The beginning of our story
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
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
“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.”