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Lenin is toppled, but the GLS stays strong!
In the midst of a revolution in Kiev, Ukraine, protestors toppled an iconic statue of Lenin. The government commandeered the use of the building that was scheduled to be used for leadership training for church pastors. And the GLS was at risk for being shut down. God intervened and the GLS took place as scheduled. 900 church leaders, hungry for change in their lives and in their country, crowded into the space reserved for 830. Leadership matters—especially in times like these!
Courageous leadership in Bangalore, India
In India, a country where only two percent of the population practices Christianity, Christian leaders face daily opposition as they live out their faith. Against a backdrop of oppression, the GLS offered an opportunity for 300 like-minded Christian leaders to gather for inspiration from the GLS and were particularly impacted by Bill Hybels’ session on courage.
Encouraging feedback means growth for Leon, Mexico
The 290 church leaders who attended the GLS in Leon, Mexico were particularly gripped by Chris Brown’s “Right Title, Wrong Kingdom,” and his challenge to examine whether they are building God’s kingdom or their own reputation. Encouraged by the participants’ feedback, the GLS committee is committed to expanding in this region of Mexico so more leaders have the opportunity to experience high levels of growth and inspiration.
A Shared Vision in Jordan
Despite great opposition and persecution, 250 church leaders from various countries in the Middle East gathered in Jordan for the GLS. With a shared vision to reach their countries for Christ, they are committed to maximizing the opportunities God provides—including the impact of GLS training, resources, and inspiration.
More than 525 leaders attended the GLS in Liberia
Facing two long decades of violence, corruption, poverty, and a crumbling infrastructure, 525 church leaders in Liberia turned to the GLS for encouragement and direction in rebuilding their churches and communities. The GLS brought world-class training and resources to this war-torn part of the world where they are needed most.
Record attendance at GLS in Taiwan
More than 2,200 church, business, and government leaders flocked to six different cities in Taiwan, to attend the GLS, making 2013 the highest attended GLS in this Asian country. Numerous stories of impact include one from Chung-jen who was encouraged by Bill Hybels’ message on courage. Chung-jen’s battle with Stage IV liver cancer made it clear that God was calling him to spread the Gospel in Taiwan. “I’ve been afraid and worried, but Bill’s message gave me the strength and determination I need.”
A Glimpse of the GLS in Mexico
Voices from around the world:
“I have received inspiring words as a lady from a country in war for so many years, and a town that is labeled ‘the capital of rape’, Bukavu. I believe that I am a leader. With the spirit of excellence that has been planted in my heart during the GLS, I will impact and bring change to my country, Congo. I am waiting for a day when women will be gathered for a GLS in the most rural place in Africa.” – GLS attendee, Congo
“The GLS will change the way I live for the rest of my life.” – First time GLS attendee, Bangalore, India
“The GLS is a brilliant concept. I would suggest that our political leaders and public servants experience this. It would be great to integrate the concept into our education curriculum so that we start developing and empowering leadership skills at a young age. We are all leaders in some way. This will allow children to discover their purpose early and hone their skills. I believe we have the power to instill good character in our youth.” – GLS attendee, Kenya
“Let us always remember that even in the darkest of days, our efforts in the house of the Lord shall never be in vain. Let us rededicate our lives to establishing His glorious church. Death would not be too high a price to pay, because we believe that all is temporary with no exception but one – the eternal nature of the church!” – GLS attendee, Taiwan
Please continue to pray for our friends in Los Angeles (Chinese site), Haiti and Mexico as they hold their GLS events this month.