A Marriage Impacts The World!

A Marriage Impacts The World!

For a combined 39 years Pete and Bryony Baker have worked to expand God’s kingdom across the UK, serving as Pais National Directors. Through their leadership, tens of thousands of young people have been reached with the gospel across the UK, and hundreds of missionaries have been sent.

It’s difficult to quantify the impact that this couple has made over the years. But, as one team member put it, “These are not ordinary people. They’ve rejected the normal and they’ve reached for the sky. They’ve sacrificed and struggled. They’ve stayed through victories and trouble, holding the Kingdom of God in their eyes. They’ve changed the world.”

Starting in August, Pete and Bryony will begin serving as European Directors; resourcing our teams across Europe, and helping to pioneer new ones. These Pais legends were recently asked to sum up their time spent on Pais thus far. Here’s what they had to say:

“Pais has shaped me in every way – how I view life, the church, young people, and schools. The best prayer I ever prayed was, ‘Yes, Lord.’

“Pais has given me a community of people unified behind a shared pursuit – Seeking first the Kingdom of God above all else.

watch our tribute to Pete & Bryony

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An Unusual Start in Scandinavia

An Unusual Start in Scandinavia

Imagine the impact of a Pais team living among students in a boarding school… Well, that’s how Pais has started to pioneer in Scandinavia. Sociologists refer to the religious environment of Scandinavia as “secular heaven.” While the countries in this region consistently rank within the top 10 happiest, they also rank on top when it comes to consumption of antidepressants and alcohol among youth.

The Danish Boarding Schools concept creates opportunities for us to see a variety of circumstances among youth. Many of them just want to have the fun experience of enjoying life and investing in themselves, to be independent, and to live in deep friendships. But, an equal number of young people go there because they “need” to. Living in a boarding school allows us to have great opportunities to invest in students slowly but safely, to create a culture of love and acceptance at schools, to be reachable, and to build trust with students and teachers. We’ve met many young people coming from very broken families, some suffering from drug addictions (which began as early as age 10), some being depressed or having anxiety, and some suffering from eating disorders…just totally broken and in need of Jesus!

By God’s grace we have seen growth in the spiritual culture of the school and we have seen God moving hearts to reveal himself in different ways.  Some students have begun attending Alpha Courses, receiving prayer, and visiting the church with us. You might see those fruits a little later than in usual schools, but then once they start to pop out, they will spread and be strongly anchored in a greater promise. Boarding schools are a big family. And just imagine one day, christian leaders influencing each boarding school in Scandinavia!

Highlights:

Last month we visited our National directors at the Faroe Islands for three weeks. We were able to set a good foundation for the start of this NEW Pais Nation. We went into multiple schools, doing lunch clubs, language classes, sharing testimonies and giving an insight into what Pais is going to do on the Faroe Islands. It was amazing to see how many kids actually joined and interacted with our program and how we could pray for people and see breakthroughs in schools.
During our stay we were hosted in City Church Torshavn and primarily ministered to preteens. We could see God working in heavenly ways as this younger generation was filled by the Holy Spirit while we learned how we can bring heaven on earth and listen to God’s voice. But we did not only stay with City Church, we went to multiple other churches (and there are a lot on the Faroe Islands) and shared testimonies. We’ve seen a greater longing for God’s love, an amazing interaction and connection between different churches, and many open doors for God’s work on the Faroe Islands.

Future of Pais Scandinavia: 

After two good years with our first-ever boarding school in Denmark, we will have a break from working together with them. With a look to the future, we will start collaborating with another boarding school down in the south of Denmark as well as a boarding school in the Faroe Islands, and we will have a regular team on the Faroe Islands going into different schools. We look so much forward to keep impacting the young generation of Scandinavia!

What is Scandinavia?

Is a group of countries in northern Europe that includes Denmark,  Faroe Islands, Norway, and Sweden, sometimes also Finland and Iceland.

Here are some random facts:

  •     •The flags of the countries share similar off-center cross design known as the Nordic cross.
  •     •Paul Zuckerman, a sociologist that has studied religion in Scandinavia says that this region is like “secular heaven”.
  •     •The World Happiness Report declared that the countries in this region have all been in the top 10 happiest countries since 2013, but they’re also at the top when        it comes to consumption of antidepressants, and alcohol problems in youth.

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How We’re Serving Muslim Communities

How We’re Reaching Muslim Communities

Over 30% of Tanzania’s population is Muslim. While Christianity is spreading across Tanzania, the country borders two nations where violent persecution from Islamic groups are the most severe. Unfortunately, youth in these areas are particularly vulnerable to persecution through the limiting of Christian resources and through access to Christian leaders. Nevertheless, God has made a way for our team in Tanzania to not only equip Christians, but to influence the Muslim population as well.

