We have all missed having large, inspiring meetings with brother Yun and other speakers. And it may be a while before travel is normalized and they can resume. But in the meantime, we have a good alternative and it is better in some ways because it does not limit us to a handful of locations.
Our Back to Jerusalem workshop is now available to anyone who wants to inspire a church or home group to be involved in this unique mission movement. It can be used for both digital and in-person meetings, and for any group size. So, how does it work?
The group leader downloads the workshop material from the website. There are two main parts. One is an instruction booklet for the leader, which goes through the workshop step by step and provides ideas for discussion questions, so the presentation can be geared towards the audience. The second part is an interactive, multimedia presentation that will take groups through the history of the Chinese church and BTJ, introduce some amazing people, explain the needs of the 10/40 window, and show how Chinese missionaries make inroads for the Gospel in some of the hardest to reach nations on earth.
This is not the story of one missionary or nation, but it shows how God has used His church through the centuries to carry the gospel forward, and how it took hold in China, fueling yet a new mission movement. What we see today are the fruits of faithful men and women of God who have given their lives in service to God. Their united vision, to make disciples of all nations, is what inspires the Back to Jerusalem movement to continue carrying the light of the Gospel into the closed nations of the 10/40 window.
This workshop is meant to go beyond entertainment and inspiration. Participants will be challenged through group discussion questions to think about their own ideas and questions and to see how God might use them as well in reaching the unreached together with His worldwide church.
There are also suggestions in the booklet to gear the workshop towards younger audiences because we believe it is important to include them from the start in God’s work among the nations of this world. They are growing up in a time when the majority of Christians no longer live in the West. Their place in the church will be different from that of their parents. This is a great way to introduce them to other parts of the worldwide church than the one they belong to, and get them excited for missions.
In the past year, the pandemic has severely complicated the work of BTJ missionaries. Think of the inability to travel easily, the prolonged lockdowns, the risk of becoming ill in areas with no medical infrastructure, export restrictions affecting BTJ businesses, and so on. It has also brought many opportunities to witness of God’s power and love in the midst of suffering and uncertainty. As the work continues, a strong prayer base is needed. Will you help us by organising a BTJ workshop and challenging people to get involved?
You can download the workshop material at https://backtojerusalem.com/btjworkshop/