We are witnessing, in our time, a powerful move of God to awaken our cities, stir up our churches, and call out leaders…
We are “the light of the world,” said Jesus, like a town on a hill or a lamp on a stand that cannot be hidden and whose light shines in the darkness (Matthew 5:14-16). The marketplace ministry of Global Advance equips business leaders to shine the light of Christ in their spheres of influence.
For more than 10 years Global Advance has engaged with believers in the marketplace of Vietnam. Most of the time they are first-generation Christians. The Holy Spirit has set them ablaze to be His witness in the factories, the board rooms, and the back offices.
In Hanoi, some estimate that there are only several thousand Christ-followers among a city of millions. On the 72nd floor of the highest building in the city, we sat down with Bernard. “I am the only Christian in the office. People are watching how I deal with stress, family, and temptations. I know God has put me here to be a witness.”
In Ho Chi Minh we met Lucky, a young owner of a fashion clothing outfit. Together we prayed for God to use Lucky for His glory. “I have a passion to bring young people to Christ and run an excellent business.”
Diep owns an audio equipment business in Saigon. Before turning to Christ, she trusted in the hundreds of idols and shrines that lined her office. She struggled with an illness of bleeding, much like the woman in the Bible. That’s when she met our friends from LEC church. The pastor and his wife prayed over Diep and the Lord healed her. From that moment Diep rid her idols and surrendered her life to Jesus. She is now active in helping youth and recovering drug addicts find hope.
Global Advance has sponsored many Marketplace Leaders Conferences, impacting hundreds of business leaders in Vietnam. A team of 20 businesswomen from the financial district in Taiwan also joined in the marketplace ministry in Hanoi. Seminar topics included Kingdom Entrepreneurship, Dealing with Stress, Building a Kingdom Corporate Culture through Vision and Values, and a call to join in the Kingdom Business Network our Father is building.
Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The harvest field is ripe for souls. Years of war and devastation are being overtaken by investment and growing prosperity as the people are diligently responding to greater market freedoms and opportunities. A great door has opened for the Gospel through "pastors in business" and leaders influencing their businesses and culture through their faith in Christ. Please join us as we continue to pray for and invest in Vietnam and other countries through Marketplace Missions.
Ah, Cancun! Beautiful beaches and good times can be found here. But Cancun is also home to an entire region of real people, with real struggles and hopes and dreams.
We came at the invitation of Mundo de Fe Church for a Marketplace Missions week. We would visit numerous businesses and conduct a Global Advance Marketplace Leaders conference. But within five minutes of meeting our host pastor named Lalo, we learned of a tragedy that had struck too close to home that very week.
“Three members of our sister church were murdered this week. They think the Narcos mistook them for someone else.”
Then it sunk in.
I’ve traveled to Lebanon, Egypt, Africa, and Asia. Cancun is facing serious challenges too.
Our team was expectant that God was going to do something special during our days there. But our expectancy was small compared to the people we were privileged to meet.
Meet “The Chef” Luis and his wife Nilma. Together, with their son and daughter-in-law, they create some of the finest casual cuisines in the Yucatan. Strategically placed next to a large high school, they see their restaurant as a ministry.
Covering the walls are unique artistic chalk drawings of Biblical scenes with Scripture. “I am the Way and the Life,” declares one creative drawing of Jesus offering a hand to all who are willing.
Hundreds of students and their families crowd their little place in the mornings and afternoons. “My passion is to provide hope to the young people,” says the Chef. “They come here every day and need to know they are loved and have a future.”
The Chef’s other passion?
“I want to help feed the hungry in my city.” They already host outreaches and provide meals to the downtrodden, and serve their local church by providing meals for special events.
(The first Bible recipient at El Chef's restaurant, thanks to a generous donation from a Global Advance Ambassador.)
Israel is being primed by his father to take over a three generation family-run windows and mirrors business. They’ve built a legacy of integrity and generosity, now selling thousands of mirrors and windows annually. Their family generously supports their local church and other ministries in the region.
Jessica has taken territory in a man’s world. Her custom tools and construction appliance shop has grown for two decades. In a machismo culture, somehow God’s favor has allowed her to prosper with a majority-women staffed team.
“I cannot put my name on the other store location because the Narcos might threaten me to pay for protection.” This is a common problem in Mexico. If you are perceived as prosperous, you might be targeted to pay a monthly fee to gangs for protection of your business. If you don’t pay, you might face the threat of kidnapping... or worse.
We had the privilege of visiting a dozen businesses in Yucatan that are run by believers. God has strategically placed them in the marketplace for His glory. They are called to bless the city. They are Gospel bearers. They are problem solvers and nation builders.
Almost 200 attended our Global Advance Marketplace Leaders conference. Hungry for training and a touch from God, they cried, cheered, and committed their lives to further His Kingdom.
These wonderful people were challenged and affirmed as missionaries to the marketplace. They are raising the spiritual and moral capital of the nation. Pray for God to raise up millions like them around the world!
Thank you for supporting Global Advance to empower God’s frontline leaders around the world.
