Stories of People from Kenya, Cambodia and Spain

Sometimes we feel this deep sense of being overwhelmed at the doors God is opening for ministry. It is easy to rattle off countries that God is expanding the ministry to, but it feels like the stories of people that we meet can get lost. So here are three stories…

Matt Speaking at the S4 Conference in Nairobi
Matt Speaking at the S4 Conference in Nairobi

Pastor Dedan from Kenya

The opportunity to be on a panel about discipleship at the S4 Conference in Nairobi was so amazing. What was more amazing was the opportunity it created to meet a young Kenyan pastor named Dedan. When I was speaking, Dedan felt compelled to connect up with me to ask some questions about what I shared about disciple making. He spent all day trying to build up the nerve to talk to me-and finally at the end of the day he came up to me and said, “I know I am supposed to talk with you but I am afraid.” The conversation that ensued was one of the highlights of this trip. Not only was I able to encourage Dedan in that moment, but we have continued the conversation in WhatsApp since I got home.

Missionary Rasul in Cambodia

Many of you may remember a video that I shared last year about Rasul. Rasul is a Filipino missionary to Cambodia with Global Surge. I have known Rasul for a few years and love the opportunities to be with him every chance I get. Rasul was also a speaker at the S4 Conference in Nairobi and we had the opportunity to sit in a meeting together and plan and prepare for the launch of Foundations in Cambodia in partnership with Global Surge. Rasul’s heart for discipleship is part of the reason I am so excited to be working together. He lives out the principles that we share. He will be working on the ground to set up the two different training centers in Cambodia as well as preparing our material to be translated into Khmer!

Church Planter Gustavo in Spain

Gustavo is a church planter from Argentina. He successfully planted four churches there when God asked him to sell everything and move to Spain. That’s exactly what he and his family did. They thought God was moving them to Madrid to plant a new church; God has a different plan. He ended up taking over a dying church and began the process of revitalization. The church has now grown to 200 people and he was asking God to bring along a partner to help the church develop a heartbeat for discipleship. These were the circumstances when our ministry partner Rigoberto from Costa Rica asked Gustavo to meet with Onalee and I while we would be in Spain in July. We are so excited at how God has opened up the doors to launch a training center in Madrid in November!

The ministry God has called us to is not about the trainings, although I believe that our trainings are so helpful for pastors and leaders. Our ministry is about loving people, specifically pastors and leaders that wake up each day believing that God has more for them than what they are currently experiencing in their churches.

Another aspect of that love and support is providing materials in native languages for pastors and leaders to use as outreach. We have been so blessed to see many translations printed.

First Look @ Swahili

DW Translation into Swahili

While Michael Parker and I were in Nairobi for the S4 Conference we had the opportunity to see the Foundations Discipleship Material “Come” section for the first time in Swahili! The first section is being translated for the new trainings in Kenya that will take place in November. Please pray about an opportunity to also train in Tanzania as well because Swahili is also the main language in Tanzania.

Speaking of Languages…

DW French Translations

In this update alone, you’ve already read about the translation work into Khmer and Swahili. One of the best networking discussions in Kenya was about the possibilities that would open up in Africa if we translated our materials into French. This came with a very specific invitation to come to Burkina Faso and Togo to start training centers. Please pray for wisdom as we weigh this decision.

Wisdom is needed for every new adventure we face. This also includes personal adventures as our faith is never separate from our daily lives.

Welcome to a new chapter!

Grand Canyone University with Nicole-DW
Nicole Goes to Grand Canyon University!

On August 20th, Onalee and I (along with the help of Nate and Sarah…thanks guys!) took Nicole and dropped her off at Grand Canyon University! The last little eagle has flown the nest. It was an amazing day celebrating with Nicole the new chapter in her life, and for Onalee and I to sit at home that evening and realize that we also are entering a new chapter as the nest is now empty. We thank God for every season of parenting and are excited for our new adventure with adult kids!

Please continue to pray for wisdom for our family and ministry.

Your generosity in prayer and giving is changing lives. We partner together to serve local churches and pastors, and this ministry could never take place without your partnership. Thank you!

