Do you struggle to find meaning in the mundane, ordinary parts of life?

It is difficult to see that God is present in everything we do!

We don’t think about worshipping God when sending emails, making our bed or brushing our teeth.

But what if each of these boring routine things mattered?

Whether we realize it or not each of us is shaped by the unnoticed habits of our daily lives.

Making Your Bed

What is your morning routine? How does it shape your day?

Most of us start our day in a rush to get out the door and complete our to do list. We don’t take time to remember whose we are and that we belong to something bigger than ourselves.

In the beginning God created the world and brought chaos into order. We also can start our day by bringing order to our lives.

Whether or not you make your bed in the morning might not seem like a big deal, but an unmade bed can be a reflection of your day to day life.

Does making your bed actually have an impact on your life?

If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.

— Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Seal William H. McCraven

By starting your morning with a made bed you are setting the tone for the rest of the day.

Brushing Your Teeth

The Bible tells us our bodies have a vital role in worship.

Taking care of our bodies is important because we are the temple of God. Jesus came to earth in a physical human body so that our bodies could be redeemed.

We wouldn’t neglect to care for the building we worship God in, yet we often misuse our bodies forgetting we are His place of worship.

No matter how much we might dislike brushing our teeth it can become an activity in which we remember and worship our creator.

When I stand before the sink brushing my teeth and seeing my reflection in the mirror, I want it to be an act of blessing, where I remember these teeth I’m brushing are made by God for a good purpose, that my body is inseparable from my soul and that both deserve care.

— Tish Harrison Warren, Author of Liturgy of the Ordinary

Sending Emails

How is worship linked with my work?

It is common to think that in our lives, worship and work are separate. But we see in scripture that what we do here on earth will affect eternity. They are inseparable.

We don’t work to build our earthly kingdom but rather we are joining with God to build His kingdom.

God isn’t only present in our favourite activities but also when we do the tasks we don’t like with a joyful attitude.

It seems meaningless to sit in front of a computer screen and send emails all day…

But what if we offered it as worship to God?

Our faithfulness in the mindless tasks that seem unimportant, will grow to impact the world, moment-by-moment, day-by-day, throughout the long haul of the Christian life.

Want to discover how you can embrace the ordinary moments of your daily life?

I learned the importance of focusing on God’s kingdom in each experience of my daily life.

— Discipleship Program alumna

GFA Discipleship Program is an opportunity for you to come away for a time and learn to worship God in ordinary life within a community committed to following in the footsteps of Christ.


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Do you struggle to develop or maintain a consistent habit of prayer in your daily life?

As followers of Christ, prayer is foundational to our spiritual journey and yet it can be so easy to push it aside amid the distractions and busyness of the world around us. Maybe prayer seems too difficult, you just don’t know how and feel too inadequate to even begin.

What if you had the opportunity to be immersed in a community committed to prayer, to experience prayer not only as something you do but as a lifestyle?

At the GFA Discipleship Program, prayer is integrated into the daily, weekly, and monthly rhythms of our lives. Every Tuesday night, we as a staff family gather to seek the Lord for our needs and intercede on behalf of our brothers and sisters around the world. One thing that is unique about our prayer meetings is that we pray together in small groups of 2-3 people. This gives everyone the opportunity to actively participate by praying audibly instead of just being a spectator.

Our mornings at the office begin with prayer and we stop twice a day for prayer and scripture reading. On the first Friday night of each month, we have an extended night of prayer. Throughout the year we set aside special times for sung worship, solitude, and fasting. Students also incorporate prayer in their home life, beginning each day with house devotions and ending their day with evening prayers.

Our desire through the Discipleship Program is for young adults to experience a vibrant lifestyle of prayer during their time in the GFA community. Students have the opportunity to not only learn about prayer through study but to be active participants, developing a deeper faith in the Lord.

In the following paragraphs Discipleship Program alumna share how their prayer life was impacted during their time at GFA.

One thing that I've felt the Lord has helped me grow in a lot is prayer. Before I came here, I prayed a lot too, but it just didn't mean as much as it does now. I think it's because my relationship with the Lord is more intimate and so I trust Him for greater things. He's answered prayer a lot for me, even the little things amaze me so much.

