Thank you for your prayers and support of my ministry trip to West Africa. I just completed a week in Nigeria. Here are some of the key answers to prayer:
- The national leadership team that leads over 10,000 churches has set plans in place to train all of their youth ministry leaders, starting with 3 trainings in July led by those I trained on this trip. These trainings will cover the three main regions of Nigeria and will be the start of getting the grass-roots leaders trained.
- Pastors who attended the trainings are committing to go and train other pastors and church leaders. This is part of the globalLead expansion beyond youth ministry.
- There was a cry for us to bring our Heart of the Leader training to Nigeria in the future. I taught a section on the Inner Life of the Christian Leader and many followed that up with a request for more.
- Beyond Nigeria, this group assists several other nations’ ministry departments by going to encourage and train them. We have started to discuss how this group can expand beyond Nigeria soon!
- I have also been able to speak at 3 separate church and leadership services, ranging from 100 to 500 in attendance.
I am writing now from Accra, Ghana. Please pray for the ministry this week as I lead a discussion day for a top leadership group who can likely be future trainers. I will follow this up with a 3-day training, titled Ministry Team Strategy. This is open for all areas of ministry!
Please also continue to pray for our needed support to sustain these growing ministries around the globe.
Thank you for your part in praying for and supporting His global ministry!
I am excited to invite you on a journey with me to West Africa! Please consider following along through prayer and following the updates on FaceBook www.facebook.com/globalleadworld and our website: www.globalLead.world.
The first week of my journey, May 11-19, will be with a wonderful group of national level influential leaders in Nigeria, pictured below. I was able to train this group in 2017 and they went out to train over 480 additional ministry leaders after I left. They have requested additional training and mentorship in order to expand their work to the 10,000 churches that they oversee, in this country that is comprised of over 40% Muslim.
My second week, May 20-25, will lead me to Ghana for the very first time! Hosting me will be Abeeku, pictured with me below, who took part in the original course mentioned above in Nigeria in 2017. He has set up a key meeting with national level leaders for us to engage in multiplication. In addition, he has organized a Ministry Team Strategy training for all church leaders. We are excited to see this portion of our trainings grow!
Please pray for:
- Safe travels and good connection flights.
- Strength for me, Chris, since this trip will entail 4 trainings and a few other one-time speaking engagements.
- Strength and protection for Penny and Levi as they are at home and finishing out Levi’s school year.
- That the participants will receive what God has for them at each event and be empowered to impact their portions of West Africa!
In the photo you see our Heart of the Leader speaking and mentoring team in a recent event in Nepal. This same team, comprised mostly of available volunteers, will gather again soon to continue their ministry using their mentoring abilities.
It is often said that God needs our availability, not just our abilities. As partners with us at globalLead, you have shown us both your availability and your abilities. You have been available to support and pray for globalLead, your ministry, around the world through our teams. You have used your abilities as well. God has blessed you with the ability to support the needs we have in order to spread the incredible news of Jesus Christ through trained and sustained ministry leaders.
In Isaiah 6:8, we read about Isaiah’s availability to be used by God. “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
globalLead is extremely fortunate to have ministry leaders around the globe, many who voluntarily give of their time and resources to say, “Here I am! Send me.” Leaders take time off from work and their local ministry, often times raising their own funding to go and serve others through globalLead in their home country and beyond. They have sharpened their abilities in ministry by going through our trainings and then they respond with availability to go and share this with others.
Although we are so very busy around the world as the globalLead team, we are putting a very high focus on prayer this year. In studying the life of Jesus, it is amazing that he had to insist for time to be in prayer with His Father. Even his disciples tried to pull him away from times of engagement, refreshing, and wisdom seeking prayer. One author paraphrased Peter’s words to Jesus this way, “What are you doing here when you should be in the midst of the multitude who are clamoring for you (Mark 1:37).” Jesus would not give in to the demanding pace being imposed on him. He exhibited life and ministry balance. This same author concluded that Jesus finds, “His strength is in prayer through which he affirms his intention to fulfill the will of God.”
As globalLead board, staff, supporters, volunteers, and trainers, we must pray, not just for our own soul care but for the grand ministry that God has set before all of us to engage in. How are you praying these days? May I challenge you to pray for globalLead this year? Our board and staff are committing to pray and fast regularly for the ministry in front of us. How about you?
Be encouraged that overall the ministry served 4,047 leaders from over 20 countries this past year, through our team of 107 volunteer trainers and mentors.