4,268 Pastors and Leaders Trained in 14 Countries

Foundations Global has been busy fulfilling God’s calling for 2019 by sending trainers throughout the world. We have been blessed to see 4,268 pastors and leaders trained in 14 countries. Here is a highlight from two of the countries served and a few prayer requests.


Bruce Ciotta and Bret Sizemore trained 124 pastors and leaders in 7 workshops in 5 cities in Peru. Five of the workshops were how to study the Bible and preach effective biblical sermons. Bruce and Bret taught two of the groups of pastors and leaders a review of our workshops that they had previously been taught.

Bruce and Bret met with Pastor Enrique to plan for future training centers in Peru. The plans below show multiple training centers in northern and southern Peru. Pastor Enrique coordinated previous training centers for our trainers.

Southern Peru Plans from Foundations Global
Workshop Plans for Southern Peru.
Northern Peru Plans with Foundations Global
Workshop Plans for Northern Peru.

Mexico City

Matt Swartz and Mike Fike trained 40 pastors and leaders from 10 Presbyterian churches in Mexico City how to make multiplying disciples using the Foundations Global discipleship material. We modeled how to lead a Foundations group and then coached them as they led groups.

Mexico City Foundations Global Workshops
Matt Swartz and Mike Fike trained 40 Pastors in Mexico City.

Matt and Mike also met with the president of the Presbyterian denomination in Mexico and several denominational leaders. They want us to train at least 4 pastors in each of 14 presbyteries (regions) who will then train other pastors. There are 69 presbyteries and 6,000 Presbyterian churches in Mexico. The plan is for us to go back to Mexico in November to start meeting with these pastors and present our ministry to them and develop a plan for training them with our workshops with the goal of finishing the Great Commission in Mexico. We will also train the pastors in Mexico City with Workshop 2, which is how to balance ministry and personal life.

Future Plans

  • Matt will be in Spain making presentations to key pastors to develop plans for us to train pastors and leaders there.
  • Training in multiple cities in Peru starting this fall.
  • Training in multiple cities in Mexico starting in November.
  • Our trainers will be in 2 Asian countries this fall training pastors how to make multiplying disciples.
  • Matt will be in Brazil in March training pastors how to make multiplying disciples
  • Possibility for training in Tanzania.
Founations Global Training Map
Please continue to pray for the countries we are reaching and new ones to come.

Please Pray

  • Thank God for the possibility of training pastors in new countries.
  • Thank God for the expansion in Mexico and Peru.
  • Thank God for the strategic partners and new trainers that Matt has recruited.
  • For the pastors and leaders we have trained to make multiplying disciples.
  • That our trainers can raise the support they need for their expenses.
  • For reliable translators.
  • For Spanish speaking trainers.
  • For more trainers to reach more countries.
  • For the Great Commission to be finished!

Your Partnership Is Making A Difference!

Foundations Global is under the umbrella of Developing Workers. To give to our trainers, click on the “Donate” button below. Then fill out the “Contribute Now” form.


Foundations Global Ministry Update – Developing Workers

If you have known me for any length of time, you know that I have a deep heart for Mexico. My personal journey in pastoral training had its roots in Mexico with my friends/ministry partners Mike Fike and Enrique Medina. Never would I have imagined how frequently I would be traveling to Mexico in the journey of training pastors and leaders in how to make disciple-making ministries. I love the opportunities that God continues to open up for the Foundations training to continue to expand in Mexico!

Matt Swartz has been training pastors and leaders in Mexico teaching them how to make disciple-making ministries.

I realized in a conversation I had with one of our supporters this past month that I don’t do a good job of highlighting the other amazing impact that your investment is making: personal coaching and mentoring of leaders. In the past, it was difficult for me to invest energy into the follow up coaching and mentoring of leaders that we were training because Foundations was only a portion of my role at Sun Valley Community Church. But in this new chapter of ministry with Developing Workers, there is a space for me to invest more heavily into mentoring and coaching of leaders. Between local and international leaders, I am able to spend on average 15+ hours per week in this immensely fulfilling part of our ministry.

So as excited I am for the launching of a new training center in Mexico City in June with the Presbyterian Church of Mexico, I am also excited about the relationships that will be built with these leaders, and the opportunity we will have to help coach and mentor them as they strive to create multiplying, disciple-making ministries!

