The Key to Discipleship

Discipleship. It’s a word that’s heard a lot in the Christian community and Christian culture. With Margret’s Voice is the very heart of our ministry. There are many books written on this one word, many formulas and how-to’s given as to how to accomplish it. Each person has their own theory on how discipleship should happen, could happen, would happen.

But, what exactly is the key to discipleship? The old saying goes, “The proof is in the puddin’.” And the puddin’ to discipleship, the key, that is. . . is relationships.

Relationships, for some that comes easy; for others, not so much. God has built and designed all of us differently, that is why we are the Body, and that is why we need one another.

If relationships are the key to discipleship, then how do relationships happen? Relationships start and end with love, the love of Jesus and the love of others.

How can you really form relationships with a people separated by an entire ocean, separated by 7000 plus miles? Can this really be done?

Slowly, but surely, through much prayer and much love. . . relationships do happen. Then discipleship can occur.

Relationships happen through:

 

Serving together.

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Through loving on their babies.
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Through letting them teach you and give back to you.DSCF1925

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Through giving them a little piece of your home country. And what says America more than an Oreo?

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Giving the audible gift of God’s word to a woman who probably can’t read or whose eyes can no longer focus on words.
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Studying God’s Word in large groups.DSCF2321

And studying God’s Word in small groups.479

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Greeting one another with handshakes and hugs. 453

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Going on new adventures together no matter how afraid you all may be.278

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Trying to learn to be like them and laughing with them as they laugh at you.

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Hearing the stories of old together.306

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Hearing about their plans, their hopes, and their dreams.300

Knowing and calling them by name.309

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Walking their roads with them.258

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Being a guest in their home.257

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Having them be such a part of your family back home that your children write them letters. They know they are loved and thought about even when you leave their soil. 094

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Teaching them a new skill.
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Being proud of their accomplishments. Betty Nabafu dreamed of opening a preschool. DSC_8459

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Loving them as you would want to be loved. 183

Spending the night in their home.184
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Loving on their family.193

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Hearing their dream of not wanting riches but just wanting to be able to send all their children to University.202

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It was this night here that I realized relationships in Jesus were being formed in a solid way. As we all ate together at this table how our conversations just flowed as if we did this every night together.
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And, lastly, but certainly not least. . . one way to build relationships is to watch them eat the eyeball of a fish.DSC_8553

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And laughter. . . oh the laughter. . . what a great way to build a relationship.DSC_8549

We want to win souls for Jesus. We want people to walk in the grace and truth of the LORD Jesus. It all starts with relationships; first our personal relationship with the LORD Jesus, and from that should spring forth our relationship with these precious people.

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