Our Story

The beginning of our story

The idea for Waha was born from a simple desire: to see a bonafide disciple making movement happen amongst Muslims in North Africa. One day, we were scheduled to meet with a network of North Africans to do a training. We thought, THIS could be the opportunity we were hoping could spark the beginnings of a DMM. We took a pretty unconventional path to preparing for this training. We read a book on how to do sale’s pitches, thinking, “let’s take the same high-pressure tactics to pitch DMM as they use to pitch startups in Silicon Valley.” So, we spent a week creating this immaculate powerpoint deck, complete with graphs, compelling headlines, and smooth animations, and practiced the pitch over and over again.

Finally, it was the day of our pitch. We were in our North African friend’s cramped little living room with a handful of his top leaders. After tea and snacks were served, we began to give our presentation. About 10 minutes into it… things began to fall apart. We fumbled to deliver our points as the group interrupted us with how DMM and doing an inductive approach to discipleship would never be effective. Finally, at the end of the presentation, the main network leader said, “Listen. This stuff would maybe work in India or China… but this won’t work amongst North Africans. Let’s move on to the next topic.”

God is the one who draws people to Himself

As we sat in the airport terminal heading back to our home country… we tried to piece together what went wrong. It seemed hopeless. Was North Africa just too difficult to penetrate? Were there any local believers who had the faith to do this with us? We thought back on the countless conversations we had with Muslims trying to have spiritual conversations. It was so frustrating to hear the exact same heresies every time we shared—that Jesus wasn’t God; that he didn’t die on the cross; that the Bible was corrupted. It seemed an impossible task… how could millions of Muslims repent from their sin and heresy, and start following Jesus as Savior and Lord?

One day, a little after this trip, one of us was sitting in our living room reading through the book of John. It was as if the words popped off the page and slapped us in the face. John 6:34-36 – “Stop complaining about what I said. For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up. As it is written in the Scriptures, ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.” The American way was deeply programmed in our minds. Set goals, create a plan, accomplish those goals. But this verse was beckoning us to die to what was familiar. We had to die to our self-reliance on our own skills and ability to persuade or influence. A trusted mentor often said, “we always want to see a miracle, but rarely do we put ourselves in a position to need one.” So as we read this passage in John 6, we saw that God was going to be the one to draw Muslims to himself. God was going to be the one to draw local believers to DMM. We just needed to know how to partner with God to see this happen.

Wind & Sails

Several months after our failed attempt to persuade our North African brother to try to do DMM, we were on a call with Stan Parks, one of the lead facilitators and researchers in the 24:14 organization. He shared this analogy with us:

“There are 2 things needed for a sail boat to move: we need the wind to blow and we the sails. Similarly, when it comes to seeing movement, we need God to blow his wind. Without the Holy Spirit moving, drawing people to Himself, we won’t be able to see the revival we so desperately want. However, secondly, we need sails to catch the wind. We need systems and processes in place to catch what God is doing.”

As Stan spoke we immediately remembered the John 6 passage.  “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me”. In many places in the Earth, especially amongst Muslims, God is blowing His wind. It’s not our persuasiveness or talent that will draw the lost to Jesus or influence the saved to implement DMM. God will do that work, God will blow the wind. But what were the sails, the systems and processes, we needed to catch the wind?  We needed a simple, reproducible tool that could equip believers to facilitate DBS’s and start practicing DMM. From this simple need, the Waha app was made.