Did Someone Say “Yeah God!”?

We asked you to “Pray in May” with us and we wanted to let you know the amazing things that God is doing:

  • We are now at 87% of our monthly support goal! This is so exciting and we want to welcome all the new partners. Thanks for being a part of this amazing team.
  • We were able to surpass the $5,000 one-time gift challenge! This is a big deal because one-time gifts have helped us to continue the ministry while we are still trying to get to 100% support. When people say that they can, “…only give a one-time gift,” we have felt the impact that these gifts have on our ministry!
  • We will have training happening in both Mexico and Peru this month! The new training center in Mexico City will also include a meeting with key leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Mexico about the future of this partnership. Please pray for Mike Fike and I as we travel and train.
  • We were able to spend some great moments with our family. The business of the Spring gave way to a time to breathe and it allowed us to capture moments that have helped us through the grieving process. So many of you reached out to us after the loss of my mom to let us know you were praying for us. Thank you.

Summer Ministry in Europe

Matt Swartz and his wife Onalee will be traveling to Europe this Summer. Keep them in your prayers.

This summer, Onalee and I will be in Spain and Poland serving with ministry partners and preparing for new Foundations training centers. We are excited for the opportunity to travel and serve together. Please pray specifically for:

  1. Wisdom and discernment as we meet with partners. Please pray we will be an encouragement and also to embrace the opportunities to serve together with them.
  2. For God to prepare opportunities to meet with the right leaders as we look for open doors for Foundations.

Your Partnership Is Making A Difference!

Foundations Global is under the umbrella of Developing Workers. To give to our trainers, click on the “Donate” button below. Then fill out the “Contribute Now” form.


The HOW of Discipleship – Developing Workers

We talk a lot about the successes of Developing Worker’s medical ministry — people seen at our clinics for their physical needs. Through this work people are coming to know Jesus and we LOVE celebrating these salvation moments.

But what happens when we leave? How do these new Christians learn to walk in The Way moving forward? The medical ministry is our way of meeting the physical needs of people. Our work doesn’t end there.

To meet the spiritual needs of the people, we actively invest in the process of making and training disciples who are members of the communities we visit.

Developing Workers and Foundations Discipleship Training were founded, to make disciples who can be the hands and feet of the church. Our vision is to take forth the gospel by empowering and equipping people to serve in their God given strengths through leadership development, personal coaching and mobilization of ministry efforts.

Discipleship in Small Churches

Small churches have a hard time reaching everyone in their church because there is only one pastor. By investing in one person- teaching the ways, lifestyle, and teachings of Jesus for a personal up-close relationship with the Lord built over time-a pastor can develop a new leader in the church. Then that leader will begin to invest in another person so that the roots of discipleship grow within the church.

Let’s take a closer look at Jesus’ relationship with the disciples. He had a core group of three disciples; Peter, James, and John-those closest to him. But of those three, he was closest to John. He built an intense relationship with John that could spread out to the others.

Then the three supported the rest of the twelve. From there, the twelve continued to disciple the multitudes. It is this model of personal discipleship that we use globally when training pastors. Our work is to equip the saints to do the ministry. This is what Jesus taught and what we are helping pastors do in their own ministries.

We teach the HOW of Discipleship.

  1. We teach disciples HOW to multiply disciples.
  2. We teach pastors HOW to preach the Word of God.

To do this work, we have built and continue to build training centers. To open a training center, we partner with a church in the area to provide a learning space for local leaders to gather and train. By doing this it opens a more permanent space for collaboration between churches and eliminates the costs of renting a temporary space while we are there to help. Each training center opens with 20-30 pastors and leaders already committed to training- learning the HOW of Discipleship.

Since everything we do is provided free to the churches and communities, it is important to be wise stewards of the funds we raise to support the ministries. But this collaboration has a deeper impact. Bringing churches together for training helps build commitment and connection between the denominations in the area. It helps these leaders of small churches encourage one another in the Lord’s work. They feel less alone in their endeavors.

The building of a spiritual community through discipleship training is already taking root in many of the countries we serve. Let’s take a look at some of the fruits being seen in Peru, Brazil, and Mexico.


