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God‟s Jump Over
Trevor Larsen

Summary: Fieldworkers from 14 teams multiplying believer groups to the third generation among cousin UPGs recently report jump-overs of small believer groups multiplying into other unreached people groups, in other provinces and countries. We ob-serve 7 ways the Lord is fueling jump-overs. Most are driven by nationals at low cost. There are many challenges including how to mentor distant leaders, and how to manage the schedules of workers who have lots of fruit in lots of areas. A profile of for-ward assigned apostle-like figures emerges, and of a different kind of fieldworker than imagined by international organizational leaders.

In Acts 11:17-18 and 15:14, followers of Isa observed and communicated what God did. This was part of their process of developing mission strategy and the-ology. Observing the surprising works of God, they concluded they must align themselves with what He is doing, including release old paradigms. Observing God and aligning with Him is man‘s part. One role of forward assigned apostle-like figures is ‗to describe‘ what God is doing so that we can grasp the modifica-tions in ministry approach He wants of us.
God is working to spread the gospel from 9 UPGs in which believer groups already multiplied to the third generation, causing this ‗fire‘ to ‗jump-over‘ to other UPGs, like a spreading forest fire starting to jump across boundaries. Or it could be described like the ‗runners‘ of a healthy strawberry plan result in new plants in other parts of the field. These ‗volunteer strawberry plants‘ emerged even though the 14 very fruitful teams of our Multipliers Network rarely sent workers to other UPGs intentionally. It even happened before these teams discussed plans to send evangelists. It happened when ‗apostle like‘ individuals were guided by the Holy Spirit to the un-reached edge.
What is it that God is doing to bring to life our vi-sion in the other UPGs? What should we then do so that we work together with Him? In 2010 I randomly heard stories of jump-overs, while discussing other matters with field workers. Jump-overs are most of-ten reported from UPGs to nearby provinces, but sometimes from UPGs to other islands, and even other countries.
All of these cases started from the 9 UPGs which began reporting 3 generation group clusters in just the last 3 years, which I view as early signs of movements. I have not yet interviewed all 14 teams in the Multi-pliers Network about jump-over cases. But through informal dialog with a few of the teams, we obtained the following reports - which stirs our imagination. If this phenomena were to continue, it would increase in its growth rate. I am convinced that in 5 years, we will see some amazing things. I believe that once we un-derstand how God is causing jump-overs, we will
become more focused in mobilizing field workers and funds compared to our previous efforts. Our previous scramble to start work in unreached people groups was a costly struggle from launch date until the date when we could finally report the first 9 UPGs which multiplied to 3rd generation groups. From the point of engagement to the point of 3rd generation fruit, this process often has taken 10 years in these first 9 UPGs to report 3rd generation fruit. But if we alter our tactics of engagement, and instead of picking where but rather follow the work of God to start in the UPGs where He has already started small fires, I am convinced we can speed up the rate of multiplication. It seems as though our focus now should be on understanding this phenomena, and then determining how God would have us partner with Him, and with each other.
All of the following cases share these principles in common: 1) bridging agents who are part of a multi-generational cluster, 2) low cost of bridging, 3) movement through preexisting social groupings rather than individuals, 4) social mechanisms which select responsiveness and de-select un-responsiveness, 5) quick identification and empowerment of local leaders, and 6) the guidance of the Holy Spirit to the right people group in the right time, and via the right people. The likelihood that a re-sponsive group will survive and thrive may depend on 7) the quick transition of initial spiritual responsiveness into Bible discussion group led by local people, 8) long distance mentor-ing of local leaders, and the 9) development of leadership com-munities.
In April 2011, I investigated this phenomena further, by questioning 7 church planters who were working in 3 people groups. They have developed 261 small believer groups in the 3 people groups where they live. What surprised them is that 5 of these church planters also developed 92 small believer groups in other Unreached People Groups (99% areas). These 92 ‗jumpover groups‘ were planted in 25 UPGs, and in 13 other people groups, even in 2 other countries – in places where we have no paid personell! 2/3 of these jumpover groups have begun within the last 2-3 years, and 11 have reached the 2nd generation. Considering the total of 353 groups planted by these 3 teams, 92 jumpover groups is 26% of the total, most of them unintentional!
I have discovered 7 means through which God is causing ‗jumpovers‘. The first level of partnering is partnering with God in what He is doing. We must dialog on how to partner with each other to support faster deployment and health of these ‗strawberry runners‘ in God‘s other fields.

