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The Making of a Disciple-Maker

February 2022 is the sport enthusiast's dream month. The Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, is our constant companion for 16 straight days. Everyone has his or her favorite sport. We position ourselves before the television set, learn the stories of the Olympians, sit on the edge of our seats, and cheer with all our energy. People from every country join the excitement as we cheer for our national heroes.

One of my favorite winter Olympic sports to watch is speed skating, specifically the short track relay. The rink is quite small, 60 meters (200 feet) long and 30 meters (98 feet) wide—the same size as an Olympic-sized figure skating rink. Four teams, two racers on each team, speed around the rink. Space is tight, especially around the curves, and anything can happen. Instead of passing a baton for the relay, the entering speed skater steps in front of his or her partner and is pushed into action. There is something about one speed skater pushing the other forward into the race that catches my attention.



When we talk discipleship in the church, we usually focus on the making of disciples. Somehow, we have assumed that when "our disciples" are attending church regularly, have cleaned up their language, speak about God more in conversations, and give their tithe, our job in disciple-making is complete. After all, the mission of the church is to make disciples, right? That is only partially correct. Let me explain.

The goal of the church is to make Christlike disciples. Jesus Christ is always making disciples of others; therefore, to be a "Christlike" disciple, the disciple must be making disciples of others. This is where we often have fallen short in the church. Believers must help the next generation of Christ-followers turn and make disciples of others.

My oldest daughter, Bekah, is now 17 years old and more than halfway through her junior year. Our home is abuzz with discussions of university choices, college entrance exams, and CLEP classes. About six months ago, I had a new thought I am convinced was from God. I was praising God for the way I saw Bekah living and loving Jesus. She has truly become a devoted follower of our Savior. She studies His Word, loves people, and has every evidence of the fruit of the Spirit. I must admit, I wondered if our job as parents was finished. Then, God spoke into my heart. "Your task is not complete. Bekah needs to be a disciple-maker."

I discussed this revelation with Bekah. I shared that we had two years left before she leaves for college. I wanted, if she so desired, to transition my spiritual influence with her from making a disciple of her to making a disciple-maker. A new journey in my life with my oldest daughter has begun. We meet somewhat formally each week when I am teaching her how to make disciples of others. We are praying for young people she knows who need Jesus. Soon, she will reach out to these friends to intentionally make disciples of others, first with me present to support her and later on her own.

Our plan is set. We are a team. She has entered the race and found her way in front of me. I am ready to push her forward with the mission of God. When she graduates from high school in May 2023, we will not celebrate and lose her to the next phase of her life. Instead, we will celebrate and send her into mission! If you happen to watch the short track relay in these winter Olympics, watch for the push of the speed skaters. Ask yourself whom you are pushing forward into the mission of God.


Scott Rainey, 
SDMI Global Director

Devotional of the Month

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Illuminating Lightbulbs

by Wes Eby, Global Representative

“So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding” (Hebrews 6:1a, NLT).

As a teacher, what a thrill and to see the proverbial lightbulb turn on in a student’s mind! Allow me to cite one example.

In teaching Navajo students, part of the learning dealt with cultural norms. In their traditional culture, eye contact with speakers was considered rude or disrespectful. This became a problem with one sixth-grade class that ranged in ages from 12 to 17. (Yes, I had two 17-year-old teens in that class.) As English speakers, a certain amount of eye contact in conversation, without staring, is the expected norm. Yet these Navajo adolescents struggled in dealing with this cross-cultural conflict.

My job included helping students become proficient in the English language and accept its cultural norms. At the same time, they needed to understand the cultural norms of their homes and communities were okay. The challenge? To be comfortable in both settings.

I tried my best to teach that both were right, that one was not superior. When speaking Navajo with their families, they should use and accept the values and traditions of the Diné (Navajo people). Yet, they needed competency in English with its values and traditions to be equipped to live and work wherever they chose.

At the end of the school year, I asked the students to write a paper titled “What I Have Learned This Year.” The responses enlightened and gratified me. Alma, one of my fifteen-year-old young ladies wrote: “I’ve learned there is nothing harmful about speaking in front of the class.” After being in school for almost seven years, the “lightbulb” clicked on for Alma. She finally realized she could talk with people in English, look them in the eye, and converse without any “harm.” For Alma, a huge victory.

In the same way, our master Teacher loves to see lightbulbs illuminate our spiritual understanding. I wonder how often He looks at me and grieves, saying, “When will Wes ever learn?” And I hope there are times He smiles and whispers to our Father, “Look, Dad, Wes finally caught on. I’m proud of him. He sure is making a good disciple.”

Jesus, please forgive me for the times I’ve failed to remember what You’ve been teaching me.

Help me, I pray, not only to listen but to internalize Your truth and apply it to my life. May I be the student You are proud of—always.

Wes Eby has spent decades as an Educator in many roles.  We are so blessed to have him as our Global Representative.  Wes and his wife, Roberta attend the Winter Haven, Florida, First Church of the Nazarene, where he serves as the NMI (missions) President/Educator and the church editor.

Please Enjoy our April 2022 Newsletter!

A Nazarene support network providing fellowship, discipleship, and resources that strengthen educational ministries


Soaring for Success with Standardized Tests
Becky Ramsey, Public School Representative

As the end of the school year gets closer, teachers and students are contemplating those end-of-the-year tests that have become the standard for evaluating what students have accomplished that year. 
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Teaching Higher-Order Thinking Skills

Beula Postlewait, Communications Representative

The easiest test questions for a teacher to write involve simple recall of answers. Teachers spend most of their time trying to help students, third grade and up, to develop their thinking skills and use them as tools to process their thoughts. 
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Are You Taking Care of Yourself?

Melodee Simmons, Preschool/Early Childhood Representative

Have you ever asked yourself this question: “Why do I want to work with young children?” Is it a job, a career, or a ministry? If it is a job, you do it for money. If it is a career, you do it for the children. If it is a ministry, you do it for the children and the Lord.
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Finish Strong!

Mark Taylor, College/University Representative

Not everyone is going to run in a race. However, everyone needs to finish strong whether it be for courses you are taking in college, your degree, students you are teaching, or other experiences in your personal life. 
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The Presence of Christ “in the Midst”

Marilyn J. Dominick, Chairperson of Nazarene Educators Worldwide

One of the greatest blessings of following Christ is His promise of safety and protection. Such protection comes through His abiding presence in our lives, often in the midst of great challenges. 
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Don't forget to pray for each other! Remember, we have a great mission field in which to disciple our students, their families, and our colleagues and to model the example of Christ - likeness to those we influence.  

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