April 2019

April 2019

April 2019

New Relationship, New Me

Your partnership changes lives in Chapel Hill

Caitlin was so grateful to make the University of North Carolina (UNC) soccer team that she called it a miracle. But at the time, the word “miracle” was only a figure of speech. In her own words:

I came to this school as an atheist with zero interest in God.

She began dating one of the girls on her team. Around the same time, some of her other teammates had been inviting her to their Bible study. She had no intention of going. Caitlin carried hurts from the church that propelled her towards complete and confident rejection of God.

Then her girlfriend decided she wanted to go check out the Bible study. And that’s how Caitlin finally found herself in an Every Nation Campus meeting. Caitlin started hearing the complete gospel for the first time. The more she heard the Scriptures, the more she felt an insatiable longing to know more about God. She began to read on her own even outside of the ENC meetings, and in those times God revealed the sweetness of surrender.

I became convinced God was real, loved me, Jesus was who he said he was, and if that was true I need to follow him.

From then on, God began to completely recreate her life and her identity. She broke up with her girlfriend to pursue God’s will for her. A large part of her story grew out of an ENC missionary discipling her. As she was given opportunities to disciple others alongside her mentor, she saw more and more of her peers’ lives changed by the message of the gospel. By her final year in college, she couldn’t imagine leaving her campus and all the students that didn’t know the gospel—so she committed to becoming a full-time campus missionary.

Now as a campus missionary, Caitlin believes that students have the better influence to transform their campus. Her job is to spend her days discipling those students so that they too can go out as she did, preaching the gospel to their classmates, teammates, friends, and families.

Caitlin has always had a strong love for the UNC campus. That love has now been amplified through the love of Christ as she sees the great opportunity before her:

Chapel Hill is known as “the city on a hill.” We have an opportunity to be a light to the nations by reaching UNC and the diverse community in it, which makes up the majority of our city.

Thank you for joining Caitlin and other campus missionaries like her who wake up every day with a passion to help students know the love of God. To send a special gift or begin partnering with Caitlin, please visit her page at give.everynation.org or get in touch with her at caitlin.ball@everynation.org.

Your partnership changes lives.

Thank you for being a world changer and helping Every Nation establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

Phone 1-877-877-5585

Email partner.care@everynation.org

March 2019

March 2019

March 2019

A Problem, a Cut, and a Change

Your partnership changes lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

An issue with his shop’s alarm system changed the trajectory of his life. Wataago, a barber in Memphis, Tennessee, didn’t expect his last appointment of the day to lead to something out of the ordinary. It happened to be with Steve Johnson, an Every Nation Campus missionary who had caught a vision to plant a church back in his hometown. Wataago sat him in his chair, finding Steve easy to talk to as he cut his hair.

When the appointment was over, Wataago began closing down the barbershop but accidentally set off the alarm. Police officers arrived and asked him to stay while the owner of the shop came. Steve decided to stay with him, and as they waited, Wataago asked him, “What’s your trade?” It was then that Steve realized God had a purpose and a plan for this mishap.

Steve hadn’t planned on sharing anything about the church plant, but as soon as he said that he was starting a church and explained the heart that God had given him for Memphis, the atmosphere shifted. Wataago’s demeanor changed and he said,

Man, this is crazy. I’ve been wanting to follow Jesus, but I cannot get my flesh under control.

Steve asked Wataago if he’d ever tried anything besides his own ways to solve his problems. He said no and told Steve his story, which included an absent father and a stint in prison. Steve began sharing his testimony. His own father was absent, and he had looked for his identity in everything around him. It wasn’t until Steve got to Austin Peay State University in 2006 and an Every Nation Campus missionary shared the gospel with him that he found peace.

He told Wataago, “The whole time I was running from God, I was trying to get my own flesh under control, and nothing worked. I just got to the point where I got tired. I was depressed, and I was broken. I needed Jesus to come into my heart.” Steve ended up giving his life to Christ at an Every Nation Campus Bible study the summer after his freshman year. He answered the call to ministry after he graduated, raised a partnership team to be a full-time campus missionary, and now God has called him to be a church planter.

Wataago connected with Steve’s testimony and knew something wasn’t right in his own life. For so long, he had tried to work things out on his own. He grew up going to church but had never made the conscious decision to put his faith in Jesus and allow God to change him from the inside out. When Steve asked if he wanted to trust Jesus, Wataago replied,

Yeah. I want to trust Jesus. I actually want to learn the Word.

He wanted to be a disciple of Christ.

Right then and there, while stuck in a barbershop with the police outside, Wataago repented of his sins and prayed the prayer of salvation, inviting Jesus to be Lord of his life.

Steve has been walking with Wataago since November of 2018, building him up and encouraging him in his faith. They finished the One2One (Every Nation’s discipleship booklet) in two weeks and have been working their way through the Purple Book (Every Nation’s biblical foundations book). Wataago has steadily grown not only in faith and knowledge, but has also become bold in prayer as he recognizes his new place in the kingdom of God.

He was the first person Steve met in Memphis that wasn’t a friend or family member, and God continues to bring Steve into divine appointments in the city. Strangers walk up to him and his church-planting team while they meet at coffee shops, asking what they’re doing in Memphis and wanting to be part of it. Their church is set to launch in August of 2019, and already God is giving them connections in their community.

Please continue to pray for Wataago as he grows in his faith, and for our church-planting team in Memphis, Tennessee, as they work to bring the gospel to that city.

Thank you for partnering with Every Nation missionaries that God moves through to change lives and change communities. To partner with or send a special gift to Steve and his wife Joy, our church planters in Memphis, please visit his profile at give.everynation.org.

Your partnership changes lives.

Thank you for being a world changer and helping Every Nation establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

Phone 1-877-877-5585

Email partner.care@everynation.org

February 2019

February 2019

February 2019

Does God Really Want Me to Know Him?

Your partnership changes lives in Washington, D.C.

*Lila is a fake name used to protect the identity of the student.

One year ago, Lila—a student of Ethiopian descent who grew up in Washington, D.C.—was simply an email address on the Every Nation Campus chapter’s list at American University. Her first year of college, she came to the organization fair where students learn about the different groups on campus, and ended up at the ENC table. Lindsey Turner, one of our ENC missionaries at American University, remembered meeting her that day and never seeing her again. She had no idea that Lila would keep up with the emails she sent out every week.

Lindsey hosting the ENC table to connect with students at American University.

Throughout that entire year, Lila had been reading those emails hoping to find something to encourage her that she could know God for herself. But because of her background in previous church settings where God felt far from her, she struggled with deep uncertainty about whether she wanted that. Still, something as small as an email proved enough to propel her towards God.

One year later, Lila showed up to the ENC large group meeting where the students meet every week to study the Bible, receive ministry, and be empowered to be ministers on campus. She was the first person to show up, and she’d even brought her roommate. Remembering Lila’s face from last year, Lindsey came up to her and asked what brought them there. Lila responded,

We want to know more about God, but we’re not ready to take the steps to go to a church.

She agreed to meet with Lindsey over coffee to talk more, where she told Lindsey her fears and questions about following Christ. She wasn’t ready to make a decision to follow Christ because she didn’t know enough about the character of God to trust him, and she didn’t know what life would look like after saying yes to him. Despite Lila’s hesitancy, God continued to make ways for her to come to a place where she could know, once and for all, his love for her and his unchanging character.

That pivotal moment came when the ENC chapter held a special event with a pastor from their church. His sermon, “Uber Jesus,” challenged students’ understanding of Christ’s lordship. The analogy to the popular car-share service depicted a Jesus that doesn’t exist just to drive us wherever we tell him to take us (as an Uber driver would), but to whom we give our “keys,” and trust, entirely. At the end of his message, he asked: “What part of your life do you need to surrender to Jesus?”

After hearing that message, Lila finally received the clarity from God she needed. Her heart was changed. She responded,  

I need to surrender my whole life.

Today, Lila can be found every week at the ENC meetings, and bringing friends with her. She has been excitedly learning about the foundations of faith and how to practically live a life of salvation, and continues meeting with Lindsey to go through One 2 One (a biblical foundations overview). As someone with a lot of connections on campus, she even has people come to the meetings simply from interacting with her and seeing how she’s changed. One student recently came to an ENC meeting wanting to know what it means to live like a Christian, saying it was because she had talked with Lila.

