Responding to Crisis

Our nation is hurting, and the world is watching. We ask ourselves, “What is our role as believers in the midst of times such as these?” Locally, coaching conversations with Developing Workers have had a focus on racial reconciliation even before recent days. However, these conversations have increased of late as we are walking with local leaders in the pursuit of peace-making, repentance, and reconciliation. God’s heart for the reconciliation of relationships is central to the gospel and is included in our discipleship. May we all seek God’s shalom for our cities, communities, and relationships in these days. If you imagine you or your church leadership could benefit from coaching, please let us know!

Crisis Fund

Our work at Developing Workers spans the globe, and while travel has been restricted these past 2 months due to COVID-19, God continues to give us opportunities to reach out and actively serve the global communities we’re a part of. The effects of the coronavirus spread far and wide, and our partners in areas of great need like Kenya and Honduras need our help.

With severe threat of starvation due in part to illness and even more so to the devastation of crops and livestock from the pestilence of locust swarms, our Kenyan pastors are reaching out to Developing Workers to help feed even their own families. Our Honduran partners are calling on Developing Workers, sharing the extreme impact something as simple as the provision of cell phone data can have on an impoverished community in isolation.

We’re answering these calls! Thanks to our generous supporters – many whom have given in memory of a beloved friend of the ministry – we have already sent more than $3,000 to provide aid to these communities on the field in such a short time. And the work isn’t done. To learn more and be a part, visit our Crisis Fund page today.

Miracles Across Miles

More than 10 years ago, we met “Daniel”. He was a student healthcare worker at a training with us, and even back then, our relationship was special. Our team was involved in training local workers in Kenya like Daniel to be first responders so they might be the hands and feet on the ground long after organizations like us have gone. Daniel could not read, nor could he see well, so being a successful student at this training was more than challenging. He gave it his all, and our team walked beside him. By Friday, we all praised God to see Daniel having success and specially to see his grateful heart in the midst of it all. Over the years, our team remained connected through other partners on the ground and by email exchanges with Daniel. We often reacquainted and could bring him back up to speed in his training on visits back to Kenya.

Fast forward to 2017. Developing Workers returned to Kenya, this time to the barren and indigenous area of Turkana. Meeting Daniel in this remote, hard-to-access village shed light on his humble tribal roots. Along with his wife and children, they hospitably opened their home to our team’s visit – excitedly sharing their special treat of “dum dum” lollipops from a kiosk that barely contained more than hand-ground flour and spices. We learned on this visit that Daniel was not well. Daniel contracted a systemic and debilitating form of tuberculosis. And there was absolutely nothing near him to help nurse him to health.

In the years of our friendship, Daniel had never asked for anything of us. He gratefully and willingly took part in learning and serving. However, it was clear that when a humble plea for help came, Daniel truly needed support. Daniel needed $900 to finish his treatment at a hospital he traveled to for care. The Developing Workers team answered the call.

Today, Daniel shares his testimony of healing. “Firstly, I thank God for healing me, and I have recovered from illness. I thank you for the financial support you offered to me that helped me to pay the pending hospital bills. I thank you my friend for your day-to-day prayers… Let the glory, praises, and thanks be back our everlasting Father. I am also praying for your family and your country in this hard time of Corona COVID-19. May the blood of Jesus Christ cover you, your family, and your country. I believe in prayers, and I hope the team of believers will win the battle in Jesus name and we will be conquerors. I have sent my photos for you to see what God did to me. I say it is a miracle. I was [in] a wheelchair. Sitting was a problem. Standing was a dream to people but to God wasn’t. People worried most, believing that I can’t be able to get back to my normal health. God has done it, has healed me. Thanks, praises, and glory be back to Him.”

Today, it is exciting to know Daniel continues to devotedly lead his church team in discussing programming through these tough times around their community and nation. God makes him able, and He has used the service, prayers, and support of His Body to do great things.

Thank you for being a part of the work God is doing with Developing Workers globally!

