Over 40% of the world’s people groups still lack an indigenous community of Christians who are able to share Jesus with their own people, according to the Joshua Project. We needn’t be overwhelmed by that, but it is motivation! That fact, plus the multiplication plan Paul describes in 2 Tim. 2:2 are exactly what Entrust is about.
We’re equipping indigenous Christians with ministry skills, so they can in turn teach others. Join us! Pray for us! Find someone to equip in your own world! Let’s be about our father’s business while we have time!
What comes to mind when you think of a mentor? What kind of person do you picture? Who has mentored you? Who are you mentoring?
A mentor can be many things: an example, a coach, a listener, a cheerleader, a trainer, a counselor, a guide, an advisor, a role model. The Bible describes several mentor relationships. Think of Moses with Joshua, Elijah with Elisha, Barnabas with Paul, Paul with Timothy, Jesus with his disciples.
At Entrust, we’re kind of in love with mentoring. It’s built into who we are and what we do. We draw our name and marching orders from 2 Tim. 2:2, a beautiful picture of mentoring.
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How do you reach 7.5 billion people?
Your top of mind answer is probably, “One person at a time.” True. But, even more effectively, “through multiplication.” Multiplication adds up faster than addition.
Many ministries, including Entrust, use 2 Tim.2:2 to speak of multiplication – one person teaches a few, those few teach a few more, who then teach a few more, and on it goes, all based in the local church.
Discover how multiplication is playing out through Entrust, from Burundi to Kurdistan to Charlotte, North Carolina, in our quarterly eMagazine, Engage. Sign up to receive your link to Engage by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Then watch for it in your inbox on Dec. 20. [Added bonus, Russian Christmas recipes and review of a book that might make a great last-minute gift.]
In June, a mama deer plopped down in the shade outside our Colorado Springs offices. She stayed all day, barely moving, even as we clustered around the windows, raised the blinds, took her picture. She left once, to grab some lunch from a grove of trees across the parking lot.
The next morning, we discovered two fawns – one not living, one very much alive, asleep in tall grass next to a sheltering rock. As we looked on from inside our conference room, Mama showed up. She licked the little guy, nudged him to his feet, waited patiently while he faltered and stumbled a few times, then walked away with him trotting behind.
Immediately the metaphors started to fly. “Entrust is all about multiplication. Now multiplication is even happening outside our windows.” Ha ha. “We aim for multiplication, second- and third-generation groups. Here’s a second generation for you!” Ha ha.
Actually, the best metaphor is what is happening now. Mama deer is working with her fawn, patiently spending time with him, modeling healthy behavior, showing him how to feed himself, stay safe, grow, and one day, reproduce. Some of his efforts, like hers, may not live. Others will. And then he’ll start the process all over again.
It’s II Tim. 2:2, in action – deer-style.