Students carry big life questions with them every day, and we never know which small gestures God will use as he draws these students to him. We thank God for his unending and gentle pursuit of Lila that allowed her to finally know him for herself. Because of this genuine relationship, she is able to bring other apprehensive students into the love, salvation, and security of Christ. This moment has not only been an answer to prayers for Lila but also for our ENC chapter as they’ve been praying for more ethnic diversity in their group to reflect God’s heart for the nations. Please continue to pray for Lila as she grows in faith, and for fruitfulness in our campus ministry at American University.

Thank you for partnering with Every Nation missionaries that God moves through to bring his life-changing power into the lives of students from all backgrounds. To partner with or send a special gift to Lindsey and Ronnell, our ENC missionaries at American University, please follow their links or visit their profiles at give.everynation.org.

Your partnership changes lives.

Thank you for being a world changer and helping Every Nation establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

Phone 1-877-877-5585

Email partner.care@everynation.org

January 2019

January 2019

January 2019

From Crisis of Faith to Calling of God

Your partnership changes lives in Hawaii

Everything familiar to Maria, a high school senior preparing for college, seemed to be slipping from her. Starting college brings so many questions about identity and worth, and she didn’t feel that she had much. Worst of all, she grieved the loss of someone close to her, and hardened her heart against the God she’d prayed to for his healing. God had failed her. It seemed.

Young students across Hawaii face the emotional challenges we all do when huge life changes come, like starting our first year in college. On top of that, many students here are vulnerable to hopelessness about their future, with the military being the primary opportunity for a better life. The high cost of living, difficulty of traveling, and broken homes due to widespread drug addiction result in single moms working three jobs and kids with no guidance who get into addictions themselves. This is the scene that Every Nation Campus missionary Heather Heck committed herself to transforming when she said yes to God’s call to move.

Thanks to Heather’s obedience and our partners who invested in these Hawaiian students by sending her, she provided God’s answer to Maria’s heart-wrenching questions. And Maria’s life changed right at the start of her college experience at Kapi’olani Community College. She thought she’d abandon faith—but Heather’s intervention helped her see God hadn’t given up on her:

Maria Bautista

When I met Heather, she asked me to be a part of the grace group (Bible study) she had started on campus. I was terrified to talk to strangers, and invite them to our group. But I knew that God had given me this opportunity and it was a part of His plan.

Heather had been in Hawaii for just two months when she established three small groups at Honolulu Community College, Kapi’olani Community College, and Hawaii Pacific University. She saw evangelism as the missing key to the growth of students here. In some ways, her past of being freed from drug addiction, navigating single motherhood, and ministering to the “untouchables” of society well-equipped her for ministry in Honolulu (read Heather’s backstory). In other ways, she felt she knew nothing. Her utter trust in God led to rapid growth in this new culture where she didn’t quite fit in.

Now, students like Maria who didn’t know how to share their testimony and didn’t believe God could use them are actively sharing their faith, bringing peers to Bible studies, and becoming spiritual leaders in every area of life. “The heart behind every campus minister,” Heather says, “is knowing the students you’re training are going on to do greater things than what you did.” This seems to be the trajectory for Maria, who once came near to giving up on God:

Bible study at Kapi’olani Community College. (Maria pictured second on the right).

I stepped out of my comfort zone and now our group is growing. Campus ministry has helped me gain a better relationship with God, [and] find healing and purpose. I am growing as a leader and I know that God is not done yet.

The story for these students is just beginning. This year, eight student leaders—all who’ve never had the opportunity to leave the country—will go with Heather on the Every Nation short-term mission trip to Lima, Peru. Her hope is that they’ll further witness the power of God to transform lives all over the world, and return home empowered to change their campuses. She’s seen students empowered on mission trips countless times over her more than six years of ministry.

With Hawaii being “the crossroads of the Pacific,” Heather’s excited for the international impact that campus ministry in Hawaii can have. Please join us in praying for God’s will to be accomplished on these islands.

If you’re interested in partnering in Heather’s work to activate campus ministry in Hawaii, please visit her giving profile or contact her at heather.heck@everynation.org.

Your partnership changes lives.

Thank you for being a world changer and helping Every Nation establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

Phone 1-877-877-5585

Email partner.care@everynation.org

November 2018

November 2018

November 2018

Meet Canile Jackson

Campus Missionary

In the bustling city of New York, full-time campus missionaries are hard to come by. Between the cost of living and the overwhelming amount of things competing for people’s time, it can be difficult ground to break. On top of that, some of both the country’s and the world’s most influential schools stand to be reached, with over half a million college and graduate students in the Manhattan borough alone. But Every Nation Campus missionary Canile Jackson, along with our Every Nation church there, take on the challenge in faith that God would create a movement of missionaries out of their city who carry the gospel to their workplaces and the world.

Watch Canile’s “I Am Every Nation” video to find out how God uniquely works through your partnership and our New York ministry to change the campus and change the world.

Putting Colorado on the Map

Every Nation North America still has a long way to go to reach cities in the Western/Midwestern region of the United States and much of Canada. One of the ways God has answered our prayers for the people in these regions is through a couple that feels called to plant a church in Colorado! They’ve passed through the Every Nation Assessment Center that evaluates church-planting couples in their calling, and they’ve now completed the church-planting bootcamp training that will send them to the field with tools to build a healthy, lasting church from the ground up.

In June 2019, David and Megan Hermes and their four children will relocate to Denver, Colorado to plant an Every Nation church right in the middle of several universities with a combined student population of over 90,000. They’ve already recruited three experienced, full-time Every Nation Campus missionaries to be part of their launch team.

The Hermes’ ten-year service as Every Nation Campus staff and associate pastors at Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia, equipped them to influence the student population in Denver. They’ve spent the last few years pastoring Grace Covenant’s satellite congregation in Sterling, Virginia, which grew from 130 members to 300, further preparing them for their calling as church planters. Below, David shares his and his wife’s passion and next steps to reach the Denver community.

David Hermes

 

 

Megan and I are intent on planting a church that reflects the characteristics of the Every Nation mission: a Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible church and campus ministry that makes disciples among the community and 90,000-plus college students in the area. We’re now in the process of recruiting a launch team of campus missionaries as well and recent graduates who have a burden of impacting students through small group discipleship. Not-so-recent graduates can be a part of this effort as well.

We’re still looking for more launch team members who will make it their mission to build friendships with at least four non-Christians—the goal being to present the gospel, introduce them to Jesus Christ, and form small groups. Those small groups will focus on establishing them in the faith, equipping them to confidently engage another friend with the gospel.

As a group, we’re calling this our “Go Team.” If you’ve been thinking that you would also like to go and be a part of building an Every Nation church from the foundation up, maybe the Denver Go Team is the opportunity for you.

Remember us in your prayers and contact us if going to Denver is something that stirs your heart and is a thought that you can’t get out of your mind.

Feel free to contact David at dhermes@gracecov.org or www.letsplantachurch.com if you want to find out how to be greater involved in the work God has in store for Denver, Colorado. Let’s go!

Ten Days Across Europe

If you’ve partnered with Every Nation for a while, chances are you’ve sent missionaries on a trip with Ten Days Missions Experiences, Every Nation’s short-term mission trip program. Our campus missionaries often bring students on these trips to launch them into bold ministry, which they bring back to their campuses. Ten Days started as a series of mission trips that begin with weeks of intentional prayer and fasting before going to serve in other nations by sharing the gospel and meeting the needs of the locals. Over the twelve years since the program began, we’ve reached twenty-nine nations and worked with international Every Nation churches and campus ministries to start new ministries and strengthen existing ones.

This year alone, you’ve sent teams to fourteen cities across Australia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Mexico, Nepal, Romania, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States! Here’s a report from our Ten Days team about our last trips of 2018 that occurred in Europe.

Kristin Duran and the Ten Days Team

 

 

We rejoice in this generation’s eagerness to go to the nations. We can’t wait to go on mission with you in 2019!

In September, we took ten people on our first Ten Days trip to Sundsvall, Sweden (five of whom were first-time missionaries!). The plan was to use our evangelistic tool, The God Test, to share the gospel on campus every day. However, this came to a halt when the president of the university suddenly forbade the team from campus evangelism.

After much prayer, the team decided to split up, with half going to the city square and the other half to campus. Little did we know, there was a pop-up international food market that week in the city square. It drew hundreds of hungry students, professionals, and families who were also hungry for God. What we thought would be a major set back to our mission actually expanded our reach to the entire city!

Sweden is one of the most secular nations in the world. Most people we met were atheists or agnostics, but rarely were they antagonistic. The word about The God Test buzzed around Sundsvall, and people thought deeply about life’s origin, meaning, morality, and their ultimate destiny. We followed these conversations up with invitations to a seminar about how we can know truth, a talk show where we shared testimonies, church services, and a weekly course designed to introduce Jesus to a secular culture. On our last day, one student got saved!

