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.
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!