MINISTRY NEWSLETTER (2021 HIGHLIGHTS)

The year 2021 has been a year of many challenges ranging from nation to nation because of the Covid19 Pandemic. Though the Pandemic has not yet been completely subdued we are thankful to God that the story is changing from bad to better in many nations of the world. The entire world and the Church at large have been heavily affected in terms of the economy and missions work. However, we still have every reason to rejoice and thank God in all things as He commands us to give thanks in everything. Through the Pandemic I have personally seen the Lord reviving the work of the Church and also making individuals ask themselves where the world is heading to; Hebrews 11:8-10 “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.  For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God”. Here are some of the Ministry Highlights for the year 2021

Bible Gifts: We have together with you touched over 200 people with Bibles.

The work of Evangelism; I am grateful to God that the passion for the lost souls is growing more and more and now seeing many people dying without Christ and knowing that they will spend eternity in Hell. These burden my heart to reach out to the lost and even those within the confines of the Church who are not yet sure of their eternal life Christ Jesus our Lord. The drive to the ministries I do whether it is in the Church as a Pastor, in outreaches locally and missions work beyond my tribesmen and country boarders is that the lost may be reconciled to the Lord Jesus Christ. And together we are saving lives as we holds hands in the great commission with you. We have indeed touched many lives and I pray the Lord causes us to continue to do so even the more in our remaining days on earth.

 

PASTORAL MINISTRY: As much as I love the lost souls come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus. I am as well passionate to see them discipled and become mature disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have been a Pastor of Agape Baptist Church for over 7 years and the Lord has graciously worked in His Church and me. It has pleased the Lord to move us in a Church planting ministry within Zambia but in a different Province/region. My Family and I bade farewell to the Church in tears and smiles knowing that our God is on the throne and He leads us as He pleases. To God be the glory for the great things He is doing among us. We are optimistic and expectant to see what the Lord has in store for us in the new land.  

Here are some farewell highlights

I must confess that it was really a bitter-sweet kind of experience leaving brothers and sisters whom I have known for many years, some I personally witnessed to them, Baptised, married and even welcomed Children into fellowship. The comfort is that ministry is about Christ Jesus and His glory. He who has begun the good work in His people will surely accomplish it with or without my presence (Philippians 1:6). The thoughts of looking to God for the new work and new relationships are so exciting as well. My family and I are expectant of the Lord’s hand in this new land. The ground looks promising and the peace of God upon our hearts is so overwhelming. We truly know and feel this is His leading but we are also aware that battles await us for the Kingdom of God is always opposed by the world and worldly. Oh for grace that the Lord would keep and use us for His honour and glory.

The Call to start new work: The call to begin this new work came through two families who have transferred to the area and thought there is need for Church planting. I was personally hesitant to leave my city for a relatively small town where life was uncertain. In God’s providence my WDA African Director Pastor Benson Chembe called me and spoke about expanding WDA work in all the provinces of Zambia and I took that as a confirmation to move to Luapula Province. Here I am now.

Let us continue to holds hands in supporting and praying for the work of the Lord. Remember without your support and prayer there would be little or nothing to report about. Let us keep doing the work entrusted to us the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus. In 1st Corinthians 15:3-5, we read “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. (ESV) We have but today to serve the Lord our God. Thank you.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

  • Praise the Lord with me for His provisions of the ministry and family needs. The Lord has miraculously provided for us in ways words cannot tell this year which proved difficult.
  • Rejoice with me for the Lord’s protection and good health of my family and I, though I had a number of Gospel movement amidst Covid19 the Lord has kept me well and safe.
  • Pray for grace and wisdom to settle well in the new area this year and get into another year with a growing passion and love for God and His work. That the Lord will lead me to start discipleship work with His people swiftly.
  • Pray for the Lord’s grace as we start a new Church here in Mansa Luapula Province. We need a place to gather from, chairs and many other provisions. It is apparently clear that I will be making a lot of movements in order to establish this new work. Kindly pray for a ministry Car for efficient and easy moments.
  • Our first born and second are in School. Kindly pray that the Lord would provide for us so that we are enabled to pay for their school fees and serve the Lord without hindrance.

Thank you so much for your generous and unwavering prayer support looking forward to partner with you and doing more for the Lord in the year 2022. Thanks and the Lord bless you abundantly. Amen.

 

Fayetteville, GA, October 29, 2021 — Worldwide Discipleship Association (WDA) will present “An Intro to the Restoring Your Heart Ministry” webinar on November 9 at 7:00 p.m. The event will be hosted on Zoom and feature guest speakers Mel Turner and Linda Dukes.

At the “Intro to the Restoring Your Heart Ministry” webinar, participants will learn how the Restoring Your Heart (RYH) ministry model works, how to join an RYH Group, how to become trained as an RYH Group Leader, and how to offer RYH groups at their church.