A few weeks after our Sweden trip ended, our final 2018 trip launched to Romania. The team was made up of twenty-three team members (including two children) from the United States, London, Poland, and Ukraine.

Our primary outreach was campus ministry in Timisoara, which is home to over 50,000 students. The team did The God Test on campus and events in the evenings with small group discussions. We called the events “I Am Human” and talked about human identity, purpose, meaning, justice, and how Jesus fulfills each of those needs. The campus ministry in Timisoara is in it’s beginning phase, and this was their first outreach as an Every Nation Campus chapter.

The first night, only one student showed up. He was agnostic and from Moldova, and he ended up attending every single outreach we had that week! By the time we left, he said that he was still unsure about what we believe, but knew he had so much love for our team and that we had very good ideas. Through the rest of the week, we had three salvations on campus, more students attend our events, and we left the local team with several key contacts for continued weekly small groups.

As we head into the Thanksgiving season, we cannot express how grateful we are for your partnership and faith. We are so honored to have you on our team!

Your partnership changes lives.

Thank you for being a world changer and helping Every Nation establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

Phone 1-877-877-5585

Email partner.care@everynation.org

October 2018

October 2018

September 2018

Meet Sophia Duque

Campus Missionary

Sophia was a missionary kid who moved to the United States with her family to help with a church plant. In college, she became disillusioned and tried—sometimes literally—to run from God. But she couldn’t escape the Every Nation Campus students who kept inviting her to an ENC Conference. She finally went to the conference, gave her life back to Christ, and accepted her call to campus ministry.

God has given a unique opportunity to Sophia and her campus team in Orlando, Florida. While Sophia’s focus goes to the University of Central Florida, she actually gets a chance to disciple those students long before, in high school. Watch her “I Am Every Nation” video to see how God is transforming both public and private schools in Florida.

Back to Memphis

Steve and Joy Johnson have served as Every Nation Campus missionaries for the past eight years—first at Austin Peay State University where Steve became a Christian, then at the Nashville area campus with Bethel World Outreach Church, and most recently at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Steve and Joy are passionate about winning students to Christ, making disciples, and training next-generation leaders. In the coming months, they’ll move to Memphis to plant a second Every Nation church in the city—right next to the University of Memphis.

Steve Johnson

 

 

Bethel Community Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is sending my wife, Joy, and I to Memphis to plant a church, reaching out to the midtown community and the students at the University of Memphis.

The calling to plant a church began at the 2013 Every Nation World Conference. I remember meeting people from nations around the world and listening to them describe where they were going and what they were doing to advance Christ’s kingdom. As we were all worshipping together, I was challenged to embrace a higher vision and a greater commitment to the Great Commission.

When Joy and I were dating, even then I had the vision to plant churches. As we prayed and talked about it together, that dream became Joy’s as well. We didn’t understand exactly what that would look like but were convinced that it was a part of God’s plan for us. However, it still seemed like a dream that was at least a decade or two away.

One of the Four Es of the Every Nation discipleship process is empowering people with the training and support required for them to serve God at their fullest capacity. We are so thankful for the Every Nation pastors and leaders who have continually encouraged and believed in us. The dream came more quickly than we could have imagined.

Joy and I attended the Every Nation Assessment Center in June 2018, and I will be back for the church-planting Bootcamp in November. Our ministry experience up to this point has been serving as Every Nation Campus missionaries at three universities in Tennessee, along with serving as associate pastors in Murfreesboro. We’ve been funded by our Ministry Partnership Development (MPD) team of several years. We’re now updating our current ministry partners on our transition to church planting and raising additional partnership funds for the midtown Memphis initiative.

We’ve been amazed at the encouragement and support we’ve received, even from some of the most unlikely sources. There was even a monthly financial pledge from a young man in Japan whom we never met. He simply found us online. Pastor Brock Lillis in Murfreesboro has also been more than generous in his financial commitment to the new church. What Pastor Brock has been able to accomplish in Murfreesboro and at Middle Tennessee State University is definitely a model for us.

Over the next few months, we’ll be recruiting a launch team of several dozen people from Every Nation churches and from the Memphis area. Joy and I will also be moving to Memphis, back to my hometown. We hope to find a house very close to the University of Memphis.

We greatly appreciate your prayers for the Memphis church plant, the launch team we’re recruiting, and the University of Memphis students who are there waiting to hear the gospel.

Thank you so very much for your recent contribution to the North American Church-Planting Initiative. Your prayers and financial support enable Every Nation to continue making disciples, training leaders, and planting churches all across North America.

Disciples of All Nations

In a country of 30 million people in the oceans of Southern Asia, less than 10% know the good news of Christ’s kingdom and his work on the cross. Far North, a recently established nation in Europe contains millions of people transitioning out of communism and searching for a new life. At the very southern tip of Africa, youth are eager and pushing for more opportunities to learn and impact the world. Revelation 7:9 gives us a vision of what God longs to see: “A great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” But what does it actually look like, today, to go into all nations preaching the gospel?

We exist to honor God by establishing Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation. In the same way we have a clear vision for how God can move in the United States, other Every Nation workers, some whom you send, are aiming to fulfill that vision through strategies appropriate for their nations.

We’re excited to be able to share quarterly updates with stories from other nations where Every Nation missionaries and church planters have responded to the call to preach the gospel. Over the past two quarters of 2018, we were able to get reports from France, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, South Africa, and Ukraine on God’s many answered prayers and open doors for the gospel to be preached and disciples made in the nations. These two-minute videos give you an idea of how God is transforming these countries.

Ministry may look different from community to community, but we celebrate that diversity and the unity we get to enjoy as a global ministry. As a partner in the Great Commission, these are not just the stories of our missionaries and pastors, but they are your stories! Please take a moment with us to celebrate his faithfulness to send workers to reach every community, every city, every nation, and every campus.

Your partnership changes lives.

Thank you for being a world changer and helping Every Nation establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

Phone 1-877-877-5585

Email partner.care@everynation.org

September 2018

September 2018

September 2018

Meet Jon Williamson

Campus Missionary

Almost every day, Jon walks the Oregon State University campus. The same campus he stepped on as a freshman years ago, not knowing that a series of God interventions in his life would lead him to pioneer a ministry to students just like him. As a partner, you’re a part of his story and every story of the students he reaches.

Unlikely Leader

The 700 Club recently featured one of your Every Nation Campus missionaries for her powerful testimony. After six years of producing student leaders, and campus missionaries, in Middle Tennessee, Heather Heck has now answered the call to go to Hawaii to strengthen youth and college ministry there.

Heather Heck

 

 

The gospel will always be worth giving everything else up for. Jesus himself makes up for every sacrifice. This was the heart behind the call that I answered years ago, and it is what propels me forward. I know that there are students who desperately need the hope of Jesus in Honolulu. This is why we are going. Seeing students transformed by the gospel will always be worth it!

Thank you for sacrificing financially to help send us. I believe that you will receive many times over what you have sown in return.

Several years ago, Heather’s life looked drastically different. Addicted to drugs and carrying the pain of rejection by her father, this single mother was suddenly facing jail time for a DUI car crash that took two people’s lives. Heather was crushed by their deaths, believing she didn’t deserve to live. But Heather’s mom brought her to church, where, as Heather says, she “finally heard the gospel for the first time with my heart . . . it was as if finally, I got it. That God loved me with this unending, never failing, all-consuming love.” She repented, got baptized, and was discipled regularly by a woman in church for a year up until her case went to trial. She pled guilty and served a year in a maximum security prison.

Heather’s call to ministry already began to flourish in the prison. She started a Bible study that grew up to thirty women, each of them eventually giving their lives to Christ. That deep calling to see others know Christ’s love led her right back to her campus: this time, not as a drug-addicted student, but as a campus missionary intending to transform Tennessee State University.

Over the course of her six years in ministry there, Heather trained up both student and campus missionary leaders while raising her precious son. One of those new campus missionaries is Sierra Rozar. Heather met Sierra her freshman year at TSU and saw her go off to law school in Memphis. She started several Bible studies and raised up student leaders in law school. Recognizing the same call to ministry pressing on her that pressed on Heather, she went through the Every Nation Campus training process and is on her way to being a full-time campus missionary.

