The GLS provides accessible and affordable leadership development tools to leaders in Zambia who face immense challenges and complexities. Churches are growing in Zambia, but leaders carry the responsibility not only of fostering spiritual growth within the church, but also face the challenges of providing resources to combat the reality of poverty and HIV/ AIDS. When we see the intense sacrifices these leaders make to attend the GLS and receive training and encouragement, we feel the deep need for leadership. Some leaders even traveled long distances from Malawi and Angola to attend. One of the leaders who traveled from Angola hopes to bring the GLS to his country some day.
“We thank God for the opportunity to host the 2014 GLS. I was touched by four young people who traveled 314km to come to the Summit, that is why we ended up paying for their accommodations due to the sacrifice they made. Another leader took leadership initiative, and worked hard to raise the funds for his participation.” – George, GLS Leader, Zambia
The GLS in Ndola Zambia encouraged and trained 370 leaders in attendance. The sessions provoked passionate discussions, that inspired “grander visions” for leaders’ communities.
“Church leaders need to do more to challenge our faith community [so] that they learn to feel the pain and get angry enough to do something about corruption, and gender based violence.” – Leornado, GLS attendee, Zambia
Hunger and Thankfulness in Namibia
The experience of the GLS in Ongwediva, Namibia can be summarized in two words—Hunger and Thankfulness.
Hunger: The people in the far North are spiritually hungry, and an event like the GLS is such a blessing to them. One pastor begged to bring the GLS to his church on the border of Angola. He explained that he has not missed one of the GLS events in the past four years, but his people are desperate to be trained as well. Who knows, maybe we can take it to their community one day!
Thankfulness: One woman who attended is completely blind, in fact, she doesn’t even have eyeballs. People led her around, and she sat through the entire GLS. How that must feel—not to see the lights, the stage, the worship team, or the speakers on the screen. But she had this amazing smile on her face. Friends, we should be more thankful for ALL the spiritual growth opportunities we have.
God is doing great things through the GLS in Namibia. Strategically, the GLS is also helping to train and encourage government officials. Pray for each leader—that they take what they have learned to build the nation God has imagined for this region.