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?
Contributions can be made via the PayPal link on the right or by mail ~ 91 Park Ave W. Suite G, Mansfield, Ohio 44902. (All donations made or postmarked on or before December 31st may be eligible for a tax deduction for 2017.)
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!
When Chris Davis was in seminary in Dallas, Texas in 1994-96, he was privileged to be the assistant to the chaplain at the corporate offices of Interstate Batteries. Before he left Interstate Batteries to launch globalLead, they became one of our foundational supporters.
About 6 weeks ago, Chris saw this photo and a note in Facebook. On the left is Norm Miller, who is the chairman of Interstate Batteries. When Chris was working at Interstate Batteries in the 1990’s, one of the projects they supported was the Jesus Film. Norm was a key person that would adopt a whole country with other business leaders. One of the countries he adopted was Mongolia. The FaceBook message was from the gentleman on the right, whose name is Chinzo. Guess where he’s from? Mongolia! He remembers seeing the Jesus Film when he was a youth in Mongolia. And now he gets to meet Mr. Miller in Dallas, Texas, at an event at Dallas Seminary. To complete the circle, Chinzo does trainings for us at globalLead in Mongolia. It is amazing how God brings ministry “full circle.” Not only did Mr. Miller invest in the Jesus Film, which helped Chinzo come to Christ, now Chinzo is a pastor training other leaders in Mongolia through globalLead. From Dallas to Mongolia through Mansfield back to Mongolia and returning to Dallas, a full circle of global ministry!
STAY TUNED FOR FULL CIRCLE (PART 2)!
We have learned over the 20 plus years of global ministry that our work requires proper balance and alignment around three key areas: strategy, staff, and support. We have have seen God doing some great work recently in each of these areas. He has brought some very talented and experienced staff to work with us around the globe. These individuals are committed to the faith-based ministry of globalLead and are trusting Him for their salaries and provision. Here we would like to share about the staff additions in the international office.
Lori Lower – Assistant to the Executive Director (right in the photo) – Lori comes to globalLead with decades of administrative experience at Ashland Theological Seminary. She will be working part-time here at the office assisting Chris and our globalLead teams.
Eric Byrom – Heart of the Leader Project Staff (center in the photo) – Eric has been involved for several years as a globalLead board member and has been a recipient of the Heart of the Leader ministry (via Pastors of Excellence). He has also assisted in mentoring in the Heart of the Leader in the Philippines in 2016 and plans to return in 2017. Eric is raising support to work part-time with globalLead on a 6 month project basis, but hopes to continue on beyond that time frame. He will be assisting with the 2017 Heart of the Leader in the Philippines and working with other Heart of the Leader staff as they refine the materials and strategies. Click for more information about Eric.
Dr. Matt Lewis – International Director of Heart of the Leader (left in the photo) – Matt Lewis comes to globalLead after leading the mother program of Heart of the Leader (Pastors of Excellence). Matt has been a globalLead board member for several years and has assisted globalLead in the launching of our Heart of the Leader ministry. He is committing to lead our Heart of the Leader ministry as he trusts God for funding. Click for more information about Matt.
We are so thankful for these highly qualified and committed Christian leaders. We are excited to see the global impact each of them will have.
Dios te bendiga (God bless you in Spanish)!
As I prepare to head to Nicaragua and to Mexico to train leaders for ministry, I wanted to say, God bless you! (Dios te bendiga).
Thank you for your on-going support and prayers as we continue to share the gospel of Jesus Christ around the globe.
On this trip from May 22nd-31st we will be training over 30 pastors and church leaders in Nicaragua. Traveling on this portion will be Pastor Dave Vance, Aaron Nicolas, Keegan McQuate and myself. We are excited to train these church pastors and church planters in the biblical principles for ministry from the life of Christ so that they can further reach, disciple and mobilize in their country. Many of these leaders travel hours and hours just to attend!
After 4 days in Nicaragua, Keegan and I will travel to Mexico City to train youth pastors in their two final courses in a Masters degree in Youth Ministry. We are excited that these leaders have been so thoroughly equipped and could be potential trainers of others in Mexico and other Spanish speaking nations.
Please pray for:
- Safe travels
- Health and energy (we will be teaching all day in above 90 degree temperatures).
- Gospel impact that will occur in and through the leaders.
- Opportunities to counsel these leaders in any areas that they may be struggling in.
- Our families back home as they navigate the busy end of spring beginning of summer school and sports schedules.
Thank you again for helping us continue to minister, mentor and multiply Christian leaders around the globe!