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The End Game

April 26, 2012

Consider Jesus.

He spent three years, night and day, sleeping and eating with the twelve.  Talk about relationship, they knew each other, they were family, they were disciples.

When we consider evangelism or discipleship, I think we often approach it from a program perspective.  We’ll teach these books or this set of lessons and through that the objectives will be met of this person or those people deciding to follow Jesus.  Whereas it is important to have a plan, it doesn’t hinge on the plan, it hinges on relationships and if there is anything we know about relationships it is that they cannot be planned or programmed, but that they have a life of their own that doesn’t follow any set pattern.

We wonder sometimes, what in the world Taekwondo has to do with the gospel.  Truly, it does answer many physical and emotional needs for the people of Rwanda but, it is not the end game.  The end game is disciples of Jesus permeating the country of Rwanda.  How taekwondo plays into that, is that it establishes a natural mentor/student relationship through which discipleship occurs. It takes time, especially in an emotionally wounded country like Rwanda, but it establishes natural communities of people through which the Word of God can permeate and bear fruit through the trusting relationships that occur organically.  Communities and relationships are at the very core of discipleship.

We could have never imagined working in this way, but we are learning that God is so full of surprises!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mildred Mayfield permalink
    April 26, 2012 10:41 pm

    I would never have imagined the doors that would be opened to teach the people about our Lord by the art of taekwondo. It just shows us that when we let God control our lives, we can work wonders. I am very proud of you Marty and the work you are doing. May God continue to bless you, your family and your work.

    • Carolyn Martin permalink
      May 14, 2012 2:44 am

      Yes, our Father is amazing and full of surprises. I love it that way because when things happen for which there is no real explanation, you know without a shadow of a doubt that It Is GOD doing it!!! Carolyn

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