The first year in Dubai, UAE and the GLS sold out! More than 30 churches were represented at the event, creating unity in a city that is otherwise very divided—this alone is a miracle. Church leaders say this kind of gathering would not have been impossible five years ago. Credit is given to a city-wide prayer movement among 27 churches that have been praying for this kind of unity for the Kingdom in the Middle East. Attendees arrived from neighboring nations that are currently closed to the GLS. Many of these traveling leaders have never been to a conference like this before, and they wept with joy as the conference started. The GLS in Dubai was like looking through a window of heaven and seeing Asians, Africans, Westerners and Middle Easterners all learning and growing together.
A Full House in Panama City. For the past three years, the GLS has seen a full house. This year more than 950 leaders from different cities, churches, denominations, and businesses gathered in unity to be inspired and trained. Eager to discuss how to implement ideas from the GLS sessions into their organizations and churches, they share a common goal: impact and transform their communities. This year especially, people asked about expanding the GLS even further to other locations. There will be an additional GLS in Santiago de Veraguas this week, and some leaders have already pre-registered for a new Marketplace GLS being held in June. Please pray for the impact of the GLS in Panama.
“Our committee is looking forward to expanding the GLS with different initiatives because we believe that leadership transformation is key to being a relevant church in our society impacting social, economical and cultural levels.”—Carlos, GLS Committee member, Panama
The churches in Kolkata, India enjoy a unique unity among different denominations, churches, and ministries that attend the GLS. The GLS stands outamong other events when it comes to diversity in Kolkata. This year’s event was led by a great steering committee working hard behind the scenes to make the GLS the best it could be. As a result, more than 350 leaders attended, and left encouraged and inspired.
“This will be a trigger for action and growth of the Church in Kolkata.”
“Everything I have heard has encouraged me by reinforcing and validating a major life change I made recently to serve God more.”
A First at Korean Community Church of Seattle. It was not only the first GLS at this church, it was also the first multi-generational event ever hosted at this church. With more than 800 attendees, the auditorium was full to capacity and Korean leaders in this community were blessed by the leadership training and resources available in their own language.
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Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. -Ephesians 3:20-21
Please continue to pray for our friends in Brazil, India, Panama, Philippines, Puerto Rico, United States (Chinese site), and Germany as they hold their GLS events this week.