God bless,
Developing Workers Team

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Steady Refuge

“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him” – Nahum 1:7

The world as we know it in our modern day has surely faced trouble of late. God hurts with those who hurt and rejoices over those who turn to Him amidst trial. We are walking steadily in ministry, praying for you and placing our trust in the One who sees and knows and guides. He is our refuge. May you find your refuge in Him day-by-day!

Celebrate with Mobilize Medical as we are finding new ways to connect and encourage our partners abroad. This week, we continued forging the way as we met by a Zoom call with Honduras to hear the reality of their circumstances and uphold one another.

Pray for Mobilize Medical as we are prayerfully placing the plans for summer trips on hold. Due to the travel restrictions and health concerns connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must reevaluate trips this year and remain flexible as news is everchanging. Please pray for wisdom in navigating these decisions as it impacts our staff, volunteers, and the communities overseas that we serve.

Pray with us for each of our partners on the ground overseas as the impact from COVID is devastating so many economies – that they would have wisdom, understanding, and discretion as they navigate ministering to their congregations, communities, and in the schools they partner with.

Celebrate with Foundations Training because even amidst current struggles, there is much to praise God for! We are launching of the new Developing Workers Foundations YouTube channel! We look forward to seeing international leaders connect to this new resource we are providing that has subtitles in both English and Spanish.

New partnerships are emerging even in global crisis! One such partnership is completing translation for all our discipleship material into a new Indian language.

Celebrate with Coaching as we have remained active even in spite social distancing. Now, if not more than ever, walking together in truth and encouragement is critical for fostering health, growth, and maturity in Christ. Coaching locally and globally continues by phone, WhatsApp, and other media. We are forming a new normal for whatever time span is needed in order to engage leaders and help them engage those they minister to.

Pray for Foundations Training and Coaching as we walk alongside churches and non-profits, encouraging them and helping them know the mind of Christ as they navigate the future.

Celebrate with Prayer and Evangelism to join us in welcoming the newest addition to our staff! Peter Zaffos joined Developing Workers staff this spring as our Director of Evangelism and Prayer. We are so grateful he is with us and look forward to seeing the many ways God uses Peter’s unique giftings to bless leaders and churches locally and globally. Peter’s work has already begun as an evangelism training is being planned with a local church now.

Pray with us as Peter and his family raise support for his salary. If you are interested in joining their support team, visit developingworkers.com/partnership.

God bless,
Developing Workers Team

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The Digital Church

As the world around us in every home and every nation is directly impacted by the Coronavirus, we trust during this season of unknowns that God our Father is near and ministering to you. The Developing Workers staff cares about you, and we are praying for you!

The Digital Church

Surely none of us would have predicted 6 months ago that we’d see our churches unable to meet in-person on Sundays each week. While the threat of COVID-19 has meant closed doors to church buildings, we still praise God that the work of the Church is not stalled. In fact, for many parts of the world, the “church” has come into our homes and is even more accessible in some ways thanks to technology. That is praiseworthy!

On the other hand, there still remain a number of challenges to being the Digital Church. Developing Workers is working hard to develop more of a digital community in addition to our norm of being up-close-and-personal with pastors locally and globally. This entails moving several coaching calls to online Zoom calls or phone calls. It means locally connecting with pastors as they’re in a changing world and faced with the challenge of setting up online church to reach out each week. They’re searching out new and meaningful yet safe ways of serving their congregation and community. Phone calls, phone texts, emails, and other tools to connect with their people are the precedent during these days of quarantine. We are fervently continuing the ministry of caring for and encouraging these beloved pastors.

It’s a very stressful time for pastors. Giving in churches is down. They don’t always know how utilize their various staff members or how to pay them. We’re praying and will continue to pray for the local churches and how they do ministry, how they do community in these unique days. Join us in that prayer effort. We’re studying and working hard to learn the best means to minister to the local church through technology, aiming to help pastors discern what’s best for the needs of their churches.

