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Simple Multiplication or a Miracle?

Simple Multiplication or a Miracle?

Written by Chuck Wood Movements are as easy as punching the numbers in a calculator, right? No way! Some of you have fallen out of your chairs with laughter because you know where I’m coming from. And yet people still approach this holy work of God as though it were a...

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The Great Collaboration

The Great Collaboration

Have you ever tried to put together a 1,000-piece puzzle only to discover at the end that one piece is missing? For a generation, the church in the West has been on a search, trying to solve the puzzle of what it takes to create movement and accomplish the mission of...

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Aim for the Ripple, Not the Splash!

Aim for the Ripple, Not the Splash!

No doubt you have heard of D.L. Moody, the great 19th-centrury evangelist. But have you heard of Edward Kimball? Moody, when 18 years of age, was a boot salesman in his uncle’s store in Boston. His manners were brash and crude.  His uncle told him he must attend...

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Jesus did research, what about you?

Jesus did research, what about you?

One of our values in Cru is fruitfulness.  In order to stay fruitful, we need to periodically reinvent our strategy or its elements. When caught in a situation where old methods of ministry are no longer working, it might be very devastating for us as staff members....

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Story from Romania: Beyond the Clouds

Story from Romania: Beyond the Clouds

With a flick of the switch, air-dancers soar 17 feet into the air, pulsating to the sound of the dynamic music filling the park.  A drone takes off, rising into the sky, zipping to and fro over heads now cocked upwards.  Curiosity takes over and everyone...

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Story from Albania: Can they carry on the work?

Story from Albania: Can they carry on the work?

I will never forget that meeting. It was end of March 2018. I had invited the key disciples of church “Agape” in Tirana, a church started by our GCM team. The discussion and conversations around what I call the Paul’s cycle, are still fresh in my memory. I would share...

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Measurements or counting what counts?

Measurements or counting what counts?

We are a team of 9 – 4 couples, serving together as leaders in the church planting ministry in Moldova. As we abbreviated it LGCM. Maybe somebody would quickly reply: A little correction, the number is wrong. No, there is no mistake. This is a team of spiritual...

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The Story of Iwona- Is multiplication possible today?

The Story of Iwona- Is multiplication possible today?

I met Iwona a few years ago thanks to Beata our common friend. Beata wanted her friends to read and get to know the Word of God.  She asked me to lead a Bible study group for her friends from her fellowship and not only.  Iwona started to attend.  She...

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From Moldova to ‘Moravia’ a faith adventure

From Moldova to ‘Moravia’ a faith adventure

This summer two of our Moldovan staff families decided to take an expedition trip to Czech Republic. The idea was birthed several months before. "When we were told that 5 countries in our region did not have a GCM ministry, our hearts were deeply moved by the need and...

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How About Church Practices Instead of Church Programs?

How About Church Practices Instead of Church Programs?

OK, let’s say you want to change something about the culture of your church.You want to help people move from a consumeristic mindset to a discipleship mindset. You want disciples who live on mission to make more disciples who live on mission to be the norm for your...

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