As for Heather, she’s continuing on God’s exciting and unpredictable journey for her life. Heather has already been sending reports of the work going on in Honolulu, Hawaii:

We are beginning to gather some real momentum, and God has been opening some unexpected doors. We have launched two small bible studies at Honolulu Community College and Kapi’olani Community College and will be launching a third bible study next week at Hawaii Pacific University with the girl’s volleyball team. I have an open door with the coach there. Please be praying as I am meeting with him about a character-coaching opportunity that will allow us to continue to build relationships on the team.

The Heather of the past is a testament of God’s great plan for those even in the darkest places—a plan that changes the lives of countless others. We thank God for how he’s intervened in Heather’s life, and for how he continues calling her into greater ways to impact the next generation.

 

Thank you, for partnering with passionate missionaries like Heather and investing in God’s kingdom in every nation and every campus.

Virginia Church Can’t Stop Multiplying

We believe the most healthy campus ministries are sustained through a church base. The North American Initiative (NAI) exists to help Every Nation churches get established near influential campuses in the United States. And one of our measuring factors of an Every Nation church’s success is its ability to send out more leaders to reach new campuses and plant new churches in unreached cities. The director of the Every Nation church-planting program, David Houston, examines one Every Nation church in Virginia, which has started over six new church plants in North America and internationally. Our NAI partners have made these many plants possible!

David Houston

Director, Every Nation Church Planting

 

 

Brett Fuller is the senior pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia—a suburb of Washington, D.C. Grace Covenant is a church of about 2,300 members with Every Nation Campus chapters at George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College.

I’ve known Pastor Brett for over thirty years, and you’ll never meet a more methodical leader. He’s meticulous about everything he does, including making disciples, training leaders, and laying solid foundations in his church. Pastor Brett has brought that approach to the Every Nation mission—to honor God by establishing Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

In the last five years, multiple Every Nation churches and campus ministries have been planted out of Grace Covenant–Chantilly, with several more on the way. The first was in 1999, Grace Covenant–Washington D.C. led by Pastor Donnell Jones and his wife, Marianne. Today, the membership is over 400. In 2015, the Grace Covenant Church sent Dihan and Julie Lee to Culver City, California, to plant Renew Church in Los Angeles. Two years ago, Pastor Donnell and his team sent Darryl and JoAnn Morrison to establish Valley Gate Church, a third-generation Every Nation church three miles from Arizona State University. Three years ago, David and Megan Hermes were sent to establish a satellite congregation less than an hour away in Sterling, Virginia, that now has a membership of over 300. This is a kind of advanced training for David and Megan. They plan to go through the Every Nation church-planting program (ABC3) next year with the intention of plant a church in Denver, Colorado. Shawn and Danell Perkins were at the last Assessment Center. Later this year, they’ll be moving to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where Danell will become the lead pastor of the church plant.

Pastor Brett is always looking for new and more effective ways to plant churches and empower next-generation leaders. He’s accomplishing both at the same time by establishing multi-ethnic congregation within the Grace Covenant–Chantilly facilities. Victor Godoy leads the Spanish-speaking congregation, and Joon Oh is the pastor of the Korean congregation, attended by over 150 members. Both Victor and Joon are in Pastor Brett’s leadership training circles and in the queue to plant Every Nation churches in the near future.  

Pastor Brett never gets in a hurry, but he’s never without a crystal clear vision of where he’s going. He’s never been about numbers or how quickly we can plant or grow churches. Brett is all about building solid foundations and empowering well-prepared leaders. All of these Every Nation leaders from Grace Covenant–Chantilly have (or will) come through the Every Nation Assessment Center and Church-Planting Bootcamp (Every Nation’s training program to help new church-planters launch healthy church plants).

From facility costs, permits, and staff salaries, launching a new church takes the joined faith of both partners and planters. While church planters gain their own financial partners to support their calling, the funding made possible by our North American Initiative partners enables God’s vision for these cities to get off the ground with a strong foundation. Thank you for partnering with us as we believe for every key city in the US and Canada to be reached with the gospel.

Your partnership changes lives.

Thank you for being a world changer and helping Every Nation establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

Phone 1-877-877-5585

Email partner.care@everynation.org

August 2018

August 2018

August 2018

Taking the Gospel to Google

By reaching the campus through a campus missionary, you’re impacting bright minds that bring the gospel to some of the world’s most influential workplaces. This month, we’re featuring Every Nation Campus missionary Erika Foushee and her story about a student that the Every Nation Campus chapter at the University of California, Los Angeles discipled and sent off to her new job at Google!

Erika Foushee

 

 

We met Cristen as a freshman through one of her friends from her hometown of San Francisco, California. A couple of weeks into the school year, we began discipling Cristen and she began reaching out to her friends. Over the years, several of Cristen’s friends began going to church and she began doing Bible studies with her roommates, two of whom were international students. Cristen will be taking a position with one of the most influential companies impacting culture in this generation, Google.  She will be moving to Singapore to work from the Google office there.

Cristen also shared about her experience with our Every Nation Campus chapter in her own words. Though she grew up in a Christian household, her growth as a follower of Christ gave her a deeper understanding of who God is, and who she is in Christ.

Cristen Anderson

 

 

Looking back, there is so much God has done in my life, it’s hard to even relate to who I was before. I’ve seen God humble me, draw me closer to himself, show me how to receive and show grace, and experience his power and love at deeper levels. I think a theme for this year especially has been living in daily dependence on God and trusting in His sufficiency especially when I can’t see or understand the way. So often I just want answers, but God is calling me to deeper relationship instead.

Thank you for being a world changer that takes part in helping college students discover their identity in Christ, and sending them off to do what God has called them to do.

Meet Chris Johnson

Church Planter

Chris leads the Every Nation church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, home to James Madison University. He got his start sharing the gospel with students on campus and pressed on to pursue a multi-ethnic, multi-generational ministry in his city. Chris shares the heart behind the motto, “one foot in the campus, one foot in the community,” as he talks about their early campus ministry days that led to the thriving Divine Unity Community Church. Watch his “I Am Every Nation” video to learn more about what God is doing in the Shenandoah Valley!

Faith Renewed, Family Reconciled

Several months ago, we sent an update on Justin and Jessica Chapman, Every Nation church planters in Providence, Rhode Island. The work in Providence and at Brown University is continuing to gain momentum. Here’s our newest report from Justin on what God has been accomplishing through their church and the support of their partners.

Justin Chapman

 

 

We launched Aletheia Church in Providence before Easter last year. We’re at the fifteen-month mark now. At the beginning of this year, we got into our new building—a school basketball auditorium similar to Aletheia Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s a fantastic room with big open windows.

God has been faithful to grow the church. There are fifty people who now call Aletheia their home church. Our growth chart is going up and to the right. George, who is on the Brown University basketball team, was baptized earlier this year. In the Sunday service three weeks ago, we baptized four more new believers.

One young couple represented the quintessential East-side Providence New Englanders. She graduated from Harvard; he graduated from MIT. They began coming to the Aletheia Church just a few weeks after we launched. For them, Christianity was like a fossilized vestige in their past. As a last resort, they said, ‘Let’s give this a shot and see how it goes.’ The result was that Jesus transformed their lives in ways that were truly remarkable. They were among that group of four who were recently baptized.

I’m happy with the way the church has grown, but I’m probably most happy with the fact people are moving through the discipleship process. We establish biblical foundations through ‘Encounter Weekends.’

At the end of May 2018, Jonathan Cothran arrived from SouthPoint Church in Jacksonville to begin serving as our Every Nation Campus missionary at Brown. Jonathan is an experienced evangelist, having worked under Aaron Austin for five years at the University of Central Florida. This fall, we have a missions team from SouthPoint coming up to Providence. We’re making a big evangelistic push, engaging students at Brown University with the God Test. This spring, another team from King’s Park International Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, will be on campus for a week. So, we are trusting God for some fruitful gospel encounters in the next six months.

Thank you all for your prayers and support.

Please continue to pray for the Chapmans and all the teams at Aletheia Church in Providence.

Your partnership changes lives.

Thank you for being a world changer and helping Every Nation establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

Phone 1-877-877-5585

Email partner.care@everynation.org

Campus Missionary: Tessa Brown

Campus Missionary: Tessa Brown

Campus Missionary: Tessa Brown

July 2018

July 2018

July 2018

Meet Chris Perrin

Campus Missionary

Chris Perrin and his wife, Kathryn, love using their home in a model of ministry that shows students how to live out the gospel. Now, many of his students follow that same model, using their residences and positions within the community to bring people to Christ. In his “I Am Every Nation” video, Chris tells us how he went from a life of meaninglessness to become a campus missionary that empowers students to actively make disciples wherever they are.