Most of the global communities Developing Workers is directly impacting are doing fine during this time. Some are struggling with the effects of COVID. Pray with us for the global churches we connect with as they navigate what it means to be a light and to remain safe amidst the pandemic, that God would go before them. Often their realities are different than what we face as simple tasks such as washing hands in third world countries present logistics that are sometimes difficult.

Travel Updates

While we cannot know right now when we will travel again for sure, our staff and teams are hoping to continue on with travel plans at the end of May. We are still planning on our scheduled summer and fall trips. Please pray with us for the discernment necessary to navigate such decisions. We want to handle the details with wisdom as well as with great hope for healing and victory over the pandemic.

Some donor housekeeping while we’re staying home….

Are you connected to your donor portal? Did you know there’s a way for you to check and monitor your own giving toward Developing Workers?

If you already partner with us financially but have not registered with an account called a donor portal to view your giving history or manage recurring giving, we encourage you to do so today!

Amazon Smile

Did you know there’s a way to financially support Developing Workers without any extra expense to yourself? Many of us are staying home and doing our shopping online at sites like Amazon.com. If that sounds like you, all you have to do is visit here to designate Developing Workers as your charitable organization and continue shopping Amazon as normal.

God bless,
Developing Workers Team

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Mexico, Spain, Tanzania & Christmas

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…

My brother Tom and I with Pastor Gustavo and his wife Alejandra

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!

Merry Christmas! We are so grateful for all the prayer and financial support! Your investment in this ministry is transforming lives as we work together to Abolish Discipleship Poverty globally! When we think about all that God has accomplished this year, and what we believe that God will accomplish next year, it is only possible with our partnership. We thank God for each and every one of you! 🎄🎉

Bibles, Medicine & Miracles

A Chance to Give

In this giving season, we invite you to consider some very powerful ways to steward your generosity.

Put Bibles in the hands of pastors who have no access to them.  
Give the healing power of medicine to a person in need overseas.

Developing Workers opened the door for you to actively and directly get involved in our work through these specific ways to give. These sponsorships are reserved for the distribution of Bibles and medication during our trips to train church leadership and facilitate medical clinics in some of the 14 nations Developing Workers has access to globally.

Check it out today, and give while the need is great! 

Stories from Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a land of many colors, smells, and sounds. Stepping off the plane can often overwhelm the senses, but it is always the break through in individual lives that expands our limited realities and our understanding of God and His work. We go to be a blessing and return blessed beyond measure by His masterful hand.

On a recent trip, we had planned to address child safety issues through our Child Safety Initiative (CSI). We had followed God’s leading by designing and initiating a pathway for healing for those who had experienced trauma. Our team, both American and Southeast Asian, set out to identify local adults who were willing to partner with us and continue the work after we were gone.

With the plan in place, God led us to a faithful believer on the other side of the world.

Carrying a painful story of abuse and trauma they were willing to serve alongside us; ready and seeking to be used by God. It was the beautiful, intricate working of innumerable details by God, bringing His redeeming power to the life of a young believer a world away. 

This believer is now overseeing young people who have been identified as being at risk and needing extra love, care and especially the power of restorative discipleship. Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor; how amazing our God is!

“For to us, a child is born, to us, a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6

Rakesh

God used CSI to expose 6-year-old Rakesh’s abuse to us. He lived in a hostel because home was too far from school. Other children lived there also and they were all cared for by a thirteen-year-old caregiver. Through the simple CSI questions, Rakesh shared with us that this 13-year-old would hit him and the other younger children when she became angry. Rakesh and other children were afraid of her, but he bravely told us her name. Our team asked the same CSI questions to this teen-aged caregiver. Her own story was one of neglect as a child which resulted in anger and abuse toward the younger children in her care. We were able to counsel her in alternatives to anger and connected her with someone to disciple her on her journey toward healing. In this situation, the use of CSI allowed us to intervene in an often seen cycle of  hurt people hurting others because of their pain. CSI was the catalyst toward bringing generational change to a cycle of abuse.

