Back home to the USA after 2 weeks of ministry and I am trying to decide what to say to you as an update in a few words and pictures. The Bible often communicates our hearts better than we can. David communicated my heart in regards to your prayers and what God has done over the past two weeks:
Psalm 61:1-2: “Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Please celebrate what it is that you get to do through your prayers and support of globalLead both locally and around the world. We prayed together and God led our teams to Him in incredible ways, so that we can go out to the ends of the earth for His purposes!
Thank you for praying and supporting the growing ministry both locally and globally.
Executive Director – globalLead
In Kenya, we gathered 45 people from 9 different countries for the first-ever Heart of the Leader event for Africa. All of those gathered were ministry leaders! Together they were following David’s prayer from above…calling to you (God), when their heart is faint, desiring to be led to the rock (Christ Jesus) that is higher than themselves. God answered your prayers and theirs as you can see in the pictures here. We had mentors in training from 3 different countries that are beginning to spread these events globally!
The wonderful African country of Ethiopia was a real joy, as I trained 36 ministry leaders in Level 2 and 3 of our materials for Youth Ministry Strategy. They signed up to continue to train more leaders throughout their country. Most of the participants are in the midst of a Masters Degree program at a local seminary that we partner with. The multiplication potential in this country is phenomenal, as one of the students alone oversees over the ministry to youth in over 8000 churches. By the way, 70% of the country’s population are considered youth or children!(Pictured are the students teaching, training, and worshiping as we met together).
The other portion of my training travels occurred in Akron, Ohio. It is amazing to me that when you teach principles from God’s Word and the life of Jesus that they work not only in Africa, but in our country as well! They work in the big churches, in the big cities, and in church plants in smaller towns, locally and globally. In Akron, Ohio, Jack Dyson and I led trainings with 30 leaders in ministry areas of The Chapel in Akron, Ohio. One of these groups is planning to take the trainings they received to their mission posts around the globe. The other groups were local church plants in the suburbs and portions of Akron. We received incredible feedback on how the simple tools from Scripture will be used in all of the locations.
Many of you realize that globalLead now offers 3 distinct training experiences. Over the next few weeks Chris has the opportunity to lead two of these trainings in two different African countries with our teams locally and globally.
Ethiopia, Africa: Chris will be flying on Tuesday, Jan. 14th to Addis Ababa. Here he will lead a group of 50 leaders through our Youth Ministry Strategy materials so that these leaders can be certified trainers to take trainings to every corner of their country and beyond.
Kenya, Africa: Beginning Sunday, Jan. 19th-Jan. 24th, Chris will be part of a diverse global team from the USA, Philippines, Uganda, and New Zealand who are leading in globalLead’s Heart of the Leader ministry (participants will be coming from Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, and India as well). We hope to have about 30 ministry leaders involved in this soul care event so that they can be healthy leaders in ministry!
Thank you for praying and supporting the growing ministry both locally and globally.
What do the three words, “goals, gifted, and gifts”, have in common with globalLead, besides the obvious that they start with the letter “G”? All three of these G’s are key parts of the ministry of globalLead. Allow me to explain each of these separately but show how they connect to one another.
We are excited to report the following goals that have been met or exceeded in 2019 by the grace and strength of the Lord. Our teams exceeded their training goals by 10% this year.
It takes gifted leaders to carry out the goals of the ministry. At globalLead we realize that God is the provider of both the natural talents and the spiritual gifts of our staff, volunteers, board members, and you as donors.
globalLead works around the world because of gifted leaders that God brings to us that you encourage and financially support in various ways!
(Picture above from a recent International Board of Directors meeting)
All of the goals that God has accomplished through globalLead’s history (close to 25,000 leaders trained from over 51 countries) and in this past year could only happen through your financial gifts.
I want to boldly ask you, “What are you investing your financial resources in that is global and eternal?” Some of you are already supporting globalLead and we thank you for that. Would you consider adding to your support with additional monthly support? Our ministry is growing rapidly and we need our monthly support to grow as well. Maybe you could consider a year-end gift. If you have not supported in the past, would you consider a one-time support or a monthly commitment?
When people who support globalLead share about why they love the ministry they say, “the multiplication of leaders by nationals within their own country and continent is amazing to see.” With that said we have real financial needs this December and for the future of the ministry. Will you make globalLead a recipient of one of your Christmas (or year-end) gifts to help us encourage and equip the gifted to meet their God-given eternal goals for the future?
Thank you for your continued support and prayers,
Executive Director – globalLead
She BELIEVED in me and showed me how.
They BELIEVED God could use me in great ways. He is.”
From many thousands of those trained by globalLead.