— 2013 Alumna

I have definitely seen GFA staff be a people of prayer and worship. Not only at prayer meeting and when the bell rings, but also before doing something they pray. It has shown me that God is not just working through our prayers for the field, but also the little things we do at the office should be committed to God.

— 2015 Alumna

It has been so easy for me to get so caught up in my needs that need to be met instead of remembering those who are in worse circumstances than I am. Attending the prayer meetings at GFA has really helped me to put the principle of being others focused during my prayer time into practice. It has been really encouraging to see the answers to our prayers. I have learned that as we pray with others it strengthens our prayer life and gives a drive to form a consistent prayer life.

— 2016 Alumna

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When Coronavirus first began, for most of us it was just an unknown disease, in far off China. For me, it didn’t affect my day-to-day life, so I dismissed it, until suddenly, I could not ignore it anymore because it was right on my doorstep.

Almost overnight it seemed, Coronavirus spread around the world and fear seemed to take over society-our lives were now affected by an unknown, unseen virus, that, although invisible, had the power to throw everything into chaos. Now, we seek to carry on with our lives in the new normal that has emerged, that is, isolation and social distancing.

But can we, as a society, really exist on our own? How much will our day-to-day lives be affected by the absence of close relationships, human contact and even something as simple as a handshake?

Life at GFA World is built on community.

We believe that as followers of Christ, we were not meant to do life on our own. As staff members, we are not just focused on the work, but on relationships. We hold onto each other for accountability, encouragement and friendship and that remains during times of rejoicing and challenge. Coronavirus, with the isolation it has brought, could have had the potential to draw us apart but instead it has provided us with the ability to serve and care for one another in a new way, perhaps deepening our relationships as we learn to hold onto one another from a distance.

Yes, we have physically been apart. In the past few months, there have been no community meals, no gatherings for prayer or celebrations, no visiting in each others’ offices or just stopping by to see how someone is doing. I think I miss those things the most. Especially not getting to celebrate someone’s birthday or go out for coffee together.

But we have continued with the daily rhythms of our community life. Prayer meetings have continued virtually, giving us a way to see one another, pray for the different needs facing us here and around the world, and remind ourselves that our purpose is still the same. The needs of those who are suffering and without Hope around the world are still there, in fact they are all the greater as a result of what we are going through. When I am tempted to feel as though I have nothing to be grateful for, I am reminded of the thousands of people enduring lockdown in third world countries. Compared to them, my isolation is definitely not suffering.

There have even been some new ways to stay connected-virtual movies, read-aloud and delivering goodies to each other’s mailboxes. For those of us who share a house with roommates or family members, perhaps for the first time ever, we are together 24/7. This has been a great blessing for me as my relationships are becoming less superficial and more open. It provides someone to cry, pray and laugh with and keeps my focus off myself on the hard days.

There has been a lot more time for solitude and silence during the pandemic. That can be a challenge to get adjusted to when you are used to busy life, always on the go, but it is actually a good thing in disguise. In silence, you are able to recognize what is in your own heart, hear God’s voice more clearly and be okay to rest in His presence.

So how will this impact my life in the future?

Coronavirus will eventually be a thing of the past, at least that is what we hope and pray for. But I think normal life as we knew it will never be quite the same again. Fear can take a while to overcome, and as much as some of us may crave human touch and interaction, that uncertainty may linger in our minds for a while: “Where has this person been? Is it okay to shake their hand? Give them a hug?”

As Christians, we have something to hold onto that is greater than our fear of death or suffering. It is the expectation of eternity with Christ, which is now drawing closer than ever before. We can walk through some of the darkest times and places, with no fear because we know our Saviour has triumphed over death. In the early church this was demonstrated many times during the numerous plagues and persecutions Christians faced. Often Christians were the only ones who would treat those who were sick and dying, because they were not afraid to lose their own lives. This active demonstration of Christ’s love in the face of suffering had a tremendous impact not only in their immediate communities but all over the then known world.

In present day, Christ’s love triumphing over fear is seen in the lives of believers who are serving tirelessly in countries that are the most severely affected by the Coronavirus. GFA National Workers on the frontlines in South Asia have taken this opportunity to represent Christ to those who are starving, homeless and hurting as a result of the pandemic and lockdown in their countries. They could be staying safe at home with their families, but they know safety is not their calling as Christians. They are willing to put their own lives on the line so others may share in the Hope they have been given.

