To Know Him and to Make Him Known

  Through our combined Church Planting and Esther Initiative training conference in India in November, new church plant teams were inspired and resourced to boldly lock arms to fulfill the Great Commission in some of the most unreached areas of the world.

Through our combined Church Planting and Esther Initiative training conference in India in November, new church plant teams were inspired and resourced to boldly lock arms to fulfill the Great Commission in some of the most unreached areas of the world.

It’s a common tag line adopted by local churches and ministries today, but as I scrolled through pictures from our recent training event in Vijayawada, India, this evangelistic creed - placed front and center on a banner where courageous frontline leaders gathered - stood out to me with profound depth and meaning.

To Know Him and to Make Him Known

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Maybe it’s the Christmas season that has me reflecting with greater intentionality on the immense privilege of knowing, loving, and serving the One who was born to die so that I might live.

Maybe it’s the news of a martyred missionary that has me more humbled, introspective, and prayerful regarding the reality of the number of unreached people groups around the world.

Maybe it’s because when I take time to look into the eyes of these brave frontline leaders, I’m reminded of their great sacrifice and commitment as they take the gospel into the darkest and riskiest places.

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It’s because we know Him that we are compelled to make Him known.

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What Child is This?

What Child is this

Who so impacted history

that the calendar of time itself

is dissected by His birth?

To the atom

He is fusion for by Him

all matter is held together.

To horticulture

He’s the Rose of Sharon

and the Lily of the Valley.

To the animal kingdom

He’s the Lion of the Tribe of Judah

and the Lamb of God.

To astronomy

He’s the Star of the Morning

and the Sun of Righteousness

rising with healing in His wings.

To the seeker

He’s the way

To the philosopher

the truth

To the penitent

the life.

He is Joshua’s captain

Moses’ smitten rock

Isaiah’s majestic sovereign

Saul’s blinding vision

John’s revelation.

What Child is this?

He’s the poet’s greatest theme

the composer’s sweetest music

the sinner’s dearest friend.

He’s the healer of broken hearts

the mender of broken relationships

the restorer of broken dreams.

To the weary

He is Wonderful

To the confused

Counselor

To the weak

Mighty God

To the orphaned

Everlasting Father

To the distressed

Prince of Peace

In His life

He is humanity’s only perfection

In His death

humanity’s only Savior

In His resurrection

humanity’s only hope.

What Child is this?

He is Jesus

God’s love gift to you.

- David Shibley

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WHAT ARE FRONTLINE LEADERS?

In every nation, God has positioned influential people to advance His Kingdom. The front line of the gospel is where the Church is taking root in new areas and people groups. Persecution of Christians in these areas is common.

WHY FRONTLINE LEADERS?

Cultural influence and knowledge enables community leaders to introduce the transformative power of the gospel more effectively than outsiders. This also instills value and ownership in their communities. 

HOW CAN YOU EMPOWER FRONTLINE LEADERS TO FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION THROUGH GLOBAL ADVANCE?

To be most effective, frontline leaders need resources, training, and tools. Global Ambassadors go to the front line to train and mentor leaders. Advocates pray regularly for, and share with friends about, the needs of frontline leaders. Partners of Global Advance give financially to provide discipleship tools, Scripture, relief, and economic empowerment.

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“And this is eternal life, that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” - John 17:3

To Know Him and to Make Him Known.

May this be the cry of our hearts this Christmas season, and all year through.

Whitney D.

Give the Gospel

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For more than 28 years our commitment to advancing the gospel has not changed, our obedience has not wavered, and we still joyfully push forward as we work to fulfill His final commandment to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… Matt. 28:19”. Thank you for standing with us as we remain faithful to the call.

Our Focus is Jesus.

Our Message is the Gospel.

Our Task is the Great Commission.

Join the #GivingTuesday global movement by sowing into the Global Advance ministry with a financial gift. Your gift of the gospel has an eternal impact on the lives touched by your generosity. There is no better investment than that!

