As you try to encourage people to become friends with God, our hope is that you continue to remain a friend of God.
To encourage you further toward that, we’d like to invite you to join our globalLead Zoom event on Thursday, July 2nd, at 2 PM East Africa Time, 7 PM Philippines, 4:45 PM Nepal, 7 AM USA (Eastern), … others please check your time zones. (Click here to register: https://bit.ly/3hQFteA)
Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” You may look at the news and see what is happening around the world and wonder if “all” things are working for good. Yet, in all of this God is being glorified like never before thanks to your prayers and support!
Through your globalLead ministry God has been using this trying time for His good. We have seen leaders in Ethiopia diligently train others using simple text messages since they could not train face to face. Many people in Ethiopia do not have sufficient Internet speed to receive a video conference training.
Prompted by the Lord during this time, we have also had the privilege of providing more soul care events for Christian leaders. We have offered two Zoom events for leaders from these 9 different countries: Philippines, Nepal, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, USA, South Africa, and India. Christian leaders are facing extreme stress globally due to Covid and the related economic issues. And at the writing of this post, more events are being planned.
Please continue to lift up in prayer these new opportunities for ministry around the globe!
(Mulat is in the center of the photo above.)
We are praising the Lord for the ministry of our Ethiopian trainer, Mulat! He traveled to a restricted country in March, intending to be there for only two weeks, but got caught in lockdown in that country until May 24. He was quarantined for 14 days when he returned to Ethiopia and was released on Sunday. But GOD WAS MOVING in the midst of the struggle! Not only did Mulat do 3 organized trainings, but he had opportunities to help lead Bible studies, preach, and start a mothers’ prayer group.
We are looking forward to new partnerships to grow out of Mulat’s passion and time spent investing in others on behalf of globalLead!
Despite the fact that we are limited in our movements, God is still moving around the globe. In this short video clip below (click on the arrow button), you will see how God is moving in and through leaders in the Philippines, Uganda, Kenya, Pakistan, Austria, Kenya, and the USA!
We are continuing to minister, mentor, and multiply globally through your ministry. Thank you for praying and supporting globalLead!
I love the fact that Jesus kept the message of the Christian lifestyle simple: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) Simplified even further we could say: love God and love others. At globalLead, we love leaders around the globe by connecting them to God and to one another to experience His love. This connecting allows them to be positioned to reach their neighbors for Christ.
These efforts take various forms in our ministry, but two key forms are seen in the unique connecting platforms locally and globally that we have seen God provide for us. From these efforts we have been able to connect people together and position them to connect more deeply with God Himself. (The photo above is from our recent launch of the first ever Heart of the Leader in Kenya, Africa. Many who attended were those we have connected with in ministry over the past 2 decades.) globalLead mentors are continuing to meet virtually with the participants to continue to care for them and to prepare for Heart of the Leader part 2 in Uganda.
Connecting Leaders…global, national, and local
The longevity of globalLead (now in the 24th year of ministry) has enabled us to connect with influential global leaders and networks around the globe. For example, I, Chris Davis, have served on the global steering committee for the World Evangelical Alliance’s Youth Commission, called Converge. This group seeks to serve leaders literally around the globe. Converge connections enable us to seek out top level ministry leaders in any country we desire to serve in. The WEA serves over 600 million evangelicals from over 130 countries. One example of this is the country of India. India’s current population is 1.4 billion people. globalLead has been asked to partner with two groups in this country. One group just hosted a shortened version of our Heart of the Leader in order to serve 40 young leaders from around their country; this event was a result of our WEA connections and our Global Youth Coalition (mentioned later). In addition, we are having discussions with the Evangelical Fellowship of India whose membership includes over 54 protestant denominations and related congregations, representing over 65,000 churches and over 150 church related mission agencies.
We also work to connect with national leaders through global networks. In Africa, we recently connected with some very important ministry leaders in both Kenya and Ethiopia. I, Chris, have been one of the founding members of a group called the Global Youth Coalition, which is currently made up of 5 globally impacting ministries. We gather twice a year face to face, and several times in video conference to strategically work together on plans around the globe. One of our exciting visions is titled “Saturation-Multiplication.” The concept is to gather and envision key youth ministry leadership trainers in any given country to embrace the idea to have quality trainers in every region of their country. In the past the number of organizations and trainings has been growing, but there has not been a unified strategy for a whole country. Therefore, those in easily accessible major cities get trained, but the majority of other leaders do not. I have assisted the GYC (Global Youth Coalition) in connecting leaders in Ethiopia and in Kenya, with other locations projected for the future.
As a global ministry, it could be easy to work only in large overarching networks. However, the reason we engage in the global and national networks is to be able to strategically serve the local churches and ministries. Our trainings are often times attended around the globe by local pastors and ministry leaders invited by others in their country. One local example of this was our recent training in Akron, Ohio, USA.
Jack Dyson (shown above) and I worked with 34 leaders and walked them through our newer training for all church ministry leaders. globalLead board member, Lynn Reinbolt from Arkansas, also attended. Part of the group was made up of teams of church planters. The church’s vision is to launch 10 new churches in 10 years. These church planting leadership teams learned the ministry steps of Jesus Himself and then set together to make actionable goals. Another portion of those in attendance were mission team members from this church. They wanted to learn and apply the materials in their lives and local ministry so that they could consider taking the globalLead trainings to their church’s mission partner locations in several countries in the future. Thank you for showing your love for God and others around the globe by connecting to globalLead through your support and prayers!