Seven churches in five cities have open space for training centers in Peru. Three of those centers are in Lima, while other are in northern more rural locations. We are blessed to train 115 pastors and leaders, and counting.

Pastor Wilmer of Lima, Peru

An amazing story comes from a pastor who has a church outside of Lima, Pastor Wilmer. He had a rough life that the Lord is now using for His glory. In one year, Pastor Wilmer has trained eight leaders in his church who are now reaching out and training more leaders in and out of the church. He is on fire for making disciples and has partnered with Foundations to do so. His church in a rural community has grown to over 200 people. They must close off the street and put chairs outside the building to have enough space to serve everyone who comes. This is just one story of someone whose heart was prepared by God to receive training on discipleship.

Why is this story important? Because it mirrors the roots of discipleship in Jesus’ ministry. Too often pastors in an economically repressed country feel they must support their church alone. They get worn out and depressed. By training leaders to help the burden becomes bearable and journey is sustained. More pastors are becoming aware of Foundations Global Discipleship Training and are gaining new hope for their communities.

Opening Doors to Discipleship Training

Since we go where we are invited- where the hearts of leaders are ready to receive- we find ourselves traveling non-stop during training sessions in Peru. We did get a chance to spend three days in Lima where we met with 26 leaders about the future of training in Peru.

We agree there will be more opportunities in Peru for Discipleship training. So, we are asking for prayer support.

Please pray:

  1. Please pray for HOW-HOW do we begin to cultivate those next opportunities and relationships?
  2. Please pray for our teams returning to finish more training centers.


Three training centers are opening in Brazil, two in Londrina and one in Rio de Janeiro. These centers follow the same pattern of starting with 20-30 pastors and leaders from the area churches.

The Londrina training centers have chosen to serve specific populations.

  1. One will train young adults coming out of seminary. Often the focus in seminary is creating sermons and the business of a church. Our training center will equip these young pastors in discipleship.
  2. The second center will train established pastors and leaders in discipleship.

The Rio de Janeiro training center will be more experimental, reaching out to both established and new leaders.

Early Success in Brazil

One of the blocks to discipleship training has been the translation of materials into other languages. We are excited that our supporters raised the funds to translate our materials into Portuguese in 2018. So, when we met with leaders, we were able to present training materials. This eliminated hesitation to move forward. To continue moving forward, we ask that you support us in prayer.

Please pray:

  1. God will find leaders willing to be trained.
  2. Those leaders are willing to carry out the training.


Two centers were finished in Mexico City. We had two meetings with local leaders to discuss opening more training centers. The key question was, HOW to open the next generation of centers?

We will be back in Mexico to prepare to open a new center. Through one of our precious contacts, we have identified six more cities in Mexico where centers may emerge.

An Example of Relational Discipleship

Our precious contact, Pastor Surillo, was the head of the Evangelical Alliance in Mexico. Although he had a great career as a businessman and employee of a large non-profit, he heard God’s call to discipleship. In faith, he left the non-profit and a large salary to pursue God’s calling. It is during that time that we met and began building a relationship, training in discipleship and building trust.

We build long-term relationships that are genuine. In every place we have a training center we had a relationship with a pastor first. It is through relational discipleship that God’s plans come to fruition. Otherwise, materials are placed on a shelf with no life. It is through relationship we implement what we learn.

So, we ask that you pray with us over these relationships.

Please pray:

  1. That relationships continue to build and be nurtured through God’s children.
  2. That the six cities identified will open their hearts to discipleship.

Potential in Cambodia

We can expand our work into Cambodia through a partnership with Global Surge. This ministry has outreach in Southeast Asia through church planting and evangelistic camps. Opposite of most Western ministry models, Global Surge disciples a lot of people in a community with the goal of bringing together small groups of like-minded people. After groups are established and flourishing, churches are planted.

Global Surge reaches many young people and connects them to these small church plants. But they need our help with discipleship training for their community leaders. We are excited to discuss collaboration with this outstanding organization.