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Empowering Frontline Leaders to Fulfill the Great Commission

GLOBAL ADVANCE: A YEAR IN REVIEW

GLOBAL ADVANCE: A YEAR IN REVIEW

In 2018, we have seen compelling evidence of how HOPE IS RISING in the hearts of God’s people around the world. The following Year in Review highlights this evidence – these are real numbers attached to real people

Piercing the Darkness Through Prayer

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When God called us as a family from South to North India in 2001, we were immediately confronted by the spiritual darkness of this massively unreached region. Here, only .05% of the population of over 600 million identify themselves as Christians. Our city, Chandigarh, is named after the Hindu deity Chandi, who is popularly known as the “goddess of power”. The second part of the city’s name, Garh, means “dwelling”. In similar fashion - be it a road, a mountain, or a river - everything in this part of the world was dedicated to or attributed to some form of spiritual darkness. No wonder Paul admonished the Ephesians in chapter 6, verse 2 that, “… our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Before we could expand Global Advance initiatives to train pastoral leaders in this region, it was crucial to pierce the darkness by mobilizing massive prayer walks and prayer movements. From 2001 - 2005, we were intentional in organizing prayer walks that covered thousands of miles in North India, as well as twice through the entire nation of Nepal. Easter week of 2003 found our team conducting prayer walks in the Himalayan Mountains over an eight day period. Our team felt that we should make it to a church on Easter Day to worship, but our local guide informed us that the closest church was another four days’ travel away. To our disappointment, we wouldn’t make it by Easter Day. But today, thanks to years of prayer and Global Advance training initiatives, we now have a church in every district of these regions that were once absolutely closed to the gospel! We are grateful to the Lord for the many Global Advance prayer partners who are covering us in prayer as we continue to pierce the darkness. Today, through the Global Advance South Asia Coalition, we have a prayer network that covers eight nations through intentional, ongoing prayer initiatives. We who are on the front lines can feel the power of God at work as Global Advance prayer partners join forces to pray with our prayer coordinators in South Asia. 

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We are seeing breakthroughs, open doors, and miracles as a result of prayer. The success and the progress we are making through the Global Advance South Asia Coalition is the result of much prayer. Prayer alone gives power and wings to the gospel.  

“The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.” – Andrew Murray

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You and I have the greatest resource for advancing the gospel through our ability to come before God in prayer to plead for what is already on His heart - the fulfillment of the Great Commission. While advancing the gospel is the work of the church, prayer is the engine that fuels its momentum. God’s decree for the advance of the Kingdom is dependent on prayer for its fulfillment: “Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” – Psalm 2:8

Will you pray with us?

Pastor James Chacko, Ph.D., Global Advance Field Director to South Asia

You can make a DIFFERENCE!

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We live in a world that is rapidly changing. The explosion of technology and information has created an environment of change and innovation that is unprecedented. The world is moving faster and faster; this is the new world in which our Lord Jesus Christ is building His Church. 

On October 5, many of our Global Advance Ambassadors came together to worship, pray, fellowship, network, and receive training here in Dallas, Texas. The room was filled with over 90 of our Global Ambassadors, Advocates, and Partners, all of whom share one goal: to fulfill the Great Commission. There was a fresh urgency as we gathered together to plan and prepare for unprecedented opportunities to light the nations with the gospel in the coming year.

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Notice these alarming facts of our world today: 

  • There are 2 billion people who have never heard the gospel. The gospel must get to them.

  • As the global population increases, so does the need for the number of churches to reach the lost. There needs to be 5 million new churches planted.

  • The ratio of theologically trained pastors to people in the U.S. is 1 in 230. The ratio of theologically trained pastors to people outside of the U.S. is 1 in 450,000.

  • According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, more than 2.2 million pastoral leaders (and as many as 3.4 million by some estimates) presently minister, while only 5% are trained for pastoral ministry.

  • Women are being marginalized, abused, and mistreated, but have hope and dignity in God’s eyes.

  • Poverty and corruption are rampant. Godly marketplace leaders raise the spiritual capital of nations. Christians in business can create capital that will bless churches, ministries, and bring help to social issues.

  • Christians are being persecuted at an all-time high. We are called to support them.

This is a troubling overview of our world, but HOPE IS RISING in the hearts of God’s people! As Christ builds His Church, it is our responsibility to equip these frontline leaders. For over 28 years, Global Advance has been a friend and advocate for indigenous leaders worldwide, challenging them to be catalysts for fulfilling the Great Commission. Global Advance has invested in more than 800,000 frontline leaders in 101 nations by placing vision in their hearts and practical tools in their hands.

Through the help of our Global Advance Ambassadors Network, we have been privileged to lift the arms of indigenous leaders worldwide who have surrendered their will, suffered in their walk, served their world, and spoken God's Word in the power of the Holy Spirit… for the single purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission in their context, community, country, and culture. 

