Summer is over! Here are some of the reasons we are praising God for the days that are past and the days that are ahead.
Every one of our team members, staff and volunteers have had some vacation time and rest (we ensured they used the time well and they have returned refreshed and full of new enthusiasm for the busy coming season).
A lot of events and conferences, where we are directly involved will soon take place. It’s a time of preparation, planning and looking for God’s guidance.
A good study trip to the USA, with our Pastor and a youth leader to look for “best scenarios” of effective outreach, in the context of the new building we are developing for our church, in Malinka valley.
A son, Pawel, for Filip & Justyna, born some weeks before the planned date, but he seems to be catching up quickly.
Good acceptance of our latest version of GELE 3.0 (CODEX) by our partners who use it around the World. There are now over 70 organizations using it! Praise the Lord!
I was asked to explain, what this software, GELE (CODEX) really does. Here is a short description:
GELE is a special website where ministries can do their online outreach, have spiritual conversations with the seekers and present them with good content. How is it done?
It is a software tool that enables publishing online courses (in our case, discipleship and evangelism courses) in a format that is user friendly and easy to access by all interested parties. It is like a Power Point made for the Internet. But there is also a major backend system that assigns e-coaches (counselors) to seekers, monitors seekers’ progress, evaluates outcomes, etc. Even though it is simple to use there are many complex algorithms and ideas implemented, based on our 10 year experience with on-line follow-up; in many ways it is unique in the global market.
This system is offered to ministries so they can create their own courses and strategies (23 languages presently), with the key partner being Jesus.net, with over 300 effective courses offered in multiple languages and over 225.000 users. We call it MDMS – Mentoring/Discipleship Management System.
We believe we are now seeing a new and urgent need. There are number of Christian ministries across the World who understand the importance of being present in the digital environment and would like to use such a modern tool (GELE) to reach new audiences, but have no staff to transfer their existing curriculums and materials into effective, interesting multimedia courses; so now we are considering introducing just such practical services.
But the World of digital media is going relentlessly forward. Lots of new tools are in the pipeline, also using What’sApp and Messenger, as presently lots of traffic has moved into those communication platforms. We must be where people are! We pray constantly for wisdom and new, effective ideas to reach people and present the Gospel in an understandable way to the contemporary culture. Two things do not change: we must stay on the sure foundation (it is also a title of a book we are writing right now about God modelling our family history and today’s ministry) and of the Word of God, the motive must be – love for the lost!
The briefly mentioned study trip to the USA (see item 3) only confirmed that a common dominator of churches that are growing is: sharing the unadulterated gospel of salvation by grace, displayed by its messengers in their everyday lifestyle, serving the genuine needs of contemporary, lost, unchurched people, connecting with them outside our church buildings, mainly by a word of mouth.
We pray the Lord will help us to reach many, many more!
Friends, we deeply appreciate your friendship! Thank you for all your prayers and standing with us, sharing common vision and the work!
Yours in Him
Progress on July/August prayer requests
September prayer requests: