It’s a fascinating global experience occurring every 4 years … the World Cup. Teams from many countries gather to play for the coveted title of being the world’s best national team on the soccer field. (Sorry, Team USA missed the cut on this one.) I noticed groups of people who didn’t know each other, coming from different nations, gathered around smart phones in airports or televisions in restaurants to cheer their favorites or mourn a painful loss. But what really amazed me was how this single event brought people together with their interests, opinions, and even passions. I thought of something similar, yet more significant that is happening among God’s people.
We’re coming out of an amazing two month season of travel as teams have trained leaders in 8 countries through 13 International Training Institutes, as well as ministry teams at work in Kenya, Uganda, and Peru. Whew! There have been great stories of God at work, God arranged connections, and changed lives. However, my attention focused on the passion evident in teams of men and women coming together to advance the work of God’s Kingdom. At Network Beyond, we are proud to call them friends and partners and happy to share their stories.
These partners come from various nations, including our own … like the 21 ITI leaders (pictured at left) from across Latin America who joined us for two days of training, prayer, and encouragement. They expand training into Latin America to develop other leaders.
Or, like the courageous hearing impaired leaders who overcame fears to teach other deaf leaders for the first time. They did well.
Or, like our Uganda and Peruvian initiative leaders who devote vacation time to serve others. Their passion to serve Jesus inspires. Some risk taking the Good News as they move into North Africa or a troubled Venezuela.
Another example is Kelly, who directs the work in Uganda. She traveled to almost every corner of that nation over past weeks teaching and implementing multiplication and spiritual movement thinking within ministries. We are especially interested in seeing these movements of disciple-making develop.
A new development in Uganda focused on the remarkable growth of health care workers who integrate their love for Jesus with a desire to elevate the health of people and communities. With 380 workers already trained and nearly that number involved in 2018 trainings, we are encouraged and supportive. These workers practice medicine in ways that address the needs of the whole person … they work together with passion!