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In Early April, while one of our leaders from India was here in Keystone, SD for our Spring month-long training, his daughter was in a bike accident. The ankle and heel of his daughter’s right foot was severely injured in the biking accident. When he went back to India at the end of April, after the month-long training, he and his wife took their daughter to the hospital to have her injury checked out, as it did not appear to be getting better.

A situation like this is scary, stressful, and exhausting. When we are in these situations, how often do we believe that God is using them for His glory? How often do we give praises to God in the depths of our most difficult situations?

Our Indian leader and his wife had faith that the Lord was using this situation to glorify Himself, and in the midst of their faith, God came and did incredible things!

He and a disciple he is working with, are in the middle of an incredible opportunity that the Lord has given them. They are evangelizing to the nursing students in the hospital where his daughter was admitted. They found a few believers there and they have began to disciple them. They held two Gospel meetings for all the students and they have now formed a redemptive community in the hospital. The redemptive community, which meets regularly on Thursdays, includes the doctor at the hospital, the principal of the nursing school, the new believers they found, and the disciple our leader was initially working with. After each redemptive community meeting, they continue to meet with other nursing and medical students to share the Gospel with them.

How amazing is it that in the center of a situation that seems scary and hopeless, God can do mighty things to further His kingdom?

This story is one of the many that prove that God can display His splendor and desire for the Great Commission in any situation, regardless of place, time, and circumstances!

To God be the glory!

Below is a report that was sent to us from some of our disciples in Nepal. They are traveling to unreached areas in the mountains of Nepal to make and baptize disciples!

The area of Manang in Nepal is severely unreached. 19 out of the 20 people groups in Manang are unreached. The largest religion present in Manang is Buddhism, with 53.5% Out of the total population of 6,500 individuals professing to be Buddhist. Within this population, only 1.5% is professing Christian.

 

 

Greetings from Nepal.

It is great privilege to inform you about the Manang visit. Thank you very much, for you have kindly prayed for the mission work of God the father.

We have had some disturbance in the work of God, but because of your prayers, we came out from the problems. One of village leaders was trying to stop us sharing Gospel. He was challenging me, he was trying to stop our ministry to that village and did not want us to come to that place again.  However, God is so gracious with us, and therefore we had fellowship in Manang.

Praise the Lord! Our friend Pasang Lama took the water baptism.

Once again thank you deeply for your prayers for the Manang visit.

Please pray for these points:

The Magar brothers are waiting for water baptism in Manang, pray that they will really grow spiritually.

Pray that God will prepare hearts to receive water baptism in Chitawan and Dolakha too.

We are praying for a combined meeting in Kathmandu where we can encourage everyone for further ministry in the local area. We called for the gathering in Kathmandu to those who are leading the local church.

Please pray for the managing of the meeting and travel expenses. The Gathering in Kathmandu will be three days and we will provide for their travel, food, and lodging.

Best wishes to you all.

In His service,
Mukhiya Rai and
GoldenGate Church family
Kathmandu, Nepal

The secret of success in this work lies in beginning at the very beginning. It is the training of the first converts which sets the type for the future. If the first converts are taught to depend upon the missionary, if all work, evangelistic, educational, social is concentrated in his hands, the infant community learns to rest passively upon the man from whom they receive their first insight into the Gospel. Their faith having no sphere for its growth and development lies dormant. A tradition very rapidly grows up that nothing can be done without the authority and guidance of the missionary, the people wait for him to move, and, the longer they do so, the more incapable they become of any independent action. Thus the leader is confirmed in the habit of gathering all authority into his own hands, and despising the powers of his people, until he makes their inactivity an excuse for denying their capacity. The fatal mistake has been made of teaching the converts to rely upon the wrong source of strength. Instead of seeking it in the working of the Holy Spirit in themselves, they seek it in the missionary. They put him in the place of Christ, they depend upon him.

—Roland Allen, Missionary Methods

Defining our Terms

The Keystone Project philosophy promotes a major shift in the way the Church engages the lost, calling for the multiplication of Spirit-led followers of Jesus Christ who live radical kingdom lives to reach the unreached. This paradigm shift requires the development of a pattern of thinking and behavior which is, in many respects, the opposite of the prevailing strategies dominating contemporary mission.

If we are going to launch movements of disciples making disciples who make disciples, we will have to think very differently than we have in the past. Specifically, we will have to recapture the purity of our theology, especially as it defines our understanding of the kingdom of God, discipleship, the Church, and the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the disciple and the work of God.

