When we face times of uncertainty and change all around us, we can typically take one of two paths. The first is to see the current environment as an obstacle. At globalLead, we could take this approach and say, “we cannot travel and train (most countries are under travel restrictions for both local and international travel). We could just wait this out and hope the pandemic changes soon then we can get back to what we do – ministering, mentoring, and multiplying Christian leaders.” But we have taken the second path of recognizing the opportunities. In fact, our incredible teams around the globe have not bowed to the obstacles, but have embraced this season of opportunity! God has directed this path for those we serve and also has allowed us to be good stewards of the resources you as donors provide. Let me share just a few of the opportunities we have seen God provide.
Leaders Soul Care Opportunities
Many leaders are facing the challenges of leading others in this season. People are sick, but more detrimental than the sickness is that people are being challenged economically. This is a huge burden on pastors and leaders. I have talked to several pastors of large churches globally who have seen their salaries reduced by 1/2 and some even more than that. These leaders need people to care for them. If the leadership of a church is struggling you can be doubly assured that the people of the church are struggling as well and not receiving the life-giving hope they all need. As we together care for leaders, they are healthier to care for the thousands upon thousands that they collectively impact. At globalLead we have served over 153 ministry leaders through our shortened Heart of the Leader events to care for the souls of Christian leaders (including some of those in the photo above). Here is what these leaders have said about these events:
“This time helped me to understand and feel who precious a friend Jesus is to me and his unconditional love and humbleness towards me.” Jessica, Nepal
“To connect the word of God with the current situation. Once more acknowledging that Jesus is a real friend.” Farris, Kenya
Online Ministry Opportunities
When I was finishing up my doctoral studies last year a portion of my research findings showed that leaders who had access to recorded trainings were actually more deeply impacted than those who engaged in live Zoom video conference trainings. With this in mind, and because of the obstacles of travel, your globalLead team has established our Ministry Team Strategy training course to be accessible anywhere, anytime, by using the Google Classroom platform. In our initial course we have over 60 people going through the materials from 13 different countries across 5 continental regions.
With so many people unable to travel, God has allowed us to meet leaders right in their homes using Zoom and other technologies. Although we are moving about in the USA, many around the globe are still under severe travel restrictions. If ministry leaders are stuck at home, what can they do? They can be further equipped for future ministry and how to use the technology in front of them to minister in this current season as well. We have trained 86 leaders over the past few months on how to use Zoom and other technologies to serve and to care for their own people.
Local Ministry Opportunities
Our administration team has taken this season of obstacles and exchanged it for the opportunity to streamline the globalLead operations. Led by Jack Dyson, our International Director of Operations, our team is busy working on converting to a new accounting system and donor development platform. We all know that these ministries are just as essential as what others are doing out in the field or through online ministry trainings. Without good internal systems, these field ministries cannot happen.
One of the goals we had this year in the ministry was to publish one of our discipleship workbooks encompassing over 200 pages. This series is currently in the final editing and graphic design stage. This set deals with theological foundations that youth should know and understand, like Who is God? Who is Jesus? What About Sin? In addition, it will cover what we would call practical theology areas, like Why Should I Attend Church? Why Should I Tithe? How Can I Share My Testimony? This set is designed for both large and small group usage, as well as one to one discipleship. Once it is complete, we will tailor it for adults as well, so as parents can also use them as they disciple their youth. These are being developed in a non-cultural way so that the Biblical principles that have worked for 2000 years across hundreds of countries can be taught globally without obstacles. Other ministry publications are in the works as well.
With the economic impact on people globally (in most locations the economic impact is much greater than the impact of the virus), we have had the opportunity to care for ministry leaders with practical financial needs. Through our accumulating Caring and Sharing Fund, we have been able to send financial support to leaders in financial need. Many church leaders are not getting paid. Many of these places depend on weekly physical cash offerings. They do not typically have electronic giving like we would here. Many church leaders are being laid off and have no unemployment benefits. We would like to continue to have funds to help these leaders. Would you consider an extra one-time donation to our Caring and Sharing Fund to help these leaders? Mark you extra gift below or send a separate online gift through our website at https://globallead.world/support-us/giving-ways-to-give/.
The Apostle Paul reminds us all in Romans 8:28, that , “…we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” He is the only one who can take obstacles and turn them into eternal opportunities for good! You and I are called by Him to care for those around the globe and we have the opportunity before us to do this together!
Chris Davis, Executive Director, globalLead
In life there are constants and there are changes. The same is true in your globalLead ministry. Many things are changing currently in our world. We never would have dreamed that we would not be able to fly to other countries to see leaders around the globe face to face. For decades we have served leaders in face to face trainings.
We are now training leaders online as they are in their homes still facing lockdown in most countries around the globe (we plan to continue face to face and online trainings in the future). Not only are we using live Zoom trainings, but we have now launched our first Google Classroom hosted training. These trainings enable leaders to receive trainings anytime, anywhere, anyplace. There are some great advantages to this type of training. Leaders have more time to process what they hear as they review videos and work at their own pace.
We have over 60 participants in this event from 13 different countries. In the past, we could have never had leaders come together from 13 countries! Today we can!
What has not and will not change, in globalLead, is our unapologetic stand on God’s Word and the example of Jesus Christ for life and ministry.
We are excited to announce that our Ministry Strategy Seminar is going online on August 31st! This course will be taught primarily through Google Classroom. We are also welcoming participants from other countries! The time for the USA (Eastern Time zone) is 7:00-8:30 AM. Please go to our website for more information: https://globallead.world/online-training/
Nixon N. Echavez serves as Europe Director for globalLead International.
For over 20 years, Nixon pastored in various church settings, including small urban poor church, mid-sized family churches, and a mega-church. In recent years, he has ministered to churches and trained ministry leaders across Europe.
He is married to his lovely wife, Lhei, who is into worship and women’s ministries. Together, they are blessed with four beautiful children, Ruth, Abigail, Mary, and JL.
Nixon believes that the hope of Europe depends on the revival of Christian leaders and their churches. The provision of relevant training is crucial in renewing the heart and mind of these servants. He hopes that globalLead training can facilitate the spiritual renewal of many church leaders in Europe.
Go here to see Nixon and Lhei’s globalLead missionary page to read his full bio and to donate to his support!
Although many in the USA are now moving about more freely, many of our friends around the globe are still limited from traveling any distance from their home. Others are limited by a daily curfew. With all of these trying circumstances, it is easy to retreat rather than move forward. We are reminded that the Apostle Paul faced restrictions in his life as a minister, yet the Gospel was still boldly proclaimed. Paul wrote the following to the believers in Rome, and later in his life he would be in prison and on house arrest in Rome. Being restricted from traveling is nothing new in Christianity.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
Nothing can separate you or me or our ministry leaders around the globe from the love of Christ. In addition, nothing can lock down God’s sovereign and powerful Gospel from going out to those in need. Your ministry in globalLead is helping leaders be reminded of God’s inseparable love during these difficult times, so they can fully serve others. God has been working over the past few months in your ministry with globalLead in the following ways: online ministry to 162 leaders from 11 countries; training via text messages; training in a restricted country during persecution and Covid-19.
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