Latest video update from tutor and students in Ukraine
Have you heard of Rajasthan? It’s a mountainous region in northern India along the Pakistan border. Rajasthan is home to almost 77 million people, only 0.01% of whom are Christians. That means there is only ONE believer for every TEN THOUSAND people in Rajasthan. It is a hard place.
But because of our faithful supporters, we are getting ready to expand into Rajasthan so we can train leaders to be bright points of light in this dark region. We can’t wait to see what God does. We want to introduce you to the man who is spearheading this strategic launch: Amit Mondal, our Director of South Asia.
Amit is a visionary. He has been labouring to transform India and South Asia with Global Action since 2002. He knows how to dream big and get the job done. He has a heart for the places that are hardest to reach. In India, these places are can be downright dangerous for Christians. Amit is undaunted, because these are precisely the places that need godly leaders and healthy churches the most.
We praise the Lord for Amit and others like him, who are boldly advancing the Gospel around the world. We ask you to pray with us for Amit and our expansion into Rajasthan.
It’s not easy to be a Christian in Cuba. Castro and his communist government worked hard to stamp out religion, and the suffering has been great. However, God’s church was not stopped. He is using leaders like Yuniel Cruz to strengthen the church on this isolated island.
Yuniel and his wife Susel have pastored churches, planted churches, and even started a seminary. Now they are using their passion and talent to help connect hundreds of church leaders in Cuba with the training and resources they need through Global Action.
Most of our students in Cuba have never owned a single Christian book. They cried when they received their Global Action textbooks, because they now own eight theological books that they can use for the rest of their lives (see pictures below). They will never be the same.
These leaders get it. They know that a proper understanding of the Word of God changes everything. That is why Yuniel and Susel are giving so much of their time and effort to help us bring our Foundations training to even more leaders in Cuba. That is why 70 students from one location are meeting together 8 times every month to keep studying, in addition to their monthly class. That is why our waiting list numbers are in the hundreds. Scripture changes everything.
Thank you for your prayer and support for our work in Cuba and around the world. Together, we are making a difference.
Together in Christ,
Video highlights from our training centres across Cuba.
You’ve probably heard about the “Unreached People Groups” (UPGs) Movement in the world of missions today. This is an effort to shift to thinking about the world in terms of its 16,000+ people groups rather than nations.
A "people group" is made up of people who share a common culture, language, identity, & history. "Unreached" means more than just unsaved - it means that there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelise their people group without outside assistance. In other words, the vast majority of people in a UPG will live and die without ever hearing the name of Jesus.
At Global Action, we are equipping leaders around the world to go and reach the unreached. One of the many examples I could give is our work in the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan. Bhutanese leaders are crossing the border to receive our training so they can go back and spread the Gospel in their country, which is classified as 99.6% unreached. We are training leaders like Benjamin, who came to Christ from a dark past of idolatry, drugs, unemployment, and hopelessness. He is now passionate about learning how to effectively share the light of the Gospel with the people of his country. He is a "royal hero" in the Kingdom of Bhutan.
I’m very grateful for the opportunity to study GLOMOS. The training is so relevant and practical. It has greatly enriched my ministry to youth and teenagers, and provided a strong biblical foundation which helps me all the time!
After graduating from GLOMOS, I had a great opportunity to serve people using the knowledge and experience I obtained there. Here is what I have been doing since I graduated GLOMOS in 2013:
I preach the Gospel to young people in and outside the church. Each year we’ve been witnessing how boys and girls are changing and become transformed through ministering in the power and glory of God at our summer and winter youth camps. Teenagers, youth and adults get saved, baptised in water and in the Holy Spirit at our camps.
Also, I lead a house group for teenagers in a suburb of Poltava. Some time ago, together with the youth team, we organised an outreach there. Many children came to hear the good news about salvation and prayed a repentance prayer. Afterwards, all of them came to our house – there were more than twenty of them. We continue to preach to children, taking the opportunity to reach out to their parents.
We see a great need in these families, and we would like to support somehow these teenagers and youth. Many of them live in poverty. We need to raise support for this ministry so that those youngsters would grow in the truth and become good followers of Jesus Christ, sharing the good news with others.
Also, we intend to organise more events for the youth – conferences, seminars, schools, encounters. I can now see how beneficial it has been to study GLOMOS which has resulted in a more fruitful ministry.