Over the past few months our Pais Tanzania team was afforded the opportunity to preach the gospel in 5 schools, giving them access to hundreds of kids and teens, including a large portion of the Muslim population. As a part of these and other community outreach efforts, over 19 people have accepted Jesus including 1 former Muslim. In addition, our team has connected over 40 kids and teens to local churches, and discipled over 50 young adults in Haverim, Pais’ method for Bible study. These young adults now actively lead and participate in Bible study programs within their communities.

Because of the work that our teams are doing within schools and communities, youth in these areas are being armed with the truth of God’s word, and with tools they can use to advance His kingdom and fend off persecution. As our team continues to disciple youth in Tanzania, we expect to continue to reach local communities, including Muslim and unreached communities, through service and evangelism.

We invite you to partner with us!

  • Pray:

    • Pray for more partnering churches, and for venues to host spiritual training for kids and teens.

    • Pray for continued access within schools, and opportunities to reach the Muslim population.

  • Go:

    • Our Pais Tanzania team is growing, and needs more apprentices. Learn more about how you can serve as a Pais Apprentice in Tanzania by clicking here.

  • Give:

    • Help us reach the next generation, and give toward Operation Archer by clicking this link.

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The Multiplying Effect of Discipleship

The Multiplying Effect of Discipleship

Last month our Global Ministry Media Director, Ronaldo Andrade, visited teams in South Africa as a part of a future Pais documentary, which will feature the work Pais is doing around the world. Pais South Africa was pioneered in 2018 by Richard and Leearron Jumbe. Over the last several years, the Jumbes have established partnerships with churches, Christian organizations such as the Students Christian Organization (SCO), and local schools. Today, Pais South Africa partners with schools on a weekly basis by participating in assemblies and teaching lessons, and are active in the community by hosting evangelistic outreaches and leading discipleship programs in the local partner churches.

During the first week of filming alone, the Pais South Africa teams engaged with over 2,000 students, many of whom came to believe in God. Ronaldo was particularly impacted by the gratitude that the students expressed for sharing truth with them.

“There was one particular school that we went to, it was the first time they were receiving a Pais team, and after doing lessons on identity, Christianity and peer pressure, and giving students time to ask questions, they enjoyed it so much that some of them came looking for us during their break to thank us for what we had done. On Pais terms, we would call them ‘those who are leaning forward’, students who are eager to know God, to be discipled, to discover the Bible and to learn ways to share it with their friends. This is what Pais is all about, disciples making disciples who can make more disciples.”

Evidence of this multiplying effect can be seen in communities where Pais is active. In a matter of 4 years, there are testimonies of people like Wayne, who was only 15 when he was discipled by the Jumbes through the Pais Youth Academy. Wayne then became a Pais team member, then a team leader, and is now a Pais alumni. Wayne has discipled many teenagers throughout this time and continues to disciple more while attending college, he is living the lifestyle and seeing the multiplying effects through the lives of those he discipled.

If you would like to know more about our Pais South Africa teams, follow them on Instagram and Facebook, and if you would like to contribute to the work of Pais around the world and the multiplying effect of discipleship, please use the button below to give towards our campaign, Operation Archer.

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Transforming Lives In Schools

Transforming Lives In Schools

Worldwide, our missionary apprentices focus on building relationships and discipling students within their communities. Their presence acts as a bridge for young people between their placement church and the schools. In Canada, a team was recently re-established in Vancouver and is already making a great impact.

This year’s Pais Vancouver team is headed by Jess Mangnall and Hiba Danial, and they have the opportunity to serve at a local Christian school. In January, they launched an after school Youth Alpha club for students to join.

Since its launch, the team has seen an average of 30 students attend weekly. Furthermore,13 students decided to follow Christ.

Through the conversations and connections made in Alpha, the Pais Vancouver team is now mentoring a group of 7th grade girls. Join us in prayer for the Pais Vancouver team as they seek wisdom and direction on how to proceed with this group of girls.

We are seeing similar stories happening with our other North America teams serving in Calgary, Colorado and Texas. During the month of February, those teams reached 951 students in their local communities.

Do you want to support missionaries and help them reach even more lives in schools?  Donate here and make a direct impact in the Kingdom!


Pais Africa is Growing!

Pais Africa is Growing!

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Pais! During this time, we have seen our leaders pioneer and establish Pais teams in 18 nations all over the world.

For the next 5 years, Pais is working to grow 2 nations per year. Our vision is that one day the primary mission of every Christian will be to advance the Kingdom of God and be equipped to do it the way Jesus modeled it. Growing in new nations allows us to multiply our impact across the globe!

