Bret Nazworth started disciple-making work in Bolivia in 2008 while he was pastoring Harlingen Bible Church, before DM2 was formed. Roberto Morales is the field director for Bolivia and has played a crucial role in ensuring the success of disciple making in this country.
The DM2-trained Bolivian pastors and leaders have consistently taught and retaught the workshop curriculums. This has revitalized their local churches. Not only have they taught their church people, DM2 Bolivian trainees have teamed together to teach hundreds of workshops in all parts of Bolivia. They have stopped at nothing, reaching out as far as Peru, Paraguay and Mexico. One leader had the DM2 Romans 1-8 curriculum translated into the native Guarani language. DM2 Bolivia has illustrated the power of following the biblical model of 2 Timothy 2:2 in reaching the world with the Gospel.
To date, the following curriculums have been taught in Bolivia: Romans 1-8, Romans 9-16, Galatians, Colossians, and the Panorama of the Old Testament.
DM2 workshops began in Sierra Leone in 2011, headed up by Tullahoma Bible Church. Tommy Northcott is the regional ministry director (RMD) for this field, and Michael Turay, a long-time contact of Tullahoma Bible Church, is the field director.
God is doing wonderful things in this beautiful country, even in the midst of a growing Muslim influence. Based on geographical location, Michael Turay has divided the core group of disciple makers into five groups and appointed a leader for each group. These groups are teaching the DM2 material in their area, as well as helping each other put on workshops.
The DM2 curriculums taught so far in Sierra Leone are: Romans 1-8; Romans 9-16; Old Testament Panorama; Life of Christ; New Testament Panorama; Galatians, Daniel, Colossians, and Revelation. In February 2019 Pastor Clay Ward and Tommy Northcott taught 1 Corinthians.
The first DM2 workshop in Zambia was held in October 2012. Beginning with Romans 1-8, the impact of the teaching has been amazing. Approximately 150 pastors and church leaders attend each biannual workshop. Joseph Chama, a long-time friend of board member David Howard, is the DM2 field leader. He is also the leader of a large group of pastors in the region. Between workshops, Joseph remains actively involved in training disciples all over Zambia, as well as in surrounding countries.
Although the work in Liberia began in 2014, due to the Ebola virus DM2 lost a year and a half and had to start over again in the fall of 2015. The Liberia field has a strong field director, Pastor George Paye, who is a like-minded brother and champion of grace-based disciple-making. John Clark, one of DM2’s board members, is the regional ministry director of this field.
Attendance at DM2 workshops is now around 60-70 attendees each trip. After three and a half years, there are beginning to be third and fourth generation disciple-makers. In 2018, the Liberia team was able to teach two workshops, Colossians and Bible Study Methods. In February 2019 they taught the Life of Christ Panorama. The most recent trip to Liberia occurred in 2020 where the team taught the New Testament Panorama. Travel has been restricted since COVID but this group has been eager to receive teaching. Pastor Paye and his team arranged for online workshops with John and Rob to be conducted via generator power and Zoom.
To date these are the DM2 curriculums that have been taught in Liberia: Romans 1-8, Romans 9-16, Old Testament Panorama, New Testament Panorama, Galatians, Colossians, Bible Study Methods, and the Discipleship manual.
Occasionally God allows us to experience something truly extraordinary. Our first trip to Cameroon was just such an experience. Going into the trip we did not know how dangerous certain parts of the country were because of the civil war. Many of the people we met were refugees, uprooted from the fighting sides of the country.
Others were pastors still bravely living in areas were firefights often come dangerously close to their homes and churches. In such a situation, you can be assured God is at work. We had some trepidations going into this workshop, mainly because we had never personally met the leaders who were organizing the event. So, in light of past negative experiences in other countries, where the leadership did not buy into grace teaching, we asked them to bring in only a limited number of key leaders.
However, despite our uncertainties, God had a wide-open door for us. We found out Grace Notes (Warren Doud), missionary George Mueller (1805- 1898), evangelist Moses Onwubiko, and Village Ministries International had all, either directly or indirectly, paved the way for us. God had clearly gone before us to prepare an entrance into Cameroon.