Many of you have been praying for leaders around the world who are experiencing the GLS. Last week the GLS was scheduled to take place in the Philippines. After much prayer and preparation the team decided to move forward with the GLS despite the storm, Super Typhoon Haiyan.
All the volunteers were on their knees before God, and assured by the words of Jesus “…He rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Silence! Be still!’ Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.” The first hours of the event had no great weather disturbance. The normal busy streets of Manila were empty. We were not aware of what was happening in the south of us where the Typhoon first hit land. We had 100 pre-registrations, but by the time the event began 800 leaders showed up! The opening was powerful and it felt as though not one person had any other thought but Jesus. God moved through each session. Despite the storm, leaders still gathered in God’s name.
A glimpse of the GLS countries around the world:
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GLS events happening the week of November 11th
Ghana, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Korea, Thailand, Albania, Argentina, Burkina Faso, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Ecuador, Estonia, Guatemala, Ivory Coast, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Malawi, Mexico, North America, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sierra Leone, Sweden, Venezuela
Highlighted country prayer requests
- Christian leaders in Thailand are very few in a country where the predominant religion is Buddhism. The GLS offers training and resources to these leaders hungry for this kind of encouragement. Pray that these leaders would have access to more biblical training as they seek to reach out into their communities for Christ.
- The name “Burkina Faso” means “The country of honorable people”. Pray for the GLS and that leaders would be challenged to rise up to serve and lead the country with integrity in the face of opposition.
- Under Communism, all of religion was suppressed in Kazakhstan. Since 2002 the constitution allows for freedom of religion, but requires churches and religious organizations to register with the government. In this context, Islamist agitation towards the Christian church has caused the government to consider increasing oppressive laws towards Christian churches. Pray for leaders who lead churches in this reality, where it is against the cultural norm to practice Christianity. Pray for the identity of Christians in Kazakhstan, and they would be beautiful witness of Christ’s love in this cultural reality they face.
- China is officially an atheist state, where only 3-4% of the population is Christian. Pray for the emerging underground church in China, and that leaders would be encouraged as they go against the grain of their culture.