JUMPING FLEA


In tropics, it is a common to see a woman picking fleas from her friend‘s head before they jump over to someone else‘s head.
Isa followers mentored in a 3 generation group movement in one UPG jump over to another UPG by moving or traveling to trade goods there, then producing the fruit of small believer groups in their new UPG. There are 4 different kinds of ‗jumping flea‘ cases which have produced groups in other UPGs. In the first 3 kinds of cases, a carrier moved for some period to the new field, while in the fourth the carrier was a traveling trader.
● Construction workers move from a 3 generation group movement in a UPG to start a construction job in an-other UPG; or in the reverse direction, individuals move from a different UPG to a UPG which already has a 3 generation group movement.
● House maids move from a 3 generation group move-ment in a UPG to another UPG
● College students studying in a city distant from their own UPG who become part of a 3 generation group movement in that UPG, return to their own UPGs after graduation and open believer groups.
● Traders who become part of a 3 generation group movement in their own UPG sometimes trade in other UPGs, and produce groups on their trade route.

KINSHIP BRIDGE


Isa followers mentored in a 3 generation group movement in one UPG jump over to another UPG through kinship ties which bridge two ethnics. They pass along what they have already tasted, multiplying small believer groups. These 2 kinds of cases have birthed believer groups in a new UPG:
● Cross ethnic couples which have become part of a 3 generation group movement in one UPG may move permanently or temporarily from one UPG to live with a parent in a different UPG, and share the gospel there. One church planter who has birthed 6 cell groups in one UPG visited his in-laws in a different UPG, and won 2 individuals to faith while visiting.
● Isa followers mentored in a 3 generation group move-ment in one UPG visited a relative who had moved to another UPG, and birthed a small group during the visit. A church planter visited his brother in a different UPG, and won 2 other believers while visiting. He continues to do long distance mentoring by using text messaging. In the reverse direction, a believer who had moved to a different UPG where he became part of a 3 generation group movement visited his parents at the end of fast-ing month, and won some believers and started a minigroup. In another case he moved back to his own UPG after his work finished, and sent messages about his evangelism.

TRAINING SPRINGBOARD


Isa followers who are leading a 3 generation group move-ment in one UPG give training to evangelists who are working in another UPG were fruit has been minimal. They encourage trainees to send news of their evangelism during the next 2 months. If training delivered is of immediately useful kind, some fruit may be evident during the intensive training week, and we assess news of fruit during the first two months after training. There are 3 kinds of cases:
● Cross over workers active in a 3 generation group movement in one UPG are trainers in another UPG. They often have wider social networks and wider invi-tations. Cross over workers who train are more legiti-mized if they co-train with Isa followers who are the fruit of their work and who are recognized leaders. Insiders provide insight into contextually fitted tactics that color the general principles trained by the cross over workers. Cross over workers must be deliver core principles strongly, but also learn from insiders, and allow their training to take on local expression even in ways unfamiliar to them, rather than expect contextual conditions to be the same.
● Workers who are both the fruit of, and workers in a 3 generation group movement in one UPG, are co-trainers with cross over workers as a training team in another UPG. Training is most fruitful if trainers from multiple generations work together. Training is focused on selected people ready to act immediately.
● Workers who are both the fruit of, and workers in a 3 generation group movement in one UPG, are called to a trainer‘s house in their own UPG to be trained inten-sively as a roving field worker. Their job may allow them to rove in a smaller or larger radius. This in house training intensive approach has reported fruit in near regions as well as far.

FREE CATCH


God has been using the individuals who travel between UPGs to infect a new UPG with the experience of a 3 genera-tion group movement in another UPG. Three kinds of cases report:
Individuals from one UPG live for a time in another UPG where they become part of a 3 generation group movement, then return and infect their own UPG.
An intentional missionary journey from a 3 generation group movement in one UPG to another UPG for 2-3 weeks tends to go with boldness and quickly find those who have already been prepared by the Spirit, provided those who travel are na-tionals who can cross over using their national language.
Cross cover college students working in a 3 generation group movement in the UPG near where they study intention-ally move after graduation to another UPG in order to reach it.