As we were commissioned for upcoming 2019 opportunities, we together sang this hymn:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,

In the light of His glory and grace.

As we continue to light the nations together, may we look into His face and worship extravagantly. I challenge us to dream big dreams and cast a Kingdom vision that will last far beyond our lifespans.

How high are you aiming?

What will your legacy be?

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Come, let’s GO together to empower frontline leaders to fulfill the Great Commission. We need you! If you haven’t done so already, please click this link to check out our 2019 opportunities and indicate your specific areas of interest: www.globaladvance.org/goga  

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! 

 VIVEK SAMUEL
Programs Coordinator 

Hope Is Rising: Our 2018 Global Advance Light the Nations Dinner

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” - 1 Peter 1:3

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HOPE IS RISING was not only the theme for our Global Advance Light the Nations Dinner last week; it is also the reality for believers in some of the most persecuted nations in the world. There is a great need to resource these hidden heroes. But there is greater HOPE! Your partnership enables us to empower frontline leaders to spread the gospel around the world.

Many of our Global Ambassadors, Advocates, and Partners joined us on October 4 for an evening of gratitude and praise as we shared stories of how HOPE IS RISING in the hearts of God’s people around the world. Enjoy a glimpse of our night together!

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Friends, in the midst of hardships and challenges we cling to this unchanging truth: the Light of the World has come! The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness HAS NOT overcome it. The gospel is still GOOD NEWS!

Thank you for standing with us as a supply line to the front lines of the gospel’s advance. When you partner with Global Advance you are helping empower the Global Church to fulfill the Great Commission!

Walk Down the Street: Lighting the Darkness in Quito, Ecuador

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Two streets over from our hotel in Quito, Ecuador was the “Red Light District.” Armed with hot chocolate and crackers, we split into two teams and walked a couple of blocks to a whole new world.

Once a week for the last twelve years, our Ecuador friends have walked these streets with a very simple goal in mind: Love the people who are there. They simply keep showing up, week after week, with hot chocolate and crackers. They continuously ask them one question: “Can I pray for you?” That question is usually answered with a very quick, “Yes.”

Every prayer request involved their families. Some asked for prayer for their health. Another, a prayer for a job so she could get off the streets. We talked to her for a while and she said she loved to cook. We heard story after story until we were out of cups and crackers. I stood in the background mostly, pouring hot chocolate and observing, while prayer warriors prayed over women, and men who were dressed as women. They were all very kind. They all received us with joy.

They all simply needed us to walk down the street. 

As we walked back to the hotel, I realized how close we were to all of the people we just prayed for. It dawned on me that I’d been there for three days and didn’t even realize it. I was safe, warm, and comfortable in my hotel room, and there was so much need just around the corner.

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God has not called us to meet EVERY single need of EVERY single person. But, He has called us to do work that He’s already prepared in advance for us to do.

What streets do you need to walk down?

What people are you bypassing who need prayer? It doesn't have to be in the streets of Quito; it could be at your workplace, in your neighborhood, or at the ball field. The Church is not just a building… it’s you. If you can’t get them to come to your church, take it to them. Hot chocolate and crackers have been opening doors to minister the gospel in Quito for quite a while. But, they had to get out of their normal routine and take a bit of a risk.

They are fearless.

They are consistent.

They keep it simple.

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As a result, they’ve been shining an amazing light in a very dark place for many years. 

As God leads, will you take the risk, refuse to be “normal,” and walk down the street?

Leslie James

Global Advance Ambassador to Ecuador

 

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Our Esther Initiative team was recently in Quito, Ecuador to train frontline church, community, and government leaders, many of whom are involved in the restoration, education, and empowerment of women who have been exposed to sexual exploitation. Ongoing partnerships with frontline women leaders reveal how they are creatively gifted to address the needs of their communities. The Esther Initiative provides practical and spiritual support to these standout leaders, empowering them to build relationships, identify local assets, and own the dreams God has given them in order to advance the gospel and transform their communities for Christ. 

 

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Church Planting and The NextGen in Uganda:

As we arrived on the first day of our church plant conference, the worship had already begun. Voices lifted in worship to God filled the air and as I got my first glimpse inside the meeting room. I saw leaders waving their colored neckerchiefs in the air and singing with all their strength to our great God. In the room was over 500 pastors and leaders eager to receive training to plant the Church. Many pastors and leaders had traveled days to reach the conference site. To give this context, it took us about 7 hours to navigate our way to a location that would only take 2 hours to travel in the USA. 

