Who has heard of fifteen disciples from eight states starting a church together without ever meeting one another before? Until this year, we hadn't either! You may know Eugene, OR as home of Nike, Track Town, Duck football, or "old hippies don't die, they move to Eugene." But now, due to the hand of God through the amazing vehicle of Disciples Today and the One Year Challenge, he started the University Church of Eugene in just that way!
Hello from Nicaragua!
If you have been following the story of us, Steve and Sandy Jacoby, then you know we are both in our mid-fifties and empty nesters. Three years ago we moved to Nicaragua wanting to help the poor and needy in some way, but with nothing definitive in mind. We spent our first 16 months in Managua getting to know the disciples, learning the language and feeling our way around.
Let's change the world for disciples in extreme poverty one family at a time. "I was hungry" is a ministry of the Central Jersey Church of Christ with vision to duplicate this ministry throughout all our churches.
On June 23, 2013, the Shore Points Church was planted at the Jersey Shore with a team of 18 faithful disciples. Two years later, the team is now 33 members strong!
Now then just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moves, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. -- Joshua 14:10-12
The Casco Bay Church of Christ in Portland, Maine was planted in 2010 with 11 people and has grown to 70+ on Sunday. We have seen God change lives and help many come to know Jesus. We are a church that desires to be self-supported and we desire to multiple and mature as a congregation.
The ICMC was an incredible mountaintop experience for a lot of reasons - not least of which was the presence of the One Year Challenge. We have seen a steady increase in the number of participants and the number of international and domestic host sites. God is using the One Year Challenge to advance the kingdom!
To call the One Year Challenge a “challenge” has always felt strange to me. A challenge implies that some sort of dare or hardship is involved. And while I agree that the OYC was challenging at times, I would much prefer to call it the One Year Adventure. Like any adventure: it was exciting, risky, full of unknowns, full of mountaintops and valleys, with the overall quest to do great things for God.
The campus ministries at UMass Amherst and Westfield State University are currently seeking disciples interested in joining our one year challenge in the Pioneer Valley Church of Christ. This ministry is in a very exciting position, growing from five students to over 30 in just a few years! Though this is an exciting size, God has put bigger dreams on our hearts. After much prayer and guidance, we have a great vision for where this ministry can be! You are part of this vision, and so without you... this vision won't be complete!