Women Leaders

This is What Unity Looks Like

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I’ve been serving and traveling with Global Advance for five years now, and I’m rarely short on words. There’s always SO MUCH to share when it comes to how God is using this incredible organization to empower and mobilize frontline leaders to advance the gospel around the world.

But I’m just back from Brazil, and what God is doing there has left me nearly speechless.

It was my fourth time to return to Porto Alegre. Several years ago Global Advance locked arms with a small team and one church there, and we began to listen to their stories. Stories of disunity. South Brazil had long been known as the “pastor’s graveyard”. The Church and her people… divided. Though South Brazil is often perceived as developed and gospel-reached, still barely over 10% of the population claims evangelical Christianity. Corruption, economic depression, distrust, and inequality have been words used to describe this beautiful South American nation - the 5th largest landmass country in the world.

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But God…

For the last six years, He’s used a team of passionate local leaders and a progression of Global Advance conferences to unite, empower, and resource leaders (you can learn more here, here, here, and here). As I scroll through pictures of our Esther Initiative conference in Brazil earlier this month, tears again fill my eyes. In person and through the photographer’s lens, I have witnessed a different Brazil.

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  • Instead of one church, I saw eighty-eight churches come together in one place. Eighty-eight.

  • Instead of divided, I witnessed them stand together in purpose and resolve to fulfill the Great Commission where God has placed them.

  • Instead of distrust and inequality, I saw revival.

  • Instead of corruption and depression, I saw His Kingdom come.

A Brazilian pastor’s wife in her seventies said she’s waited her entire lifetime to see this kind of unity, and now it’s happening right before her very eyes. How incredible that we get to play a strategic part in lifting their arms in this historic season.

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“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” - 1 John 4:12


You’ve heard it said that a picture is worth a thousand words. I say these pictures are a glimpse of God’s Kingdom coming to earth; the Word speaking loud and clear and making Himself known like never before in this place. A city is now seeing God more clearly because of their love for one another, and that love is changing everything.

What started with a handful of leaders from one church has multiplied into a kingdom movement, and we’re just getting started. As a junior partner, Global Advance is committed to empowering more and more leaders in Brazil for the fulfilling of the Great Commission. Thank you for your partnership that is helping change lives before our very eyes… one leader, one city, one nation at a time.

Whitney D.

One by one the women of Brazil stand and SHINE their light as a declaration of how, through the transformative power of the Holy Spirit, they are going to use their God-given talents and trades to bring about social and economic change in their nation. These women are supporting the local church in the task of fulfilling the Great Commission.

One by one the women of Brazil stand and SHINE their light as a declaration of how, through the transformative power of the Holy Spirit, they are going to use their God-given talents and trades to bring about social and economic change in their nation. These women are supporting the local church in the task of fulfilling the Great Commission.

God Writes Eternity in Our Hearts: One Ambassador's Testimony from the Front Lines

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This is my new friend Daisy. She and her husband founded and oversee an amazing work in their nation.

At the end of every Global Advance Esther Initiative conference, there is always a commissioning. This time, I had the privilege to close out the conference. I referred to India as home to the world’s largest concentration of unreached people groups. I felt led to share what God was laying on my heart as it related to the specific position of these women, and then I asked if any of them would commit to being missionaries to the unreached and least reached in their nation. 


The Spirit of God moved powerfully in that moment, and twenty-five of them stood up to say yes. They lined up in the front, and Daisy began to pray. As we stood there together, the presence of God was so overwhelming that neither Daisy nor I could stop the massive tears from flowing. It was like nothing I have ever experienced before. 


I have seen God’s Spirit move in incredible ways, but this was uniquely different. The only way that I can describe it is that it was like God’s heart, Daisy’s heart, and my heart all collided at the response of these willing women; at the call of God on their lives in their nation. It was one of the most special moments of my life, and one I will never forget. I’m so thankful that God allowed me to be there to experience it, and I’m so inspired and thankful for my sisters who know sacrifice like I may never know in my lifetime - and who are still willing to say yes to advancing the gospel, even in the midst of major hardship.

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I’m humbled and filled up.

I’m thankful for Global Advance, and for all who prayed for these women as I went! I’m thankful most of all that our God writes eternity in our hearts, and that we get to be a part of advancing His Kingdom together.

Cherice Stoltzfus

Global Advance Ambassador to India

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