Global Disciples Team Writes New Discipleship Book



Ethiopia (MNN) – Global Disciples saw a amazing job of the Spirit of God in Ethiopia and in many other countries of the world. CEO Galen Burkholder developed a cross-cultural discipleship program with Brother Tefera, a Christian leader born in Ethiopia. In a new book, they answer the question: why don’t we often see these kinds of results in North America?

Tefera says, “The real problem is intimacy with Jesus. He is the vine, and we are the branches. Without Him we can do nothing.

With this relationship, Christians have the power to bring healing to their communities and relationships. The book tells stories from all over the world about ordinary people doing amazing things because of their attachment to Jesus. Tefera says, “God restores many broken relationships, family relationships and communities. It happens. God is doing something new in these places.


Brother Tefera and Burkholder have worked together for about 15 years. Tefera was sent to prison twice for his faith in Jesus.

He describes recent discipleship work in Ethiopia. “We prayed with them. We fasted with them. And we slept with them when they tried to put us up somewhere since we were teachers and instructors. We said, ‘No, we’re like you. Let’s sit together, eat together, talk together, laugh together, have fun together. It is life upon life. This is really the key point.

Jesus ate and spent time with everyone, regardless of class or status. But sometimes money and status kept people away from Him. Living in the richest region on the planet, North Americans should keep this in mind. Tefera says, “As North Americans (as someone who has lived here for 14 years), are we ready to step out of our comfort zone, out of our classroom?

Keep an eye on this site for more information on this book as it is published.

Header photo courtesy of Global Disciples on Facebook.


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