The Middle East has endured decades of war and suffering. Recently our Syrian national leader, Dani, came to share the remarkable stories of how courageous leaders continue to share Jesus with others. For example, several of Dani’s leaders led 40 people to faith in Christ during the week he was here with us. We are presently in discussion to reignite leadership training in two Middle Eastern countries. Please join us in praying for God’s leading and provision to pursue this need. When Dani was here, I asked him, “What is the greatest need you face in Syria?” Without hesitation, he replied, “We lost many leaders through the years of fighting. Now we must raise up and train the next generation of leaders.”
High in the Andes, ITI graduates led their first training for Peruvian pastors and leaders. Only a dozen years ago, this region was a center for terrorism and drug trafficking. At that time, a joint U.S./Peruvian team shared the gospel in the area around the city of Huanuco with several thousand responding. Churches formed. The work now continues to expand to and develop the next generation.
As you may know, the world of leadership training has taken us many places. To date, over 7,500 leaders have been a part of the International Training Institute (ITI) in two dozen countries. Sometimes we’ve been privileged to work with Christians within people groups largely disconnected from traditional forms of Christian ministry. One of those groups has been the hearing impaired people of East Africa. The challenges of communication have limited ministry, meaning many people do not know Jesus, and many leaders have no opportunity to receive training as they lead churches and ministries. Presently, ITI graduates from the hearing impaired community are teaching and training others. What does this look like? Click the button below for a fascinating two-minute look at these leaders in action.
A young woman probably in her early 30’s, came to my group for listening prayer in March. We shared with her what we felt God was saying and then after we prayed for her, she started crying. She said, “I know that God is asking me to do something in particular. I am tired [as a ministry leader and a wife/mother], and I just don’t want to do it. But this prayer time has confirmed that this is what God wants me to do. I have taken the Nehemiah course on leadership before, and I am taking it again this time. And I will take it again next time because I know that God is wanting to develop me as a leader, and I want to be obedient.”
Network Beyond supports the training of almost sixty health professionals and students in Western Uganda. This team works to provide quality care and the hope of Jesus to people they serve. Nearly all are young (in their 20’s) with a commitment to Jesus, each other, and expanding the work of Christ’s Kingdom. In addition, Kelly--our initiative director--is freeing up her schedule to move into ministry full-time. Pray for Kelly in this big step she takes.
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