A vision was birthed in co-founder, John Bevere, when this prophetic word was spoken over him: “I am doing a mighty work… I am preparing an army of men and women to stand with you. I will send you to places that you know not of. You will be a nourishing tree and multitudes will draw strength from the fruit you bear. Nations and peoples will be drawn into the kingdom of God by My word on your lips…”
The prophecy foresaw a collection of men and women who would stand together to reach the nations—discipling everyone, everywhere.
Now leaders all over the world can use their computers, tablets, or phones to train one-on-one or in small groups or churches. This has not only multiplied the effectiveness of the platform, but it will also long outlive a physical book and the foundation that powers the technology will endure for generations to come.
Our methods have changed, but our mission has not.
“When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” He [Jesus] said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.”
— Luke 14:12-14
The people we invest in may not all be crippled, lame, or blind, but our tie to this parable is that they cannot repay us. All team members—marketplace givers, church leaders, and Messenger International staff—realize that we have a great privilege: to give without expecting any compensation from those we’ve helped.
The mission to make resources available to every person, regardless of their location, language, or financial position, is much bigger than any one of us. This specific call began with a vision given to John in 1980, but it can only be outworked through all of us—banding together to disciple all nations.