For the Chinese, 2018 is the year of the dog. But for All Nations, this is the Year of the Starfish. The starfish is a most amazing creature. If you cut a starfish in half, it does not die. It is not incapacitated or limbless. Instead, it multiplies into two starfish. For the long-armed Linckia starfish, a new starfish can be birthed out of just one arm, and multiple new starfish can be birthed out of multiple parts of the same starfish.1 A starfish exists to regenerate and multiply and keep multiplying. For All Nations, 2018 is the Year of the Starfish because it is the Year of Multiplication.
This year, All Nations plans to multiply catalytic hubs which train and send workers to the unreached peoples and places to multiply disciples, leaders, and church planting movements. All Nations currently has two hubs in Kansas City and Cape Town that have trained and sent most of our workers in 41 countries. But God has called All Nations to not only grow these hubs but to strategically multiply catalytic hubs in gateway cities in the key regions of the world. In 2018, we will be launching 2 more hubs in Hamburg, Germany, Europe and Kampala, Uganda, East Africa, where All Nations already has exponential church planting in both locations. In Hamburg, Germany, we have baptized more than 250 Muslim-background believers and established a Farsi-speaking church in the past year. The Germany hub will focus on church planting among the Muslim refugee populations in 50 key cities in Europe. In Kampala, we have established 417 house churches in the ghetto and Muslim outskirts. The Kampala hub will focus on mobilizing workers from eastern Africa to the surrounding nations and beyond. Our goal is by 2025 to have a total of 10 hubs in global gateway cities that will mobilize, train, and send workers from every nation to every nation.
Jesus is calling workers from everywhere to everywhere. About 78% of the world’s global mission force is now from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. By multiplying hubs around the world, All Nations can mobilize American, African, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American workers to be part of finishing the Great Commission in this generation so that every man, woman, and child in every place among every people will have the opportunity to know, love, and worship Jesus for all eternity.
When a Linckia starfish is broken into many parts, each part regenerates and grows into a new healthy starfish. A friend over Christmas just gave me a starfish Christmas ornament with five arms that now hangs above my bookshelf to remind me of multiplication. What are five “broken” areas of your life that you can ask Jesus to regenerate, multiply, and make brand new for 2018?
- Brafman O, Beckstrom R. The starfish and the spider. New York: Portfolio; 2006.