In 2022, we start with two new nations in Africa:

Pais Uganda

In 2018, a pastor who lived in the United Kingdom connected with Pais England due to a shared passion in reaching young people and raising up missionaries. This pastor was originally from Uganda, and had the dream to take the Pais Movement to his home nation. Armstrong Okeyo, Pais Kenya’s National Director, served as a support in pioneering this nation.

After three years of sharing the vision of Pais with several local church leaders in the country, Pais Uganda officially launched in 2021 thanks to your continued support! Since its launch, Pais Uganda is now reaching 300 local youth on a monthly basis.

This year, the new Pais nation is partnering with three local churches in Northern Uganda, which was the center of the Uganda Civil War. The region still sees many negative impacts due to the conflict. There is a big need to raise up a generation of young people who are grounded in Christ and can make a difference.

Pais Tanzania

In May 2021, the Pais Kenya National Director also traveled to Tanzania and met with several churches who were interested in a Pais team. He shared the vision of reaching young people in the local communities, and one of the churches in Nkinga related to the mission! They decided to receive Pais missionaries and lay down the ground work for a new Pais nation.

Pais Tanzania officially launched this February 20th, 2022! A team leader was sent to Tanzania from Pais Kenya to help pioneer, and there are strong recruitment efforts for missionaries in Tanzania.

Join us in prayer!

Your prayers and financial contributions have been essential to the expansion of the Gospel in the African continent! Right now, Pais Uganda and Pais Tanzania are raising funds to provide a Training Conference for the new missionaries and to recruit even more apprentices who will reach young people. Pray with us as we raise the finances and for a good start of the mission year in Uganda and Tanzania.

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2021 Year-In-Review: Pais Asia

2021 Year-In-Review: Pais Asia

As the year comes to an end, we are celebrating all that God has done through our Pais nations in 2021! During the month of December, we will share the highlights of each Pais region here in our blog. Read below to discover the great ministry stories from our nations in Asia:

 

Pais India

“We started the year 2021 wondering how we were going to lead young people in schools and churches with less resources and through a pandemic. But God showed us a way!

We used to lead a lunch club in-person for our students. This year we had to shift strategies as our Apprentices worked online from their homes and served locally  in their home countries and cities. We were so excited as we were able to lead the same school ministry online! We received great feedback from the students on how they always look forward to the Pais team session as it combines fun moments and life changing lessons. This year we are able to see around 16 students committed to learning more about Jesus and living by the Bible!

We are looking forward to seeing them soon in person in 2022! We continuously rejoice with God for what He has done in their lives.”

 

Pais Pakistan

“It has been so encouraging to see the Pais ministry in Pakistan grow over the years. Through all the ups and downs, God has been faithful. With each passing year, the Pais Pakistan seems to not just grow in experience, but in strength through outreach and in dedication to its mission.

During November 2021, our Global Haverim event was a major highlight with about 14 people participating. We started our study of the famous story of David and Goliath and focused on how to prepare for spiritual battles. It was encouraging to see how 4 Global Haverim participants have decided to join Pais Pakistan as Apprentices for 2022!

We are wishing that in the next 5 years young people who have no relationship with Christ will come to church, grow the church, and develop the church to reach other Asian Nations. Our goal is to give youth opportunities that will help them to become responsible, compassionate servants of Christ who are able to share the love of Christ and their personal experiences with others.”

 

Pais Philippines

“Even though the Philippines were in lockdown for most of the year, we definitely saw God moving through our ministry! We continued with our Pais Affiliate course, training young people on how to live on mission no matter where they are.

During November, one of our Affiliates led a Global Haverim group for her family and friends. She did a great job by getting everyone engaged even on Zoom. She included activities for the children and the adults, allowing them to study the Bible passage being guided by curiosity. Afterwards, her family members decided to also co-lead haverim groups! She was an example of multiplying the impact for the Kingdom.”

 

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2021 Year-In-Review: Pais Oceania

2021 Year-In-Review: Pais Oceania

As the year comes to an end, we continue to celebrate all that God has done through our Pais nations in 2021! Read below to discover the great ministry stories from Australia:


Pais Australia

“This year, Pais Australia started an awesome partnership with Youth For Christ Australia.

“YFC is an evangelical movement of people unified by a common heart for Jesus and for young people. They demonstrated a Kingdom-centric partnership and are now raising even more full-time missionaries for Australia! YFC is helping Pais recruit more Australian young adults, and in turn, Pais is helping YFC plant full-time youth ministry teams in their partner churches.

