We celebrate this first time site in Mongolia! What a beautiful people. We had the best first time GLS start ever for an underdeveloped country. In spite of unusual trials, no rehearsals, failing equipment, late arrivals and the like, you wouldn’t have known it based on how the first day went. The worship was excellent, video was great, and facilitation went really well. We worked with the tough sound system, but overall, we are grateful that everything worked out! The content of the teaching was very relevant for the culture, and the audience was so hungry to hear it, especially since the message of Christ really only arrived in Mongolia 20 years ago. Take a look at the brief video clip of the worship experience to get a better understanding of the feeling in the room. God surely moved through the GLS in Mongolia. See video of the worship in Mongolia HERE.
We celebrate God’s provision on the first year GLS site in Rwanda! It was a whirlwind preparation leading right up to the last five minutes of the event. They were missing the equipment needed to run everything; a near crisis, as they were expecting 356 guests the next day! In the middle of the night before the first day of the event, the youth pastor of the church noticed that there was a cabinet sitting in the foyer. After looking inside and alerting the producer, they opened it and found all the equipment that they were missing! The church originally didn’t know what any of these pieces of equipment were when a church from the US had sent the cabinet 5 years ago! Imagine, God provided for the GLS event in Rwanda years ago! What a blessing. And God definitely moved through the leaders in Rwanda. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide this training and resources.
The GLS in Accra, Ghana was a success.We had leaders gathered from all over and from different backgrounds including leaders from churches, the supreme court, and universities. 1,303 guests showed up to our site at National Theater. We are grateful for God’s provision for the GLS and the movement in leaders who strive to live with integrity.
At the GLS in an unnamed country last week, a lady who took a five-hour bus trip reached the conference in a heavy mood. She was going to resign because of the overwhelming responsibility for her church and her family. She was tired and felt misunderstood by the others. She could not bear her burden any longer. The key to her problem was emerging during the sessions. During the GLS, she realized that she was in “the land between” where she found herself desperate and complaining about everything. Her life was like a desert. She said: “God knows what I need before I do. The message from Bill Hybels and Jeff Manion has shown me that God prepares bread for you when you just wish to die. This is food for my soul. I feel like I am recharged and refreshed. So I bought the DVD to listen to it again….”
The GLS was held in Jamaica for the first time!
Here is a glimpse at the GLS in Japan, Nigeria, Iceland, Australia, Czech Republic, and Brazil
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. -Colossians 3:16-17
GLS Events Happening This Week:
Ghana, Japan, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Korea, Albania, Kenya, Uganda, Brazil, Sweden, Argentina, Bolivia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Chile, China, Croatia, Slovenia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, Guatemala, Honduras, Norway, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sierra Leone, Taiwan, UK/Ireland, Venezuela, and Zambia
Highlighted Country Prayer Requests
- Pray for the different sectors of leadership Kenya. The local organizing committee for the GLS in Kenya is praying to reach and impact leaders from all sectors of society – church, government, education, and the marketplace. They desire to encourage and raise up leaders of integrity and wisdom. The GLS event is being held November 7-8
- Leaders in Uganda are gathering at the GLS around a theme of “Creating the Uganda We Want”. Pray for leaders who go against the grain with integrity in a culture that is full of corruption and violence. The GLS event is being held November 7-8.
- Leaders in Sierra Leone face great burdens – Many people live on less than $1 a day, and 70% of the country lives below the poverty line. In this uniquely diverse country, leaders are seeking transformation in all sectors of society. Pray for these courageous leaders. The GLS event is being held November 8-9.
- Christianity has a very low influence in Taiwan where 93% of the country has mixed beliefs in Buddhism and Taoism. Christian leaders seek training, wisdom and encouragement to lead in a culture that worships many gods and ancestors, and prioritizes materialism. The GLS event is being held November 8-9.