Going forward, my hope and prayer is that God’s love will triumph over the fears I face and no matter the uncertainty and turmoil around me, I can rest in God’s sovereignty over it all. I want to be less afraid of giving up my life and more focused on eternity with Christ. I don’t want my own desire for safety or comfort to ever take the place of obedience to Christ, serving others and bringing Hope in the darkness around me.

I think God has used this time of isolation to give me a greater realization that life is not in my control. No matter how much I strive and worry, I can’t ultimately change my circumstances. My desire is to continue, when all this is over, spending less time worrying and more time being grateful, looking for ways to build up and encourage others. Having extra time alone has made me more aware of my own limitations and struggles and I want to learn to use them to grow stronger in my faith and closer to Christ.

There will, no doubt, be other challenges to face when Coronavirus is over. As followers of Christ, difficulties are part of the journey. But no matter what the future holds, may our confidence rest in the One whose love triumphs over fear.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.

— 1 John 4:18


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Have you ever been at a place in your spiritual journey where you feel like you are stuck in place? You don’t feel enthusiasm or passion anymore and you go through the motions of spiritual disciplines because you know you should and not because you want to.

I have been in this season for quite some time now. I don’t know exactly when or how it began, I didn’t notice until I was there. Then I began to feel as though my life had always been that way and always would be for the future. I can relate to the heart cry of King David from Psalm 13, “How long, O Lord?” but God seems silent in response.

How long, O Lord?

— Psalm 13

I have never minded being alone. I recharge by myself and love activities, like taking long walks in nature, where it is just me and the beauty of creation. It brings peace to my soul somehow. But physical aloneness is different than spiritual aloneness. For me it brings anxiety. "What do I do? I must be missing something, doing something wrong. How did I get to this place? And more urgently, can I get out of here, now, please?!"

It reminds me a lot of a horse in training, learning to rest under pressure. The trainer puts the horse in a stressful situation and the only way it can get out is by remaining calm, relaxing and just waiting for the next command.

The horse’s first and natural reaction is to run. It likely thinks: “Now I am going to die for sure! This silly human is trying to kill me, and I want to get out of here at all costs.” But gradually the horse realizes that when it stops running and fighting, the pressure lifts. It learns to trust that the trainer has its best interests and safety in mind and finds a place of peace and calm, by resting at his side.

I think God has placed me under pressure, so to speak, in a stressful training situation these past weeks and months by allowing silence, not giving answers and asking me not to run, but to rest. This has been incredibly challenging and painful for me.

This training session has played out in a few different ways. My health is one main area. This past year I have had some ongoing health challenges that have tested my endurance, my faith in God’s good plan for my life and in all honesty, made me want to run.

The physical and spiritual aspects of our lives are very much intertwined. If one area is undergoing battle, then the other area will be profoundly affected. In the thick of things, though, it is hard to remember this. I questioned: “God, am I doing something wrong? If I just had more faith, more will-power, would I get better? Is this all in my head?” I have worked so hard to get well, visited several doctors and don’t seem to be getting any answers or results. Not feeling well can easily lead to discouragement and it has been hard to keep a positive attitude.

One night I was laying in bed, pondering and praying through the challenges I had been walking through. Gradually, a sense of peace began to come into my heart, and in my spirit, I knew God was saying, “It’s going to be okay.”

I wasn’t asking God to speak to me then or even asking for answers. I had just come to a place where I knew there might not be an answer and I was okay with that. Somehow, finally, I could accept that if this is what God is asking me to walk through, He is going walk through it with me.

I began to realize that maybe He has been speaking to me. His voice is there even in the silence. It just doesn’t always look like I think it should. The Lord helped me understand that sometimes His voice is heard through my roommate asking me, “how are you doing this morning?” Or maybe during the Psalm readings at our daily prayer times, when a friend prays with me over the phone or simply when He gives me the strength to get out of bed another day.

It is a little like hanging out with your best friend. You don’t have to be talking the whole time because you are just satisfied with being in each other’s presence.

