Greetings and blessings from Africa!
Before we dive into the update, I just want to let you know that Kay is doing great! She is 27 weeks along, and the doctor said the baby is developing well, praise the Lord!
Now on to the update…
In the book, “When Helping Hurts – How to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor and yourself,” the authors describe how to alleviate material poverty: “By reconciling people’s relationships with God, with self, with others, and with the rest of creation so that they can fulfill their callings of glorifying God by working and supporting themselves and their families with the fruit of their work.”
As we look back to the two years we’ve been involved with Global Leadership Academy, we’ve graduated 37 students, and 26 of them (70%) immediately got jobs upon graduating. Amazing! They’re glorifying God by working and supporting themselves and their families! Their roles range from campus pastors, youth pastors, worship pastors, CarePoint facilitators, and office administrators. Praise the Lord!
Moses’ father-in-law Jethro taught him a leadership principle found in Exodus 18:21: “But select from all the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten.” (NLT). We try to follow this principle; Train up a godly disciple that loves the Lord and others, (as well as the qualities of servanthood, integrity, punctuality, and hard work ethics), and you have an amazing God-honoring leader, ready to make an impact on society.
Lungelo was one of our interns in 2011. Coming from a large family with great financial need, he didn’t know what he was going to do after graduating GLA. Upon graduation, he was hired as a CarePoint facilitator, which allowed him to help send five of his younger siblings to school. After a faithful year of serving in 2012, he was promoted to the youth coordinator position this year, leading the 20 CarePoint youth groups, which surprised him very much.
We don’t need to create more jobs – we need to train up more leaders. The Lord does amazing things in the interns’ hearts, and the leadership training just builds on that firm foundation. Part of our curriculum comes from John C Maxwell, who’s goal is to: “Equip Christian leaders to impact their world for Christ.”
Will you please pray for the GLA class of 2013? We’re expecting 29 students come to campus next week, which will be their home until December. Pray that the Lord would raise up Christ-followers that will lead in their areas of influence in godly and effective ways. Amen!
Thank you for partnering with us through your prayers and giving.
With much love,
Mark and Kay