“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age,” Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT).
Here at International Students, Inc., we have truly experienced the overflow of God’s mercy in the past year! One of the ways we have experienced His continual grace is in the growth of our M:28 Global Discipleship platform. M:28 has evolved from a fast-growing evangelistic concept to a global movement. Thousands of believers and nonbelievers around the world are gathering in various environments based on the M:28 model.
I would like to share with you one of the many amazing M:28 stories we have received. This one beautifully highlights how the M:28 Discovery Bible Study is literally changing lives around the world! The ISI staff member who sent in this testimony, writes:
“Botan, a Christian from Japan, was to arrive soon in the United States, where he would conduct doctoral research during his six-month stay. Even though it was Super Bowl Sunday, I felt like God wanted me to reach out to my ‘brother in Christ.’ I showed him around town and helped him purchase some things for his apartment. I asked if he wanted to watch the Super Bowl with my family and me. He said, ‘Sure.’ After the game, I asked if he would like to attend a traditional Bible study group or an M:28 group. I told him that the M:28 group would help him grow faster, but would require homework—sharing what he learned, inviting friends to the group, obeying, etc. He chose the M:28 study, which we did during his time here. Before he left to go back home to Japan, he told me, ‘When I go back, I want to start a Bible study. Not only that, but I now know how to lead a study!’ He gained so much in only five month’s time! One month after Botan returned to Japan, he had two people working through the M:28 study with him!”
Let us pray for Botan and other students who implement the M:28 Discovery Bible Study. The study is accessible for believers and nonbelievers and is spreading like wildfire! It’s incredible how the ripple effect of God’s Word can quickly spread from two people to two hundred! We praise Him for these open doors that allow His message to be heard.
In 2016, we anticipate a year of incredible growth in our M:28 Global Discipleship platform. That’s because M:28 seemed to reach a “critical mass” in 2015! We even had the top leader of a large denomination ask us for M:28 training for all of his returning missionaries and believers in key cities.
Another major denomination leader found out about M:28 and invited us into Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines––including training for his youth director to use it with the young people of those nations. We can hardly keep up with all the training and support requests pouring into our Home Office from all around the globe!
Please join me in prayer for the continued growth of the M:28 model which helps us to very well live out the Great Commission. As Jesus told His disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT).
As His disciples, let us continue equipping students to know the heart of the Lord, so that they too, can go “and make disciples of all the nations” in places we can't.
For More Information
Learn more about the M:28 Global Discipleship Initiative.
Learn more about the M:28 Discovery Bible Study.