Please pray:

  1. That God’s will be done when discussing possible collaboration.

Further Outreach

Developing Workers and Foundations Discipleship Training has reached 4,096 pastors and leaders. While medical intervention is needed in all communities, it is the development of pastors and leaders that is critical. These are the people who will care for those seen in the medical clinics after Developing Workers leave.

Since our vision is to help pastors become more effective at making disciples, we need to continue our outreach into communities around the world. To put it in perspective, it is estimated there are 2-3 billion pastors in the world, yet only 1 in 10 have any training.

Our training materials are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. We can successfully reach 1 billion people. But the Great Commission is to reach the whole world. We cannot stop with three languages or 4,096 pastors trained. We need to help about 2 million more pastors have the training needed to reach the world with resources in every language.

This is possible only with your help. Your continued support through prayer, financial giving, and time in the field is the backbone of this ministry. It is through you that we have kingdom impact.

Thank you.

A New Chapter in Mexico

Last week I (Matt) had the opportunity to travel to Mexico City. While there I was a part of 2 different meetings where the Foundations Discipleship training was presented. The first meeting had 25 denominational and association leaders. The second meeting had 15 association leaders. The receptivity was amazing and it appears that we will be launching 4 new training centers in Mexico City (targeting April). In addition to these 4 training centers in Mexico City, we continue to work with Pastor Cirilo with Iglesia Nazaret on six new cities in Mexico that we have identified and hopefully will also be launching this Spring as well! This is amazing and exciting news. Pastor Cirilo, in addition to being a strategic partner with his local church in Mexico City, is also the head of the Evangelical Alliance in Mexico (CONEMEX).

While I have been in Mexico City I had the opportunity to meet Luis (on my right in the photo). Luis is planting a church in Mazatlan, Mexico in August. He would like for us to bring our pastor training to Mazatlan. His big question last week was this, “Do you do any pastor coaching?” The answer to this question is a resounding “YES!” Please pray for this new relationship with Luis that we will be able to encourage him personally and coach him well as he starts a new church in Mazatlan.

Matt, Andrew & Luis at dinner in Mexico City

Amazing Ministry In Veracruz with Pastor Cirilo

While in Mexico, I had the opportunity to preach at a gathering of rural churches in the state of Veracruz. The churches are a part of the association of churches that our ministry partner Pastor Cirilo is connected with. The ability to travel together for two days was both relationship building and also key to talking about future ministry partnership together. Please pray for continued growth in that relationship with Pastor Cirilo.

Matt & Bruce Training In Peru

Right now Bruce (one of the other Foundations trainers) and I are in Peru preparing to do seven different trainings, in five different cities in Peru. We will also be meeting with key leaders in the Peruvian church on Tuesday to discuss the future of our training in Peru. All the workshops will be on how that pastor/leader cares for their soul and manages their time. It is a very key workshop because many of these leaders struggle with living lives that have healthy margin. Please pray for the leaders as they evaluate how to implement this workshop in their personal lives.

Mark Your Calendars For Two March Events!

We would like to personally invite you to join us on March 7, 2019 at 6:30pm at Sun Valley Community Church, Tempe Campus for an evening celebrating all that God is doing through the ministry of Developing Workers. Developing Workers is new for Onalee and I in this season of ministry, but it has been an amazing ministry family to be a part of. Come hear stories of impact that have happened this year in all areas of Developing Workers. You know that we specifically focus on global pastor training, but Developing Workers also focuses on Medical Missions and local pastor/leader mentoring and coaching. So many lives have been impacted this past year and we can’t wait to celebrate with you that evening. A formal evite will be coming soon so please be on the lookout to RSVP. Dessert will be served.

And for those of you in Central California-please join us on Friday March 15th at 6:30-9:00pm for a dessert at the home of Bill & Karen Dufresne (2435 Oppelt Way Turlock, CA 95380). We will be sharing a ministry update as well as news about what exciting opportunities are opening up in the future for Onalee and I. Please RSVP to Onalee at (480) 329-0580.

We have been raising support now for 10 months and we are so thankful and excited to share that we are over 75% of our monthly support goal! God is so good-and we are aware that we couldn’t do this without all of the prayer and financial support that we receive!

