Although the Calendar year 2013 is in the past, the 2013 GLS is still going strong. 22 more Global Leadership Summit events are still ahead of us. God is still moving. Lives continue to be changed. Please continue to pray expectantly as the GLS continues to be experienced around the world.
Stories of the GLS in Brazil, Mexico, and Taiwan!
God is moving and transforming communities in Fortaleza, Brazil. The GLS has been inspiring and giving leaders the encouragement and skills they need to start initiatives in their communities. Stories were shared about a team that started a recycling program at the GLS host church where the members are able to take money received from the program and invest it into helping the homeless, supporting a prison ministry, and investing in an after-school program to keep children off the street. The GLS was an encouragement to leaders as they expand their ministries across the city.
7,800+ Christian leaders have been trained and inspired through the GLS in Taiwan over the last 5 years. Thisyear, they have been challenged by the words of Bill Hybels, “Churches have to bravely extend a hand of friendship. Where there is need, we must bravely seize the moment”. One leader said she has had a tendency to be passive about sharing the gospel, but now she’s excited to seize the moment, and not worry about what others may think, even though she lives in a culture where Christianity is only practiced by 4% of the population.
Putting on the GLS is an adventure of faith for every Steering Committee, but it is especially challenging for first-time sites. The team in Cancun, Mexico faced many obstacles, but persevered. Though Cancun is not one of Mexico’s large cities, there is fragmentation and division among different denominations. In the face of this challenge, the team putting on the GLS decided to focus on raising the level of leadership inside and outside the church—no matter what denomination or group they belonged to. More than 400 leaders from business and ministry were excited to be at this first-time site, and even lined up outside the door hours before it started. Leaders came together in unity and engaged quickly with each session, giving great attention to the application of the teaching as they seek to transform their communities for Christ.
A glimpse at the GLS in Minsk, Belarus
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Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your heards and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7