In a book I recently read, the author shared an encouraging incite that helped me realize, silence is not something I need to fear:

“Do not be afraid if all you seem to hear is silence. Sometimes the “silence” of God that we experience in prayer is a simple affirmation that we are where we need to be. God wants us to simply “be” and not overthink the work he has right in front of us. God’s silence in prayer can be a simple message of “you are where I need you to be, and when I want you to move, you will know it.” -Bobby Angel *

Sometimes the “silence” of God that we experience in prayer is a simple affirmation that we are where we need to be.

— Bobby Angel

I believe I am gradually coming to a place, where I can be ok with silence and accept that God has placed me where He wants me to be. Like the horse in training, I can rest in my master’s presence, even under pressure. When all my natural instincts are telling me to run, I remember He is ultimately good and has my best interests at heart. I can stay in this place, wait it out and trust that in His presence I will be safe.

Sometimes difficulties just happen, not because I’ve sinned or missed the mark or I’m not good enough, but because that is the way life is. If my focus is on beating myself up and wallowing in self-pity, I will miss the learning opportunity that is right in front of me. I am also learning to be ok with not accomplishing everything that I want to when I am feeling physically weak. I am beginning to let go of my expectations for each day and trusting that whatever I do get done, is what God intended for me to accomplish for that day.

I am grateful for this time because it has taught me more about who I am in Christ and how He sees me: I can persevere through more difficult times than I thought I could. I am not a failure or disappointment. God has not abandoned me or set me aside on a shelf to forget about me.

It’s also taught me more about who God is: He is completely and ultimately good, He never fails or allows things to happen by accident. My sickness, loneliness and struggles have not escaped His notice. Knowing who my Father is brings deep peace. On the good days and the bad, in silence and pain, through it all, there is assurance of His love and care over me.

I know this is not the end of training. The lesson I am currently in is not complete and there will no doubt be more down the road. But, like the horse, there is a deeper level of trust and love established between me and my Trainer. And even though the lessons might get harder, I am becoming stronger. Whatever comes I will be more equipped and prepared to face it with Him by my side.

I take comfort in the fact that King David, too, found peace in the silence and the waiting. He ends Psalm 13 with these words of faith and praise:

But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.

— Psalm 13:5-6

* Pray, Decide, and Don’t Worry: Five Steps to Discerning God’s Will - by Jackie and Bobby Angel in collaboration with Fr. Mike Schmitz


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What if making a significant impact for God’s kingdom was not about changing the world, but investing in a handful of ordinary, seemingly insignificant people?

What if our tools weren’t our knowledge and abilities, but relationships within the Body of Christ and Godly character?Jesus spent his time on earth with a small group of people, unlikely candidates to be world revolutionaries. Yet we read in the book of Acts that these men went on to turn the world of their time “upside down”!

What would it look like if we, as followers of Christ today, were to experience that same radical transformation in our day-to-day lives?

GFA Discipleship Program offers Christian single adults ages 18-27, the chance to walk in Christ’s steps and transform their life through an intense gap year at our home office in Stoney Creek, Ontario. We believe that it is possible to experience Biblical discipleship in our generation and transform our world for Christ.

The foundation of the Discipleship Program was laid when Dr. K.P. and Gisela Yohannan answered the call of God into full time ministry back in the 70’s. Being young adults they were so impacted by the opportunity given to them to do something for the Lord. It was from those early years of ministry that a foundation was laid for the Discipleship Program. The dream and vision to see hundreds of young people raised up to live out God’s calling on their lives with passion and purpose.

I have had the opportunity to learn from believers who have travelled farther than me in this journey of following Christ.

— DP Alumna

“I no longer wanted to be content with just knowing about being a follower of Jesus but actually have it become a lifestyle of radical devotion to Him. Growing up in a Christian home I knew so much about following Christ but often knowing was as far as it went. When I compared my own lifestyle with the examples I saw in God’s Word I knew there was so much more available for me to experience as a follower of Christ.

The willingness I have seen here to invest in other people’s lives and be an example of what it means to follow Christ has made a huge impact on me.

I have had the opportunity to learn from believers who have travelled farther than me in this journey of following Christ. They don’t just talk about having a radical faith, but actually live it out.”

Are you looking to make a difference for God’s Kingdom while walking with others who have the same goal? Apply for the GFA Discipleship Program today.

There's no going back after this radical transformation in your life through an intense year of discipleship.

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