“Childhood trauma, buried grief, and other painful life experiences often lead us to develop harmful coping skills and destructive behavior,” said Linda Dukes, WDA’s Restoring Your Heart Coordinator. “Everyone deals with unprocessed pain like this on some level, and that is why I am so excited to be offering this free introduction to Restoring Your Heart. Restoring Your Heart is an incredible tool to help people heal, change their relationship with others, and give them a process to help others heal as well. This webinar is the first step in that journey of healing.”

Restoring Your Heart (RYH) is a series of gender-specific confidential small groups. It enables people to explore their past pain, identify unhealthy emotional and relational patterns, grieve their losses, and forgive those who have hurt them. Groups are available for both men and women.

“Restoring Your Heart, for me, was one of the catalysts that “bridged the gaps” in my discipleship process,” said Mike L., a participant in a U.S. men’s RYH group. “I have come to know how to fully feel, fully grieve, and to fully receive and give the love of Christ. Today, I walk with other men. I’m sharing the comfort I have received from the “God of all comfort.” Because of the impacts of these groups, I will never be the same.”

Registration for the RYH intro webinar is free and tickets may be purchased online at restoringyourheart.com or on the Restoring Your Heart Facebook page.

Worldwide Discipleship Association (WDA) is an interdenominational Christian ministry whose mission is to serve the church worldwide by developing Christ-like character in people and equipping them to disciple others like Jesus. WDA has been serving the metro-Atlanta area since 1974.

Media Contacts
Worldwide Discipleship Association
Jordan Stafford (Marketing Coordinator)
770-460-1337
www.disciplebuilding.org/
Or contact Jennifer McClin (Director of Generosity)

 

Fayetteville, GA, October 28, 2021 — Worldwide Discipleship Association (WDA) will present a free webinar on “Welcoming People Well: Assimilation Strategies” on November 3, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET. The event will be on Zoom. Lesley Deyton, Minister of Assimilation and Development at New Hope Baptist Church, will lead the webinar.

WDA reports that the webinar will include 30 minutes of instruction and discussion, followed by a brief Q&A. The training will cover helping every person who comes to your church or ministry connect well, giving first-time visitors a pathway to be part of your church and ministry, and more.

Webinar registration is now open for free and will close on November 2. Register online at wdaleadershipinstitute.com/welcoming-well.

“Welcoming and engaging guests to your church is essential,” said Lesley Deyton. “We foster growth as believers and as people through relationships. If our guests feel wanted and cared for by the way we respond to them, they are more likely to return and engage with our mission. In this webinar we will discuss strategies you can implement right away to connect with each person and family that visits your church.”

Worldwide Discipleship Association (WDA) is an interdenominational Christian ministry whose mission is to serve the church worldwide by developing Christ-like character in people and equipping them to disciple others like Jesus. WDA has been serving the metro-Atlanta area since 1974.

Media Contacts
Worldwide Discipleship Association
Jordan Stafford (Marketing Coordinator)
770-460-1337
www.disciplebuilding.org/
Or contact Jennifer McClin (Director of Generosity)

Written by Joseph Hobbs. Published by Jordan Stafford.

 

I was raised in a rural farming community in south Georgia called Pleasant Hill.  It was about 10 miles from the smallest town and 25 to 30 miles to the bigger town.

I spent my childhood on a farm where we were the only family with children—in a place where segregation was alive, and in your face. There were many Churches in the community and neighbors who claimed to be Christian, but it didn’t always seem like they knew God personally or lived by His standard to love your neighbors as yourself.

As a young adult, while I was struggling to forgive my neighbors, I moved to Minot, ND. I began to see, learn and experience love, value, acceptance, connection, and security with my new neighbors. I began to meet with people, have conversations and read the Bible. These were all new experiences for me and showed me something different.  Sometime later I began to look at how Jesus related to his disciples.I was the fifth child of 11 children. I had parents who did not know how to interact with children, so they left me alone with no answers to my questions. I wondered why our neighbors treated us if as we were aliens and why we were labeled as slow, unintelligent, lazy and not human.  I was ashamed of not knowing who I really was and by my father not knowing how to interact with me as a child, to explain what was going on. As children we learned how to stay in our place and not bring trouble to the family or community.

My journey with Restoring Your Heart began back in Georgia in the mid 80’s when I joined a small church called Grace Free Church. This is where I met Jack Larson who was the Pastor.  I was going through a hard time at work where my co-workers did not want to work with me because I was the only African-American in the department.  They devalued me as a person and tried to find ways to assassinate my character and name to make me leave. Going through this situation brought back many memories of what I went through as a child.

In the RYH interactive group and through RYH workbooks, I started learning how to deal with my wrong thinking, losses and hurts.  I was hurt and I wept. I needed to have a fierce reckoning with what had happened to my community and me, how I felt about it and how it was still affecting my life. I learned that I had to grieve my losses before I could fully forgive those who hurt me as a child.  Those who had stolen my life and the life of my community.

