Network Beyond loves its partnership with New Generation Trust (NGT) in India. Few people know of this remarkable group of men and women who care for girls rescued from the sex trade. They lead two care facilities providing what is needed for the healing and restoration of these young women. They also take in children of the girls trapped in the brothels to care for them. NGT is involved in gender issues and trafficking awareness, changing the culture within the public educational system.
Amisha is one of many stories—16 years old, HIV positive, a TB patient, weak and malnourished. She lost her parents and was given up by an uncle not able to care for her. Amisha has not been to school. NGT partners care for her, providing medication, a home, and a pathway into a basic educational tract to help equip her for life. Pray for Amisha to be healed not only from her illnesses, but from the rejection she has experienced from her family.
Buyobo is a remote mountain community in northeastern Uganda. Coffee grows in this spectacular setting. Alfred and Florence live there--coffee growers for sure--but more than that, people of the gospel. They observed people who lacked medical care. They also knew the predominately Muslim population needed a relationship with Jesus. Network Beyond joined them to elevate people’s health. A church was also born. Most recently, Buyobo became a center for leadership training through the International Training Institute (ITI). This training has equipped leaders in the region to begin creative works to care for people and grow healthy churches.
Over the next few weeks, eight ITI trainings will occur in several challenging regions including Venezuela (pictured), Cuba, Egypt, Europe with Middle Eastern refugees, Tanzania, and Zambia. Teams will be training hundreds of leaders plus exploring two additional invitations for the future. Another team travels to a dangerous area of the world where Network Beyond partners are engaged with an unreached people group.
We want to be discerning with opportunities that come to us. We lean toward faith, desiring to say "Yes" to what we sense God wants us to pursue. Because of the nature of our partnerships, funds are used efficiently. This has allowed ministry to flourish in 23 countries. Thank you for your participation.
I’ve always been fascinated with history, more so after a recent vacation which included visits to places where significant events occurred. Some sites were recent and somber, such as the World Trade Center. Others-- such as the FDR library--told of leadership which brought hope to a nation through a depression and world war.
At Network Beyond, we are learning. Past experiences shaped us. We now desire to see God’s work of transformation occur in ever increasing ways. The global landscape challenges ministry. However, we feel humbled, privileged, and encouraged to be a part of the history God is writing. Lives are being changed. In reality, Network Beyond is a broad network of people, churches, and organizations, with high capacity leaders and visionaries committed to serve Christ. You are part of the network through your prayers, gifts, and participation. Be encouraged!
On June 16, 2018, the Girls Rescue Center (GRC) of Kenya celebrated its 10th anniversary. This wonderful facility continues to be a place of safety and hope for girls rescued from FGM and forced marriage practices. To date, 84 girls and young women have been a part of the GRC. It was a great time to see the power of God at work in the lives of these girls, many now young women doing well. Network Beyond is pleased to continue our support of this work. Thank you for your partnership!
As we met with our ITI leaders from across Latin America, we met someone new and became better informed about a tragic global situation. Venezuela is a nation mired in pain. Inflation makes buying life necessities a challenge. Many flee the country in hopes of relief. Pastors and churches remain to care for people with limited resources. Gerardo (pictured right) is one such pastor.
Juvenal and Katty, our Latin American leaders, felt impressed to travel to Venezuela to meet with leaders there. They desired to help and found large numbers of pastors desiring to be better equipped to bring Jesus to their nation. They also brought Gerardo back with them to Peru.
In two months, a Latin America ITI team will travel to provide the first International Training Institute to dozens of Venezuelan leaders. Multiplication!
A couple weeks ago, a ministry team worked north of Lima, Peru. We encouraged flexibility as opportunities occur unexpectedly. Doug and Tom were invited to speak at a local high school. The school director was an agnostic and provided only a brief time for them to speak on values, but not religion.
During the talk, the teacher appreciated the explanation of intrinsic and extrinsic values and asked the team to continue beyond their time limit. Then came the questions … “Could we come to the church? The sports camp? The clinic?” A game of soccer, music, and testimonies deepened relationships. Everyone enjoyed new friendships. And everyone heard the Good News of Jesus and stories of how He changes lives.
It’s a fascinating global experience occurring every 4 years … the World Cup. Teams from many countries gather to play for the coveted title of being the world’s best national team on the soccer field. (Sorry, Team USA missed the cut on this one.) I noticed groups of people who didn’t know each other, coming from different nations, gathered around smart phones in airports or televisions in restaurants to cheer their favorites or mourn a painful loss. But what really amazed me was how this single event brought people together with their interests, opinions, and even passions. I thought of something similar, yet more significant that is happening among God’s people.
We’re coming out of an amazing two month season of travel as teams have trained leaders in 8 countries through 13 International Training Institutes, as well as ministry teams at work in Kenya, Uganda, and Peru. Whew! There have been great stories of God at work, God arranged connections, and changed lives. However, my attention focused on the passion evident in teams of men and women coming together to advance the work of God’s Kingdom. At Network Beyond, we are proud to call them friends and partners and happy to share their stories.
These partners come from various nations, including our own … like the 21 ITI leaders (pictured above) from across Latin America who joined us for two days of training, prayer, and encouragement. They expand training into Latin America to develop other leaders.
Or, like the courageous hearing impaired leaders who overcame fears to teach other deaf leaders for the first time. They did well.
Or, like our Uganda and Peruvian initiative leaders who devote vacation time to serve others. Their passion to serve Jesus inspires. Some risk taking the Good News as they move into North Africa or a troubled Venezuela.
Another example is Kelly, who directs the work in Uganda. She traveled to almost every corner of that nation over past weeks teaching and implementing multiplication and spiritual movement thinking within ministries. We are especially interested in seeing these movements of disciple-making develop.
A new development in Uganda focused on the remarkable growth of health care workers who integrate their love for Jesus with a desire to elevate the health of people and communities. With 380 workers already trained and nearly that number involved in 2018 trainings, we are encouraged and supportive. These workers practice medicine in ways that address the needs of the whole person … they work together with passion!
This is Wai Lin with his wife and two beautiful children. While only 37 years old, Wai Lin leads the major association of churches in the southeast area of Myanmar. In this strongly Buddhist and animistic nation, Wai Lin oversees 47 churches with nearly 6,000 members. Network Beyond works alongside Wai Lin in his desire to develop mature leaders to advance the gospel in his nation where Christians are a small minority. He is also a great translator, helping to bring ITI materials into the Burmese language. Pray for this family and God’s blessing on the work.
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