The GLS in Lusaka, Zambia touched leaders from different walks of life. Hearts were pierced by the words of the speakers: “Don’t die with a hidden vision”, “Step out in faith”, “Care for your troops”, and “Pick up the towel and serve”. Concluded by the reading of 1 Cor. 15:58 from Andy Stanley, a sense of brokenness, humility, and hope filled the room. “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
The GLS in Jaffna, Sri Lanka had 275 pre-registrations and by the time of the event 400 people showed up. Leaders attended hungry for this kind of training, traveling under difficult conditions—some traveling from an underdeveloped war zone. Impact is expanding on this small island as the GLS keeps growing.
350 leaders attended the GLS in Haiti this year. Despite technical obstacles, people still experienced God moving in their hearts. Local speaker, Daniel Rouzier, received a standing ovation for his talk, The “Love” Qualities of a Servant Leader. He addressed topical issues of the Haitian people, including faith in business and race relations—as well as the causes of failure in brilliant minds. Leaders left challenged and empowered to bring new energy to their ministries by working together.
Celebrating the 7th year of the GLS in Indonesia, 560 leaders came eager to grow and be challenged. As a result of the offering taken at the event, the GLS team was able to gift 100 Team Edition DVDs to under-resourced pastors in need of training. Leaders left with a unified vision to reach their country for Christ where Christians are the minority in a predominately Muslim nation.
The GLS in Lithuania has more than doubled in the past 4 years. Beginning with 300 guests in one location, the GLS is now reaching over 800 attendees at two sites. It is the largest annual leadership event in Lithuania and is attended by leaders in government, business, social organizations and leaders from most church denominations. Because of the evident impact of the GLS, Lithuania launched a monthly leadership club where 266 people are already involved. The church is being revived, encouraged and united.
100 leaders attended the first GLS in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Colin Powell’s session was particularly powerful in this tribal culture as he addressed issues of racism. Leaders learned that in order for Zimbabwe to be great, it is necessary to work with the most capable people regardless of tribe, color, or creed. Many attendees committed to bring the GLS to other leaders in 2014 recognizing the importance to mobilize more people to experience this kind of training.
It was the best year yet for the GLS in Lilongwe, Malawi. For the first time ever, the GLS was able to get free airtime on national television as well as the Transworld Radio program, “Lead Where You Are.” With the high demand for this GLS, the event was moved to a larger venue to accommodate the growing number of attendees. Over 200+ guests engaged with the training and learned to address the needs of their churches and communities.
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I prayed to the Lord and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles. -Psalm 34:4-6
Please continue to pray for Liberia, Jordan, Brazil, Korea, Belarus, Guatemala, Macedonia, North America, Romania, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Mexico. These countries are holding GLS events this week.