 

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We had the privilege of helping these leaders cultivate their churches around a biblical framework, while encouraging them to live a life that is above reproach as a leader in God’s Church. We asked them to be leaders who make disciples and who send disciples to plant the Church, and to reach out to those unreached in their nation and beyond. 

 

By the second day of the training, we realized that several of the leaders present did not own a Bible. A Bible costs about $10 in Uganda which is a lot of money for them. One of the joys of the training was seeing them light up when we were able to give them the Word of God to take home to their villages and their churches. We gave out 360 new Bibles to church planters and Nextgen leaders. One leader was a woman who pastors a small church of 30 adults and several children. She showed me her Bible that was falling apart and missing chunks of Scripture. It was my joy to hand her a new Bible.  When I asked her if I could keep her old torn Scriptures, she said that she wanted to keep them to share with her church so that they could have access to Scripture. The ache in her heart for God’s Word was beautiful.

 

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In the west we have many resources at our disposal. Leadership podcasts and books, seminaries, seminars and tools are everywhere. In Uganda, however, many don’t finish school because they can’t afford it.  When we handed out church plant training certificates, we saw excitement and joy I cannot describe. For some, this was the first certificate of completion they had ever received. I had the privilege of shaking their hands as they graduated, with 173 of them committing to planting a new church in Uganda within the next 12 months.

 

As we concluded our church plant training, we launched into our Nextgen training. Uganda has about 43 million people in its population, and about 50% of those people are under the age of 20. We had 480 millennial NextGen leaders join our training. Many young leaders are trying to find their contribution within the church, but pastors struggle to know how to engage these young, inspired and creative leaders. Many pastors are guilty of ignoring their young leaders and not giving them an opportunity to grow the gifts and talents that God has given them. We had a chance to speak to both the pastors and those they minister to. 

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Each day of the Nextgen conference we challenged pastors to pay attention to and invite the next generation to the table, giving them leadership positions when possible. The Nextgen leaders were challenged to be Great Commission leaders who accept the Gospel and boldly declare the Gospel message. We were able to see an army of young leaders mobilized to carry the Gospel and leverage their influence to make an impact for the kingdom. As God moves on your heart here are ways you can pray for the current and future leaders of Uganda.

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·     Pray for church planters to plant health churches that multiply new churches.

·     Pray for the church planters to have vision and wisdom to make disciples. 

·     Pray for provision for those who lack the resources to lead well in Uganda. 

·     Pray that pastors would go back to their churches and give the youth space to lead with them. 

 

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We have been given so much in the west, and because of this, much is required. We are going with the rich resources we have been given by the Father. You can join with Global Advance in advancing the Gospel around the world through your prayers and faithful giving to this Kingdom assignment. Thank you for going with us to the nations. Thank you for praying for Global Advance and thank you for sharing in our collective work to reach others. We are grateful to work with you to advance the purposes of our King.

 

God Raises Up an Army of Kingdom Women in Pakistan!

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It has been an audacious dream of frontline leaders for years, and in August it became a reality. Over 350 women gathered for our first ever Esther Initiative conference in PAKISTAN! Words can't describe the JOY in our hearts as we see God building an army of kingdom women who are boldly saying YES to accelerating the gospel's advance in this Islamic domain.

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As a Muslim-saturated nation (96%), the culture in Pakistan is becoming increasingly influenced by radical Islamic militants such as the Taliban and the Islamic State. This fundamentalist Islamic rule has contributed to escalating violence, widespread corruption, and the persecution of Christians. Sadly, Pakistan is known for the abduction of over 700 Christian girls per year, who are abused and then forced to marry Muslim men and convert to Islam.

With over 350 tribal groups in the Sindh Province of Pakistan who have never heard the gospel, there is an alarming need to train leaders and plant churches in this region.

This is where Global Advance comes in.

Following the momentum of our Church Planting conference in May, and in collaboration with our ongoing Alpha Relief water well project, the timing and location of this Esther Initiative conference couldn’t have been more strategic.

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“Women were so much encouraged and on fire to take the message to others. They were restored, touched, and are now mobilized to impact other women living in Sindh and all over Pakistan.” - Pastor William, Global Advance International Coordinator

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At Global Advance, we believe that one woman can make a powerful kingdom difference when she knows who she is in Christ and walks fully and freely in her calling. We believe that her unique kingdom contribution could even change the course of a nation…

 

…for such a time as this.