Bhutan is known for its beauty and its religion (Buddhism). Also, it is known as a nation which is ruled by a Buddhist monarchy. Our student, Habel, was very close to the king, Jigme Singye. In fact, Habel was one of the king’s personal bodyguards. His faithfulness to the king strengthened his relationship with the monarch. However, God had a different plan for Habel. He faced physical challenges due to excessive drinking. As a result, he couldn’t continue his duty to his king. When he had lost all hope in Hinduism and Buddhism, a miracle happened in his life and he accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour.
In 1990, when he was completely healed from his alcohol related sickness, his king called him back into service but he refused and said that “I have found my true King and I want to join His army.” Since then, he started his evangelical work among the Bhutanese people. In spite of facing persecution, he never stopped because he believed that Christ wanted him to preach the Gospel amongst the unreached.
After some time, Habel started facing challenges because of his lack of understanding of the Bible. He started praying for theological training, but due to limited finance and family concerns, he couldn’t join a seminary. Also, as a Buddhist nation, there are no Christian seminaries in Bhutan. So, when he heard about GLOMOS he felt that God was answering his prayers and he joined the program.
Habel says “GLOMOS is the backbone of my ministry, it gave me knowledge and understanding about the Bible. It helped me in my communication and it also developed my preaching. In a closed nation like ours, GLOMOS is a ray of hope and an answer to many prayers.”
Habel started a GLOMOS multiplication program in his church with 10 young leaders. This year he sent 10 more leaders to join GLOMOS. There are hundreds of leaders like Habel in that nation who need to be trained. Your support and prayers can make the difference.
Video highlight from our new training centre in Lviv, Ukraine.
As you know, sometimes the headlines do not focus enough on the important things happening around the world. In fact, many of you are probably unaware that a deadly tornado swept through Cuba recently, though it was reported by major news outlets like BBC and CNN.
Global Action staff learned about the tornado because many of our own students were affected. These students are our heroes - people who are already making big sacrifices to study with us so that they can change their communities. They are now suffering significant hardship, some having lost most or all of their possessions.
We are still assessing the situation (power outages have made communication difficult), but we want to do everything we can to help our students. Yuniel Cruz from our staff is going to Cuba to assess the needs on the ground and organise relief efforts. Please pray for Cuba and everyone affected by the tornado. We will keep you informed on our efforts to serve those in need.
Thank you for giving toward the work of Global Action. Your generosity is not taken for granted. Together, we are changing the world.
Global Action will be holding a Vision Day ON SATURDAY 27th APRIL, 2019 FROM 9:30AM - 3:00PM at Streatham Baptist Church, 22 Lewin Road, Streatham, London, SW16 6JR.
Not only will this be an opportunity to share with you about the incredible things which have been happening with Global Action worldwide, we will also be spending some time seeking God in prayer about the future of Global Action and how to develop this amazing ministry.
Our keynote speaker will be Baroness (Caroline) Cox who became a Life Peer in 1982 for her contributions to education and has served as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005. Lady Cox now sits in the Lords as a crossbencher and is a frequent contributor to Lords debates on Sudan, India, Nigeria, Uganda, and Burma. Lady Cox is very passionate about world mission and she will be sharing some of her insights as the President and Founder of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART).
We would love for you as supporters, church leaders, prayer group leaders and intercessors join us in seeking the Lord’s counsel. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
According to the seventh edition of Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation, approximately half the population of Africa is now Christian. Whilst this is fantastic news, the work in Africa if far from complete. The vast bulk of Africa’s non-Christian population are Muslim (43%). Global Action would like to join in the fight for souls and communities in Africa by developing church leaders.
So, how can you make a difference in Africa? Here are 3 ways to show your support:
Please pray that God will give us all the resources necessary for the opportunities in front of us. We have many leaders ready to get started in both West and East Africa, but we don't yet have the funding available.
Share the link (http://www.globalaction.org.uk/updates/2018/10/31/africa-is-calling) to this update with your friends on social media to spread awareness, so they can pray and give.
Donate today and start this initiative for change.
Recently, a class of more than fifty leaders were getting ready to graduate from our Global Action Foundations program in Honduras. They have spent the last year with us receiving foundational theological and leadership training. We are now sending them out to all parts of Honduras and adjacent countries to “Go and make disciples.”
I am writing to say thank you for your support. Your regular giving is making this happen — we could not do this without you. I am hearing story after story of lives being changed by the gospel. Those who know me may have heard me say before, when we are able to impact one leader, it creates a ripple effect. These leaders go out and change hundreds and even thousands of lives!
