Return to the Refugees

“Life hasn’t always been easy for me, but God has brought me this far.” Alex Toco shared his story at a Global Disciples training meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Alex lost five brothers. Some died as a result of war in Congo and Uganda, and others died of malnutrition right before his eyes. If his parents had remained in Congo, Alex would have died as well. The family traveled to western Uganda and eventually settled in a refugee camp. It was a place filled with disease and hunger. A few days after the struggling family arrived, a church worker relocated them to Kampala, Uganda. It was here that the Lord slowly began healing Alex’s heart, drawing him into deeper levels of leadership within the church. In December 2006, Alex graduated from the International Leadership Training Program in Kampala. ILTP provides discipleship and mission training, facilitated by Global Disciples. The training changed Alex, who returned to western Uganda. Alex established the Western Region Discipleship Training School, which has already conducted several discipleship-training programs. The location of their outreach? The very same refugee camps in which Alex lived. “I’ve seen people who have suffered more in their lives than I have, and I promised Jesus that I would stand with them in prayer, sharing the little that I have with them.”

Business and Prayer in South Asia

Jatan was a poor church planter in South Asia, trying to eke out a living for his family. He went to a Global Disciples’ Small Business Development Training program. Applying what he learned, Jatan’s small grocery and cosmetic shop grew and flourished. One day, a man – obviously in pain – entered his shop. Jatan offered to pray for him. He prayed for healing, and God instantly restored the man to full health. Since then, people from villages near and far come to Jatan’s shop to do business… and receive prayer. More than 200 people have come to know Jesus through Jatan’s store, where many of them gather regularly for worship, prayer and Bible teaching. Jatan used what he learned in Global Disciples’ training to help a friend start a grocery store, serving as both a business and church.

A People Movement to Christ

(The following story describes a people movement to Christ among unreached people in Northern Kenya. Similar movements have been launched as a result of Global Disciples’ work across Africa and Asia.) They said he was just a desert boy from the barren wasteland of northern Kenya. From the nomadic tribe known as the Turkana, his name was Benson. What could the Lord do with just a desert boy? Benson remembers the Lord saying to him at a young age, “Go, speak my word, and heal the nations.” He said to himself, “A Turkana? A shepherd boy?” In 2003 Benson attended the International School of Missions (ISOM), a discipleship-mission training program facilitated by Global Disciples in Kenya. After graduation he went back home to the Turkana. He began identifying villages with people who had never heard of Christ. There were hundreds of thousands who had not heard the Good News; unreached, without a church. So Benson began to walk from village to village, sharing the Good News. “He is able to go, midst of the people, stay with them, their own level, their own context,” said the director of ISOM. “He understands the language, he understands the culture.” And now, several years after Benson first began to walk among scorpions and snakes, under a hot sun and often lacking food and water, there is a people movement to Christ! Thousands of Turkana have come to Jesus and hundreds of churches have been planted.