To hear about what Jesus is doing in this world is a blessed thing. His work in current generations is truly astounding. His kingdom is being made known in places that have never known it before and in ways that boggle the modern mind. Just in the past 10 or 20 years, workers have been seeing large-scale works of the Spirit of God across the globe where thousands of people come to know Jesus in a short time, exploding Christ’s kingdom into places it’s never been before.
It’s in this that our vision begins — with an excitement and desire to see this movement toward Jesus in and through our life. We firmly believe “Africa…!” is the call God has placed in our life.
Cape Town was the first major stop on this journey. There we worked with an organization called All Nations. The vision that drives their work in Africa is simply this: “…from Cape Town to Cairo…” It is coupled with the firm belief that Jesus is doing a work in Africa and is wanting to see an explosion of His kingdom on this continent.
Strategically, Cape Town was a significant stop for our work and training. Many of the varied tribes, tongues, and nations of Africa converge in the townships located there. We were able to learn, grow and see what bringing God’s kingdom on this continent truly looks like, in an open environment.
We were present in the communities, letting the light of Christ shine forth to melt away the darkness. We were getting into the homes of people — people of Xhosa, Zimbabwean, and Malawian descent (among others!) — and discipling them to disciple nations. If each member of a family of 2 is mobilized to disciple families (and that cycle continues) by the 5th generation of discipleship a potential of 32 families (or more depending on family size!) could be touched and an entire community forever changed. By the 10th generation, that could be 1024 families! And if these families of foreign descent decided to move “home” — nations would be changed.
We firmly believe that discipleship is about entire life transformation here and now (as well as eternity). Life doesn’t “start” in heaven anymore than it “stops” when we die. Ministries that speak to this holistic redemption are near to our hearts. For Julianna, she worked with a children’s program that provided basic necessities and community (through a kid’s club) for orphaned and nearly orphaned children. For Brandon, budgeting and finance classes to empower men and women to take responsibility for their God-given resources and computer training seminars were ways that this was being worked out. As needs change, these ministries will likely change as well.
We also firmly desire to mobilize and provide resources to spur others in missions. In Cape Town we worked with All Nations in this capacity. Brandon acted primarily as a lead in organizational strategy and development, spending his last year in Cape Town facilitating a new leadership team charged with overseeing all of All Nations Cape Town missional operations. Julianna worked with their communications, insuring the flow of information (from supporters to those on the field to office staff to everyone who might have interest in this world).
In March 2014, we moved to Nairobi, Kenya. We are taking what we learned in Cape Town and using it to establish an All Nations presence in eastern Africa, focusing on areas where the Gospel is not yet. We will be coaching and discipling local leadership as movements emerge, training and discipling strategic partners in new paradigms of mission, and providing a base of operations through which All Nations can operate.