Please join us in praying for:

  1. Bruce and I as we will be training pastors and leaders in Peru this next week. Pray specifically for the meeting we will have on Tuesday with strategic leaders about new opportunities in Peru.
  2. The new opportunities in Mexico! We are so excited about the new opportunities in Mexico City, and are praying about the new cities that we have identified as strategic cities to launch new training centers. In order to meet these opportunities, we need more trainers!
  3. Us to continue to reach our monthly support goal. We are so humbled at all that God has done. We continue to meet with people about joining our financial support team.
  4. The ministry of coaching and mentoring these leaders that we are developing relationships with. In every country we travel to, natural relationships are formed and these leaders are looking for ongoing coaching. Pray that we invest in and coach the right leaders who will continue to promote discipleship in their ministries and countries! Our vision and mission is to abolish global discipleship poverty and these leaders that we identify and coach are the key to this strategy!

A Developing Workers Update – January 2019

In the last year, God has blessed us with many things to celebrate. A few of the things that are at top of mind today include:

  • We have coached 37 pastors and missionaries
  • We have trained 1,435 pastors and leaders globally.
  • We sent one pastor to Scotland as a missionary
  • We placed one of our mentored pastors as a vocational pastor.
  • We saw one Grand Canyon University student placed as an intern.

We also celebrate the 4,345 patients seen in medical and the 110 people who came to trust in Jesus. God is good.

How Michael’s Example Leads Others in Mentoring

Even as God opens doors across the globe, our commitment to continuing to develop workers locally is as strong as it has ever been. One of our DW beneficiaries is Rich Redel, the Director of ASU Navigators.

Michael Parker has been mentoring Rich for over 5 years and recently shared his experience working through the Developing Workers mentorship process.

“I’ve been mentored by Michael for several years now. Lately, I’ve been noticing how his example has helped me mentor the young men in my ministry. As a mentor, I have lots of weakness, but Michael has helped me see that I need to speak the truth in love despite my own weaknesses. Of course, he helps me address those weaknesses and take them to the Lord. It’s not always easy to hear the truth, but I am so thankful for his willingness to address the hard issues, this makes me such a stronger leader. Same with these young men I meet with, it’s not always easy for them, but that’s the process of being sharpened by iron. I’ve been seeing some strong men emerge through my mentorship.” –Rich Redel, Director of ASU Navigators

Developing Workers Michael Parker with Director of ASU Navigators Rich Redel

Michael Parker with Rich Redel, the Director of ASU Navigators. Rich has been mentored through Developing Workers during 2018.

Serving Nigeria In Partnership with Equal As One

During August we traveled to Nigeria with Equal As One, a start-up non-profit based in the Greater Phoenix Metro area. The Equal As One mission to give communities in rural areas of low income a better life by providing primary health care and education is very much connected to our heart of meeting the physical needs of unreached and underserved people.

The theme of Nigeria can be defined as God meets needs.

The partnership in Nigeria reminded all of those involved that God’s love is great and He forgets nothing – he pays close attention to detail.

Here are a few comments from J.C. Nwobodo, Founder of Equal As One:

“When most other people were reluctant to join us in going to Nigeria on our first mission trip as an organization, the Developing Workers family jumped in. They helped us organize a mobile clinic to ensure that the community we served got a message to know that they’ve not been forgotten, which is contrary to what it seems they hear each day from the world around them and from the country they live in. DW helped us plan everything from medication procurement to logistics and in doing all of this, they were very mindful of the goals we needed to achieve on our first trip as an organization. Truly we couldn’t have done the work we did without them. We were blessed to have served God’s people with them.” –J.C. Nwobodo, Founder of Equal as One

The Growth, Expansion, and Impact to Expect In 2019

God is good, and we are excited by what He has called the ministry of Developing Workers to accomplish in 2019.

This year brings awe-inspiring opportunities to send medical teams to Kenya, Haiti, and Cambodia. We are also expanding our pastoral training into Brazil and Cambodia and releasing our discipleship material in Portuguese!

We plan to translate our discipleship curriculum into more languages too. It is our hope to provide audio Bibles in various languages to pastors who do not read, as well as provide Bibles in various languages to pastors in need.

We will train pastors and offer medical care globally in 2019.