 

Watch his “I Am Every Nation” video to hear his story.

A Record Year for Church Planting

God has been faithful to bring more qualified leaders that would answer the call to plant churches in cities in need. As a result, we saw a record growth in our church-planter training program this summer.

 Much of the strength of our campus ministries comes from having a church where new believers can further hear the Word and develop in community. Because of this, some of our partners join with church planters to help them get started in target cities where the impact on the universities can be greater. When those churches become self-sustaining, they often send leaders from their congregation to get trained to be the next campus missionaries and church planters. The Every Nation North American church-planting initiative evaluates, trains, and assists these new planters with the ABC3 program (Assessment Center, Boot Camp, Clusters, Coaching, and Consulting). So far, it’s had a 95% success rate.

For the first time in our history, we’ll be hosting two Assessment Centers in one year because of the large volume of qualified applicants. Here’s a report from Pastor David—the director of the initiative—on the possible reasons for the growth.

David Houston
Director, Every Nation North American Church-Planting Initiative

 

 

This summer, thirty couples stepped forward with a vision to plant a church in North America. Reviewing the applications, recruiting two groups of qualified assessors, and generally doubling our administrative efforts has been a challenge. However, it’s one that has been a focus of our faith and prayers for several years. Since the founding of Every Nation, we’ve never had this many highly qualified candidates in one year step forward with a vision to plant churches in North America.

I can’t point to a single contributing factor, but several things seem to have added increasing momentum behind our mission—To honor God by establishing Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

  1. Our churches are growing larger and stronger with larger congregations, more leaders, and more giving capacity.
  2. Our senior pastors are consistently promoting the vision of planting churches. They’re also taking the necessary steps of faith to send out their best leaders and support them financially.
  3. The quality of discipleship and leadership training in Every Nation Campus chapters is producing plenty of fully-funded campus missionaries—many who eventually become church planters. We’ve consolidated our School of Campus Ministry curriculum to include church-planting basics.
  4. Every Nation’s ABC3 process is gaining a lot of credibility. Over 95% of our church plants have been quite successful—several times larger in the first two years than the average North American church plant. When potential leaders see the success of others who go through the ABC3 process, their faith to go is emboldened.
  5. Every Nation churches and members continue to partner with the North American Church Planting Initiative, helping each qualifying church plant begin with a solid financial footing.

The Assessment Center standards have not been lowered. If anything, they are higher and we’ve become even more selective. Nevertheless, the applications seem to be increasing. I think all the factors above (along with the grace of God empowering our efforts) together contribute to increased momentum. Contributions to the North American Church-Planting Initiative are having an ever-increasing impact for Christ on our communities and campuses.

Ukrainian Addicts Find Freedom

As a partner, you send out missionaries like Mike and Myra Watkins, who have served as Every Nation leaders for years in some of the most difficult places across Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. This month, Myra shares a success story from our churches in Ternopil, Ukraine, that launched rehabilitation centers to combat the widespread drug and alcohol addiction affecting the population since the collapse of communism. This is a prime example of what it means to establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, and socially responsible ministries in every nation.

Myria Watkins

 

 

Sergey, an outgoing athlete with many friends, started his descent towards the abyss of drug addiction in his twenties. One day he would inject to release tension and the next day because of depression. Day after day he went deeper. ‘Tomorrow,’ he would tell himself, ‘I will not use drugs.’ After he became involved in fraud and theft, he was caught and sent to prison. When he finally returned home, no one except his mother welcomed him because he lost his family and friends. Looking back, he saw wasted years. Ahead, he saw cops, prison, or the cemetery.

His outlook was about to change. ‘In Ternopil,’ he said, ‘addicts know about the Christian Rehabilitation Center.’ In desperation, Sergey went to the center where former drug addicts prayed for his release from addiction and led him through a faith-based, twelve-step program. ‘The miracle that happened to me was simply stunning,’ Sergey said. “I am a changed man, free! Now my life is filled with meaning. I want to help others take the same road to recovery through knowing the reality of God’s salvation and restoration.”

Sergey is one of more than a thousand rehabilitants who graduated from the center since it started in 2001. In response to the epidemic of drug and alcohol addiction in Ukraine, Every Nation’s churches in Ternopil and Novodnistrovsk started four rehabilitation centers. They plan to expand to other cities and to start churches through rehabilitation centers.

According to official statistics, about 1.5 million people in Ukraine use drugs. ‘But according to unofficial data,’ said Pastor Oleg of our Ternopil church, ‘the number is far greater.’ Three-quarters of the population abuse alcohol, and around one hundred thousand people die from alcohol and drugs each year. Addicts frequently share needles, leading to the spread of HIV, another common epidemic in Ukraine. Drug and alcohol addiction contribute to the cycle of poverty and bring disaster to families as addiction, disease, and poverty are often passed on to the next generation. Alcohol consumption among children and youth is very high. ‘Government centers for drug addicts exist. We have a good relationship with the government center in our city where we openly minister to people. However, if there were no faith-based rehabilitation centers, there would be no real, lasting help.

Pastor Oleg said that he and his team view the rehabilitation centers as part of their discipleship process. One hundred rehabilitants complete the program each year. During the first two weeks of the program, the leaders work intensely with them as they go through withdrawal. If they make it through the critical period of the first month, they begin to make friends and enjoy it. ‘We create a friendly, warm, loving atmosphere where they feel embraced,’ said Pastor Oleg.

Around seventy-five percent of the people stay in the program and come to church. Many who come begin to serve, and over eighty have become leaders in the church. They become functional members of society, marry, start families, businesses, and go to university. Some return to work in the rehabilitation centers.

A few years ago, church members and rehabilitants built a new men’s facility near Ternopil.  Former addicts who went through the center and are part of the church’s leadership team donated their own money to help build it. ‘This is a testimony to their changed lives and their commitment to helping others break free from addiction,’ said Pastor Oleg.

Your partnership changes lives.

Thank you for being a world changer and helping Every Nation establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

Phone 1-877-877-5585

Email partner.care@everynation.org

June 2018

June 2018

June 2018

Meet Elaine Dimal

Campus Missionary

Elaine has a vision to see skilled artists do what they are created to do passionately for God. Watch her “I Am Every Nation” video to learn about the culture that God has sent her to impact at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and read her testimony about how he called her from rebellion into full-time campus ministry.

Elaine Dimal
Campus Missionary

 

 

I’ve been in the United States since I was nine years old. My parents actually got saved in the Philippines when Steve Murrell (a cofounder of Every Nation) and his team first started to minister. My dad was a pastor for a season before returning to his calling to business. When the opportunity to come to America arrived, my parents left everything including my siblings and I with my relatives. They migrated to America and we followed two years later in October 2001. They came for work and a better life and naturally began attending our sister church in Van Nuys, California.  

It’s expected that when you migrate to America, nothing is going to be easy or handed to you, but it also promises you that if you work hard you can achieve, have, and do anything. So I worked hard, lived my life as best as I could—following the rules, being kind, trying to be perfect at all my responsibilities. I had to figure out everything for us in terms of schooling or anything foreign to my parents.

I was doing well until a season came when everything was failing. People disappointed me and the burden of having it all together got too heavy. So I lost my trust and my hope—it affected my sense of identity, security, and joy. I became very depressed and I couldn’t share it with anyone. I was hurting all the time and nobody understood me or saw me because I had to maintain that standard of perfection. Until that started breaking down too. I soon started to rebel and allowing myself to be selfish, giving up on my responsibilities and living a double life. I was still in church but I served so much that I avoided going to service. I ended up in a very ungodly relationship that I kept denying and hiding.

On my nineteenth birthday, God broke into my heart. He asked me if I loved him, and by his grace, I said yes. I knew that meant surrendering my relationship and life. I ran to my life group leader and told her the whole truth of what I had been hiding. Everyone in our group was so loving. They prayed for me and helped me break that relationship. I was still heartbroken until God started healing me making me face my fears in victory after victory. Finally, I experienced God’s joy and felt something had been lifted from me. He wiped the slate clean! After that, I wanted to be a part of his vision to see the broken and lost people healed and found. I wanted to give every person I knew and the opportunity to experience this real God wanting to give real love, freedom and joy.

I started seeking training tools to evangelize and lead more effectively. I’d already been hosting two small groups at school and church and evangelizing using the tools we had. In my junior year, during the call to ministry moment at the Every Nation Campus Conference, I felt that I was called but didn’t respond. I wasn’t ready for the commitment. But I knew that the things they were saying were things that God had already instilled in me. My senior year, at the next conference in Oregon, I finally stood up in response to the call and was ready to do whatever it took to make Jesus known in this current and future generation, and the world.

