God’s design for spreading the gospel is not simply to tell others. His plan is that we will entrust the gospel to those who will in turn faithfully teach it to others. That’s the instruction of 2 Timothy 2:2. The baton must be continually passed on or the mission will die.
Gary and Melita Root have spent 16 years in the Philippines running a vocational training and discipleship program called Working Hands. Although the report Gary shared last weekend was only 10 minutes long, it was one of the clearest descriptions of multiplication ministry I have heard in some time.
We saw picture after picture of students who have come through the program. Some have gone on to serve the Lord in various trades such as construction, being lights in their community as they build their family on Christ. Others are serving the Lord in vocational ministry as pastors, ministry leaders in their church or joining the staff of one of the ministries at Second Mile. In fact, the Working Hands staff is currently made up entirely of graduates. These young men are working to teach a new batch of students the Word of God they learned from Gary. That’s multiplication ministry!
The critical nature of this principle is underscored by the fact that Gary and Melita are now back in the states for the time being, particularly due to Melita’s poor health. We pray that God will restore her strength so she can continue to serve him fully. But we praise God that the ministry they have left behind is moving forward in the power and plan of his Word.