How wondrous to see our God, the God of restorative hope, healing, and freedom, use His perfect plan to impact lives across the globe from The United States to Asia and beyond. Won’t you join us on these journeys prayerfully, physically, financially? Come as we discover together how great our God of unfathomable details truly is. He invites us to join Him in His work. Listen to His leading and be ready to be blessed beyond all that you could ask or imagine!

“Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.”

Ephesians 3:20

Pastors, Hope, and Restoration

India Recap

Developing Workers-Mobilize returned last week from our most recent trip to India. It was an amazingly impactful trip with clear evidence of the movement of God’s Holy Spirit.

As part of  the medical camp Developing Workers led, 432 people confessed Jesus as their Savior and turned to Him for their salvation! Our team trained 62 local pastors in how to grow their church by making multiplying disciples. The Child Safety Initiative met with 64 young people who have been identified as being abused, and they now have hope of being discipled with a Child Champion in their local community.

Praise God as He pours out His love and ministry in the nation of India!

Hope and Restoration Highlight


“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.  Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” – Psalm 82:3-4

It is the mission of Developing Workers Child Safety Initiative (CSI) to protect and develop those precious in God’s eyes, those unable to protect themselves, and to encourage their healthy development as future leaders in their communities. CSI is designed to screen and identify children at risk for social/emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.

If children are to flourish, they must understand that they have great value – they are valuable to God and to their community. Our vision is to help children begin to know their value in God’s eyes. Developing Workers aspires to activate, train and equip community leaders to protect and develop these young people as emerging healthy adults and leaders in their communities around the world.

Right now, we are actively using 2 curriculums – “Hope” and “Restoration” – that our team formed to help guide young people in this pursuit. This curriculum  has been released and is being used as discipleship material where CSI is having an impact in the lives of young people who have been identified as being abused.

Pastors Training


In addition to the recent training in India, this month has been full of pastoral training opportunities. Matt just returned from a trip to Cambodia as Foundations partnered with Global Surge to train church planters. Using material focused on multiplying disciples and leaders by apprenticeship, 117 pastors were trained. What’s more, this month our Kenyan brother, Pastor Wilson, traveled to Tanzania and trained 148 leaders with the discipleship material he was also trained under through Developing Workers.

The first weeks of November, Michael will lead a team to return to Kenya to partner with churches there in pastors training conferences. Matt will continue his travels for Foundations and training in Mexico during that time as well.

Child Safety Initiative

CSI – The Child Safety Initiative Connecting with Kids Globally!


An important facet often included in Developing Workers trips abroad is the Child Safety Initiative. Child safety evaluations are used to help identify children who are caught in the throes of domestic violence or trafficking.

More recently, Developing Workers has grown this ministry to also include CSI training during our visits to local churches and pastors, providing curriculum of on-going counseling and support for children and teens that are struggling due to the exposure of abuse and wounding in their lives.

These tools are aimed at helping the children to see the value of who they are in Christ and to help them see themselves as valued and treasured. CSI helps connect each young person with a Child Champion who can be a safe person for them at any time.

What’s New with the Parkers?


The Parkers started this school year off with 3 kids at Grand Canyon University – a freshman, a junior, and a senior.

Jeremy is a life-leader, discipling other students. Charis is an RA and really giving great Christian leadership to her dorm, in addition to leadership overall. Kendra is a freshman and doing very well. Cassidy is a junior in high school at McClintock, flying solo as a Parker for the first time, doing well in her studies and is on the swim team. The twins Evan and Alexander are in second grade and have assimilated to school, receiving good behavior reports and are doing well in educational processes.

Please keep us in your prayers as we are a busy family. Also, will you pray for Kendra and Cassidy? They have been recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and in addition to that, Cassidy has a cardiac virus. We are in a learning curve of a gluten-free diet and understanding how to care for each of them.

Student Missions Outreach and Cambodia Missions

Student Missions Outreach

Recently, the Developing Workers team was represented at Grand Canyon University’s Missions Fair, exposing the students of GCU to different organizations and potential directions for their futures.

