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!
Throughout the past few months, we’ve been talking about teams – growing the team, the Heart of the Leader team, as well as multiple training teams around the globe. The next question is “Are you part of the team?”
In the book of Philippians chapter 4 and verses 10-19, the Apostle Paul reminded his supporters of what their support meant to him as the receiver and them as the giver. The selected verses remind us all of the important role we each play as members of the team.
Whether through prayer and/or financial support (and by interacting with us on Facebook and Twitter), we welcome you as part of the globalLead team!
Most people have a favorite team. Often times the team is related to where they live, where they have lived, or where they grew up. Teams work in all areas of life. Whether in the family, business, communities, or in ministry. Webster’s definition of teamwork is: work done by several associates with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole. At globalLead, it takes a lot of people working together to accomplish the purpose to serve those in ministry through trainings and mentorship in order to position Christian leaders for multiplication. As donors and partners with globalLead, you are a key part of the globalLead team that is seeing God do amazing things. Allow me to remind you of the great teamwork of which you are part.
In March we told you about the addition to the team, Jack Dyson, as International Director of Operations. In May you were updated about the amazing things happening with Heart of the Leader and Matt Lewis’ trip to Africa.
Now, let us tell you about our Multiple Training Teams!
One of the great things about the global ministry is that we get to support teams from around the globe. Typically one would support just one team per sport or league, but through globalLead you get to support multiple teams. Our teams based in Ethiopia, Africa, as well as in Southeast and Northwest Asia, have been sending team members throughout their regions of the globe. The Philippines team (pictured above) trained over 145 leaders in the past month alone. We have also had over 140 leaders impacted in two restricted countries in Asia.
What is really awesome is that we’re all a part of God’s team in spreading the impact of the gospel throughout the world! Thank you for your support.
The following is an exciting update from Matt Lewis, International Director of our Heart of the Leader program.
“Here are just a few of the 27 Pastors, Bishops, and Executive leaders who attended our Kenyan Taste and See. Another 29 leaders joined Taste and See Uganda. I was overwhelmed by the level of engagement in both countries. Pastor Kiho and Rev. John Musa gathered the right people as together we explore if East Africa is ready to host Heart of the Leader – I believe it is!
Rev. John Musa scheduled meetings with influential leaders in Uganda. I met with the National Director of Campus Crusade and the Vice Chancellor of Ugandan Christian University, but when Rev. Musa scheduled time with Bete, a member of the First Lady’s Commission on Education, I admit I was confused. Certainly she is important, but what does she have to do with Heart of the Leader?
Well, God knew! As our pleasant lunch ended, Bete mentioned that HotL sounded similar to a program she experienced in 2004 that changed her life. She said it was in a little town I had probably never heard of: Ashland, Ohio. Bete went through Formational Prayer which parallels Heart of the Leader but for lay people. After getting over the shock, I explained where HotL came from. She proclaimed – I’M IN! WHEN DOES IT START! REV. MUSA, SAVE A SPOT FOR ME!
Who could have orchestrated this except God?!!!”
In the country of Ethiopia, East Africa, where I (Chris) recently ministered, I have seen your support multiply substantially. The main work in Ethiopia was to teach a master’s degree course in youth ministry to 16 top ministry leaders. As part of the coursework we require that the participants take what they learned during the week (our globalLead Level 1 materials) and set up their own training. What better way to help these quality leaders continue to fully grasp the ministry, mentoring, and multiplication methods of Jesus than to go and teach their own local disciples what Jesus had taught His!
A recent update from two of the students shows that they trained an additional 22 leaders! (The picture above is from training in Addis Ababa; picture below is training in a Mursi tribal village.) If the same ratio continues for the class, then the 16 trainers will produce 176 trained leaders. Our estimates show that on average each leader impacts 20 people for Christ annually, so we could easily see 3,520 people eternally impacted. This is only the beginning of the ministry, mentoring, and multiplication work that is being done in one of the 20 plus countries we hope to serve this year! All of this ministry is done efficiently, with cultural understanding by local leaders. This is true Christ-centered, eternal multiplication that you get to support!
globalLead is pleased to announce the latest edition to our staff. Jack Dyson (pictured with his wife, Gladys) will be coming aboard as the International Director of Operations. Jack, an experienced ministry leader, will be joining the team in 2019 once he finishes raising his support. The addition of Jack will position our leadership team to grow and expand the entire ministry in the future. This is a big answer to prayer to one of our on-going ministry challenges!
Stay tuned for more information!
Thank you for following my recent ministry trip of the globalLead team to Africa. Many of you noted the updates in Facebook to follow along.
Here are some of the highlights from the trip:
I was joined by Mike Stigall (globalLead International Board chairman) and Marty Mast (a friend of Mike’s from his church in Berlin, Ohio). Together we trained 16 master’s degree students in Ethiopia (pictured above). I was then able to serve 45 leaders of Compassion International while in Ethiopia as well. The churches who work with Compassion were struggling with how to keep youth in the church as they grow older. The teachings we brought helped them to know how to connect better with the youth in that context.
In Kenya, we had some incredible meetings with our local board, staff, partners, and future potential staff. You can see from the attached pics the wonderful times of connecting one on one with these incredible leaders.
Thank you for your prayers and support of the expanding Africa ministry!
Executive Director – globalLead
From January 26th – February 7th, I will be traveling to Africa with two ministry friends, Mike Stigall and Marty Mast (pictured below). Together we will begin our ministry in Ethiopia to train globalLead principles through a Master’s degree course at Evangelical Theological College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The students are some of the brightest in the nation that are involved in substantial ministry there. While in Ethiopia we will also train the national leadership team for Compassion International so they can begin to develop plans on how to assist churches with sponsored children when they become teens in the church.
From Ethiopia, we will travel on to Kenya to be with our Africa-based board, staff, and volunteers. We are excited to have various additional meetings with future staff in the area and to encourage our training teams there, as well as have time to speak to a group of pastors through our trainings.
Can you pray for our ministry trip, please? Below are some key areas for prayer:
- Pray for spiritual strength and health as we have a lot of travel to do.
- Pray for those receiving the trainings and times of encouragement.
- Pray for the Africa board and our team as we discern potential additional staff in Kenya.
- Pray for our families back home, that they will be encouraged and depend on the Lord even more in our absence.
Executive Director – globalLead
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.