Would you consider investing in a ministry that is impacting significant parts of the world? Your gift goes to help us serve staff and trainers around the world. You make a difference and touch people with your gift.globalLead (Global Youth Ministry Network dba globalLead) trains indigenous trainers to train others within their country as well as in other countries. Focused on youth ministry and church leadership, those trained have shared with me how their ministry has been revolutionized with effective strategy, organization and a deep focus on reaching the lost in the way Jesus ministered. Help them and others yet to be trained to make a difference.globalLead has trained over 24,000 leaders in over 50 countries. Across many denominations, 8,000 have told us they need globalLead’s training. It’s the personal stories that amaze me. I’d love to share some of them with you. My email is jack.dyson@globalLead.worldYour gift through Facebook on Giving Tuesday, December 3 beginning at 8:00am could be matched until the cap is reached. (Match caps out in only a few minutes.) Facebook has a match and so does globalLead. Your $10 becomes $25. Your $50 becomes $125. Your $100 grows to $250. $500 to $1250. $1000 to $2500.You can make a difference. Is there someone you would share this so they can make a difference too?Please let me know by sending me an email or submitting a message via our contact page if you give so that I can thank you.
It is important to note that God cared enough to speak of numbers, but only in the context of speaking about quality teaching and fellowship.
At globalLead, we realize that impact is measured not just by quantity (numbers), but quality (depth). We have seen God adding to your ministry through globalLead. We have added two additional divisions in our training programs: Church and Ministry Team Strategy and the Heart of the Leader (soul care for Christian leaders), to our existing Youth Ministry Strategy trainings. We have also added training locations in the Middle East and Belgium recently. God has also added staff to our team in the USA and we are seeking additional staff in Africa. We would like to add more USA staff in the future. Beyond the trainings and staff, our number of volunteer trainers continues to grow, and we have been increasing the size of our international board.
This growth is great to see and for you to be a part of. We desire as a team to not only add in all of the areas above, but also to keep quality and biblical teaching as our foundation. Thank you for your support of His quality and quantity of ministry. If God is leading you to grow along with us, would you pray about adding to your current support levels? All of the above expansion takes additional support as well.
Meet Pastor Nixon Echavez (lower left in the picture), one of our key leaders from the Philippines. Nixon was one of the original youth ministry leaders that Chris trained over 20 years ago in Cebu City. Nixon and his ministry impact has grown over the years and he has stayed in contact with globalLead all of this time.
Nixon valued the globalLead trainings so much, that he was willing to travel over 6,540 miles (one way) to share the Good News included in our globalLead materials in Brussels, Belgium recently. Nixon trained a group of ministry leaders for all areas of the church to reach and disciple others in this country where only 1.2% of the population is evangelical Christian. These leaders represent two generations of Filipinos: the older first-generation immigrants and the younger Belgium-born Pinoys.
Jesus does not say to just go to Africa, or Asia, or the physically needy parts of the world, but to go to ALL of the world-–especially those areas where the Gospel needs proclaimed and reclaimed.
Have you ever had to work with something that had become rusty? I know I have. I noticed that often the things that are rusty are usually that way for one or two reasons, sometimes for both. They have been out in the elements of rain and weather and they have not been used for a while. Not only is this true in the natural world, but also in the spiritual as well.
Part of being in missions, and being on mission for all of us, is to be under His care, and to be actively caring for those who need that same care. The Psalmist wrote, “Trust in the Lord, and do good;” (Psalm 37:3a). Trusting in the Lord means to depend on Him not ourselves. When we are out in the elements of life, unprotected, without trusting in the Lord, we become rusty spiritually. When we cease to seek out those who need to hear the Gospel, we also become rusty. I love how Charles Spurgeon puts this, “There is a joy in holy activity which drives away the rust of discontent.” When we are active in His holy activity, the joy keeps us from becoming rusty. When we sit around and watch others, we can become discontent and rusty.
At globalLead, we are always seeking to be active in ministering, mentoring, and multiplying.
What is Success? In our recent newsletter, Chris recounted areas of success in the ministry over the last year. One area was in regards to the ministry trip he had planned with Jack Dyson, director of operations, to Nepal and the Philippines. Chris had hurt his back on the first leg of the trip and had to return home. Success was that Jack was able to step in and lead. He also represented the International Office at the 20th Anniversary of the Ministry in SE Asia.
And with technology, Chris was able send his greetings to those assembled. God is Good!
Over 22 years ago, globalLead was birthed as a mission to train ministry leaders around the globe. From the beginning, globalLead has kept Jesus central to all we do. One way we accomplish that is to multiply ourselves in ministry by developing and unleashing others in ministry, just like He did. One of Chris’ great joys is to live out ministry directly as he travels and serves, but also indirectly in the ministry by encouraging others.
In our Heart of the Leader ministry, Chris was able to link our International Director of Heart of the Leader, Matt Lewis, with African friends in ministry spanning several countries. The picture above was taken at a Taste and See event in Uganda. The investment of relationships over the past twenty years is allowing Matt to begin to set up and launch globalLead Africa’s Heart of the Leader ministry!
In Southeast Asia, we will be hosting our 20th anniversary celebration of ministry in the Philippines and throughout Asia at the end of July. What a joy it will be to celebrate God’s faithfulness through long-term relationships and ministry expansion and to pursue His calling to expand the ministry throughout all of Asia!