This is what wakes me up in the morning: knowing that the gospel is true, is good news, and that this is the kind of God that people really need to experience.

God’s Greater Plan at Duke University

Julia Bretz is one of the newest campus missionaries that some of you partnered to send to Duke University. She graduated from the 2018 class of the School of Campus Ministry, and was nominated by her fellow missionaries as student of the year. Here’s her first-hand story of how God called her to ministry and how she’s already moving forward in that call as a new campus missionary at Duke!

Julia Bretz
Campus Missionary, Duke University 

 

 

Life-Turn at Duke University

My life is a testimony of the value of campus ministry. I had experiences with God at a young age, but didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus at all. I went to Duke University to study political science and was a rower on their team. Rowing was really my entire future and identity. But then during my sophomore year I got injured and wasn’t able to row anymore. That sent me into a spiral. I was uncertain of what my future would look like and constantly questioning what my purpose was in life.

A young man who was a student leader in Every Nation would lead these athlete Bible studies and would always invite me. After my injury, I finally ended up going to one of the meetings. An Every Nation Campus missionary happened to be there prophesying over students. That prophecy over me included things about my life and who I was. I had a strong moment realizing, ‘Oh my gosh, God is real!’ I had to know more about this Jesus. After that, I went to an ENC conference, got baptized, and fully dedicated myself to Christ a couple months later my junior year.

That same school year, I attended a prophetic conference and this is where I said, ‘Wow, I feel called.’ I just felt strongly that this is what God was calling me to do.

Launch to Full-time Campus Ministry

Since graduating from the School of Campus Ministry, I’ve been getting acclimated with students I knew back as a student leader in our ENC chapter. God showed me how he could move at any time to change a student’s life, even just before they graduate.

While I was on campus visiting a student, I ran into this young lady named Jordan. My friend had actually shown me a picture of her a couple months before. I started a conversation, asked her about her plans after graduation, and after that I just asked her if she’s open to meet with me to talk about the gospel. We met up, went through a chapter of One 2 One (discipleship guidebook for new believers) which was about salvation, and she decided to give her life to the Lord right there! We kept meeting for a couple weeks before she graduated, studying the Scriptures and going through what it means to walk in relationship with Christ.

This is my goal: to engage students, equip them, establish them, and empower them. When I look at my campus, I just see that there will be leaders on this campus. There’s a high level of excellence I can see transferring to their pursuit of God’s kingdom in their workplaces. That’s what excites me about this campus. Wherever I go, I will share the gospel. I praise God that he called me to himself at Duke and he sent me back to Duke.

Answering the Call in Charlottesville

Charlottesville is an idyllic small town located in the Shenandoah Valley of central Virginia—the home of the prestigious University of Virginia (UVA). The college was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson and watched over through a telescope from Monticello, the home of the former U.S. President. But in 2017 it became a site of violence and racial tension. In the North American division of Every Nation, it begged the question, “Who will go?” The launch of Grace Covenant in Charlottesville with UVA Professor, Dr. Paul Harris, as the lead pastor will be the Every Nation church plant answering the call to serve and reconcile the people of Charlottesville. Here’s Dr. Paul’s story of how he went from professor to church planter.

Dr. Paul Harris
Senior Pastor, Charlottesville, Virginia 

 

 

My spiritual journey to faith in Christ began at age thirteen. As a P.K. (preacher’s kid) I was immersed in Christianity from my earliest memories. The most profound experience came when a visiting preacher challenged kids raised in Christian homes (particularly preachers’ kids) to know God for themselves. That was the moment that I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior and lord.

At the University of Virginia (UVA) I was a member of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and of the choir, Black Voices. It was a season of tremendous fellowship and significant spiritual growth for me. It’s also where I met my wife, Taylor. The idea of being a pastor was never far away. However, I also felt called to academia. I completed my graduate studies at UVA and finished with a Ph.D. in Education.

Taylor and I first got involved with an Every Nation church when Donnell and Marianne Jones Jones planted Grace Covenant in Washington, D.C. Two years later in 2007, we moved to northern Virginia for work, and at that point began attending Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly where I’ve been serving on the leadership team in overseeing the small group ministry.

I accepted a position as a professor at the University of Virginia in 2014 and moved back to Charlottesville. The idea of planting an Every Nation church was growing stronger and clearer. I finally called Pastor Brett Fuller at Grace Covenant in Chantilly to discuss what I’d been feeling. In 2017, Taylor and I attended the Every Nation Assessment Center which was followed by my attendance at the Church Planters’ Bootcamp that same year.

One unique aspect of the future Every Nation church in Charlottesville is that I will continue on as a professor at UVA. This will be one of only several Every Nation North American church plants with a bi-vocational lead pastor—the only one with a university professor serving in that role. When you think of it in context of the Every Nation mission, continuing to teach at UVA made perfect sense to all the leaders.

The plan is to initiate a soft launch on September 9, 2018, followed by monthly preview services for the remaining calendar year. The church launch date is January 6, 2019. Currently, we have twenty-two people committed to serving on our core team, some from Charlottesville and some from Chantilly. About twenty others come and help when they can. Our goal is to raise three years of basic operating expenses before the launch. I will raise a ‘summer salary’ through personal partnership for the unpaid months of the academic year.

Taylor and I greatly appreciate the prayers and personal mentoring we have received from the Every Nation churches in Northern Virginia. I can’t tell you how much their friendship and encouragement have meant to our family.

Your partnership changes lives.

Thank you for being a world changer and helping Every Nation establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

Phone 1-877-877-5585

Email partner.care@everynation.org

May 2018

May 2018

May 2018

Meet Andy King

Church Planter

Andy and his wife Amy started out their ministry careers as campus missionaries. When they knew God was calling them to plant a church, they trained at our Every Nation church in Orlando, Florida. After six years there, God painted the picture for them to impact Georgia with their own church plant in Kennesaw. That training prepared them to work with diligence and faith as they started their church from the ground up. What started as church meetings in their living room flourished into a church that regularly draws new people from diverse walks of life.

Watch Andy’s “I Am Every Nation” video to hear how God moved through their ministry and raised up a new campus missionary that got reached in their church!

Promising Growth in Providence

Justin and Jessica Chapman are Every Nation leaders planting a church in Providence, Rhode Island, walking distance of Brown University. Brown is consistently recognized as one of the most liberal colleges in the Ivy League—not a small challenge for evangelicals intent on establishing a church-based campus ministry. But the Chapmans could not have been better prepared for the task.

Justin and Jessica did a year-long internship with an Every Nation pastor, Adam Mabry, who in 2013 planted Aletheia Church in Boston, Massachusetts—less than a mile from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Aletheia (the Greek word for “truth revealed”) Boston has made deep inroads into the Cambridge academic community.

The Chapmans are in the early stages of planting those same kinds of seeds in the Brown University community. 

Justin and Jessica Chapman
Senior Pastors, Aletheia Providence

 

Aletheia Providence is just over a year old, with Easter Sunday marking the anniversary of our launch date. This past year has gone by quickly and with many victories—people who were far away from God have walked through the doors, found community, and committed their lives to Jesus. Now, they’re being discipled, sharing their faith on campus, and are on the way to becoming leaders in the church.

It’s amazing to have front-row seats, watching the gospel so radically transform lives. But these are usually not the cheap seats, and they don’t come without their own challenges. One of the most pressing needs when planting a new church is, of course, finding a place to meet. We launched Aletheia Providence in the yoga room in the YMCA, quickly outgrew that space, and moved to a bigger classroom. However, it wasn’t that much bigger. We needed a space we could grow into.

I spent a lot of time driving around, making calls, and hearing “no” after “no” from people regarding potential meeting facilities. One day, I took a different route to church and noticed a building with huge windows on one side. Typically big windows mean a big space on the other side. I did a little research and found out it was the Groden Center, a school for children with autism.

Since it’s harder to say “no” to someone face-to-face, I decided to pay them a visit. I was able to set up a meeting with the program director, Robin, and although the meeting was amiable, she didn’t seem very motivated to move forward.

A couple weeks later on a Sunday morning, a man stood outside our meeting asking to speak with me. He was interviewing different nonprofits around town and just happened to be the property manager for the Groden Center. He asked if I was the pastor who had spoken to Robin a couple weeks before and wanted to hear more about what we were doing in Providence and at Brown University. He caught the vision for how we could help each other, and we moved into the new venue a few weeks later. It’s been an incredible blessing to our church, and we’ll have plenty of room as we continue to grow.

