African American Network: The Virginia Congress on Discipleship

Look at what God is doing...

Do you see what's happening here? Look around Rich . . . Rich look around." On two occasions, Bishop Milton Grannum, one of the Congress speakers, pulled Rich Berry aside to look around at the faces. The energy in the room was something rarely experienced. God was in the place!

Here's what June said in a written testimony: "This conference was... AMAZING! The fellowship was so wonderful. I left having more family. And I have been so inspired and encouraged by the messages. Before the conference, I was praying about meeting with a freshman girl I know. And now I feel the Lord has confirmed that I should be discipling her. Also, I cannot wait to put everything I learned into practice, especially with prayer. I felt like the prayer messages helped so much on knowing how to hear God's voice. There is much to process. But the AFAM Conference was the highlight of my junior year!"

Two hundred and eighty two people registered from all over the country for the Congress, which occurred this past March. Most were African American but God also brought quite a few from every racial background. It was truly a diverse event. Students, military personnel, pastors, church leaders, lay people and urban inner city workers filled the meeting room to capacity.

Here's how God moved:
•   We know of one person who was saved.
•   Twenty-two Norfolk State University students want to know more about Christ.
•   Twelve students from other parts of the country expressed interest in a two-year commitment of full time ministry.
•   Five Norfolk churches asked for training and development to become intentional about making disciples
•   Two couples want to become Navigator staff partners.

The challenge now is for wisdom and capacity to follow up on those who want to grow spiritually. God has blessed our African American Network with experienced Navigator staff in 14 cities around the country who can mentor people in Christ. One example is Norfolk. The Norfolk ministry team has begun working with the churches who expressed a desire to grow in discipling others. The student ministry in Northern Florida is expanding and growing in capacity to mentor people in Christ. But we need more workers; the harvest is always plentiful and the laborers for Christ are always few. Thanks for standing with the African American Network team as every effort is made to add significant value to reaching into urban America for Christ.

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