When Richard Ford was 78 years old, he found Zúme’s discipleship training. The course provided a helpful guide on making disciples who make disciples, but what would he do with it? Richard had been wheelchair-bound for more than 40 years, and he couldn’t move across the world to spread the gospel.
So, Richard did what we recommend in the second session of our course—he looked to his personal network. Tim Ahlen, Richard’s Zúme coach, shares that, “In 2021, Richard was really beginning to feel some health issues coming on, but he [invited] all of the neighbors in his neighborhood association . . . to a meeting out at a local country club.” He paid for the lunch and shared with them about “this amazing disciple-making process called Zúme.” When he was done, he offered his guests a few options: they could be part of a community prayer network, they could join a Zúme training, or they could decline to be involved at all. Most of them chose to sign up.
You may feel like there’s not much you can do to spread the gospel in your life. You may be hesitant or dubious that you can make much of a difference. Many of us feel that fear, but examples like Richard’s show us that we can always make an impact. God puts people in our orbit whom we can influence for His plan, and we only have to say, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isa. 6:8).
Try inviting your friends or neighbors for our free online training. You can get together in a 10-day intensive or once a week for 10 weeks—either way, you’ll have taken the first step to join the community.