Jasmine, a young staff member in Southeast Asia, shares her story:
“I came from a church-going family, but most of my relatives still believed in ancestor worship. When I was still a little girl I was brought to the shaman,” Jasmine says.
“At university, I just attended a follow-up group because of my friend. But I came to know Christ personally when I joined a basic discipleship training class. Then I was mentored by one of the key students. I saw how spiritual multiplication was taking place, and sharing the gospel became my way of life.”
Jasmine fasted and prayed to ask God’s direction for her life, and after receiving assurance of His calling to be full-time staff, went through New Staff Training in 2014. The most important thing she learned was to spend quality time with God. “I journaled what I learned from His Word, and I still do that every day. His Word sustains me in ministry.”
Prayer is a key part of Jasmine’s life and ministry. Together with teammates, they involve their ministry donors in prayer for 2020 goals, have prayer and fasting times twice a month, prayer-walk their campuses, and hold prayer retreats. Not surprisingly, Jasmine’s first suggestion for building a ministry is to pray and fast with your team and disciples.
Stella is one of Jasmine’s disciples. “Before Stella came to know Christ,” Jasmine recalls, “she drank alcohol and liked to spend time in the discotheque. She had many chances to hear the gospel through the Four Spiritual Laws booklet, but one day, she cried and surrendered her life to Christ. Since that time she left her old lifestyle and joined our prayer times.
“I spent time with her, helping her grow, taking her to share her faith and mentoring her to disciple others. A year after that she was able to disciple others until she had four generations of students. After her graduation a year ago, she decided to serve with our ministry for one year, and now she has six generations in her discipleship chain.”
The seven spiritual generations under Jasmine are a result of God’s work through her in the last two years. (Starting from the blue oval near the center.)
These are the kinds of people we are seeking to develop through all the ministries of Cru. It is a great privilege to be part of helping new ones like this find their best connection to Cru and how they can get started in focused ministry as a staff or intern.
Thank you for helping make possible this sending of new missionaries with Cru! God bless you to multiply into the lives of others as you follow Him too.