Have you ever found yourself hungry for a certain food? Maybe even craving that food to the point that you would travel out of your way to get it? I have done this at times. Especially for my favorite ice cream brand or that famous Cincinnati-style flavored chili.
Aside from the hunger for food, allow me to introduce to you a hungry Christian leader who was craving God’s Word and training in ministry. Meet Temesgen Adisu. I met Temesgen recently during a three-day training event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Temesgen was not from this capital city of Addis, he was from a remote area in Walaga region. Temesgen was a great student-leader to have in our midst. Over coffee (something else I will go out of my way for), Temesgen shared with me that he traveled 2 full days by bus just to get to the 3 day training. Did you catch that? He traveled a total of 4 days to receive 3 days of training.
Temesgen is a hungry leader! I am so glad that we train hungry leaders. I am also glad that we do not provide full handouts to meet their hunger. Leaders who are hungry are willing to invest something into the trainings. The leaders we train are asked to invest their time and their resources for the trainings (we often invest a portion into the events as well). Why is that so important? We want to be sure we are not casting our training before those who have no investment. No investment often means no ownership or results. Quite the opposite occurs when hungry leaders thirst for trainings and His Biblical principles for their ministry. These leaders produce fruit in their lives in ministry.
Thank you for helping us to serve these committed leaders around the globe!
I’ve always wanted to be a leader and have spent most of my life striving to be a good, Godly leader. Leadership is something that I think about often and it’s somewhat of a hobby. I listen to leadership podcasts, read leadership books, go to leadership conferences, and meet regularly with other local leaders. When Chris Davis (Founder and Executive Director of globalLead) asked me to consider going with him to Ethiopia and Kenya my first thought was “what will I be leading?” The answer to that question was “I’d really just like you to come along and help me.”
So after a lot of prayer and discussion with my family I decided to follow Chris to Africa. Unlike almost every other trip I have been on, I wasn’t in charge, I wasn’t the leader. I found myself in a new roll. I was the follower. After discussing the details of the trip and hearing about all the meetings and trainings that were planned I got really excited. In a few short weeks, thanks to many friends and family, I was able to raise the funds to go. This was really happening, I was going on a mission trip to Ethiopia and Kenya to serve with globalLead.
On this trip I had the privilege to follow Chris and do ministry. We worked with teens, taught Youth Pastor training sessions, encouraged and prayed with Pastors, shared Christ with strangers, and met all kinds of people. I was involved in board training and strategy sessions. I was humbled to ask questions and listen to denominational leaders, spend time with national youth workers and international aid coordinators.
I helped Chris take 15 people through the level 3 training, which means that these 15 youth leaders are now certified to train others. The 39 youth leaders that completed level 1 just blew me away with their desire to reach the youth in their cities. I witnessed a hunger and excitement for the gospel and a passion from these leaders to really embrace the strategy that they were being taught.
Three lessons I learned about following from my first globalLead trip to Africa:
- Followers need to be committed to the mission, they need to be “all in” in order to accomplish the ministry.
- Followers need to listen to instructions and obey the mentor/teacher.
- Followers need to remember that they, too, have people watching and following them. They need to be living a life worth imitating. It’s good to turn around from time to time and see who is following you.
If you will fear the Lord and serve him and obey his voice and not rebel against the commandments of the Lord, and if both you and the king who reigns over you will follow the Lord your God, it will be well. 1 Samuel 12: 14 ESV
Striving to Follow,
globalLead Board of Director Member
On Friday February 26th, I, Chris Davis, will be heading out to Africa. Coming along with me to assist in our process of ministering, mentoring and multiplying will be Doug Taylor, the Executive Director at Heartland Church here in Richland County, Ohio. Doug is also one of the globalLead board members (pictured here with his family).
Together we will be training leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia through two major events. First will be our training of trainers event. This will be a time for us train 15 selected ministry leaders who will continue the multiplication process of training other leaders. These trainers have gone through several years of training and practical experience with us at globalLead. This group is from the Kale Haywet Church there, an evangelical group of over 8,000 churches! This trainer group will be assisting us as we train others in the second event. (Note the photo here of Workneh Dawit and his family, one of our hosts, is the national youth director for this denomination).
Part two in Ethiopia will include up to 60 national level denominational and youth ministry leaders as we walk with them through our Level 1 Strategic training. Those being invited are the top national leaders from 30 different evangelical denominations. This group represents and will be able to impact almost all of the evangelical churches in the whole country!
After 5 days in Ethiopia, we will travel to Nairobi, Kenya to have a strategic gathering with our African globalLead Board. Together we will be praying and planning out the details for the ministry in regards to staffing, strategy and support in a sustainable fashion. Pastor Nick Korir will be hosting the event as a long time partner with us at globalLead (pictured here with his wife Julia).
