Life Underground


“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.

What does a life fully surrendered to God look like? What if you could define it in just one word, or see it in just one man? Jesus is the perfect example of what living a life that is completely surrendered to God looks like. Jesus started His “ministry” at around age thirty. He left His home town and followed the Father’s leading in His search for disciples. He found men and women who were willing to not only follow Him, but were also open to the words He spoke to them. Jesus called these men and women persons of peace (Luke 10:6). Today, we at GCM strive to live and do ministry as Jesus did, looking to make disciples of the people of peace. In the West, the social context looks very different from the days of Jesus, but here in Restricted Islamic Nations it looks very similar. Christians are by far the minority and persecution such as beatings, arrests and rape are something we have to navigate. Here is a real-life story from one of our Disciple Makers, Sari.

“One day when Sari was out, a woman in a full burka with only her eyes showing called to her from down the street. Sari assumed the woman must know her because the woman called her by name. The woman gave Sari cake to eat (it is custom to sit with someone and eat with them if they offer you food). So, they sat together, and Sari ate the food she had been given but the woman did not eat hers. Sari ended up in the hospital shortly after, as it turns out she had been poisoned by the food she was given and ended up bleeding in the hospital. Yet despite all of the persecution Sari has undergone, she continues to find strength in her calling to this people and asks God to continue to increase her love for them.”

For us, life underground looks like a life fully surrendered to God, like Jesus’ was. Even if they poison us, beat us or imprison us we will continue to love them by the grace of God. We seek out the people of peace and follow where the Holy Spirit leads us. We understand that your prayers are a covering for us. When our friends pray for us, we see and feel the difference in our ministry. Thank you for partnering with us in prayer and thank you for raising awareness so others can join our prayer team.


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We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:21)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent who has revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Luke 3:22)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31)

We believe in the creation of mankind in God’s image, and the fall of man, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration; that all men and women are lost spiritually and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:17)

We believe salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of our Lord, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Mark 9:43-48)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to every person. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:22)

We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of teaching, preaching, the prophetic, the apostolic, and evangelism. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

We believe in upholding the ordinances of the church of water baptism and holy communion.

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4)

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”