When we look back on this year it will be remembered with many highs and lows. The constant for us will be this absolute awareness that God was present with us through everything and faithfully provided again and again. It was such an amazing year of ministry, and as we wrapped up the training for the year, we have to celebrate that we were able to train over 1,100 leaders globally in nine countries! God is so good! Here are some highlights from November…
We shared with you earlier this year that we met Pastor Gustavo in Madrid, and walked away knowing that he was the right pastor to partner with to see Spain launched. And so the weekend before Thanksgiving my brother Tom joined me as a new trainer with Developing Workers and we launched Workshop One with 60 leaders in attendance! The average age of the attendees was very young and added so much energy to the day. The highlight of the day was when we invited leaders to turn in a card committing to start discipling someone, 45 of them came forward with a card. It was an amazing moment. I was also asked to preach at Pastor Gustavo’s church on Sunday morning and an additional 15 people responded to begin a discipleship relationship with someone. We have been asked to come back and do Workshop Two in February. Please pray for God to work out the details to make this happen.
Expansion in Mexico
In June, Mike Fike and I launched a new training center in Mexico with the Presbyterian Church of Mexico. Pastor Fredis Conde has been an amazing partner and friend. I traveled to Mexico with a new trainer, Elijah Hernandez, who is also a student at Grand Canyon University to continue with Workshop Two. It was a great time training the 30 leaders in attendance on how to care for themselves spiritually, but what was even more exciting was to hear Pastor Fredis plan for expansion of our training to Puebla, Cancun, Oaxaca, Chiapas and throughout Southern Mexico! Stay tuned…
Pastor Wilson from Kenya Takes Training to Tanzania!
Michael Parker, Founder of Developing Workers, has been working for many years with Pastor Wilson in Kenya. When he asked if he could head to Tanzania to start Foundations Training, the answer was an easy Y-E-S!! Praise God for this visionary leadership that is opening the door to abolish discipleship poverty in Tanzania!
Year End $5K Update
We are so thankful to everyone that has already responded to our $5K Year-End Giving Challenge. We have already received $3,000 in one-time gifts that will help us finish the year strong financially. We are already looking at the ministry calendar for the Spring and it will be an amazing season of ministry, and your gift will help us start 2020 strong!