Also while in Kenya, we will be gathering 3 key East Africa leaders as we strategize impacting the whole region and continent together. This group is a sub-group of a global team that we partner of like-minded evangelical ministry leaders.
- Continued ownership of the ministry by the local leaders in Africa.
- Strategic partnerships to form with key leaders.
- Thousands of youth and church leaders who will be multiplying what they learn in order to impact millions of people for Christ across Africa.
- For the Davis and Taylor families back here in Ohio as they balance life as Doug and I are away.
We are excited to go and make disciples! Thank you for being a praying sender!
Thank you Richland Source for covering the ministry’s rebrand.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
Local nonprofit Global Youth Ministry Network recently underwent an organizational rebranding, changing its name to globalLead. But it was a personal expanding in thinking that served as impetus for a change.
“My thinking expanded. It was a natural progression,” said Executive Director Chris Davis.
Life is full of changes. Many times these changes are for good. When a family adds a child to their family we all celebrate the new life and the expanding family. I know in our family, our son Levi, brings a wonderful personality and sense of humor to who we are as a growing family that did not exist before his birth.
In our ministry, we are adding some additional areas for deeper and wider impact globally. In order to better communicate this growth in ministry opportunities, we are changing our name to be globalLead. We are officially adding some new ministry areas that we have been piloting over the last few years. We are adding training for all church leaders. We have seen that the timeless Biblical principles that we have trained youth leaders to follow are extremely valuable for all church leaders to implement as well. In fact, many of those we have trained over the years are now using the principles as pastors for themselves and their ministry teams!
“Global Youth Ministry Network is now globalLead.”
Another burning question we have been asking is, “Who is pastoring the pastors and top church leaders?” We have seen there is a deep thirst in the life of these top level leaders to be further engaged with others with similar joys and challenges. In these unique conferences we offer secure comradarie, spiritual refreshing and help them plan ways to insure they stay healthy in all areas of their life.
We will continue to serve youth ministry leaders with specific trainings as we add these additional opportunities for all church ministry leaders. Together we get to train and lead those who are ministering, mentoring and multiplying. Thank you for praying with us and walking with us in partnership so we can expand into these new ministry areas.
As a ministry we have been serving Christian leaders in Africa since 1998. The work has been a huge blessing to many churches and therefore individual lives as well. In preparation for a recent trip over the last week of September, I asked our team in Africa how I could serve them. They mentioned two main areas. First, to be available for meetings with top denominational minis- try leaders to share the vision and strategies that can be implemented. Secondly, to be available to train over 20 local Christian leaders to become certified trainers of the Global Youth Ministry Network materials so that the multiplication of the ministry could continue. I am totally amazed by the doors that were opened and the impact that we would foresee.
We had numerous meetings with top leaders of entire denominations. The smallest group represented 150 churches, while the largest represented some 1400 churches (a total among just 4 groups added up to 2800 churches). At each of these gatherings we heard of the need to have their leaders trained in the principles of ministry from the life of Jesus Christ that we offer.
One of the groups that was most excited about the variety of trainings we offer was the Africa Gospel Church. This group was the first to welcome us to Africa over 17 years ago. Sitting in a meeting with 4 of the top 5 highest ranking church leaders, we realized that the 4 who were present had all been through our trainings over the past 17 years! This shows us of the impact that the trainings have had on leaders as they now lead over 1400 churches filled with people being discipled to evangelize. Not only are we continuing the training of youth ministry leaders, but this team requested that we train their top tier of church leaders across the country. They have seen how the principles we have taught over the years are transferable for all church ministry leadership areas. Therefore, we took action to carryout another version of our trainings targeted toward pastors and church ministry leaders. We have known for some time that there was a need globally for expanding our training beyond youth ministry leaders, but to hear this large group request this new version of the training was a great confirmation that the ministry is expanding in the right direction.
In addition to this meeting, we met with top leadership of another denomination of 700 churches. Not only are they scheduling 4 trainings for youth ministry leaders across the country next year, they have also requested the church leadership version of the trainings as well.
Beyond these top level strategic planning and vision casting meetings with top leaders, I also led a training of over 20 indigenous ministry leaders who were pursuing the calling to be one of our trainers in the region. Leaders at this event were from Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Swaziland, Zambia and Kenya. The room was filled with energetic leaders craving the opportunity to take what they had learned back to their home country and share it with others. Imagine top quality young leaders, full of passion and the power of the Gospel gathered together, to be further encouraged and unleashed to go impact the biggest mission field in Africa, the youth! This was an amazing time with these leaders. We are so excited to see the impact already happening. Just this week I had a video conference with Workneh Dawit, the key leader from Ethiopia, who oversees youth ministry to over 8,000 churches. For this video conference he had brought in a leader who had already begun to connect top leaders from 10 other large denominations for the country. We have already begun to discuss and plan for events in 2016 to further multiply the impact in Ethiopia!
