3 Ways We Show Appreciation for Our Mobile Messengers

Here in the United States, October is, among other things, Clergy Appreciation month. It was set aside as a month to recognize the contributions pastors make in the lives of their congregants. It’s also a chance to celebrate their families and the sacrifices that often come with experience in full-time ministry.

In thinking about appreciating our Clergy here in the States, we wanted to turn our eyes to Africa and Asia, where we are raising up men and women to preach the Gospel. While some may not bear the official title of “Pastor,” their contributions to their communities deserve to be recognized and highlighted. We wanted to highlight those efforts by giving you some ideas as to how you can appreciate your pastor this month, and ways that you can continue to pray for those With Open Eyes is raising up to proclaim the name of Jesus.

  1. Write a note of encouragement. Words of encouragement and hope are powerful tools in difficult times. While our Mobile Messengers often send us amazing stories of how God is working in their churches, we also hear the difficulties they face. Whether it’s famine, a refugee crisis, witchdoctors, or the discouragement that comes with ministry, these men and women face difficulty every day. Which is why we make sure to send them notes of encouragement. A simple email, reminding them that someone prays for them, and loves them can make a huge difference. It can also give someone the needed push to overcome in times of hardship.

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

2. Pray constantly. The names and faces of our friends in Africa and Asia are never far from our minds or our hearts. We are continually praying over them, seeking the Lord for aid and grace on their behalf. The beauty of our relationships with these churches, pastors and Messengers is that we know they are praying for us as well. Paul encourages us to intercede for one another and especially the leaders and that our intercession for them is pleading to the Lord. People called to preach and to lead often bear heavy burdens. It can be easy to forget that one of the most powerful weapons in our arsenal, prayer, can be used to stand in the gap for those who lead us.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

3. Get the congregation involved. It’s easy to look at what we can do as individuals but sometimes the biggest impact we can have is as a group. We know that our Mobile Messengers not only need our support and edification, but they need it from their own churches. That’s why we love hearing stories of baptisms, people coming to Jesus, and church buildings being built. Not only are they mile markers of ministry, but they can be personal reminders to each pastor that they are walking out the call of God on their lives.

Encourage those in your church to do something similar. Look at your church history. How have you grown? Who has come to Jesus in your church recently? What significant milestones have you hit? Now see how has your pastor played a part in all these things. Identify them and tell him. There are times when a reminder of fruit from those in the church is a game changer for a weary pastor.

The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Isaiah 50:4

These are just three ways we try to encourage our Mobile Messengers on their journey. They serve as a daily inspiration to us as they persevere and endure in preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus to their world.

We hope these ideas will not only help you keep our Mobile Messengers in your prayers but that they would also inspire you to honor your own leaders and pastors in your lives. Also, we would love it if you would take the time to send a short note to our Mobile Messengers. Your encouragement and prayers mean more than you know! If you’d like to write to them, please send your note to MobileMessengers@withopeneyes.net and we’ll make sure we send them along. 

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

baseball 2

 

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. 

 

 

Read more

“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

Read more

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.

Read more

donate