Kevin DeYoung, John Folmar, Conrad Mbewe, and Afshin Ziafat discuss how the church is the way in which God will spread his gospel to the nations. Therefore, they go into detail about the importance of Christians loving and serving their local now and then aiming to see healthy local churches planted around the world.
Born in Houston, Afshin moved with his family to their native country of Iran when he was two years old. In the midst of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, Afshin’s family moved back to Houston at age six. In the second grade, he was given a Bible by a tutor who was teaching him the English language. He read that Bible 10 years later as a senior in high school and came to faith in Christ. Ultimately, his family would disown him because of his faith in Christ, and He began to understand the call of Christ on each of our lives—to follow Him regardless of the cost.
Afshin received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He went on to receive his Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages degree from Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. In 2008, he married the love of his life, Meredith. He is the lead pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, TX.
The Sending Gospel
Conrad Mbewe worked as a Mining Engineer in Zambia before answering God’s call into the pastoral ministry. Widely regarded as the African Spurgeon, Conrad is faithfully and powerfully proclaiming the Word of God from Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa, since 1987. As well as pastoring, he maintains a full itinerant preaching ministry in different countries around the world and edits the Reformation Zambia magazine. Conrad volunteers with the YMCA, providing vocational training to the many unemployed youths in his community. He is married to Felistas, and has been wonderfully blessed with three children plus two foster daughters.
You, the Church, and the Great Commission
John Folmar serves as senior pastor of United Christian Church of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He holds a BA from Boston University, JD from Duke University and an MDiv from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He grew up in North Carolina. He has been married to Keri for 16 years and they have three children. He enjoys reading and jogging. John desires to see Jesus Christ truly known and worshipped on the Arabian Peninsula through building healthy churches throughout the region.
Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at University Reformed Church (East Lansing, Michigan) and a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary. Kevin holds a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. He is the author of several books, including The Hole in Our Holiness, Crazy Busy, Taking God at His Word, The Biggest Story, and Just Do Something. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children.
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