“I have always heard, my whole life, that God loves me unconditionally and that if I follow his directions then that is good and everything will turn out OK,” said Josh, a fourth-year student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario.
But Josh doubted whether he measured up to God’s ways. Raised in church, he earnestly sought God and desired to share God’s love with others—but questions plagued Josh’s mind.
“I was wondering about my actual effect on others. Am I actually loving those around me? Am I doing as Jesus would do? How do I know?”
When Grace decided to follow Jesus, she wanted to grow spiritually. But outside of meeting for worship, Grace’s church didn’t have discipleship opportunities for believers to walk alongside one another to grow in relationship with God.
“We don’t really have fellowship where we share the word in-depth and also share about our life experiences together—smile together, cry together, laugh together—it’s not there,” said Grace.
Seeing a university president sitting in a school desk and taking an exam isn’t an everyday sight, but that’s exactly what Dr. Nelson Ahilijah did.
President of Ghana Christian University College, Ahilijah is one of many leaders who trained in Ghana with Discipling Marketplace Leaders (DML), an international ministry that focuses on bridging the gap between the marketplace and Christ by teaching people to do their work for God’s glory.
“In West Africa, the teaching profession is not highly valued,” said Sebastian*, a Resonate Global Mission missionary. “As a result, it is rare to find those who enter the profession out of a calling and passion to teach.”
And then along came a carpenter.
“It seems like everything is normal, but you have to be careful about what you say, where you go, and when,” said Alicia Navarrete, a Resonate Global Mission missionary who serves at the Nehemiah Center in Nicaragua.
Nicaraguans are adjusting to a “new normal” after 2018’s political protests forced businesses to close, cost people their jobs, and resulted in death, injury, and arrests for many. Today, people continue to live in grief and are anxious about the future.