Her name was Dalia*. She was sixteen years old and came from a strongly Buddhist family. One of the local Frontier Missions team members had led her to faith, but was unable to disciple her because she was a young woman. There were cultural barriers to his spending time with her. He asked if we would help.
Dalia moved in with us and became a temporary family member. When we first began to pray with her, she had no idea what to do! From the very simple basics of what it meant to follow Jesus, we began to train her. We prayed together, studied God’s Word together, ate food together and visited others in the community together. We prayed for the sick, shared the gospel and washed dishes together. Dalia grew rapidly in her faith and relationship with Jesus.
After a month or so, Dalia began sharing the good news with her friends at school. One of her classmates expressed a desire to follow Christ. Dalia led her in making a decision to become a disciple. She then came to me and said, “My friend Sunita has decided to follow Jesus…can you train her to be a disciple?”
“No,” I replied. “That is your job! Just teach her what I’ve been teaching you.”
I discipled Dalia. Dalia discipled Sunita. Sunita led others to the Lord, who she then discipled. The movement spread. This means the first generation disciple was Dalia, the second generation was Sunita and the third generation – the other classmates.
2 Timothy 2:2 says, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.“ Paul discipled Timothy (1G), Timothy discipled “reliable people” (2G) and they were able to teach “others” (3G). We see this multiplication again and again in the book of Acts.
Churches that Paul started, sent missionaries out to new areas where new churches were formed. Those groups started other groups in new areas and on it went until all of Asia had heard the gospel (Acts 19:10)
(The original story has been shortened.)
Source: Frontier Missions