David Thomas | EFM Whole Life Discipleship
One of my favorite verses is Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (NIV).” My version with input from various translations is:
We are God’s masterpiece, an amazing poem, recreated new in Christ Jesus, that we will fulfill our destiny, walking the paths and doing the good works he prepared for us long ago.
I love Holy Spirit’s work in my life, enveloping me in Papa’s love, and continually recreating me new in Christ Jesus. I love belonging to Papa, Jesus, and Holy Spirit. Debby and I enjoy hiking and discovering new trails. I love walking with Holy Spirit at this time of my life, enjoying our current path, and imagining what’s up ahead as we discover what God has prepared for us.
Currently, on my path, I’m enjoying my relationships with my Lahu, Thailand brothers and sisters in The Way Foundation as their Discipling for Development team is discipling two village churches through a process of becoming better stewards of all God has given them, and learning to overcome the barriers they face in their communities.
I also appreciate my relationships with my Rwandan colleagues who have used the Discipling for Development lifestyle to change the culture of their denomination out of dependency and a poverty mentality into a culture of stewarding well the resources God has blessed them with. They lead out of a “can-do” mindset, following Holy Spirit’s guidance with a hardy “Yes!”. They are currently planning to send their own, Rwandan missionaries into South Sudan. Their Discipling for Development leaders are working on raising up new leaders to expand their growing whole life discipleship movement. Leaders of other denominations are also asking them to train them.
I am curious and excited to discover what is up ahead on the path as I work with The Navigators in establishing Discipling for Development in Bolivia, the country I grew up in. We will facilitate two Foundations workshops during the last two weeks of this coming August. Out of 80 participants, 65 will come from two development organizations, Food for the Hungry International – Bolivia and Compassion International – Bolivia. Their leaders are impressed with the results our Discipling for Development communities have experienced, and want to learn from us as they seek to improve their own development programs which are focused on supporting the body of Christ and the growth of his kingdom in Bolivia.
Another part of the path I enjoy walking with Evangelical Friends Mission is our Luke 10 Initiative with a goal of 5 new mission fields and 10 new mission households by the end of 2025. I appreciate participating in Luke 10 Think Tanks, Luke 10:2 Prayer Gatherings (Intercession meetings), Future Missionary Retreats, and a trip to Burundi to encourage Rwanda and Burundi yearly meetings in sending out their own missionaries.
All of us are involved in the family of Evangelical Friends Mission, “we are God’s masterpiece, an amazing poem, recreated new in Christ Jesus, that we will fulfill our destiny, walking the paths and doing the good works he prepared for us long ago.” What an amazing gift to walk with all of you along the trail God has prepared for us at this special time in history!
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