 

Empowered with a vision in their hearts and tools in their hands, hope is rising for the Church in Pakistan! Thank you for praying, going, and giving as we lock arms with these frontline leaders in the hardest, most unreached regions of the world.

Whitney D.

Pressing Forward in Great Faith: The Esther Initiative Launches in Bhutan

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We first met YC* at our Global Advance Frontline Pastors Training Conference in the small and beautiful nation of Bhutan. Bhutan is nestled in between China and India in the eastern Himalaya mountains, and is categorized among the least reached people groups with less than 2% of their population identified as Christ followers.

Living under a Buddhistic dynasty, local pastors face persecution and social ostracism, and are mostly severely limited in their gatherings in this restricted access nation.

In spite of these challenges, God is raising up passionate frontline leaders in Bhutan who are pressing forward in great faith.

When YC was a young girl, her family planted a church in their village. Immediately, they faced intense persecution. But young YC was not deterred from serving her Savior. When she was just seven years old, God led YC to start a Sunday school class for kids her own age. Today, she serves full time in their growing church network, and is part of an influential leadership program in her nation. 

God has placed the same dream in YC’s heart as that of her mother; to disciple and empower the women of Bhutan to become intercessors and leaders who will impact their families, the marketplace, their communities, and their nation for Christ. Equipped with personalized training through Global Advance’s Esther Initiative Mentoring Track, we partnered with YC and the Global Advance Bhutan national team to host an Esther Initiative training conference in June of this year.

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Over 60 women leaders from nine key cities gathered shoulder to shoulder for our first Esther Initiative conference in Bhutan!

"The Esther Initiative has just encouraged me so much. Going through the Esther Manual was just so uplifting and encouraging in my personal life, which helped me commit to this national vision of taking the Esther Initiative to every church; to every woman... getting them mentored and coached with what the Word of God says. We were blessed to host the first Esther Initiative conference here in my church, and I was in tears as I was listening to the testimonies. Many of them left so encouraged, and they have been begging me; asking me when the next Esther Initiative program will be."
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YC’s commitment to raising up modern day Esthers in Bhutan, combined with Global Advance’s practical leader multiplication strategy, is a powerful force for the advance of the gospel in South Asia. From remote villages to large cities, YC is on the move with a vision in her heart and tools in her hands across the borders of the most unreached region of the world. 

 

Whitney D.

 

THE GOSPEL IS CENTRAL IN LIFE AND MINISTRY

“Whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock; and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24–25)
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Training Church Planters

I once heard someone say, “Always keep the main thing the main thing.” For over 28 years, Global Advance has anchored its focus in the gospel, and has worked to advance the gospel around the world by empowering frontline leaders to fulfill the Great Commission. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the Bible’s integrating theme. It is the underpinning of all biblical truth. It is the skeletal structure of the Scriptures; the scarlet thread that weaves together God’s story of redemption. Our work of training pastors and leaders on the gospel’s front line is helping to lift the biblical knowledge of many under-served and isolated pastors. Because of your generous support in the work of Global Advance, several things are accomplished:

·      Churches are protected from the spiritual health disaster that otherwise awaits them.

·      Theological and cultural misperceptions of Christianity are corrected.

·      The future leadership of the faith multiplies.

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Training Tribal Pastors

We must continue to protect the gospel as we train indigenous leaders who are without access to basic, biblical understanding. The apostle Paul’s most stinging rebuke was reserved for those who tampered with the gospel. He wrote, “There are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:7-8) 

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Empowering Women to Proclaim the Gospel


 

We work every day to cultivate relationships with frontline leaders who know the needs in their own spheres of influence and who can create effective solutions to meet those needs. We aim to strengthen our global pipeline to deliver leadership training and to support well-planned, carefully communicated ministry opportunities that can advance the gospel. 

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Discipleship on the Front Lines

LET US PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15, NIV)

We are working with men and women, young and old, to empower a global movement that carries the hope of this gospel to those who have not heard. It is beautiful to see all of God’s creation proclaiming the promise of the gospel’s message. Without question, the glory of God is the highest motive for sharing the gospel, but it is not the only motivation. Reaching people who are lost in every sense of the word - those without Jesus who are headed for an eternity devoid of God, and thus devoid of hope – is an equally valid, biblical motive for evangelism. There is both a vertical motive for evangelism and missions (the glory of God), and a horizontal motive (the lost state of humanity). 