I would have been very satisfied to call this a hugely successful trip, but in the midst of this time I received an email from a partner ministry that trains youth ministry leaders at a seminary level. They offer Masters Degrees in Youth Ministry around the globe. We have started to work with them on several projects. While in Kenya I received an email that we were being included in plans with the Nigeria Baptist Convention to assist in training 30 hand picked leaders who will commit to offer what they learn to the 13,000 churches that have 4 million members. They will strategically take these trainings first to their 10 seminaries and Bible colleges and also take the trainings of Global Youth Ministry Network to the majority of the youth leaders in the 13,000 potential church locations! These are astounding levels of impact that together we get to have across the different areas of the continent of Africa.
As we finish 2014 and look ahead to 2015, we have seen God do some incredible things in people’s lives around the globe. We have together trained close to 1600 leaders from 12 different countries! What an incredible ministry we have together!
We have one more final opportunity for you to personally impact others this year that we want to make you aware of.
A generous donor has offered up to $1500 in funding for the ministry in order help us start 2015 off well.
Your opportunity comes in because this offer is a matching opportunity. Here is how it will work:
Those current regular donors who increase their monthly amount will see the amount they increase matched for the first 3 donations. (For example if you currently support at $100 a month and you decide to increase your monthly support by $25 a month ($75 increase over 3 months). Then the matching donor will contribute another $75 making your increased donation amount double!)
If you are a new monthly donor your monthly pledge donation will also be matched over the first 3 months.
(If you pledge $100 per month ($300 over 3 months), the matching donor will donate $300 as well! Doubling the amount of impact over the first 3 months!)
We deeply appreciate you walking with us both financially and prayerfully!
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 will be eligible for a tax deduction for 2014).
Looking forward to 2015 together!
This amazing event held for the second time in the Philippines offered soul care for ministry leaders within a safe and secure environment. Leaders experienced dynamic teaching on how to finish well in their ministry and were given opportunities to be positioned before the Lord for His ministry to them personally and to express this impact as desired to a group of peers led by a seasoned mentor.
There are two approaches to take when it comes to offering trainings for youth and church leaders globally. One is to accept almost every invitation for a training event. The other is to insure the partners you work with are: 1.) Strategic influencers 2.) That the host understands the long-term potential impact (versus a one-time only event). We always look for hosts who are interested in a long-term, far reaching ministry impact. One way we describe this strategy is with our seminar levels (or steps). Each of the paragraphs below refer to our steps in ministry development in different locations globally.
Our work in Ethiopia began back in 2012, with our current partner. Sure it has taken some patient work and diligent discussions, but it is great to
see that we have a partner who understands the beauty of long-term multiplication versus only a one-time event. Our Kenya based Africa team recently finished a training of 65 leaders in Ethiopia. Not only did they train this group, but they also worked with the host to select three Ethiopian trainers. Just a few weeks after our Kenyan team had returned home, the Ethiopian leaders carried out their very first locally run training of 58 leaders! This is the exciting phase of the ministry to see take place. Once local leaders own the trainings, then they can impact their country and beyond. Our role then changes from being the main trainers to being the ones who encourage, assist and lead them in planning for the future impact. Our Ethiopian group has the potential to impact over 7000 churches. This great leadership team is well on its way up the steps.
Bangladesh is a small Asian country surrounded almost totally by India. This highly Muslim country is home to 164 million people of which 99.3% are considered non-Christian. The need here is tremendous and our teams are taking the next steps to continue to provide local leaders for ministry in their local languages. Jomesh Tamang, the Northwest Asia GYMN Director, recently trained our first group of Level 2 leaders in Bangladesh. Together with the host, Alfred Biplob, they selected a team of local trainers as well. It was exciting to see that while Jomesh was in Bangladesh, Bishal Gurung, (GYMN Nepal Training Coordinator) was busy leading a training (without Jomesh) in Pohkara, the second biggest city in Nepal! The work continues to multiply globally.
