I first served as a volunteer on various Global Disciples committees, then as a member the Board of Directors, where I served for eight years. I saw the organization grow from the vision of a few to an effective global community.
The ministry equips people in other nations to reach and serve those in their own and neighboring countries. Churches and denominations are encouraged to work together to accomplish shared Great Commission goals, to find ways to support their initiatives through small business, and to oversee and support their programs.
When invited, Global Disciples works along with these cooperating churches, helping them train their OWN leaders, equip their OWN missionaries, and support their OWN initiatives. Global Disciples assists only until programs are self-sufficient.
Not only is this ministry model efficient -- costing far less than training and sending missionaries from North America -- it is effective. It gives churches and individuals in other countries the opportunity to assume new leadership roles, launch their own ministries, learn new business skills, take responsibility for oversight, and carry on the Great Commission.
Global Disciples 'multiplies' disciples and programs around the world, but It does not 'own' any of them. Indigenous churches that embrace this model are doing amazing things --training disciples, reaching people, and establishing new communities of believers in hostile environments.
New requests for assistance continue to pour in, stretching the organization's ability to respond and raise funds. It is working hard to establish international foundations around the globe that can support regional programs, but Global Disciples' administrative offices still need support for its staff and operational expenses, which it must fund through a small number of local partners.