“You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations.” – 2 Chronicles 20:6b
Profile in Faith
Marjan In Her Own Words
Marjan’s testimony illustrates the results of your prayers and support. May you be encouraged as you read about the abundant fruit God is producing through the unique and courageous ministry of GCM.
Like thousands of persecuted Christians, Marjan lives in a country closed to the Gospel.
“I felt a wonderful peace and tasted the kind of joy I couldn’t explain.”
Meet Marjan, a 39-year- old woman and new disciple of Jesus.
“Six months ago, new friends brought stories about God to me. After reading them, I learned that God sent His Only Son to save us. I believed it but couldn’t talk to Jesus as my Lord, yet. The next time I worshiped and prayed with my friends, I wept as I asked God to help me and show His truth to me.
“One night while talking to God, I told Jesus, ‘If you really came to this world and died to save me as my friends say, it must be written in the Gospel.’ So I started to read the Gospel my friends had given to me. This was written on the page: ‘For God so loved the [people of the] world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:16)
“While reading the verse, I felt Jesus’ presence though I couldn’t see Him. He was so holy that I had to kneel before Him. In an instant, His goodness and the Trinity were made known to me, and I understood. I felt a wonderful peace and tasted the kind of joy I couldn’t explain. I never had experienced that before. I wanted to love everyone and tell them of God’s wonderful act of love for us, and that Jesus Christ is the Lord.
“Every week since, God has changed something in my life through my godly decisions. He’s made me into a new Marjan, one not determined to reach her vain goals but who wants God’s will for her life.
“Now I have a new point of view and thirst for Jesus. I want everyone in my family to come and taste the goodness of Jesus Christ, our living God, and see in their own life the result of obeying Him.”
What is a disciple? Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines it as, “someone who accepts and helps to spread the teachings of a famous person.” The key word in this sentence is “and.”
Jesus’ definition of a disciple is this: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) And in John, Jesus tells us, “Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” (John 12:25-26)
When I believe in Jesus as my Savior and my God, I receive His gift of salvation and eternal life. But that does not make me a disciple. When I yield my life to Christ and follow Him in obedience, that’s when I become His disciple. There’s an element of will in being a disciple. It’s a decision borne out of my love for Jesus and my gratitude for what He has done.
Discipleship is conditional. “If” I choose to obey, I become His disciple. How do I know if I’m an obedient disciple? I bear fruit. “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:8)
I’m His disciple when I do what He commands, which is to be His witness everywhere and feed His sheep. “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8b) “ ‘Do you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep.’ ” (John 21:17b)
I can’t feed His sheep unless my relationship with Christ is intimate. I must choose to spend time with Him every day, and my deepening love results in joyful obedience. That makes me His disciple. Then Jesus works through me, and I bear fruit. “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5)
You can advance this unprecedented movement of God throughout the Middle East.
GCM leaders risk their life every day out of devotion to the Lord. With every evangelism outreach or disciple-making encounter, they face the possibility of arrest or even death. But, sustained by God’s grace and your prayers, they continue to bear fruit.
Through your faithful giving every month, you help bring more nonbelievers to Jesus. And your gifts go far! More than 95% of GCM’s evangelists are volunteers. There are no buildings or organizational structures to support.
This summer alone, GCM leaders will share God’s Word with some 6,900 Muslims. You can be that one supporter who makes it possible for one more nonbeliever to find hope and new life in Jesus.
Daily Prayer Points
Sun Praise: Prepared Hearts
We praise you, Lord, that while we were your enemy, you created a way through your Son to restore us into a right relationship with you. As your Holy Spirit moves throughout the Middle East, we ask that you prepare the heart of countless thousands to receive the truth of your Word through GCM leaders.
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” – Ephesians 1:4-5
Mon Evangelism: Wisdom and Discernment
GCM leaders are ready to lay down their life to bring Jesus’ Gospel in hostile territory. They are committed to demonstrate God’s love to the point of death, to those who call themselves their enemies. Father, please give every leader an extra measure of wisdom and discernment so they safely share your truth with those whose hearts you have already prepared.
“For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, of you to death.” – Luke 21:15-16
Tue Discipleship: Steadfastness
Jesus said, “Go and make disciples,” yet even our obedience is dependent on Him. Lord, you are the one who enables us to obey your command if we remain in fellowship with you, our source of power. We pray that each person who yields to you will grow in intimacy every day.
“Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.’ ” – John 14:23
Wed Church Planting: Abundant Fruit
Father in heaven, as each underground house-church gathers to worship you, please strengthen your children. Pour out your anointing so the increase in the number of t
hose who follow Jesus astounds the nations and glorifies your name.
“So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.” – Acts 16:5
Thu Leadership Training: More Shepherds
Lord, you are our Divine Shepherd and have entrusted the care of your flock into our hands. Tending sheep is messy, and feeding them can be discouraging at times. As you bring more sheep into your fold, please anoint more human shepherds who will faithfully feed your precious sheep.
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.” – Acts 20:28-29
Fri Compassion Ministries: Hope and Freedom
Ruthless regimes rob people of hope. In turn, they turn to drugs, crime, divorce, and prostitution. Thus, individuals and nations are destroyed. GCM leaders bring
the hope of Jesus to those who despair. Father, may each person who responds to Jesus’ call find freedom and joy in Him.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you
will find rest easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
Sat Persecuted Christians: Victory in Trials
Heavenly Father, remember your children in their afflictions. Let them feel your presence, for Jesus promised to never leave us. Remove all fear when they face persecution. Fill their heart with your love for their persecutors, that they also may find hope and eternal life in Jesus.
“Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.” – 2 Thessalonians 1:4-5
GCM Depends on Your Support.
More than 95% of GCM’s evangelists are volunteers. Its leaders live below the poverty line. There are no buildings or organizational structures to support. It’s all frontline ministry.
This summer alone, GCM evangelists and leaders will risk their life every day to share God’s Word with some 6,900 Muslims.
Here’s how you can participate in this unprecedented movement of God:
1. Give to GCM; visit catalyticministries.com.
2. Pray every using your GCM Prayer Guide.
3. Host a small group in your home or church.
Share GCM’s summer Prayer Guide. Together, view a first-ever underground interview to find out how former prostitutes, drug dealers, and terrorists have become disciples of Jesus: http://catalyticministries.com/document/interview.
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From prostitutes, drug dealers, and terrorists … to disciples of Jesus passionate to serve Him.
You can help change one more life … today! With your monthly gift, you accelerate the growth of the Church in the Middle East. Your impact is now, and it’s eternal.
To transform Muslims worldwide through Jesus Christ, by means of evangelism, discipleship, church planting, leadership training, and compassion ministries.
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