We connected with more than 240 students and have the ongoing opportunity to encourage them. After spending time talking, Kelly Ramsland sat with one lady and led her to the Lord on the spot. She saw the need and stepped in, and the Lord moved in her heart. Praise God!

Cambodia Missions

This past month, some former students were sent out to impact the world.

Michael and Chris went to Antioch Church in Chandler to send out a team to Cambodia. On the team were Steven Law and Garrit Kidd with their wives and families, now grown adults whom Michael poured into years ago during his time serving as the Pastor of Student Ministries at Grace Community Church in Tempe. This is a blessing to see and a great example of how investing in discipleship can bring about great fruit for God’s glory!

What’s more, this team will be in Cambodia indefinitely and Developing Workers will have the opportunity to meet them there next September, a little more than a year after they’ve hit the ground with language learning and ministry.  

We’ll look forward to partnering with them in ministry together.

Developing Workers Updates for India and Kenya

India – (October)


We’re returning to India with both a training and medical missions team. Our group of volunteer doctors and nurses will be in southern India where Developing Workers has been involved in the past.  

The opportunity to see people come to Christ is really exciting! We look forward to deepening connections next month, as we have been pouring into staff of One Child there and we will also meet with local pastors.

Working with Brave Global, our team will teach a discipleship curriculum based around girls and women being brave as well as boys and men being true. As they are discipled and encouraged to walk in their identity, may these girls and women find their courage to live a strong life, may these boys and men understand the Bible’s truth teaching them to be a man of God!  

On this trip, a couple of the team of Brave Global are joining to help expose their team to our ministry and do some training as we form more mutual integration. One of our goals is to learn more from Brave Global on discipleship specifically for girls who have been trafficked and are in abusive situations.

We truly believe that a restorative discipleship model will move to bring hope and restoration to a generation of youth where 1 out of 2 young people have experienced sexual abuse. 

Kenya – (November)


Michael, along with 3 other men, will set out for Nairobi. There the men will continue pastoral development through the teaching of 1 Peter, showing pastors how to study the Bible and live out discipleship in their communities.  

Michael will share a leadership piece everyday of the trip based on the lives of Peter and Jesus, emphasizing how to manage a church and also be a man of character. He’s really excited for this!  

Watch this video from a Pastor in Kenya sharing his experience with DW

This is a return trip after being active in Kenya a number of years and pouring into these relationships. There have been 21 churches planted so far as a result of the work there.

This trip will include praying for a new church plant and going to a new community, walking among that community, and asking the Lord to grow His church there.

Discipleship and Partnering with Global Surge

Discipleship

Discipleship is at the heart of all we do at Developing Workers. Our organization exists to see leaders walking in their full potential, that they may be discipled unto the discipleship of others. We see that discipleship is all about mimicking the life of someone else.

Dallas Willard explains it as, “…the process of becoming who Jesus would be if He were you.” Jesus sent His disciples out with a charge to make disciples of all nations, and we see that it was AFTER He spent time training them.

Thank you for making a way for the training, the coaching, the discipleship to happen through Developing Workers! We hope you as our supporters know how important, valued, and cared for you are. Your participation in this ministry is vital and an encouragement to us at all levels.

Expanding and Growing

Developing Workers has been expanding and growing. God is using Developing Workers around the world in incredible ways, encouraging and influencing pastors around the globe, sometimes even through our partnerships with other organizations too.

While much of the fruit sown remains to be watered by workers and grown by the Lord, some is already clearly measurable. And it’s so exciting!

We have invested in over 4,200 pastors’ lives. Just recently, through an event Developing Workers is connected to, 774 young people came to know Christ!

Partnership with Global Surge

We are partnering with Global Surge in Kenya, Cambodia, and the Philippians  to teach discipleship. We were with Global Surge in Nairobi at the Braveheart Conference to encourage and follow up with the new believers in discipleship.