God’s Vision God’s Mission
A few years ago, OM missionaries took the gospel to the unreached village of Chipwa. Last year, as part of a Mobile Discipleship School, we taught God’s Vision God’s Mission (GVGM) at Lake Tanganyika in Zambia when a couple of men from this small village attended. Some months later, I visited these passionate Christian fishermen. While in the pastor’s house, I noticed a blackboard with diagrams and keywords from a GVGM lesson! One by one the people testified of how the teachings had helped them. We prayed together, God healed the headman’s wife, and we departed with joy, recognising the grace of God upon these new believers.
Gavin and Marlien are currently based in Pretoria, South Africa and travel to various neighbouring countries including Zambia, Zimbabwe and Democratic Republic of Congo to teach, train and equip the body of Christ by teaching and training missionaries, church planters and church leaders. They have been involved in full time ministry since 1993. With Gavin coming from a construction background and Marlien being a registered nursing sister, they very quickly became involved in the practical side of ministry.
Gavin has been facilitating the World Perspectives course until recently. He has also developed an exciting and fresh approach to missions training called God’s Vision – God’s Mission. This unique material is built around a simple and easily reproducible diagram with a strong biblical structure. Already the course has proven to be a useful tool for teaching the kingdom of God and is being used effectively in missions training and discipleship.