Note From The Unite4Africa Board – Nov 2013 – Rob Reilly
On a recent trip to Swaziland I had the opportunity to spend time with the country leader for another mission organization. I spent a week with him seeing the work they are doing in Swaziland. From all the time I spent with him, one conversation stands out. He said, “The average African has given their life to Christ 8 times. We do not need more evangelists, we need more disciplers.”
The bible does not direct us to make converts of men. To hold a revival meeting, have an alter call and then pack up and head back home. 2 Timothy 2:2 says “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” Discipleship requires relationship and investment and is something we are all called to do as Christians. This call cannot be outsourced and has made me aware afresh of my need to invest in the lives of others.
One of the things that attracted me to Unite 4 Africa was its focus on discipleship. Unite 4 Africa focuses on raising up and training local leadership in the communities in which it ministers. This discipleship includes training, accountability and exhortation.
In turn, these community leaders entrust what they have learned to others. This is Christ’s model, who spent four years investing in the lives of his twelve disciples.
I want to congratulate the staff of Unite 4 Africa for living out the Discipleship model and ask you to join us in prayer for God to raise up more Disciples in Africa and around the world. Please prayerfully consider helping meet the needs of Unite 4 Africa as it continues this work in Africa.