The Lost Art of Disciple-Making

The Lost Art of Disciple-Making

I still have the first book I ever read on the topic of making disciples. At the end of my sophomore year at KU Doug Nuenke, a Navigators staff member, presented me with The Lost Art of Disciple-Making, by Leroy Eims. To me, this book still defines the disciple-making process as well as any, with principles taken from a thorough observation of how Jesus himself trained his disciples. Eims’ emphasis on an individualized approach that invests in a few and equips them in turn to disciple others has stuck with me through the years. It’s 2 Timothy 2:2 in action; “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”

Mission Adelante is employing this same disciple-making strategy; investing in immigrants who receive Christ and teaching them in turn to make disciples of others. In this season we have begun a renewed emphasis on this process. Four immigrants who have been through our process are now discipling others and a total of 19 people are receiving one-to-one or one-to-two instruction in the basics of the Christian faith. I wish disciple-making were always a clean and clear process. However, with broken humans involved, it is always a messy process that requires God’s grace in abundance. So, as we press into this season please pray with us for those new believers who are being discipled to grow in their hunger for Christ, and for those of us who are investing our lives to have patience and perseverance to give ourselves away for those we’re helping.

In Other News

  • Spring Break: All ministry programs of Mission Adelante will be taking a break the week of March 16-20. This includes Spanish classes, LIT, Kids Adelante, and ESL.
  • Mark your calendars for Mission Adelante’s Spring Party: April 18th.

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for a strong finish for our Leaders In Training Pilot. Pray especially for the kids to remain engaged and be diligent even as we move into the Spring.
  • Please pray for our discipling groups. Pray that each person involved would gain a greater passion and hunger for Christ. Pray for consistency. Pray for a sense of community.
  • Please pray for Megan McDermott as she continues to raise funds to join our staff as the Kids Adelante director.

Current Needs:

  • Food staples for what we call "Canasta Basica" or basic basket also go fast. One "Canasta Basica" contains: 2 bags of rice, 3 bags of beans, 1 box of Maizena, one bag of sugar, one bottle of cooking oil, 2 bags of pasta, 1 bag of flour. We love it when friends can bring a complete "Canasta Basica" already assembled!