Along with our international efforts, we plan to impact the lives of 40 pastors in the US by coming alongside them for encouragement and transformation.

There is so much to be grateful for, so much to anticipate, and so much joy.

Matt Swartz Goes Full Time with Developing Workers

Developing Workers continues to grow at a rapid rate and the growth is global. We are excited to add the Foundations Global movement, a movement started in a local Arizona church, into the fold of DW. Dave Shrein, DW Advisory Board Member, recently talked with Matt Swartz, Director of Foundations Global, about Developing Workers and what God has been doing the last several months, not only in the ministry, but in Matt’s life.

The Birth of Foundations Global and the Future In Developing Workers

For almost 30 years, Matt and his wife, Analie, have been serving in local churches in California, Wisconsin and Arizona. When they got to Sun Valley Church here in Arizona, Matt was asked to head up everything that was happening internationally. Matt began to see that globally, the pastors he was working with did not have access to the same training and growth opportunities that were available to United States pastors.

Foundations Global was born for the purpose of training these pastors. The majority of world pastors would say that only 1 in 10 pastors globally has any training.  You can’t have a ministry that’s feeding orphans without having someone as equipped and prepared to lead, not just the physical, but also the spiritual and emotional. Every area needs an equipped, trained leader to manage those programs. His team saw a need to start training pastors, and started developing training workshops for international pastors and leaders, training 1,000 pastors a year.

After Matt reconnected with Michael Parker, they talked about this issue of international pastor training. Developing Workers was starting a new chapter. Moving forward together, they are growing into what is now this amazing movement. The rest is history.

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A Developing Workers Update- August 2018

Thank you for being a part of Developing Workers. As a result of the generosity of so many, people are being impacted all over the world. God is moving in the hearts of those who know Him, He is calling more to Him, and He is equipping more to lead others. It is such an exciting time! This summer we have had several groups out in the field doing amazing things.

Whitney Payne has a heart for missions and was dedicated to find a way to achieve her goals with the mobility limits she faces being in a wheelchair. Whitney decided to serve this summer as an intern. At first, her challenge was to figure out if each location she went to (Liverpool and Poland) would be conducive for her mobility. However, as time progressed she learned to trust that if God had called her to a location, He would provide a way. Whitney was able to serve in both Liverpool, England and Poznan, Poland. Whitney made immediate connections with kids and God has built confidence in her as she speaks to people about the gospel. She is such a blessing to everyone, the kids flocked to her, both because of her shining personality, and a chance to ride on her wheelchair. Developing Workers was blessed to help make her dreams to do ministry a reality.

We have seen God move in our summer trips and are so excited for what is ahead. Our fall trips are just around the corner! Our teams are in a need of a mini projector that can be taken along in a carry-on when traveling. The cost of this item will be $300, if you are interested in funding or donating towards to this specific gift please reach out to Michael. Our teams will be traveling to the following locations in the coming months and would love your prayer and support!

August- East Africa
September- India/Nepal
October- Mexico, Acapulco, South Africa, and Peru
November- Kenya

We are so excited for all the ways God will move in and through these trips. Please join us in prayer for the following:

  • Team members safety and health
  • Team members families while they are away
  • Team members heart and mind (prepared for the work!)
  • That we would multiply disciples
  • The details/logistics

A Note from Michael

The Parker family stayed busy through the summer! The whole family was back together as the college-bound kiddos returned to the nest. Swim lessons were in full effect, which makes for a fun summer full of smiling faces (mostly).

At the end of the summer, we were able to enjoy some time in Seattle and a cruise to Alaska with Chris’s parents and aunt Barb, who graciously provided the trip for the entire family!While on the cruise we were able to participate in an Escape Room which our exceedingly competitive crew actually won! Our family could not have been prouder! But the highlight of the trip for us was both joyful and somber, as we spent time in Skagway where Chris’s brother ashes had been spread years ago. We had a chance to share memories and pray together as we remembered his life. Even though some time has passed since his departure, it was a sweet time for the family. My father-in-law Jim accepted Christ years ago in response to watching his family deal with Mikey’s death with such hope. So we could think of no better way to honor Mikey than returning home from Alaska to baptize Jim. I had the privilege, alongside my mother-in-law Sue, to baptize my father-in-law in our family pool with Jim’s daughter and grandchildren. It was an amazing moment for our whole family, one that I know we cherish for years to come.