“This was an answer to our prayers and we are already accepting new Apprentices to reach even more young people! Since they put us on their website and promoted us on their social media, we have received 12 applicants and 2 of them have been accepted for January!”

Do you want to support and help expand the work of these nations? Click here to donate now!


2021 Year-In-Review: Pais Europe

2021 Year-In-Review: Pais Europe

As the year comes to an end, we are celebrating all that God has done through our Pais nations in 2021! Read below to discover the great ministry stories from our nations in Europe:

 

Pais Denmark

“Hej🇩🇰, the work we do here in Denmark is a bit different from the typical Pais work you might know. We have the privilege of living at a boarding school while pioneering Pais Scandinavia.

This gives us the opportunity to build deep relationships because we share everyday life with the students and teachers. We see God working in relationships, fellowship and individual lives. A lot of the students have tough life stories, they often come from complicated family backgrounds or don’t feel appreciated.

But God really gives us the opportunity to create a culture of encouragement and understanding in the school. It’s unbelievable how God keeps blessing each moment and how he is opening up doors for us to reach those lives.

God provides, please pray that each of the students will personally experience God’s presence! It’s awesome what He already did and there is still so much more to come.”

 

Pais Faroe Islands

“Pioneering Pais on the Faroe Islands has been tougher than we thought. But a highlight of our year was when we had the Danish team over for a short term mission trip (May 2021). We raised awareness for schools’ ministry and people got a good taste of what Pais has to offer.

The team went in the public schools (primary and high schools) and were welcomed to come back anytime! They were in a local church and helped plan the pre-teen ministry, which has now officially started and is growing!  Started. We are looking forward for the team to come back in April 2022 as they will continue to invest more in the islands and pave the way for more open doors.”

 

Pais Germany

“Our teams have been so creative this past year! Even though most programs were not possible/allowed, they still invested heavily in disciplining their mentees and always finding new ways to reach people.

Recently, one of our teams did a mission rally where youth got to playfully learn what mission is and how to do it. Afterwards, a mentee came up to her and said she tried it out right away with a friend. Hallelujah!

We love stories like this because this is what we are all about: building the Kingdom of God with others and training them to go off on their own.”

 

Pais United Kingdom

“2019-2020 was the strangest year for those trying to serve schools in the UK as the doors of the schools closed and the schools ministry went online. But September 2021 was a different story!

Day one of the new academic year after Foundational Training and we were fully back in the schools! Since then we have communicated with 8179 children and young people in 17 schools in England & Northern Ireland.

Communicating the Gospel in collective worship assemblies, building significant relationships with young people in lunch clubs, sharing a Christian perspective in RE, mentoring, coaching, discipling young people in and outside the school environment. Praying for young people, providing positive Christian role models, seeing young people come to faith and grow in faith, it’s been a great few months for schools ministry in the UK!”

 

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2021 Year-In-Review: Pais America

2021 Year-In-Review: Pais America

As the year comes to an end, we are celebrating all that God has done through our Pais nations in 2021! Read below to discover the great ministry stories from our nations in North and South America:


Pais Brazil

“In August, Pais Brazil invited Apprentices who had been unable to travel to the nation they were to serve in to join our Home Office initiative. Six of them rose to the challenge of applying a Kingdom-centric gospel in their home towns as they settled in for the 6-month wait before visas would be approved and borders would open.

They were trained in our catalytic tools on Zoom and were given a series of challenges to put into action in six different cities, thousands of kilometres from each other. Over the past 4 months, they each mobilized young people from their local churches through Because You’re Loved campaigns, gathering donations to give clothes and shoes to children living in poverty, raising money to help a child who was diagnosed with cancer, helping young people from impoverished communities write their first CVs, and cleaning and restoring spaces in the local community.

In a time of disappointment and uncertainty, when they could have given up or gone back to their previous lives, these six missionaries pursued the advancing God’s Kingdom in their own towns and cities, taking young people with them to share the gospel and to bring change.”


Pais North America

“This year we re-launched a Pais team in Vancouver, Canada. It’s been many years since we’ve had a Pais team in this part of Canada. Jess and Hiba are our Apprentices who make up the Pais team and have been serving at Highway Church. Highway is a church plant that was birthed in the middle of Covid.

Despite their limited access to the community, the Pais team has been involved in various initiatives. They were granted access into a few schools where they are teaching and mentoring students weekly. On Tuesday’s they serve in a local donation food program where they distribute food to families in the community. Through this they were able to engage with an Indigenous woman who had no church background and bridged the gap between community and faith. This resulted in the woman being integrated into the church and is now serving alongside the Pais team distributing food on Tuesday’s.

THIS is what Pais is all about.”

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