Please continue to pray for the city of Providence and particularly for the students at Brown University. I also want to thank all the North American Initiative partners for the initial funding that has enabled Aletheia Providence and other Every Nation churches to get firmly planted on their respective campuses and in the communities.

ENC at the University of Louisville

Every Nation’s goal is to bring the gospel to and make disciples in every country in the world. In the United States, we hope to also impact every state in the country. One initiative started in our central region to help our campus ministries to grow beyond their campuses to reach more students, more communities, more cities, and more of the nation for Christ.

Since starting what we call 24:HRS trips—day-long mission trips evangelizing and making connections on universities where there is not yet an Every Nation Campus chapter—our campus missionaries have been able to reach and raise up student leaders at the University of Missouri, University of Indianapolis, and most recently the University of Louisville.

This school year, our teams switched up the strategy and made continuous trips to the same campus throughout a semester in the hopes of better developing and establishing student leaders and small groups. The University of Louisville was that target school. Louisville is most widely known for the Kentucky Derby (and Kentucky Fried Chicken), but it is also an important touchpoint for students around the state and the United States central region.

It was actually a student in his senior year of college who reached out to Every Nation Cofounder, Dr. Rice Broocks, to host a God’s Not Dead event on the campus. Connor had a big heart for his campus and community, and he lamented the need for more ministry and more godly influences on his campus. The school had also recently been steeped in scandals involving their sports teams. Connor was eager to change the future of his campus. He helped set up and publicize the God’s Not Dead event which brought in 117 students, fifty of which wanted to connect again with the ENC group, and nine who wanted to learn more about following Jesus.

While Connor was graduating and would no longer be on campus to continue reaching students there, another key student happened to attend that God’s Not Dead event. Zariyah was involved in an Every Nation church and discipled by an ENC missionary before she came to Louisville. She knew she wanted to be at that school but she had never been sure why. When she came to the event, and then started getting involved with the 24:HRS teams that came almost every Thursday, she said, “I think this is why.”

Now she’s mentoring weekly on skype with one of the 24:HRS team members and leading discipleship groups across the campus. She’s started to see herself as a leader who can make a difference and see the gospel advance at the University of Louisville. She continues to be an open door for what God might have next at the school.

We’re excited to see students like Connor and Zariyah responding to the call and being empowered to transform their world.

Your partnership changes lives.

Thank you for being a world changer and helping Every Nation establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

Phone 1-877-877-5585

Email partner.care@everynation.org

April 2018

April 2018

April 2018

Meet Tessa Brown

 Campus Missionary

Eight years ago, Tessa began her journey into campus ministry as a student at Texas State University. The inciting incident: a flyer inviting her to an Every Nation church. God used that community to build Tessa’s faith for a calling in campus ministry.

Take a look at Tessa’s “I Am Every Nation” video to see how God is changing lives at Texas State University, and read her personal report as ENC at Texas State marks their tenth anniversary.

Tessa Brown,
Campus Missionary at Texas State University

 

When I came to Texas State University eight years ago, I was just hoping to go to church and not get caught up in the college lifestyle I heard Texas State was famous for. I had no idea that I would become part of a church plant that was part of a larger family of churches and campus ministries dedicated to honoring God and making disciples.

 During those early years, I was able to establish biblical foundations and grow under the lordship of Christ in ways I never had before. My life was changing, and I got to be a part of changing others’ lives; first as a student and then later as a campus missionary.

It’s been five years now that I’ve been in ministry. A goal of our campus leadership team was to have sixty students at one of our campus meetings. At our Thanksgiving event, we had almost seventy. Of those seventy, we’ve had twenty students go through The Purple Book, a twelve-week study designed to build strong biblical foundations for discipleship. The momentum we are seeing is truly a work of the Holy Spirit.

An R.A. for Christ

It’s amazing to see the transforming power of the gospel impact friends and family members.  Justin Strickland is a perfect example. He surrendered to Christ and hasn’t looked back. He is one of our most passionate students, going on campus weekly with Every Nation Campus staff to share his faith.

I work on campus as a resident assistant. Early in the fall semester, my girlfriend made me go to the last place I wanted to be on a Tuesday evening—the Every Nation Campus night. To my surprise, I was immediately impacted by the message. It resonated so heavily with me that I decided to devote my life to following Christ.

Since that night I have gotten involved with Every Nation Campus and encouraged my younger sister to do the same. She’s now attending the Bible study my girlfriend helps lead. God was doing a lot of healing in our brother-sister relationship throughout the semester. He’s really transforming my heart from the inside out. My goal is to help others experience the same thing.

—Justin Strickland, student R.A. at Texas State University

Ten Years, Fifteen New Missionaries

I’m so blessed to have been here for eight of the ten years Every Nation Campus has been at Texas State University—three years to graduate and five as a member of the ENC staff.  During those ten years, Every Nation Campus at Texas State University sent fifteen students into full-time ministry. Eleven are with Every Nation, and all but four of those have been sent to other campuses to help or start new campus ministries.

I’m still at Texas State University. By God’s grace and the support of my financial partners, I am still working on getting better at what we refer to as the Four Es—engaging students for Christ, establishing them in the foundations of the faith, equipping them to share the gospel, and empowering them to serve with the help of their ministry partners as missionaries on the university campuses.

Making Strides in Reno, Nevada

With companies like Tesla and Apple making investments to move operations to Reno, this Nevada city is growing into an even greater target area where the gospel can quickly spread and impact society. Every Nation church planters Bret and Jorie Holman share the story of how they ended up in this city, serving campus students at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).

Bret Holman,
Senior Pastor, All People Christian Church in Reno, Nevada

 

After serving with Every Nation for many years and planting our first church in Las Vegas, we moved to Reno, Nevada, to plant a brand new Every Nation church and campus outreach here. We call it ‘All People Christian Church.’

Reno is home to over 500,000 people, and boasts one of the country’s fastest-growing universities, the University of Nevada, Reno (go Wolf Pack!). We are currently the only church in the city that is targeting, as well as meeting on, the university campus here. Besides that, there are only a few campus ministries here trying to reach a school of over 30,000 students. The fields of this city and this campus are truly ripe for harvest.

We brought a group of nineteen students and others to our Every Nation Campus Conference in Corvallis, Oregon, and we already have our first college graduate training to become our full-time campus missionary to UNR. The campus has been a wide-open door of ministry to us so far.

By focusing on engaging, establishing, equipping, and empowering disciples to plant a church and reach a campus, our hope is to make disciples for years to come on this campus and in this city. By God’s grace and with your help, we will see this vision become a reality.

Thank you for standing with us through your invaluable prayers and support. Together, we will reach every nation and every campus!

The Holmans launched the Every Nation church and campus ministry in Reno in September 2017. Please continue to pray for the Holmans and their ministry to the students and community of Reno.

Global Every Nation Report: Quarter One

Your partnership with Every Nation impacts not only North America, but we have the privilege of taking part in God’s plans all over the world. In 1 Thessalonians 5:8, believers are charged to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” We find it an honor to look back at all that God is doing through our missionaries, church planters, partners, and staff in Every Nation.

One of the ways we do that is to release quarterly report videos featuring Every Nation stories from all across the world. This quarter, we had the pleasure of including reports from Oceania in our feature.

Together with our North American partners, we’ve been able to send missionaries to help advance the works of our ministries in Oceania. Four long-term missionaries—Chandel, Bernhard, and John and Janie—are faithfully serving our churches in New Zealand after developing partnership teams here. Last year, North American partners sent over thirty short-term missionaries to help our church in the city of Christchurch lay the groundwork for their new campus ministry. Dr. Joshua Opadiya, Senior Pastor of Every Nation Sydney, gave a report on behalf of our Oceania region stating that the team was a huge success in reaching the students in the University of Canterbury. We’ll be sending another missions team to continue that work this July.

Neither the local nor the global impact of Every Nation can happen without our partners. We encourage you to take a moment to watch and celebrate what God is doing to advance his kingdom on every campus and in every nation.

Please pray for all our missions efforts across Oceania and the world as God continues to lead us to go.

Your partnership changes lives.

Thank you for being a world changer and helping Every Nation establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

Phone 1-877-877-5585

Email partner.care@everynation.org

Campus Missionary: Michael Thomas

Campus Missionary: Michael Thomas

Campus Missionary: Michael Thomas

March 2018

March 2018

March 2018

 

Ready to Go

The Every Nation School of Campus Ministry Class 1 of 2018

Countless studies continue to confirm that the majority of those who become Christians do so as students. We fervently work to send as many well-trained missionaries to as many campuses as possible. We just finished training our newest missionaries at our School of Ministry in March.

