The first week of September Naomi and I were privileged to lead a great team as we ministered to 256 pastors, church planters, and their wives at a retreat on the Black Sea of Romania. Global Advance partnered with The Bible League of Romania to equip these frontline leaders who form much of the League’s distribution network. Pastors from Baptist, Brethren, and Pentecostal churches were present. We were received so graciously and God’s Spirit was beautifully at work among us.
Joining Naomi and me, the ministry team included Ken Janke, Global Advance’s director of programs and partnerships, and Pastor Dennis and Donna Pisani from Capital City Church, a strategic church reaching many millennials in Washington, D.C. Naomi and Donna shared with the wives in very special times of ministry. Each team member was used by God to put a vision in the hearts and tools in the hands of these committed church leaders.
Thank you to every friend of Global Advance who prayed for us. And much thanks to those who invested financially to meet the very substantial costs of this week of training and encouragement. God is already bringing great kingdom return on your investment. The church leaders of Romania have been refreshed, new churches will be planted, missionaries from Romania will be sent, and the gospel will surge forward in eastern Europe because you prayed and sowed financially into this vital training time.
Life isn’t easy for most of these pastors and their wives. Many Romanian pastors are bi-vocational. Pastors’ wives shoulder heavy responsibilities, so they were especially grateful for these few days of training at a retreat by the sea. Many couples came to this training event weary and discouraged. They left with a vision in their hearts and tools in their hands. On the last day Pastor Adrian slipped me a handwritten note. In his broken English this godly pastor wrote, “If heaven will be like this fellowship for me it is perfect / sufficient. Thank you for your work. God bless you!” He was really thanking you, the Global Advance partners.
Global Advance continues to press forward, empowering leaders to fulfill the Great Commission. This month, because of generous friends like you, we will equip many servant-leaders in 7 training events in 7 nations on 4 continents. To say that these are momentous days – perilous days – days pregnant with opportunity is to state the obvious. Let’s live Spirit-filled, gospel-centered, Jesus-focused lives as instruments for the fulfilling of God’s purposes in our time. Thank you for your prayers and gifts. We “have come to the kingdom for such a time as this” (Esth. 4:14).
– David Shibley
Founder / World Representative