A translation of Following Jesus is believed to be the first book published by Signs Publishing specifically for the French-speaking territories of the South Pacific Division (SPD).
Suivre Jesus, the translation of Following Jesus by Dr Peter Roennfeldt, has become a key resource for the church’s focus on discipleship. The SPD Discipleship Ministries Team worked in conjunction with the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference (NZPUC) to support the translation work by Pastor Claude Couty, general secretary of the New Caledonia Mission.
“Since we are focusing on reconnecting people with Jesus as their Saviour and Lord, Following Jesus is one of the best resources we can provide to our church leaders and members,” said Pastor Victor Kulakov, leader of Discipleship Ministries for the NZPUC. “This resource is going to add value to the strategic intent of NZPUC and our French territories.”
According to Pastor Kulakov, this is not merely a new book but will be part of training and resourcing of the French-speaking churches in the coming year.
“Together with the mission leaders in New Caledonia and French Polynesia, we have planned to offer special training to all pastors, elders and leaders so they are fully equipped to start life groups in their churches that will embark of this journey of discovery and mission,” he said.
Orders for Suivre Jesus have also come from French-speaking territories in the West-Central Africa Division, where Dr Roennfeldt conducted discipleship and disciple-making training earlier this year. In addition, Signs Publishing has now completed a fifth printing of the original book.
“We would like to inspire people to fall in love with their Saviour and that’s exactly what this book can provide,” said Pastor Kulakov.