When The Gospel Is Green
One minute Greg Denysschen is gathering vegetables with former drug addicts. The next, he’s using the mission’s pigsty to illustrate the Bible’s prodigal son story. Then it’s on to a counseling session with a Hindu couple who recently came to Christ.
For this Haggai leader and director of South Africa’s Jivannadi Mission, achieving his goal of proclaiming the Gospel to all who have not heard means there’s not a moment to waste.
“I desire to see the land gripped by revival and all in this country reached for Christ.”
Not only is Greg the missions director, he’s also a pastor and the founder of GNCR, a community radio station, as well as an international teacher/lecturer and Haggai faculty member.
The challenges Greg faces are many. Just keeping the radio station on air meant many court battles. The mission center, which provides free accommodations for those in need, requires much help.
“We also provide three free meals a day so people can stay focused on meeting the Lord to deliver them from alcoholism, drug addiction, demonic bondage, and more. We only have a few volunteers, and the number of people coming for help is overwhelming. We work long hours dealing with tough cases.”
On average, Greg and his small team feed around 50 people per day. They also provide vocational training and counseling services. Even the vegetables grown at the mission serve a higher purpose. By selling them at the local market, Greg and his team have another way to reach nonbelievers.
Greg credits his time at Haggai with broadening his understanding of communicating the Gospel.
“I learned how to do it a culturally relevant way. I was exposed to those who had reached the nonbelievers using the redemptive analogy method.”
Once he became a Haggai faculty member, Greg used his knowledge to develop a course on “Reaching Those in a Pluralist Society.”
“Because many leaders attending the sessions needed greater exposure and more in-depth training, I was subsequently invited to a number of countries to train their leaders there. I facilitated my subject in India, Malaysia, and Africa,” he says.
Greg is grateful for the Haggai donor who enabled him to become a leader.
“There is a difference between success and significance. One may become highly successful
materially and financially, yet lack significance,” he says. “When one invests in your material and financial success into training leaders to be effective proclaimers of the Gospel, you have graduated from success to significance.”
Director of South Africa’s Jivannadi Mission, Pastor, community radio station founder, and Haggai faculty member.
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