Tuesday, December 22, 2009
We thought we would leave you with this short video clip from twitterer and blogger @loswhit. A beautiful worship moment depicting cultures spontaneously coming together to worship one God. This clip captures the true spirit of Christmas, God With Us. Our wish for you is that you will experience God With Us directly in some way this Christmas.
We hope this blesses you today.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
We have a relationship with two pastors in the Philippines and we are helping to plant some churches there. Out of the missions budget we sent the pastors to the Global Summit. Though expensive for them, it costs only $17 per person registration and $25 for hotel nights. Quite affordable for us to send them. It is our desire that those in under resourced areas would have the same training we are blessed to have at Clovis Hills. No less for them — we are partners in Kingdom work.
See his response:
My beloved in the Lord, God is really good all the time. We are so thankful and blessed by what have been wonderfully and tremendously unexpected once in a life time kind of experience to be apart in these Global Leadership Summit. We learned a lot of things related to my leadership as a church planter and of course how to manage a local church. I and my wife, Pastor Albert and his wife Joy, wants to thank you for your generosity, and desire for us to be trained and equipped so that we could be able to do the work of God more easy and more effective. We learned so much from the speakers, Bill Hybels, he taught leading in a new reality; Wayne Cordero, teaches dead leader running, Harvey Carey, teaches against all odds, Dr. Wess stafford, of Compassion International he teached leveraging your past and many others. This conference contributed so much knowledge in our work in the ministry especially serving the Lord in doing church planting. We believe this is not just the beginning and the last conference of Global Leadership Summit, as far as we know they are holding every year in the Philippines. Glory be to God and yes of course, we are thankful about it. God bless you all.
Ptr. Ding and Family
Monday, December 14, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Congolese workers lifting the screen.
The day before the event, there were only 200 registered for the event. On the day of the event, 900 extra people arrived, excited and ready to be inspired. As you can imagine, this caused quite a problem for our event management volunteers as they scrambled to provide all the notebooks, food and supplies needed for a surprise 900 guests. After much hard work, every guest was served, and everyone was so grateful for our volunteers who worked so hard to make it all work. In Hendricks' words "really a fishes and loaves event".
The Congolese people were so convinced of the power of an event like this, they had a full intercessory prayer team which undergirded the event with prayer. A full three weeks before the event, they were praying for the success of the event and its impact on the Kingdom's in Congo. The Congolese are faithful prayer warriors, and they believe part of the reason God blessed the event as he did was as a result of their committed efforts.
The GLS in Congo had its effect on Hendricks as well. "The Congolese people are so open and generous, even though they have so little, they touched me to reassess how I steward the resources that I have to help those with less. Many of the Congolese will walk up to an hour jsut to attend church on Sunday, I was reminded not to take lightly the opportunity I have to meet regularly with other believers for the teaching of the word."
Despite their daily circumstances, the Congolese trust in God as their sustainer. They live with a conviction that God redeems and restores every situation. So much so that their joyful worship events often end in dancing. The GLS was no exception.
Hendricks heard over and over how this event will change Congo. The people of Congo need your prayers as they fight to overcome unimaginable circumstances and lay a foundation for their future. Events like this is the reason we at The GLS does what we do. The Congolese are desperate for what the GLS offers and we are so grateful to partner with God in serving them.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Even though the Global Leadership Summit is over for this year, we want to continue telling the beautiful stories God is weaving in our different partner countries. The below is taken from a report from a WCA representative at a site in Singapore on November 27-28.
Participants warmly and excitedly greeted by our front desk volunteers who handed them their copy of the Summit notebook and nametag. 368 participants all in.
Summit opener - blowing of shofar followed by time of worship.
Dancers in action during the worship time.
Awesome sight – the joyous countenance of the worship team and dancers and the beautiful stage setup and lightings. Sound mix engaged the participants.
Rev Soh played Host Pastor. He was excellent - full of energy and a clear communicator.
Rev Chern facilitate with so much ‘heart’ and his ability to connect with the participants was outstanding.
Process Time – Group Discussion
Process Time – Group Discussion
GLO Bible Presentation by Daniel Hsueh from GLO during lunch time.
Worship time after lunch.
Participants fully immersed in worship.
Participants responding during prayer.
Production crew at the Front-of-House.
Group discussions continued even over tea-break.
Interpretive solo dance item after session by Wayne Cordeiro (last session for the day)
After solo dance item, one third of the participants responded to the altar call and came to the front. Many were in tears and did business with God on their knees at the altar. What an amazing day it was!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The GLS in Nigeria is raising up leaders prepared to impact change in their divided churches, impoverished communities and corrupted governments. Nigeria is a country twice the size of California with a rich history full of tragedy and strife. The CIA world fact book lists Nigeria as the 9th biggest populatiopn in the world. Nigeria suffers from a number of ongoing problems common in African nations: high mortality of its citizens due to AIDS, creating a life expectancy of only about 47 years. In fact, Nigeria ranks 3rd in world of people living with AIDS. Oil-rich Nigeria, long hobbled by political instability, corruption, inadequate infrastructure, and poor economic management, has made several attempts at improving its state with some improvement. But, as you can imagine, the church in Nigeria has quite a lot it works against.
Francis Olubambi, The GLS's leader in Nigeria as well as the director for several other Christian ministry branches there, has a vision for Nigeria and what it could become with God at the helm. In a recent conversation with him, he laid out some of the issues the church faces in Nigeria and how The GLS is working to help church and business leaders there overcome the corruption and poverty so entrenched in Nigerian systems.
The situation of the church there is complex.
We have a lot of churches in Nigeria, the churches are growing and the conversion rate is high, [however] Christian ethics is very low it seems as if so many Christian has the charisma and no character. One of the major causes of this shallowness is lack of leadership development. Churches in the Northern part of Nigeria are persecuted by Islamic fundamentalist.
In response to the need here, one way The GLS has addressed the problem of the corruption and poverty seen in Nigeria is to unite denominations and educate business leaders as well on the principles found in the Bible.
GLS conference has been helping to impact leaders across the board: from corporate world and the church world. Another advantage of GLS is that it affords us to bring different churches together for mutual relationship.
The church in Nigeria has seen a tremendous amount of division caused by dissenting beliefs from various denominations. Some groups have grown progressively more liberal while others committed to more traditional outlooks have fought widely with those with a more liberal outlook. The GLS is working to unite these denominations around their first love: Christ. Olubambi's biggest prayer for The GLS in Nigeria? Cooperation in churches.
The team in Nigeria overcame tremendous obstacles during their GLS events. In underresourced areas, there is often huge trouble finding a projector to use at the events. Because The GLS works to produce an extremely high-quality event for every attendee, the best projectors are sought out to create an extremely high quality picture. Occasionally, there isn't a single projector in the entire country up to the standards we work hard to meet. Three of seven Nigerian GLS sites were without projectors only a couple weeks before the event and needed to rent one, sometimes at a very costly rate. The teams also had numberous details to see to. Our awesome volunteer teams didn't miss even one. The attendees who have lived and worked in such difficult conditions all their lives had their sights lifted to envision all that the church can be.
Seven GLS sites were held in Nigeria this past fall. Click here to see the results.