We will then have to intentionally reconnect our theology to our daily lives, discovering how to actually live what Jesus taught in an exponentially changing world which has become saturated with consumerism, secularism, technology, and the fragmentation of family and community into microtrends and subcultures.

This paradigm shift will begin with our language and the terminology we use. Some commonly used words and terms need to be re-defined or clarified to be more faithful to their theological and biblical meanings. It is essential for the modern Church to reflect on the ramifications of its major theological positions.

For example, what do we mean by “discipleship”? Does the modern use and understanding of the word discipleship accurately reflect how Jesus and the early church used and understood it?

How do we communicate our ecclesiology (our doctrine of the Church) to our communities? Is our major engagement with our local churches accurately portraying the biblical concept of the Church to the world? Can a church not be the Church? What is the work of the Church and how does a church accomplish it?

What does the kingdom of God look like in a postmodern culture and world? How does the Church establish the kingdom of God, and what is the relationship between the Church and the kingdom of God?

What does it mean to “be filled with the Holy Spirit”? Is there an active role of the Holy Spirit in a Christian’s life? What is that role? What do we mean by walking in the Spirit? Being led by the Spirit?

With so many different theological positions and conclusions in Christendom and so much information about Christianity available to us, it is essential to know what we mean when we use commonly spoken words or terms. The following glossary establishes the definitions of the main words, terms, and concepts as they are used in the Keystone Project training manual

Keystone Project Glossary

Apostles – those who function in an apostolic way; not an “office” but an operational gifting given to the Church by the Holy Spirit

Church and church(es) – Church (“big C”) refers to the universal body of Christ; church (“small c”) refers to a local expression of the Church.

Disciple – a Spirit-transformed follower of Jesus Christ

Discipleship – the process of making a disciple; imparting the life of Christ through the indwelling Holy Spirit and guiding the individual into a life characterized by following Christ in Spirit-led obedience

Emergent – the spontaneous development of complex systems from the interaction of simple, basic components; emergence occurs when the most basic elements present interact, forming a relational connection which becomes a new entity; missionally, when disciples make disciples and engage in kingdom living with one another, the Church is expanded and churches will emerge (see Redemptive Communities below).

Genetic Code – biologically, the set of rules by which information encoded in genetic material (DNA) is translated into proteins by living cells; all living things have DNA, the basic genetic material which makes the organism what it is; metaphorically, genetic code refers to the relationship and functioning of an entity’s most basic elements; the genetic code of Christianity refers to what is needed to be a true Christian.

Incarnational – theologically, the incarnation is God becoming flesh in Jesus Christ (Jn 1:14), when God became a man to reach men (Php 2:7); “incarnational living” refers to the disciple embodying the teachings of Jesus in the way he lives, especially before others and in the way he relates to others; it is living in such a way that Christ is made known to those who do not know Him.

Kingdom – the rule of God and its various applications, especially through God’s creative and redemptive purposes; kingdom living seeks to establish God’s rule in others by lifting the curse in the lives of those who bear its consequences (e.g., feeding the hungry, praying for the sick, and preaching the Gospel are all kingdom acts designed to establish God’s rule in a person’s or community’s life). Jesus defined this principle in Mt 12:28.

Missional – of or pertaining to the mission; missional means intentionality in mission; to live missionally is to intentionally re-prioritize and order your life to make Christ known to those who do not know Him.

Organic – that which is naturally developing or sustaining; organic structures (i.e., in a church) are not built or imposed, they are the natural result of the lives and relationships of those who are the church.

Redemptive Communities – a group of disciples who are committed to one another and to God’s redemptive purposes; redemptive communities will have many different forms and expressions depending on their setting and role in the mission (groups, cells, teams, networks, churches, etc.).
—From the Keystone Project Training Manual by Richard Greene. Coppyright 2012. 

Slavery is not the best training for liberty. It is only by exercise that powers grow. To do things for people does not train them to do them for themselves…. The work of the missionary is education in this sense: it is the use of means to reveal to his converts a spiritual power which they actually possess and of which they are dimly conscious. As the converts exercise that power, as the yield themselves to the indwelling Spirit, they discover the greatness of the power and the grace of the Spirit, and in so doing they reveal it to their teacher. But we are like teachers who cannot resist telling their pupils the answer the moment the difficulty arises… We cannot resist the temptation to do for them whatever we can do for them. We cannot sit by and see things done ill or ill in view of our ideas of well. That may be a form of government. But it is not education. The work of the missionary cannot be done by imposing things from without. The one result which he desires is the growth and manifestation of the Spirit from within.

Roland Allen, Missionary Methods