OUR PROCESS

The face of missions has changed as we know it.   Not only is partnering with the local church a great idea, we believe it is God's idea!  By working with the local Church, it allows us to be more strategic and intentional with our focus turned to the Unreached People Groups (UPG) and Unengaged Unreached People Groups (UUPG).

The laborers are few, but the potential laborers are many, filling the pews of local churches throughout the world. Host pastors across WACA and other regions of the world are using Live School to equip, empower and mobilize everyday, indigenous believers to make disciples and plant churches among the unreached. Evangelism is wonderful, but it is the church makes disciples. We serve the Church of West and Central Africa to help them fulfill the Great Commission.

We train several facilitators recommended by the host pastor to operate Live School on the church's behalf.  Live School is a tool that trains everyday believers on how to be indigenous missionaries.

TRAINING INDIGENOUS BELIEVERS SIMPLY MAKES SENSE

  • They live close to unreached peoples.
  • Understanding the language and customs reduces the time for cultural acquisition.
  • The students live at the same economic level of those they seek to reach.
  • They already have influence in the culture they seek to transform with the Gospel.
  • They have access to countries closed to Westerners.
  • They are able to train other indigenous missionaries for less cost.


PASTOR MEETINGS

Finding a connection with the local church is vital to our mission.  This is why we hold Pastor Meetings.  In Pastor Meetings, we ask the indigenous pastors to share what God is already doing to reach the unreached around them. We then describe what Live School is and how it can benefit them, fulfilling their Great Commission vision.  During our time with them, the Lord reveals to us those that are mission-minded.  Our Pastor Meetings up to two days long.


FACILITATOR'S TRAINING

Once we find the mission-minded pastors and connect with them,  we return at a later date to train those the host pastor has chosen to facilitate the school.  This training takes approximate three days.  The Facilitator Training (FT) takes approximately 3 days. After the Facilitator Training is complete, the trained facilitators return to the host church and recruit mission-minded students to take part in the Live School training.  We train one facilitator for every eight students expected to take part in the Live School training. Each host church agrees to use Live School repetitively for five years.


LIVE SCHOOL

“Live School doesn’t just train missionaries who go to the jungle. We train missionaries from the jungle, in the jungle.”  - World Mission Centre

Live School is a comprehensive and portable missions training and discipleship program that trains indigenous believers in rural and urban areas of the world to plant sustainable churches and be missionaries to their own and neighboring people groups.  The process is very efficient and practical.  Live School is a missions video school taught by an international coalition of practictioners, teaching from what they do.   They are passing the baton to the next generation.  The Live School contains 28 courses (259 sessions approximately an hour in length) designed to build into a national who has at least a 6th grade education what he or she needs to be a successful full-time missionary.

Live School partners with local churches and pastors around the world to mobilize them to the call of the Great Commission. The training curriculum is on a small device, which can be connected to and watched on a television. Live School then trains facilitators who will lead a small group of students (local believers and church members) in a classroom, church, or house within the community. It takes approximately five months to go through the curriculum full-time followed by three to five months of practicum outreach.  Most schools in the WACA region are done part-time and are required to be completed within 18 months or less.

The training is intense and ... practical. Live School deals with the heart and character of the person first. It is important to identify and allow the Holy Spirit time to minister to the students to heal hurts and help the students through issues of offence and forgiveness. Then the students move into a practical theology section of the school to ensure that in the essentials everyone is on the same page. We don’t want to propagate heresy. From theology the students enter a missiology and proven evangelism methods, emphasizing bringing the Gospel to those who have never heard it in culturally relevant ways. As the school continues, it becomes more and more practical, like our faith. “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:17). The last section of the curriculum portion of the school has to do with Acts of Kindness. Live School is incredibly holistic.

From the outset of an intake of Live School students, the host pastor and facilitator(s) present the students with a vision, a set of objectives to accomplish. The host church is raising laborers to plant churches in areas the pastor and his team believe God is sending them to make disciples of Jesus. This vision is kept before the students, and they pray throughout the course to seek God’s strategy to develop meaningful relationship with and reach these people with the truth and love of Christ. After completing the curriculum phase of the school, the students go on outreach to these targeted locations and people, actually serving and loving those for which they have been praying for months, and actually doing what they have learned in the curriculum phase of the school. Under the host pastor’s guidance, branch churches are usually planted to disciple and grow the new believers that result from the students’ efforts. Some of the graduates often return or are sent back to that location to provide the leadership of the new church(es). Others return to help the host pastor or other churches from which they may have come to attend Live School.

Meeting a person’s natural needs opens a person’s heart to the Gospel (Lk 5:4-11; Rom 2:4). It is hard to hear the Gospel when your stomach is hungry. Courses like Farming God’s Way, You Can Start a Business, Community Development and others provide a great platform for which to share the Gospel (Gen 12:1-3). Live School ministers to the student’s spirit, soul and body. It provides them a road map to break the poverty cycle in their lives and the lives of those they seek to reach. This results in more ardent and focused laborers, as they seek to bless others with the love of Christ and power of the Gospel.

• Live School is being used in 95 different countries in 11 different languages, as of July 2019.
• All 24 countries of the WACA region are training indigenous missionaries with LS, since Feb. 2019.
• LS is currently being translated into the Hausa language, the largest Unreached People Groups (UPG) in WACA (Aug. 2019).

*Live School is a product of World Mission Centre.


FARMING GOD'S WAY

Farming God's Way is not just a great idea, it is God's idea!  Farming God's Way is equipping the poor to appropriate the amazing revelations God has provided for them to come out of poverty. We have seen such amazing traction using this tool.  Not only is this feeding nationals, it is creating a way of means for them.  In a couple countries, the coordinators have planted anti-malarial Artemisia annua, where they will make a tea out of the leaves.  This will greatly lessen the effect and pain of malaria sickness.


LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

Leadership Development Academy (LDA) is a full-time, residential training held in a cross-cultural setting, with students from West and Central Africa (WACA). The LDA student are trained to be facilitators as well as trainers of facilitators for Live School (LS).  The goal of a LDA is to build teams to rollout Live School among the churches of each student’s country that the unreached there might become true disciples of Christ.  By imparting its values to the student, Sonrise International seeks to transfer its DNA to him or her.  The LDA is also used to train LS rollout teams for larger denominations, so that they can use LS autonomously.

World Mission Centre

Sonrise works with World Mission Centre in West and Central Africa to assist local-national churches there to train, mentor, and disciple church members to reach the least reached.  World Mission Centre was founded in 1989 by Willie and Lydia Crew, who serve as the international team leaders of the WMC leadership team. The leadership team consists of a team that has served the organization in various capacities all with the task of sharing the Gospel of Christ till every ear has heard.