In 2002 when I lost my oldest son in a car accident, it pushed me deep into grief and the pain was very great.  Restoring Your Heart stepped in again to help me to deal with my grief, to heal, and walk through the pain.  I also attended a Compassionate Friends group (group that helps parents and siblings to deal with the loss of a child or sibling.)  While in the group I saw how some people really deal with their pain and others do not. This was another great breakthrough where God and the Holy Spirit worked in my life with healing!  I now understand why grief is the hardest experience to recover from.God took me on a journey to show me how to love my neighbor like He (Jesus) had loved me. I began to see how I had been impacted greatly over the years from those negative messages and was still being impacted during my situation at work. I learned who I was as a person and how to get my needs met in healthy ways. Some years passed and I realized that I could not really mourn my childhood losses or issues without figuring out how to feel the deep pain from my neighbors.  I was taught that forgiveness is at the heart of Christianity. I used to think I understood forgiveness and believing in Jesus made forgiveness easy. Restoring Your Heart helped me to heal, love myself, forgive others, and truly love my neighbor.

As I was healing, God began to show me many people who were hurting, in pain and needed help. He has given me a passion for helping hurting people and Restoring Your Heart is the vehicle which I use to do this. RYH is a process that helps people become aware of how the hurts from the past have affected their present. We learn how to process our pain, grieve over the hurts, to heal, and to come to a place of full forgiveness.

It is still helping me to work through the process every time I facilitate a group.  I continue to heal from past pain and experience greater freedom.  So, I want YOU to join me in this ministry and learn how to help people through their healing process! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Author

Joseph Hobbs is part of the Worldwide Discipleship Association staff team and is a member of the Restoring Your Heart team. He facilitates RYH groups and helps write RYH materials.

 

 

 

WDA Leadership Institute Testimonies

 

Sister Joan Mary – Bangalore, India

“I want to thank God for giving me a chance of being a part of WDA’s Leadership Training. I also want to thank God for introducing me to Dr. Nathan Harkness and Rev. Emanuvel Dass, great men of God, for making this Leadership Training a grand success. I thank God from the bottom of my heart for my mentor, Sis.Bharathi, through whom I could learn the secrets of the Kingdom of God and the parables.

I was able to learn about giving, fasting, and praying from the sermon on the mount in the 6th chapter of Matthew, through them. I was startled to learn from Mat. 5:20 that my righteousness had to exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees in order to enter into the kingdom of God. I was shaken. Somewhere, in the corner of my heart, I was under the assumption that I was already pastoring a church, but I realized that my righteous deeds were just not enough. I wanted to learn more. I started to learn more from Mat.7 that I should not judge others. Likewise, every session was an eye opener for me.

Learning about spiritual warfare and the strategies of the enemy, were really encouraging. Wow! I started applying certain principles that I had learnt from spiritual warfare in my ministry and in my church, and it did work. We were allowed to gather in the church after the lockdown of the second wave, but I had some kind of an oppression in the unseen. All of a sudden, on a Saturday night, the Holy Spirit stirred in my heart that it was the devil’s strategy. Boom!! The Holy Spirit encouraged me to fight him back. I did so! I felt so strong after wearing the armor of God. The next day, all equipped, I stood up and encouraged the church to fight back. We had a battle. We won. Glory to Jesus! Things started to change in the church. We now have a new unction of the Holy Spirit. We now have new people in the church. We now have a worship team. We now have new unity. We now have new people from our street asking us to pray for them, and lots more… Praise God!!

Hence, I want to thank God for WDA’s Leadership Training program and encourage it to train many more leaders.”

 

Sister Chamali Kokila – Attanayake, Sri-Lanka

“It’s a great privilege for me to join WDA’s Leadership Institute Phase IV training. As I am a Bible Teacher, I was really in need of knowing how to apply Disciple Building in to practice in my ministry. RCAPS has given me a new strategy to build disciples. It helped me a lot to understand my believers and their level of faith and growth. I have also started a small group meeting and I found that believers are very much interested in meeting together as small group. They feel free to share their thoughts among the small group.

A 19 years old girl’s family found to be discouraged because their pastor’s unfaithful act in the church. Since they were new believers, they left the faith. They Through the small group meeting I started good relationship with her. She openly shared her heart with me. Holy Spirit guided me to teach her foundational truths. I encouraged her to keep praying and spend time with God in reading and meditating God’s Word. We prayed together for the healing of the family from their past wounds. Now they are back to faith and come to our church.

I learned to show God’s love to people and understand their needs to help them grow spiritually. I am now able to know how to apply my theological knowledge to help others grow in Christ likeness. I’m thankful to WDA leadership training. I personally feel that I am blessed to be a student of WDA leadership training. My heartiest thanks to Dr. Nathan Harkness and Rev. Emanuvel Dass for their wonderful trainings.”