What if God told you to quit your job today and pursue full time ministry?
Would you have the courage to take that leap of faith?
It wasn’t easy, but a man named Jon Shinaberry did just that.
And now God is blessing Jon’s faithfulness by using him to impact entire nations.
By all accounts, Jon Shinaberry was a normal husband, father, and grandfather.
But he took his Christian faith seriously and served often by ministering locally in his free time and responding to short term ministry opportunities overseas.
He had traveled a few times to churches and villages in Kenya where he prayed for the sick and shared the Gospel.
And after seeing that some of these people had walked for hours to attend church and had no Bibles of their own, he was determined to equip them with Bibles.
Although he has consistently seen the Lord answer his prayers for miracles and healing, his focus has always been on empowering the local believers.
He always gives the glory back to Jesus and equips believers to do the same things he does.
In order to achieve this goal, Jon set up a non-profit organization and Global Harvest Ministries was born.
But that was just the beginning of the story.
Jon soon received a prophetic word from a pastor who came into his office and shared that Jon should be doing what the Lord called him to do – full time.
Shortly thereafter, Jon had a spike in blood pressure that landed him in the hospital and his life changed forever.
He realized the money he was making at his job was not worth the cost of his well-being.
God was calling him to quit his day job and devote his time to ministry.
And so Jon did and God blessed his obedience.
Global Harvest Ministries grew rapidly once Jon stepped into it full-time.
Jon began by walking through the doors the Lord opened for him in East Africa.
And as Jon has faithfully served, the Lord has opened even more doors in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, and even regions he cannot share for security reasons.
Jon continues to focus on making a lasting impact and consistently resists any personal glory.
He seeks to cultivate fruit that grows and rejoices in the ways the Lord works after he has left.
Global Harvest is built on the foundation of honoring the locals and their culture while introducing the Gospel in an uncompromising way.
When Jon travels, he lives among the people and in their manner.
This leaves an impact, as the overseas pastors have shared that they have local leaders who will not eat among them the way Jon does.
Jon does not go with his own agenda. He goes as a brother in Christ, cultivating what the Lord is doing among His people.
Jon is a faithful steward and seeks to develop and empower people at all levels of his ministry.
He has brought on only one paid staff member, Tugabiirwe Generous, who coordinates ministry in East Africa. Jon makes room for her perspective and allows her the space to grow and develop her gifts.
Tugabiirwe has been learning best practices from Jon as they prepare for expansion. She has been preparing a budget and is helping set the vision for East Africa. They are making plans for greater impact as more funding becomes available. Jon is equipping Tugabiirwe to replace him in overseeing the work in East Africa.
Jon is considering appointing a regional director in Asia as well. However, the area in Asia reaches across countries that are hostile towards Christianity and/or each other. This presents challenges that require wisdom from the Lord to overcome. It is a work in progress.
Besides practical equipping and training, Jon brings people together. He supports ministries in forging connection with one another.
Jon has cultivated an online prayer group with members from USA, Kenya, Uganda, and India.
The prayer group not only supports the work of the ministry, but connects its members. Members of the prayer group from Kenya and Uganda have developed such a love for each other that they’ve arranged travel to meet together.
The challenges are real and the needs are great. Jon steps out in faith and trusts the Lord to provide. He is facing needs of over $10,000 worth of Bibles for Africa alone, not including the other locations he serves. The requests are continually expanding as word of his ministry spreads.
Global Harvest Ministries is currently sending $1,500 worth of Bibles to a refugee camp in Uganda to equip the saints there.
Jon must continually trust the Lord and lean in for discernment. He seeks to minister through ongoing relationships, rather than providing short term handouts.
Jon was faithful to the opportunities the Lord set in front of him. Now he is leaving a growing eternal impact on nations.
Whether overseas or in our neighborhoods God is at work all around us.
Do you sense Jesus tugging on your heart to impact nations, your workplace, or your neighbor next door? As you are faithful to follow His lead, he will lead you step-by-step into His purposes.
Jon treasures your prayers. There is a great need for wisdom and provision from the Lord as the ministry continues to grow in reach and impact. Your prayers are powerful.
Global Harvest Ministries’ greatest financial needs are to provide Bibles in the local languages and salaries to support their regional directors overseas.
If you would like to be a part of Global Harvest’s work overseas, you can learn more here.