I’m thrilled to be serving in this capacity as the new President of Global Action, working closely with my good friend Bob Smith and our growing team. I want you to know that we are on the move. We are handling our resources with integrity, leading with passion — and we promise to keep you updated on all the exciting things that are happening.
Please pray now about how you can help us train more leaders who are changing the world. I am so grateful for your support — and am excited about what the future holds for us TOGETHER!
For His Glory,
I’m writing from Guatemala. I wish you could see what I am seeing right now. But one of the reasons I’m here is so I can tell you what God is doing. I’m looking at nearly 200 young men and women who are about to graduate from our program in Guatemala! My heart is pounding as I think about the difference they are going to make in this world.
As you know, Global Action is not only committed to providing a good ‘Foundation’ for these leaders through our quality 8-month program, we don’t stop there. We have a director here named Gloria who is getting things done. In addition to facilitating the program in Central America, she also works hard to stay connected to our graduates and continue increasing the quality and effectiveness of our work here.
After a graduate receives training, we follow up with them and we help connect them with organisations and resources that will help them lead their churches well and serve their communities with expertise. And all this is happening because of you. Won’t you help me spread the word? You can forward this e-mail to a friend and ask them to sign up, you can check us out on social media (Facebook & Twitter), or you can recommend our website to someone you know.
Thank you so very much for your support. We could not do this without you.
Global Action is now in Cuba! We stepped out in faith when God provided a wide open door that we couldn’t ignore. We weren’t sure if we could do it, and it is a stretch for us, but we believe with all our hearts that God will bless this step of faith.
A pastor who provides leadership for several hundred churches in Cuba told us, in words that sounded like the Macedonian call — “Come over and help us.” As you know, there has been a lot of political and social change in Cuba over the past 50 years—and our experienced board is certainly aware of some of the challenges of serving in a place like Cuba.
But, to use the apostle Paul, a door has now opened to us. As U.S. relations with Cuba have improved slightly, we want to take advantage of this opportunity. We have a unique window to step in and provide the resources and training that Cuban believers are so hungry to receive. And we are heading to Cuba to train leaders who will change their country! Can you believe it?
Pray for us. And perhaps you may consider helping us with a gift that will help us provide resources for these pastors and be sure that they receive solid, foundational instruction and mentoring. Our classes are filling up in a hurry. We already have more than 200 pastors enrolled in the first year, with hundreds more eager to join as well! Wow!
None of this happens without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you do. We will keep you updated on what is happening in Cuba. Can’t wait for you to hear some of the God stories!
For the Gospel,
As you read this, our VP of Curriculum and Training is on his way to Ukraine to kick off a new location for our Foundations School in Lviv, Ukraine. He will get to personally meet the many pastors and leaders there who are hungry to receive training – not for the sake of knowledge, but for the sake of the lost and hurting around them.
Ukraine has been a political football since the Russian Revolution of 1917. From revolutions to civil war to the recent seizure of Crimea — the people and pastors of the Ukraine have endured many hardships. And that is one of the reasons we are there. We want to provide Christian leaders with the resources they need to lead their churches and change their communities.
Let me introduce you to Igor Grishajev. He is our director in Eastern Europe. And he has a vision to see Ukraine changed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And he’s getting it done. In fact, right now we are making plans to invite leaders from other parts of Eastern Europe to receive our training. We are excited to see that there is so much demand for the leadership development we are providing.
Thank you for supporting Global Action! We are on the move and working to change the world.
Teaching Ukrainian students the final module of their 8-month GLOMOS Foundations course and then presenting awards to the graduates has been a big 2018 highlight for me. However, I knew that some of the students may never have seen a black man face-to-face before so there was a big surprise in store. Small towns and villages in the Ukraine are highly unlikely to have experienced much ethnic diversity so this was definitely going to be a memorable trip.
I definitely raised several eyebrows and became the topic of numerous discussions. One student asked to feel the texture of my hair and when I visited a kids camp, two children asked for my autograph - my first! Having said that, the thing that impacted me the most was seeing God at work in the lives of our GLOMOS students, often challenging them to embrace their calling and address the common leadership struggles of Christendom.
There was quite a range of experience and depth of understanding amongst the students. Access to theological training is limited in Ukraine, especially for those who are now working. I had a very strong sense that as the students were being 'rooted and grounded' in love for God, the churches and people that they represented were being raised to new levels of spiritual maturity.
