Bekele Shanko is the global vice presiden for Global Church Moments at Campus Crusade for Christ International (Cru), working in over 150 countries to build movements of multiplying churches and faith communities. A native of Ethiopia, he has served as Cru’s National Director of Ethiopia and Regional Director of Southern and Eastern Africa. Bekele is the President of GACX and leads the church planting focus for Finishing the Task.
“If that church weren’t planted, I wouldn’t be here. It was a small, seemingly unsuccessful church, but whoever planted it doesn’t understand the depth of its impact on my life,” says Cruz Paniagua.
Fatima was hostile to the Gospel, attending Christian events and Bible studies on her US campus mostly to argue. Then she experienced answered prayer in Jesus’ name from a Christian friend.
“This is the first church I have ever been to where I did not feel anxious.” The middle-aged woman who spoke these words is a lifelong church attendee. She has lived on three continents.
There are 8 billion people alive today. Of those, approximately 2.5 billion claim to follow Jesus, while the remaining 5.5 billion do not identify with the Christian faith.
If you have spent any time at all in the church planting world, you have undoubtedly heard it said, “If we added up all the reports, the Great Commission would be complete.”