As we enjoy the holiday season of Christmas and New Year’s, we celebrate alongside you for all that your support and ministry at globalLead is accomplishing around the globe. God is truly providing salvation, spiritual growth, leadership development, and hope in an ever increasingly anxious world.
Just like us, the Apostle Paul had so much to be thankful for even while he was in the midst of anxious times. Paul, while writing from prison for his faith said, “The Lord is at hand;do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 4:5-7). This passage helps us grasp that giving thanks does not stand alone, but that it helps with anxiousness, prayer, peacefulness, and leads to a healthy spiritual heart and mind.
As we continue in this holiday season, we are thankful for all of your prayers and support as you provide hope and peace to people all over the globe. May His peace be yours more and more, as together we give Him thanks.
This photo is of Mount Everest, the highest place on earth. During a recent ministry trip to Nepal, Chris was able to take a plane all the way up to see and photograph this top of the world location. It reminded him that whether we are working on a project, a goal, a race, or life itself, we want to go all the way. No one wants to stop half way. At globalLead, you, as donors and partners, help us go all the way in multiple areas of the ministry. This “all the way” concept is not something new. Luke records the words of Jesus in the Book of Acts, as He told the disciples to go all the way, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8)” The great thing about this command to go all the way, is that God provides the power, energy, and abilities for that to happen, through the Holy Spirit.
We know at globalLead that academics alone does not guarantee impact. However, we have seen over the last few years, that as we train leaders in ministry through higher education settings, more often than not, these leaders already have influential positions that opens doors for all ministry leaders. For example, our work in Nigeria was started by globalLead staff teaching a course in a master’s degree program. In this group of 35 ministry leaders, several of them oversee whole regions or departments of a denomination of over 10,000 churches. (In the upper right of the photo above is Dr. Olalaye who is one of these influential Nigerian leaders that have been trained through globalLead).
These leaders not only assist in serving these churches in their country, but they also are looked upon to provide ministry input for national level leaders in several of the 54 countries on the continent of Africa. Sure, we could attempt to travel to every city, village, and church to train leaders, but if we can begin with those in academic settings who are already overseeing and leading at national, regional, and local levels, we are accomplishing more together for His kingdom!
This is just one example of the many ways that God is using globalLead in multiplying leaders!
Did you realize that only 1 out of every 10 ministry leaders who begin their ministry at a young age actually finishes in ministry? This statistic has haunted me ever since I heard it. At globalLead we realize that if a leader is equipped in doing the ministry only and not in how to lead themselves, the long-term impact for the Gospel globally will not continue to exponentially grow.
To combat this trend, we have a thriving ministry area called the Heart of the Leader. (The picture above is of the women’s small group with their mentor from a recent training.) In line with the Heart of the Leader objectives, I just completed a 6-session online training with 21 leaders from 10 different countries. The topic of the training was Christ-Centered Soul Care for Christian Leaders. Here is some of the great feedback we received:
“This course really helped me to understand the heart of Jesus Christ for us in caring for our soul and challenged me to spend more time with Jesus.”
“Because this course focused on the life of Jesus as a person, it changes my focus from the works or words of Jesus to the life of Jesus as well. This is a very deliberate way of looking at soul care.”
“This course challenged me to actually reconsider the seriousness of the spiritual disciplines, as being a core necessity for one to have a successful public ministry or function.”
“I felt the urgency of taking care of my soul because I realized all my stresses are effects of my lack of personal time with my God.”
Thank you for all you do alongside us at globalLead to provide Christ-centered ministry, mentoring, and multiplication, globally!
Chris Davis, Executive Director
Last week, I finished our first ever online training session that is part of a 6-week course. Between the live and recorded versions of the training we will have nine countries represented in our Christ-Centered Soul Care for Christian Leaders online conference experience.
Not only are we training leaders through video conferences, we are also doing soul care follow up of key Christian leaders through technology. Matt Lewis, along with Eric Byrom, other globalLead staff, and Heart of the Leader mentors, just finished ministering to leaders from several Asian countries in face to face soul care and mentoring. Now, through technology, these leaders are gaining follow up and prayer through online mentoring groups.
Internet usage and capacities have grown exponentially in the past few years around the globe. It is not uncommon for me to have video conference meetings with multiple country leaders throughout any given week. At globalLead we are utilizing this growing connectivity to train and multiply ministry leaders on your behalf.
We served to renew the hearts of 223 pastors, bible school students, and missionaries on 2 continents in 6 countries during April and May. Utilizing mentors from the US, Canada, Nepal, and India, we encouraged leaders who serve in difficult situations among many un-reached people groups. One particular pastor in Nepal led us in prayer for two pastors who were his friends whose churches were bombed by radical Hindus during one of our Heart of the Leader events.
The goal of Heart of the Leader is to keep these kind of kingdom leaders serving across the globe “in the game.” It was a tremendous privilege!
(Chris Teaching in Ghana)
Rev. Duro, General Secretary of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship, who attended the Ghana training, personally stated, “I need to thank you for your labor of love. I sincerely appreciate all that you did. I hope we can work with more conventions and unions in Africa.” He so enjoyed the training that he has already begun to communicate about working with his contacts across the whole continent.
I (Chris) want to thank you all so much for your prayers, support, and encouragement for my recent Africa trip. This was the most strategic trip I have taken in quite some time! Although every trip is very important in its own way, this trip was full of not just great participants, but just as importantly, with great future potential.
(Ghana Training Group)
In both Ghana and Nigeria, our trainings were hosted by national church leaders. One leadership team overseas 2500 churches in Ghana; the other in Nigeria oversees over 10,000 churches! They are already asking for return ministry trips to expand the ministry together.
(Small Group in Ghana)
Thank you from the globalLead teams and those impacted in Africa!
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.