A Developing Workers Update from Matt Swartz

We have a new update from Matt Swartz, Director of Foundations Global at Developing Workers. This update was originally sent to Matt’s newsletter.

Matt Swartz Resigns from Sun Valley Community Church

When Foundations Global merged with Developing Workers it was only a matter of time before Matt Swartz would move to full-time Director of the work he founded in Foundations Global. That time recently came as Matt resigned his Sun Valley Community Church position of International Pastor after 19 years on staff.

Adding Matt full-time to Developing Workers means that we gain a gifted leader, trainer, recruiter, and developer of strategic partnerships. He has hit the ground running and we’re excited to share with you his recent work.

Training In Mexico, Liverpool, and Poland

Seeing God as a global God is a very big deal. Recently Matt traveled to Mexico City to work with 60 pastors and leaders, training them with the skills necessary to live a balanced Christian life. The work is not done as there will be a return visit during the fall of 2018 to pick up where the previous visit left off, teaching Workshop 4 from the Foundations Global training program.

Developing Workers currently has an active presence in Liverpool, England and Poznan, Poland. In June, Matt spent time training the workers present in these areas and in July returned to debrief them on what they had learned from and through the people that had been placed in their care. The workers in these cities are young adult interns from Sun Valley Community Church.

More Work In Florida and South Africa

In the coming months, Developing Workers is sending Matt to Florida and South Africa.

During his time in Florida, he will be meeting with Biblica, publisher of the NIV Bible, as well as working to translate our workshop material and curriculum into Portuguese. This will pave the way for Developing Workers to launch Foundation Global Workshops in the country of Brazil! YAY! The time with Biblica will also be a great opportunity to explore other ways to collaborate and partner together. We’ll see what God has planned!

And just when you thought the travel schedule was busy, Matt is traveling to South Africa to represent Developing Workers in partnership with Orchard: Africa to train pastors in the Foundations Global discipleship model.

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Hopefully, Matt will find time to breathe, spend time with his family and do some writing and long-distance running.

Raising Income to Support Full-Time Ministry Work and Prayer Requests

For the first time in 25 years of church ministry, Matt has stepped into raising his own financial support. So far, we thank God for already providing Matt with 55% of the funds required for his salary and travel expenses. As he continues to work hard training pastors and recruiting Kingdom supporters, you are invited to support Matt in the work God has already prepared for him to do.

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We cannot do the work God has called us to without the financial support of our partners. In addition, we continue to covet prayer support as well. We believe that as finances fund the physical requirements of taking the Gospel global, prayer funds the spiritual needs to combat against the enemy.

For this reason, we would love to invite you to pray for Matt in the following ways:

  • For Matt as he meets with Biblica to discuss our partnership and outreach to Portuguese speaking people
  • For Matt as he prepares our launch in South Africa and partnership with Orchard: Africa
  • For our continued training in Mexico
  • That Matt will finish raising his support and lead Foundations Global well
  • For peace in Nicaragua, so we may resume training there
  • For our continued training in Panama and Peru
  • That our trainers can raise the support they need for traveling expenses
  • For pastors and leaders, we’ve trained to multiply disciples for Christ
  • For more trainers to reach more countries
  • For the Great Commission to be finished!

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A Developing Workers Update – June 2018

The Developing Workers story has been growing since 2009 and there is a lot to share about what’s been happening. For those who have participated in trips, been involved in mentoring programs and spent time with those who are connected to Developing Workers, they are all well aware of the opportunities that have opened up in recent years. They are also well aware of how Developing Workers has expanded by merging with other organizations and bringing a complete line of evangelism tools and discipleship training underneath the DW brand.

For those who have been casual onlookers, there is much to get caught up on.

In this interview between Dave Shrein, DW Advisory Board Member, and Michael Parker, Founder of Developing Workers, you’ll discover the mission behind Developing Workers, the recent impact Developing Workers has had through medical clinic trips and pastoral training classes, and the upcoming adventures that God has opened the door too.

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