One of the updates from another training in Nepal allowed us to hear from Bala Ghale, who is a youth leader at Valche Church, that attended our recent Level 1 training in Kahule, Nuwakot, Nepal:
“We have over 150 young people in our youth ministry where our Church congregation is over 1200. I am a youth leader in the Church but I have never been to this kind of training that teaches us how to do youth ministry. I have been to many bible trainings and leadership trainings but have never been to one that only focuses on youth ministry. This training has been eye opening to the areas we need to cover in the youth ministry and how to lead youth step by step in orderto make them leaders.” – Bala Ghale
In another region our wonderful Kenya team of Nick Korir and Martha Sijenyi were busy overseeing the trainings and planning times in Kenya and Uganda. The Embu, Kenya training was a Level 2 training with 79 partici- pants. In addition to the work in Kenya and Uganda our team also sent Kenya trainers, Morris Opati and Jackson Maina to lead the before mentioned training in Ethiopia.
You have heard us always mention different levels of trainings. We are continuing to expand our work globally by adding a Level 4 or what we call: Heart of the Leader. This is a two part event that helps experienced leaders be positioned to run the long-haul marathon of life and ministry. These are not “how to” events, they are, “how are you doing personally?”, events. These gatherings help us to be available at GYMN to pastor other pastors and leaders and provide encouragement and personal spiritual guidance. We are excited to do retreat one starting October 24th (retreat two will be in July, 2015). Our Southeast Asia team in the Philippines asked to take the lead in continuing this ministry. We should have leaders from several countries attending! Please pray for the necessary finances and details to come together for all of the invited participants.
Thank you for the steps you take in prayer and financial support, not just monthly but above and beyond in additional offerings as well!
Have you ever heard the statement, “No pain—no gain”? Usually this refers to sports and their training regiments. However, this is true in our ministry and at times in our life as well. As I write this final version of this newsletter, I am in pain. I am just into a recovery stage of a very bad lower back strain that has left me in the bed and immobile for a few days and now only able to stand for short periods of time. The painful part also is not just the physical pain, but I had to make the hard decision to cancel my upcoming ministry trip to Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia). At first this bothered me deeply, but when I called to talk with our Africa team they encouraged me to stay home and rest and said that the ministry programs we planned will go forward! My pain is causing additional progress of the next stage of local ownership of the ministry in Africa! I am reminded that all things will work together for good as Paul stated in Romans 8:28. The notes below are the notes I wrote regarding the training trip over a week ago before my injury.
We have a place in our front yard for a small tree. This location was set by the original landscape designs to have a small tree in an area with other smaller bushes. The only problem is that whenever we plant a tree here it never lives more than a few years. At first I thought it was just the tree, but after pulling out several of the trees we realized the issue was the soil and the fact that a large area around the house was filled with gravel beyond the original design. This reminds me of growth in areas of our life and the ministry we all are a part of, Global Youth Ministry Network.
For something to grow it needs the right soil and setting. In addition the growth first has to be deeper in order for the visible growth to be wider (and higher). Just like a tree, our ministry is constantly assessing our growth in depth so that we can continue to grow wider. One of our GYMN board members referenced this principle from the prophet Isaiah in regards to a tent (wider) and it’s stakes (deeper). Isaiah 54:2 reads, “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.” Thankfully the ministry is growing in both directions as you see here.
Many of you know that in the past few months I was able to literally travel around the globe as I served our teams in India, Nepal and the Philippines. In a short time our Africa team will be leading another three-country ministry focus in the continent of Africa.
I am so proud of our staff and volunteers in Africa who have kept the ministry moving forward despite some difficult circumstances. The work there in Africa continues to go deeper and wider. The teams have been a solid stake in the ground as they reach youth and leaders in this continent. Led by Pastor Nick Korir and our GYMN Africa Board, staff and volunteers we are embarking on expansion in depth and width.
The Africa teams will be working in Kenya, East Africa. First, they will be meeting with and developing vision and plans with our trainers, Africa Board and staff. This group is our group of roots that support the growth of the ministry in Africa. Their work will be to water, strengthen and fertilize GYMN’s Kenyan roots so they can con- tinue to spread throughout Africa.
Next will be a trip to Ethiopia to the north. This incredible group of over 7000 churches in Ethiopia is entering it’s next phase of trainings. Jackson Maina (from Kenya) will travel to Addis Ababa to lead a Level 2 event. After this the leaders will be prepared to lead their own trainings locally in the future as we select qualified trainers. As you can see the branches are growing wider in this region!
For the final leg of their trip, our Africa team will meet up with our Uganda team inKampala. Here they will be putting together plans and trainings for them to grow the ministry to spread outside of Kampala to unreached areas of the countryside! Our administrator for GYMN Africa (Martha Sijenyi) from Kenya will be there to also deepen the ministry by teaching the administrative aspects needed to run the trainings in Uganda!
It is so exciting that you as GYMN supporters get to be the water and fertilizer that partners in the growth and fruit of the ministry around the globe. Together we all have a role to play that can seem painful but brings eternal progress. We are seeing first hand the fruit of multiplication as local leaders take over key areas!