Chris Davis, Executive Director, globalLead
We are all in the midst of changing times and challenging circumstances. Many around the globe find themselves following “stay at home” decisions. Although times are changing and we are faced with new challenges, God has not changed and is not challenged by the current circumstances. Know that as you read this post, we will be praying for you during this time.
Our unchanging God that we serve is the foundation of the ministry of globalLead. In fact, we have developed all of our trainings and resources around the idea that God’s Word has worked for thousands of years all around the world. His Word still impacts any culture in any generation. His Word works no matter what is happening in your life and mine. No matter how things change, God and His Word do not!
globalLead continues forward in these challenging times. Our staff in the Philippines had already been working toward online forms of training. We will begin this training of Level 3 participants (future trainers) as a model for us to embrace going forward to supplement the face to face trainings.
Thank you for your continued support of the on-going ministry of globalLead. As a family we are planning to continue to support our church and those missionaries around the globe that we have always supported, we pray that God leads you to do the same, as together we trust in Him as our never changing provider.
Executive Director – globalLead
Meet the newest member of the globalLead team – John Odhiambo, training coordinator for Africa. Click here to read more about John and his journey.
We are excited for the gifts that John will bring to globalLead!
Back home to the USA after 2 weeks of ministry and I am trying to decide what to say to you as an update in a few words and pictures. The Bible often communicates our hearts better than we can. David communicated my heart in regards to your prayers and what God has done over the past two weeks:
Psalm 61:1-2: “Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Please celebrate what it is that you get to do through your prayers and support of globalLead both locally and around the world. We prayed together and God led our teams to Him in incredible ways, so that we can go out to the ends of the earth for His purposes!
Thank you for praying and supporting the growing ministry both locally and globally.
Executive Director – globalLead
In Kenya, we gathered 45 people from 9 different countries for the first-ever Heart of the Leader event for Africa. All of those gathered were ministry leaders! Together they were following David’s prayer from above…calling to you (God), when their heart is faint, desiring to be led to the rock (Christ Jesus) that is higher than themselves. God answered your prayers and theirs as you can see in the pictures here. We had mentors in training from 3 different countries that are beginning to spread these events globally!
The wonderful African country of Ethiopia was a real joy, as I trained 36 ministry leaders in Level 2 and 3 of our materials for Youth Ministry Strategy. They signed up to continue to train more leaders throughout their country. Most of the participants are in the midst of a Masters Degree program at a local seminary that we partner with. The multiplication potential in this country is phenomenal, as one of the students alone oversees over the ministry to youth in over 8000 churches. By the way, 70% of the country’s population are considered youth or children!(Pictured are the students teaching, training, and worshiping as we met together).
The other portion of my training travels occurred in Akron, Ohio. It is amazing to me that when you teach principles from God’s Word and the life of Jesus that they work not only in Africa, but in our country as well! They work in the big churches, in the big cities, and in church plants in smaller towns, locally and globally. In Akron, Ohio, Jack Dyson and I led trainings with 30 leaders in ministry areas of The Chapel in Akron, Ohio. One of these groups is planning to take the trainings they received to their mission posts around the globe. The other groups were local church plants in the suburbs and portions of Akron. We received incredible feedback on how the simple tools from Scripture will be used in all of the locations.
Many of you realize that globalLead now offers 3 distinct training experiences. Over the next few weeks Chris has the opportunity to lead two of these trainings in two different African countries with our teams locally and globally.
Ethiopia, Africa: Chris will be flying on Tuesday, Jan. 14th to Addis Ababa. Here he will lead a group of 50 leaders through our Youth Ministry Strategy materials so that these leaders can be certified trainers to take trainings to every corner of their country and beyond.
Kenya, Africa: Beginning Sunday, Jan. 19th-Jan. 24th, Chris will be part of a diverse global team from the USA, Philippines, Uganda, and New Zealand who are leading in globalLead’s Heart of the Leader ministry (participants will be coming from Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, and India as well). We hope to have about 30 ministry leaders involved in this soul care event so that they can be healthy leaders in ministry!
Thank you for praying and supporting the growing ministry both locally and globally.
What do the three words, “goals, gifted, and gifts”, have in common with globalLead, besides the obvious that they start with the letter “G”? All three of these G’s are key parts of the ministry of globalLead. Allow me to explain each of these separately but show how they connect to one another.
We are excited to report the following goals that have been met or exceeded in 2019 by the grace and strength of the Lord. Our teams exceeded their training goals by 10% this year.
It takes gifted leaders to carry out the goals of the ministry. At globalLead we realize that God is the provider of both the natural talents and the spiritual gifts of our staff, volunteers, board members, and you as donors.
globalLead works around the world because of gifted leaders that God brings to us that you encourage and financially support in various ways!
(Picture above from a recent International Board of Directors meeting)
All of the goals that God has accomplished through globalLead’s history (close to 25,000 leaders trained from over 51 countries) and in this past year could only happen through your financial gifts.
I want to boldly ask you, “What are you investing your financial resources in that is global and eternal?” Some of you are already supporting globalLead and we thank you for that. Would you consider adding to your support with additional monthly support? Our ministry is growing rapidly and we need our monthly support to grow as well. Maybe you could consider a year-end gift. If you have not supported in the past, would you consider a one-time support or a monthly commitment?
When people who support globalLead share about why they love the ministry they say, “the multiplication of leaders by nationals within their own country and continent is amazing to see.” With that said we have real financial needs this December and for the future of the ministry. Will you make globalLead a recipient of one of your Christmas (or year-end) gifts to help us encourage and equip the gifted to meet their God-given eternal goals for the future?
Thank you for your continued support and prayers,
Executive Director – globalLead