DISATER RESPONSE


Some disaster response teams have birthed 3 generation group movements in the UPGs where they serve, while others only delivered practical love. There are many factors at play including responsiveness of local people to God who allowed the disaster, and how the principles of the team connect practi-cal love to deeper mentoring.

MIRACLE BRIDGE


This bridge has been used by God for centuries to open works within new UPGs, particularly if the people used by God to channel His miraculous help have been part of 3 gen-eration movements in other UPGs. We have not yet gathered much information on just how far miracles are used in jump-overs between different UPGs, though it is a key element within all of the 9 UPGs where 3 generation fruit is reported. Persons from one UPG are helped with a dream or vision inter-pretation by someone from a 3 generation group movement in another UPG. The same is true when heart wounds are healed, when sicknesses are cured, when people are prayed for and pass through dea

ELITES


Elite Isa followers who have tasted 3 generation group fruit have access to other UPGs due to their status and influence. If these hierarchical contexts (in which they are high heirarchy) receive their testimony, doors are opened. Mentoring these types has high potential, but is often done poorly by Christian workers with little regard for the individual‘s security, shallow biblical understanding, and no grasp of the theological chal-lenges he faces in his social context. Promising things have been reported in many 'settings', whereas in some others cases elites have been exposed unwisely and have been destroyed by foolish well meaning Christians.
Seminar/training in bridging dialog in elite groups legiti-mizes 2nd and 3rd generation fruit and establishes local vo-cabulary to support spiritual renewal.
Personal mentoring of elite individuals birth 2nd and 3rd generation fruit, particularly if the mentor can not enter the mentoree‘s 'setting'.

SUMMARY


After first summarizing 7 general principles underlying all these cases, we looked at 7 exciting ways God is working to cause His 'fire' to 'jump-over' to other UPGs -- from the UPGs where that fire has reached the third generation in recent years and momentum is branching out. Fruitfully engaging other UPGs will be speeded up to the degree to which His peo-ple align with what God is doing and synchronize their efforts in the direction He sets. This sample of cases is representative but not comprehensive. We have much to discover about God‘s amazing acts through shared learning between leaders. Then we need to line up strategy, training, and mobilization to synchronize with what God is doing.

STRATEGY IMPLICATIONS


1. Observe what God is doing, where His Spirit is blowing, and aligning with Him.
2. Recognize and align with lower budgets supporting 'natural' startups in other UPGs, driven by nationals who must add 'jumpover' work on top of very busy schedules. Use special limited strategically focused funding.
3. Recognize and support 'jumpover' agents. In many cases these are first or second generation fruit, as well as agents of next generation fruit. In other cases they are 'apostle-like nationals' with special gifting for startups in unplowed terri-tory. One has started small cell groups in two distant UPGs, and supplied his own travel funds through fees earned via his transportable business. While 'apostle-like' nationals are so-cially, emotionally, and practically fairly self sufficient, they are empowered by attentive brotherly love and encouragement.
4. Recognize and focus on ‗people of peace‘ who are par-ticularly suited as cross cultural bridges. They are prepared by God before jumpover agents meet them.
5. Jumpover agents start ‗renewal bridging dialog‘ more quickly and move the dialog forward more efficiently in 'jumpovers', because their time is limited. Friendship building is with the spiritually responsive only. Bridging agents have skill in quicker dialog, boldness and little fear of failure. They use mystical 'charisma', intuitively seizing the moment, espe-cially when miracles or special circumstances occur.
6. Help jumpover agents learn to mentor long distance.
7. Recognize that new jumpover populations are not merely regions nor ethnics but also hybrid or special sub-populations – move from UPGs to Unreached Segments. Each of many variants needs a somewhat different discipling approach.
8. Build new learnings into every quarterly evaluation, to make keeping sight of what God is doing part of team culture. Build a culture of Incremental Innovation.
Certain outsiders linked to jumpover agents play niche roles which are important. These roles should be defined through mutual discussion.




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