We are to be “making the most of the time because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16). From an eternal perspective, one of the wisest uses of time – an investment that will yield eternal dividends – is bringing people to personal faith in Christ and challenging others to do the same. The writer of Proverbs counsels us that “he who wins souls is wise” (Prov. 11:30).

All around the world, Global Advance is working to promote the urgency for reaching unbelievers with the gospel. As believers, we can increase our urgency in three ways: 

First, ask God for it.

Second, make evangelism intentional.

Third, see the world through “gospel glasses.” Make the gospel first – first in your loyalties, first in your ministry, first in how you view people, and first in how you view life. 

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Training NEXTGEN Leaders

You can join with Global Advance in advancing the gospel around the world through your prayers and faithful giving to this kingdom assignment. Thank you for going with us to the nations. Thank you for praying for Global Advance, and thank you for sharing in our collective work to reach others. We are grateful to work with you to advance the purposes of our King.

 

Pastor Ken

What Does it Take to Transform a Nation?

What Does it Take to Transform a Nation?

In the commissioning of his followers, Jesus made it clear: we are to be nation-disciplers. What an immense privilege – and responsibility – to partner with the Holy Spirit to propel the transforming message of the gospel throughout entire nations and regions! But what does it really take?

Days With David: Downloading A Legacy of Leadership to the Next Generation

 

"A truly successful life is measured not by its duration but by its direction; not by its parties but by its purpose; not by what was amassed but by what was dispersed; not by the embracing of things but by embracing the One Thing - to love Jesus supremely and to make Him loved by people everywhere. " - David Shibley

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In 2000, when Global Advance Founder David Shibley was 50 years old, he sensed a mandate to begin to “give back” in gratitude for all the Lord has allowed him to do. In Dr. Shibley's words, “I felt a distinct call to download to the next generation of ministers the big things in life and ministry the Lord had taught me or is still teaching me.”

From this deeply personal conviction, Days with David was born. 

Days with David is a gathering where Dr. Shibley unpacks his most valuable lessons from over 50 years of vocational ministry. For two days at a time at the Global Advance headquarters, he downloads this rich wisdom with the laser-focused mission of investing in and inspiring emerging young leaders.

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The group is purposely kept small; each Days with David session typically hosts between 8 – 12 young leaders. Participants are recommended by pastors of partnering churches with Global Advance, and attendance is by invitation only. The target demographic of this unique offering is young people - usually under the age of 40 - who are specifically called to vocational ministry.

Over 150 young men and women have attended Days with David weekends since they began 18 years ago.

The Days with David training format covers dozens of subjects under three big themes:

  • Starting Well - Foundations

  • Serving Well - Disciplines

  • Finishing Well - Legacy

Sessions are in a dialog format. Although Dr. Shibley covers a defined curriculum of material, participants are encouraged to engage with the teaching throughout the weekend and to approach Dr. Shibley at any time with questions or comments.

The intentional training structure and warm, personal setting allow for just that.

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"This is one of the most gratifying things I do in ministry. From now until I see Jesus, I want everything I do in ministry to be trans-generational. I leave these weekends mentally exhausted, but very happy and grateful."

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Today, a collection of photos line the walls of the Global Advance offices - memories of past Days with David gatherings and the fruitful ministry that has emerged since. Each photo tells a story, packed with beautiful reminders of God's faithfulness in using one man and his bold decision 18 years ago to give back intentionally. Dozens of testimonies have rolled in throughout the years, much like the one participant who, with tears in his eyes, thanked Dr. Shibley saying, “I feel like I just cheated on life. It’s like I just received a 25-year head start!” A walk by the photo collage is an encouragement to press on; to continue investing well and making much of Jesus as long as we have today.

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Global Advance is engaging the next generation of kingdom leaders to fulfill the Great Commission. They are the current and future leaders of the Church and the key to advancing the gospel in every sphere of culture. Training next generation leaders helps bridge the leadership gap, and ensures a successful leadership handoff. 

Days with David continues to download a legacy of leadership to the next generation because we have been entrusted with the gospel. Consider partnering with us by hosting a future Days with David event.

 The first ever  Days with David for Pastors  event was held on August 16, 2018, in Rockwall, Texas.

The first ever Days with David for Pastors event was held on August 16, 2018, in Rockwall, Texas.

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