As we embark on another year to minister, mentor, and multiply through globalLead, we pause with heartfelt gratitude for your support and prayers over the past year. This speaks boldly of your commitment to the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ and its impact first in leaders and then through these leaders to the multiplied thousands they reach and disciple.
Your support this past year and the year ahead are so vital in the expanding encouragement of leaders who impact the nations, as Jesus commanded.
Did you know that globalLead has THREE strategic ministry divisions? Our newest division focuses on the training of entire Ministry Leadership teams (this along with our Youth Ministry and Heart of Leader trainings make up the three divisions currently).
Why would we want to train entire ministry teams? Doesn’t that weaken the specificity of training for each ministry in the church? No! Bringing the entire church’s leadership together in the context of other churches’ ministry teams does several things that other events do not do.
When leaders from one church come to a centralized training, it ensures that they are all on the same page and following the same biblical principles. It also allows leaders from different churches to learn from each other about their specific department in their church. Another added benefit is that it provides a ministry team retreat facilitated for the pastors, so they do not have to create an event, but they can participate and have space to think creatively and strategically with their teams.
Testimonial by Ben Stuckey. “My experience at the globalLead level 1 church leadership training seminar in Tagaytay City, Philippines (November 1-3, 2017) was outstanding. I have been on a number of trips outside of the United States, but none were as meaningful as this one!
When I left for the Philippines, I was a bit lost as a leader in the young adult ministry at our church. Exciting things were happening there, but my vision for moving forward was cloudy at best. In the Philippines I gained clarity and a renewed spirit. The level one training material is clear, concise, and extremely helpful. I came home with a thorough and practical list of goals for my ministry and personal life that I almost straight away began working on when I returned.
But much more than that, I came home refreshed by the wonderful people at work in the Philippines and throughout Asia. I was privileged to spend time with the Southeast Asia globalLead staff as well as numerous pastors and lay leaders from the Philippines, Nepal, and Mongolia. This firsthand look at the work in Asia stirred up my passion for doing ministry and gave me new eyes for the challenges and blessings of our task in the United States. I am very grateful for my training at the level one seminar, and I am excited to continue supporting this excellent ministry!”
As we approach the end of 2017, we want to express our appreciation for those of you who have walked with us both financially and prayerfully throughout the year! We have had an amazing year and God has provided unbelievable opportunities for globalLead.
There have also been some challenges and resistance from governments and groups that are not excited about the ministry we do around the globe and they make it difficult for Christian ministry to grow and expand.
We do have so much to be grateful for here in the USA! May our freedoms continue to encourage us to stand strong with our brothers and sisters around the world.
Looking forward to 2018 together!
Would you prayerfully consider a gift to help us finish 2017 strong?
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Here is some exciting globalLead news from around the world!
India: Converge Youth Ministry Network (a partner ministry of the World Evangelical Alliance) sponsored a global event, where some of the globalLead staff interacted with and led around 100 ministry leaders of organizations and movements in Goa, India. Matt Lewis, as well as other leaders we have partnered with, participated. After this event, Matt led a Heart of the Leader sampling event for pastors and ministry leaders in Pune, India.
Philippines: Ministry leadership teams from numerous churches in the Philippines, Nepal, and Mongolia traveled into Manila, Philippines to go through globalLead’s first official Ministry Leadership Team training seminar. A team from Crossroads Community Church in Ohio assisted the globalLead staff in this event. Many of those in attendance from the 3 countries will be slated to train the materials in the future.
Restricted location in East Asia: globalLead teams are actively continuing their work in East Asia. Please pray for the on-going safety and protection of the leaders and partners involved.
Africa: the globalLead Africa board is very busy with working on the search for their new ministry director, to set a plan for funding the ministry there, as well as overseeing trainings in Zambia, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya. In Nigeria and Ghana, we are planning for Chris’ return to teach a 2nd level of materials and to begin to certify a team of local trainers. Our Zambia and Uganda volunteer trainers are continuing to develop trainings on their own.
We are excited to see where God will lead us next!
In the last blog post, Full Circle (Part 1), we told you the story of Chinzo from Mongolia and his connection to Interstate Batteries and globalLead. In this post we are sharing Chinzo’s fruitful labor on behalf of globalLead.
This report is from our SE Asia office: “The Lord be praised for the 40+ participants who were trained to be TRAINERS in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia in partnership with World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and Mongolia Evangelical Alliance (MEA).” Our main organizer, pastor Chinzo (Chinzo is 2nd person from left in 2nd row from the bottom), is pictured here with the class of trainers, along with Alvan Tauli (last person in 2nd row), globalLead’s SE Asia director.
It will be exciting to see how God continues his Full Circle ministry through globalLead!