Dear <<First Name>>,
At the end of Matthew, Jesus gives His disciples a call to go and make more disciples from Jerusalem to Samaria to the very ends of the earth. I'm sure we've all heard and read the verse thousands of times.
As Gabi and I step towards marriage (finally have some exciting news on that below, by the way 🎉) and moving to a new city, the final phases of disciple-making have become very, very real in my life.
If you break down Jesus' example of disciple-making to the absolute basics, you can see three major themes - following, equipping, and sending. Over the past year and a half, I've walked the guys I've been working with through lots of following and equipping. Now, especially for two of them, it's time to be sent.
One, Marek, just graduated high school and will likely be moving to a new city to start university in the fall. I've had the privilege of discipling Marek one-on-one pretty much since I arrived to Bielsko-Biała two years ago. Marek is an incredible young man with a great heart for both evangelism and worship. I'm excited to see how his faith will impact others as he steps away from his family and out onto his own.
The second, Kuba, as we have been praying - has agreed to take over leadership of our guys' small group as Gabi and I move on. Kuba has incredible humility, a hunger for God's Word, and a desire to see those close to him growing deeper in their faith.
Jesus didn't wait to send His followers out at the last moment, but instead sent them on smaller trips, followed up with them, and taught them further. Even as He was among them, He readied them to take up the mantles of the ministry after His departure. I'm doing my best to walk in that example with my guys. Kuba is already taking over leadership of our group, even while I'm still here, so I can mentor him as he leads others for the first time. And I will continue to mentor him and Marek even as Gabi and I move on to the new city God is calling us to in Poland.
I am praising God for Kuba and Marek, as well as the rest of the guys from our group! It's an honor to play even the smallest part in their stories. May God continue to lead and call these young mean towards faith that changes the lives of those around them!