great commandment of Jesus we stated at the beginning: “Go into all the world and make disciples…”

We are grateful for the men and women who step forward and decide to undertake this training to spread the Gospel of Jesus to their communities. The training needed is no small undertaking. And they need all the support they can get.

The cost of training a Mobile Messenger is $1,000 per person. Would you prayerfully consider giving to help them reach their full potential in training to be ministers of the Word? Also, please commit to praying daily for men and women to raise their hand and boldly follow Jesus into their communities to bring glory to His name and people into His kingdom.

A War, A Hope, and the Mobile Messengers in South Sudan

PUSS O'Brien visit to South Sudan, 24-25 April 2012 (Jamam refugee camp). Hehlan Umdan, 23, a refugee from Sudan (far left, pink dress), in the Jamam camp in South Sudan. She has three children and has been in the camp since November 2011. Oxfam water distribution point.
Today we have a guest post from Brad Hobbs. Brad shares his heart for the crisis in South Sudan and how the church here in America can help. 

It is the summer of 2017. For South Sudan, it should be a season of great celebration and feasting to celebrate 6 years of independence from Sudanese rule.

Yet there is a significant problem.

For the past 48 months, South Sudan has been crippled by a civil war that has displaced 3.6 million of its citizens. The estimated 11 million who still live in the country face the constant threat of starvation, rebel invasion, and displacement.

It has been anything but a celebration of independence. Read more

Reaching Rwanda with the Gospel

Imagine a country with sloping mountains and a national park dedicated to volcanos, gorillas, and golden monkeys and you have just a small picture of Rwanda. Nestled between the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania, Rwanda has a big reputation for such a small country.

Over the years, this African nation has been the focal point of world news from devastating genocide to its most recent re-election of its president, Paul Kagame. It could be easy to assign Rwanda to only these news stories and ignore the great strides this country has made in the last two decades.

Those strides, in part, are due to a slow and subtle move among its people and has its roots in the Christian church. There are many missionaries and organizations that find work in Rwanda from the United States, providing help and aid. But some of the most powerful stories of hope and change are coming from pastors who call Rwanda home.

Pastors like Pastor Ananie. Read more

“When I was in Prison, You Came To Me

It was never my goal in life to be a prison chaplain. Nobody grows up dreaming of spending their days wading through the darkness and oppression that looms over a prison filled with the outcasts of our society.

But the Lord had another plan.

Reaching the lost and hurting population of the penitentiary became my calling for twenty years. I loved every day of it and saw thousands come to faith in Christ. I grew to love “my guys.” Then God called me away to be a part of reaching the unreached and underserved of the world through With Open Eyes. Read more

Food Aid Delivered to Drought Devastated Countries in Africa

The Lord continues to amaze us at With Open Eyes as He opens doors for greater ministry outreach. Since 2011, we have equipped 301 Mobile Messengers in 14 countries across Africa and Asia. Our most recent ministry partnerships have taken us to Northern Nigeria, Ghana, Mali and Ivory Coast in Africa and Northern India and Nepal in Asia.

Every one of these locations presents new challenges and new opportunities to shine the light of the Gospel into some of the darkest places on earth. Read more

Shining a Gospel Light on India

In January, With Open Eyes announced 6 new countries where we will be raising up Mobile Messengers. While the vast majority of our Mobile Messenger presence remains in Africa, we are so pleased that the Lord has opened up avenues to reach the underserved and unreached of Nepal and India.

Opportunities in India are rich and varied. While we cannot wait to come alongside brothers and sisters in Christ in these countries, we are aware of the dangers growing for Christians in these countries. Which is why we wanted to profile them for you. We want to raise awareness, give you points to pray for and to see how great the need is for the gospel of Jesus to go reach these nations. Read more

Teaching The Maasai How to Play Baseball

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We love it when the Lord provides unexpected moments in the midst of ministry. From the miraculous to the mundane, Jesus is always making way for us to build relationships when we travel to Africa. Our friend Brian Adams took his first trip with WOE, and his experience was unusual, to say the least! We hope you are encouraged by his story. – The WOE team. 

 

 

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“He is NOT a Normal Man!”

For many who profess the name of Jesus and live according to the Word, it is a deeply dangerous time to be alive. There are consistent new reports of difficulties, loss of homes, unlawful imprisonment, and even death.

Here are just a few statistics on the persecuted church:

  • 90,000 Christians were killed in 2016 (That is one Christian dying for their faith every six minutes)
  • 70% of Christians killed in 2016 were the result of tribal conflict in Africa
  • The top 10 countries for religious persecution are: North Korea, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Eritrea

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I’ve Got a New Name!

We’ve had the privilege of visiting many of our partners and Mobile Messengers in the past few weeks as we deployed teams to Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Kenya. It is always awe-inspiring to spend time with these powerful and anointed men and women of God who have such passion for the Lord and for their people. Thank you to all of you who hosted us, supported us and prayed for us as we traveled.

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Do Not Be Afraid

I’m struck this week by the number of times in the gospel narrative of the birth of Jesus that I find the words, “Do not be afraid.”

– When the angel of the Lord appeared to Zacharias in the Temple to announce the forerunner of the Christ, he said, Do not be afraid.”
When God sent the angel named Gabriel to visit Mary to reveal to her God’s plan to send His Son, he said, “Do not be afraid, Mary.”
When Joseph was struggling with Mary’s pregnancy and whether to follow through on his marriage commitment, an angel of the Lord spoke to him in a dream saying, “Do not be afraid.”
When an angel stood before shepherds in the darkness of the Bethlehem countryside to announce the birth of Jesus, he said to them, “Do not be afraid.”

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