Missionaries Without Boundaries /  Nathan Lloyd-Jones: Newsletter March, 2015
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Nathan Lloyd-Jones: Newsletter March, 2015

Discipleship? Are you a follower of Christ? Then you’re called to discipleship. There are many different callings of ministry, as Paul said “He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. ” Eph 4:11

But discipleship is a calling to all those who would call themselves a follower of Christ. You’ve heard it called the “Great Commission. ” Listen to the final word’s of our beautiful savior “Go then, to all the peoples everywhere and make them my disciples…and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you…” Mat 28:18-20 (GNB)

So what does discipleship look like for us? how do we accomplish this great task? Bottom line, it takes longer than most of us realize. It’s a constant teaching, to those God has put under us, of how to apply the Word of God in our daily life. The best visual example of discipleship I can can give you is my parents, teaching me and my siblings. Countless times my mother said to me “Nathan, all that ministry and out reach means nothing if you can’t apply it to the way you love your brothers, obey your parents, and do your work. It has to affect every part of your life not just how much you do in church!”

I didn’t know it then but she was discipling me. She was teaching me to observe everything Jesus had taught. My parents gave their blood, sweat, and tears for many years to disciple us. It wasn’t “five simple steps and 9 months to making disciples”. NO! It was a long term investment; BUT IT WORKED!

So that’s discipleship. There’s no age limit to discipleship, and really no time limit.  Whether you’re young or old you should be disciplining some one and someone should be discipling you. So here’s the next step, who are your disciples? Maybe it’s your wife, children, friend, coworker, neighbor, or kids you baby sit. There’s an opportunity to disciple every where we look, but we need to be intentional.

Now here comes my story, “Our update.” Our life has been turned upside down and this intentional discipleship stuff is easy to preach really hard to practice. Our schedules have changed and increased, and life has gone to the next level. I’ve started seminary courses with a school here in Honduras. Frank and I are also teaching the courses to a group of about 10 pastors. The school, we’re working with, has most of the course books in english but not the first quarter, this requires a lot more effort on my part to get through. I’m also traveling with Frank to help train the other pastors. But God is faithful, I felt constant peace that “He who began a good work in us will bring it to completion.” That doesn’t mean that I haven’t wanted, at certain moments, to pull my hair out and scream, but I am learning to trust Him more and let Him have his perfect work in me.

George, my good friend and former student, is now the supervisor of our elementary school. I try to help him for the last hour of each day. He is also taking the seminary course with me. He doesn’t feel that our elementary school is his calling but is working at it to help him pay for his training and help him learn responsibility. He really wants to be a teacher of the Bible and travel to help train leaders in churches. I believe the work in the school will help him get to that point.

In all this new ministry, I have been challenged on how to continue to be able to train, love, and make time for my family. Frank has been a great help to keep me focused and intentional. God has been giving my wife and I the the strength to work as a team, love each other in the process, and make disciples.

I love you all and covet your prayers. We miss you and hope to see you this coming Christmas.

We pray blessings over your lives,

Nathan and Rebecca

P.S.

Due do circumstances out of our control the elementary school has very few students this year. We feel this was Gods plan because it is perfect for George to be able to learn to manage it. We have started a plan to make the school self supported but right now it doesn’t have enough students to work. Rebecca and I are paying George out of our monthly budget and frankly it wasn’t planed to be that way. If anyone would be interested in helping support George for this first year that would be a blessing. I believe in George and endorse him completely. If you’re interested please e-mail me at [email protected]

 
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