Seventeen students raised partnership teams and came to Nashville to be equipped by top Every Nation leaders who were once campus missionaries themselves. The six-week training takes them through courses that cover world religions, preaching with power, baptism of the Holy Spirit, best planning practices, ministry to internationals, Strengthsfinder, and two dozen more courses.

The trainings strengthen our campus ministries in two ways. First, the school grounds the missionaries in biblical understanding, giving them the faith and authority they need to remain spiritually healthy. Then the school enables them to hold the life-changing conversations, deliver the groundbreaking sermons, and confidently guide the ministry moments that transform students into world-changers for Christ. As a result, we’re proud to join our partners in sending this batch of missionaries to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, Duke University, and the University of Texas-Austin to name a few.

Amy Barton, who’s headed to North Carolina State University, shares how the school impacted her:

Amy Barton,
Campus Missionary at North Carolina State University

 

I want to thank you so much for making this school possible. I am back on my campus in North Carolina full of joy and faith because of all that God did in me during these last six weeks. I am a different person!

What most impacted me about the school was getting to be around the Every Nation leaders and teachers. Their testimonies and their example of following Jesus inspired me powerfully and imparted so much faith. Over the weeks, my desire to know God more and spend time with him grew so much! I also grew in my desire to pray for the lost, to pray for power to be an effective witness to the gospel, and to be focused on this calling like never before.

Through being in the school, God opened my eyes to the truth that he is going to empower me to share the gospel using me the way that I am wired. I can have a more quiet personality but still walk in the power of the Holy Spirit! This was a game changer for me, as I had previously ‘disqualified’ myself from evangelism. Now I am empowered knowing that ALL believers have been called and equipped to share the gospel and make disciples!

I am so excited to continue walking with the Lord. This brief testimony is only the tip of the iceberg of what God did in all of us during this time.

Please join us in praying for our new missionaries. You can learn more about each of them by reading their bios on give.everynation.org.

Meet Michael Thomas

Campus Missionary

Serving as a campus missionary on an HBCU campus is a unique cultural experience, but Every Nation Campus continues successfully making disciples and training leaders for Christ at these universities. Michael Thomas, Every Nation Campus missionary at Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, points to a few of the reasons why.

Michael Thomas,
Campus Missionary, Tennessee State University

 

As an African-American campus missionary on an HBCU campus, I encounter a lot of cynicism and even anger toward Christ and Christianity. I’ll hear someone comment, ‘It’s the white man’s religion.’ That’s why the SALT approach is so important (Start a conversation, Ask questions, Listen intently, Tell the story). SALT is an effective approach with all students, but especially with students on HBCU campuses. Listening carefully with the genuine intent to understand their experiences is essential to HBCU ministry. And sometimes the listening is not a brief five minutes—sometimes it’s a four month or even a four-year endeavor. Eventually, it earns you the right TELL the story—the good news about Jesus Christ.

Reason #1: Authenticity

Newfound freedoms of campus life provide opportunities for college students to go on the hunt for things that they hope will fill the void in their lives. It’s as if super-churched African-American students are taking one last look over their shoulder before abandoning Christianity. When they come in contact with students who are on fire with a living faith, it’s like a match to dry brush. They quickly catch on fire for Christ.

Reason #2: Leadership Examples

Young African-Americans have always risen to opportunities. However, in so many cases, it’s only after seeing someone else break through the color barrier. Nowhere in our culture is that more prevalent than in the church. As it’s been said, ‘Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America.’ That’s one of the unique aspects of Every Nation Campus. It’s a very ethnically diverse organization where everyone is given the opportunity to make an impact for Christ. When I saw Steve Johnson, an African-American Every Nation Campus director, making disciples at Tennessee State University, my sense of calling radically changed. I said to myself, I could do that. I could be that guy! It’s amazing how many will follow if only a few lead the way.

Reason #3: Identity in Christ

The Apostle Paul wrote: ‘For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise’ (Galatians 3:27–29).

I struggled for a long time figuring out how to ground my self-identity in the person and work of Jesus Christ—in him above and beyond anything else. When individuals in Galatia became Christians, it didn’t change their ethnicity, their gender, or even their position in society. Because I primarily see myself as a Christian, that doesn’t mean I’m less black—I’m just ‘more Christ.’

One of my ministry goals is to win, disciple, and train a generation of Christian African-American leaders from the college campuses. There is enormous untapped potential among those students who are called as campus ministers, cross-cultural missionaries, and/or pastors.

Indianapolis Church Snags Inner-City YMCA

Growing churches inevitably run into a need for a new facility. While this is a sign of God’s blessing, it can prove tough for a young church planter to find a suitable location that can reach their target demographic and serve their existing church members. Each year, new Every Nation church planters report on God’s faithfulness in this area.

One of our newest church planters, Jon Owens of City of Lights Church in Indianapolis, shares an incredible testimony of the multiple times God answered prayers for their young church as they grow rapidly.  

Jon Owens,
Senior Pastor, City of Lights Church

 

We have seen God do so many things at City of Lights in our short time as a church! One of our biggest breakthroughs and testimonies has been our facility.

We launched in a movie theatre in March of 2017. We had a great start and it was an amazing God-story that got us that location. However, as more and more young families began to join our community, the limited kid’s space became a real challenge. Movie showtimes also limited our opportunities for ministry and fellowship.

One day, while I was praying in my office and thinking about different facility options, a friend and pastor in the area called and asked if I was in need of a new place to meet. He had just had a meeting at a YMCA in the heart of the city, and said that the CEO of the Y had been praying to find a pastor who would plant a church in that specific Y center. This YMCA was only three years old and had been intentionally placed in one of the rougher neighborhoods as a catalyst for revitalizing the surrounding community.

On August 20, we held our first service there at the Avondale Meadows YMCA. It was incredible! Our City Kid’s space at the YMCA was not only five times what we had at the theater, but it was a gorgeous, state of the art play and learn center. Our fantastic team of volunteers completely transformed the gym into a beautiful and welcoming worship space, and the CEO of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis not only attended but was blown away by the church community he saw growing before his eyes. Since then, we’ve seen our church nearly double, our community impact has significantly expanded with our partnership with the Y, and several of the YMCA employees now call City of Lights their church home. As a matter of fact, the associate director of that location started serving in our City Kids ministry.

We felt the pressure to move and make room for the children of our young families. However, we have been moved as God has continued to provide and make room for more and more son and daughters to be added to our spiritual family.

Lives Changed at the 2018 Every Nation Campus Conferences

Last month, we announced the theme and locations of our 2018 Every Nation Campus Conferences. Now we celebrate what God has done through all six conferences in the cities of Austin, Chantilly, Corvallis, Honolulu, Jacksonville, and Nashville.  

Our students were full of faith as they invited their unsaved friends, teammates, classmates, and roommates to a two-day conference designed to change their lives. In total, 1,724 students gathered across six conference locations.  

Here’s a breakdown of some of what God did during the Every Nation Campus Conferences:

  • Jacksonville, Florida: We saw 72 salvations, 30 baptisms, and 51 students answer the call to campus ministry, with a total attendance of 453 including 41 international students.
  • Corvallis, Oregon: A total of 317 people attended our West Coast regional conference, 46 of whom answered the call to ministry! That’s by far the most we’ve had to respond from our West Coast conference.
  • Nashville, Tennessee: More than 300 students came, representing 19 different campuses across the Central region conference. We had 50 salvations and 26 students were baptized.
  • Chantilly, Virginia: This was our biggest campus conference with nearly 600 attendees. Over 100 students gave their life to Christ, 76 students were baptized, and 19 students responded to the call to ministry.
  • Austin, Texas: Almost 300 students from across Texas gathered in Austin for the first time. There were 45 salvations—almost 1/6 of the conference attendees!
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: Honolulu hosted its third annual student conference with 404 in attendance and 18 who responded to the call to ministry.

With dozens of seminars like Foundations of the Faith, Hearing God’s Voice, Evangelism, Apologetics, and Ministry in the Marketplace, our students were equipped to change the campus and change the world!

Because of you, lives are being transformed by the power of the gospel and God is igniting a passion to see his kingdom come on the campus. Let’s continue to pray for the work God has done to continue through these students lives as they touch their campuses, their cities, and the world.

Your partnership changes lives.

Thank you for being a world changer and helping Every Nation establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

Phone 1-877-877-5585

Email partner.care@everynation.org