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Discipleship Training Changes Lives in North Africa

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20

Discipleship in North Africa

This ever-famous “Great Commission” passage is often quoted in church services, discussed at missions seminars, stitched into pillowcases- you name it. But have you ever taken the time to break it apart, to see the depth of what Jesus was saying? Do we have to go overseas to fulfill this last command from Jesus? What about my neighbors who do not know Jesus? While many solely focus on the ‘going’ to another side of the world, Jesus is stressing the fact that we must make disciples– both near and far. Discipleship is something that Jesus practiced while he was here, and it is the relationship that will keep the Church heading down a path that glorifies Him. Open Doors strives to follow this Great Commission by offering discipleship training courses around the globe. Lives are changed by the gospel through discipleship training courses…. and the lives of these five young North African believers will never be the same after attending a course: Five young North Africans sat around a table inside a small building used for Christian worship meetings. Their pastor listened as they shared about the evening that their young lives were changed through Open Doors discipleship training. On that life changing night, they were a group of 12. The group was soon known as ‘G12’. They all look back on that evening with great enthusiasm. “The best day of my life,” one says. “A very special moment,” another adds. It was the start of a radical change in the lives of 11 of the 12. It all started during the week of Talmatha training, an Open Doors discipleship training program in North Africa. Provided through local churches, the course helps participants to better understand the Bible and the basic principles of a Christian life. After the first night of training, these young men went out to enjoy some coffee, and began to share with one another about their desire to wholly commit their lives to Christ. Ramez*, a member of the group, said: “For me personally, I immediately made a decision to change my life. We all made a decision to renew our commitment to God and the Church.” The pastor of the church understood that what had happened in this group was extraordinary. The next Sunday at church, members of the group shared their testimony, and the congregation prayed for them. The pastor began regular meetings with them. “It became known later that one of the twelve wasn’t that serious,” he shares. “So I continued to meet with the 11. I still call them the G12.” All members of the group say they were changed after the special evening. As a result, some even started a home church. “We made the decision to serve God in our small city. We rented a house from another brother for church meetings,” shared Mourad*. These believers ask for prayer. “Pray for us, that God will give us the strength and will renew us. Pray also for people here outside the church.” Please also pray for the attendee who is no longer part of G12- please pray that he would have a growing desire to fulfill the Great Commission. Check out the Open Doors World Watch List to learn about other ways that you can be praying for the North African region. *Names and other details have been changed to protect these believers

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