A visit to a Roma children’s camp was such a blessing, especially because it was run by GLOMOS graduates. The graduates lovingly connect to the children both practically and spiritually and this opens the door to their families. Other Christian leaders who reach out to the Roma community are now expressing a desire to receive GLOMOS training.
"Exciting update! We just returned from a survey trip with Global Action to Cuba. We met with many churches and are excited that God is opening immediate doors for us there to work with Christian leaders. The people of Cuba are hungry for solid Biblical training and the fields are wide open right now within Cuba to reach the people with the message of Jesus Christ. We have been invited to begin training as early as September and expect a first training class of about 250 or so new or emerging pastors and leaders.
Below are just a few pics of our trip. Amazing what God is doing and so happy to be a part of the work with these amazing people of God. If you have a heart especially for Cuba — contact us and we can look for a way for you to be further involved!
We need your help in the following ways:
1- Pray for us and for the church leaders that we will be supporting in Cuba
2- Partner with us financially and help enable this important work — we need your help today!
Please pray for sustainable success as we help visionary and dedicated church leaders in Cuba equip future leaders to effectively reach the people for Christ!
Habakkuk 2:14 "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." (NIV)
Our mission of training leaders in under-reached and under-resourced parts of the world often puts our ministry in some very dark places. Nowhere was this more evident a few months ago than in Ranchi, India, where Maoist radicals murdered one of our graduates. Abraham Topno was a popular pastor in a place where it is sometimes dangerous to be a professing Christian and even more dangerous to be a pastor who is bringing people to faith in Christ.
Abraham and his wife, Hulda, were raising three teenage children in a very poor farming village near Ranchi, while he faithfully pastored a growing house church. Our Global Action director in India explained to me via email that Abraham was a farmer himself and lived in such poverty that sometimes his family survived on only two meals a day. And yet he was known as an effective witness, and many people in the community were converting from Hinduism to Christianity. It is widely believed that he was targeted because of that dynamic Christian influence. Our director explained it this way, "During his short time of work, he brought over fifty souls to the Lord, and that is one of the main reasons for this death. He was accused and threatened many times by anti-believer activists, but he never stopped his work."
Abraham was ambushed in a public carrier not far from his home on the night of May 1, 2018. He was stabbed to death and beheaded by his attackers, and then his body was set on fire. The gruesome method of his assassination was no doubt meant to send a message to his growing congregation and to all Christian converts in the area.
We are praying for his wife, Hulda, daughter Susari (aged 19), son Aman (aged 16) and his youngest daughter Elisa (aged 12) and for the entire Christian community around Ranchi. As one can imagine, the long term prospects for a family in their situation is somewhat precarious. Global Action has started a fund to benefit his wife and children and to help ease their financial burdens as they pick up the pieces of this senseless tragedy. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please go here.
"JESUS CHRIST IS THE MUSIC OF MY LIFE!"
I am from Bijanbari and born and raised amidst of a place full of mountain ranges and valleys. There, I found myself growing with an artistic attitude towards life. The days out here are way different from living in any city or town. As I physically lived in peaks in valleys, I, too, emotionally have experienced stages of highs and lows. This instability led me to cling to music, something to feel the void. It strangled the need for God and altered my existence of reality. And as a young person, music hovered as a source to stabilise my emotional being.
Now, I have encountered the real music of my life ... Jesus Christ. He is truly a God who can turn every weakness into strength. One evening, a musical event became a guiding force to change my life for His glory. As a teenager, my friend took me to hear gospel music. The words of those songs caught my mind and heart and made me wonder whether someone shared my emotional struggle to the song writer. I was deeply touched and that evening, during the altar call, I gave my life to Christ. Since I was a musician already, I pondered more and more as I heard Gospel music and started changing my thinking pattern and priorities. This also led me to love to read the word of God, especially psalms and the life of David. When I learned about David, I was stunned to know his temptations were as real as mine. My life transformation began, and still today it’s changing me. I remember the song that says, "He is still working on me."
As I crossed my teenage stage and came in advanced years, I realised there are many young lives around my vicinity that are growing up with unanswered questions who need serious attention and mentoring. Hence, I decided to equip myself with sound biblical doctrine ... but there was a hindrance to this plan. I was not ready for seminary training due to lack of finances and responsibilities. God graciously opened doors for me by introducing GLOMOS in our region. I couldn’t go to Bible college but the Lord bought Bible college right in my hometown. I desire to sincerely focus on youth ministry. As the Lord answered my heart's cry, I am certain there is greater work to be accomplished.