Jonathan Shibley serves as president of Global Advance. He started the Marketplace Missions initiative in 2003 to encourage and equip Christians in the marketplace in developing nations.
“How good and pleasant it is when
brothers dwell together in unity….”
Recently in Guatemala we had the opportunity to come alongside pastors and church leaders to provide training and encouragement. The Holy Spirit ignited the hearts of these leaders to see their nation transformed. Dozens responded to plant new churches and send Guatemalan missionaries out!
“This week has been like a refreshing river in the midst of a desert!” exclaimed one pastor who oversees multiple churches.
“Most of the training for pastors occurs in Guatemala City but in the region of TecPan it is a rare thing. We’ve never had anything quite like this!”
Later in the week Global Advance had the privilege of convening entrepreneurs and business people in the region. Our team of company owners from the States toured several businesses owned by Christians to offer advice and prayer support.
Energetic anticipation filled the room at our marketplace conference as they were taught principles from God’s Word related to business. Eighty-two committed their work life and businesses to advance God’s Kingdom purpose in Guatemala.
Christian entrepreneurs and business people are crucial in nations like Guatemala to prevent “brain drain” and to bring blessing to the local churches and communities. Many times developing nations lose their best and brightest to opportunities in more developed economies.
Thank you for praying for frontline pastors and marketplace leaders worldwide! The unstoppable Gospel of the Kingdom marches on.
There is a move of God in Zagreb, Croatia to see His Kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven. At Global Advance we are empowering Christian business leaders across the globe to impact their communities. We believe that the Marketplace and the Church sanctuary working in partnership can transform a nation and advance the Great Commission. Each year we train business leaders in the nations while providing an opportunity for U.S. Christian business leaders to go with Global Advance to impact their peers internationally.
Recently Global Advance was in Zagreb, Croatia to engage marketplace leaders and share biblical wisdom to help them succeed in business and life. These events include business consulting, conference training of biblical business principles, and even business mentoring. We also work with our international hosts to develop a long-term business mission strategy to see local Kingdom Business Networks established.
When you partner with Global Advance, your investment has a Kingdom return. With your support we are taking critical steps to see nations transformed. Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of the nations.
But change doesn’t happen without a champion.
At each Marketplace training event, we are strengthening leaders and building Kingdom Business Networks to engage stakeholders (marketplace leaders and pastors) early in their Kingdom work. By doing so we continue God’s work of forming, filling, and subduing. Whenever marketplace leaders bring order out of chaos, whenever they draw out creative potential, and whenever they elaborate and “unfold” creation beyond where it was, they are advancing the Kingdom of God.
This year in Croatia we began the development of a Kingdom Business Network that will cultivate ongoing ministry to the marketplace and cultivate a rich environment of relational equity and trust. In this environment, viable business ideas connect with seed capital, and Christ followers begin to see their business work as sacred. When this happens the Kingdom of God draws near and the Kingdom Business Network begins to catalyze community transformation. These KBN’s will provide a systematic approach to entrepreneurship and business growth with a Kingdom focus.
This is a powerful process for raising the spiritual and moral capital of a nation...
Building a kingdom coalition is hard work. At Global Advance, we have spent the past three years investing in high capacity leaders in eight nations located in South Asia known as SAARC. It came as a big idea from God to accelerate the Great Commission through partnerships and collaboration in this region. We felt God’s invitation to step out in faith and begin a massive Kingdom advance into the SAARC nations of Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, and the Maldives.
These SAARC countries represent a high concentration of unreached peoples, hostility towards the Gospel, and present financial and logistical challenges. Despite these challenges, a massive harvest potential of lives yet to be transformed by the power of the Gospel resides within South Asia.
In February of this year we convened these high capacity leaders in Sri Lanka. The 2018 SAARC Summit was a vital gathering to continue the work of strengthening relationships for the purpose of these leaders sharing resources and ministry strengths to fulfill our common vision. We recognize that this act alone goes against the tradition and culture of this region. However, we are seeing a powerful movement of God take place.
This big idea is rooted in our desire to see a spiritual breakthrough to the over 2 billion people in the SAARC region who have little to no exposure to the Gospel. In partnership with these leaders, Global Advance has made a 10-year commitment to train leaders, as well as to produce and distribute resources and discipleship tools for the advance of the Great Commission.
To accomplish this task, we are working with each national team to create deliberate, bold, and focused evangelistic initiatives in each of the eight nations. The indigenous national leaders are designing the strategies that are most effective. Together as a coalition, we want to see the planting of over 15,000 churches in SAARC over the next few years.
The opportunity lies before us and the groundwork has been laid. Now trust has been established. Synergy and passion is in play to boldly advance the Gospel throughout our SAARC network. A plan to equip South Asian frontline pastors and church planters has been formed, and the network has established teams that are already multiplying. In each nation, a multi-pronged holistic approach is being implemented to equip Kingdom leaders and Church planters, and our Alpha Relief Initiative has become a supply line for the front line of the Gospel's advance.
Your partnership with Global Advance positions you to participate in this big idea from God. Thank you for praying, giving, and sending us to empower frontline leaders for the Great Commission. Please continue to support the SAARC Initiative at Global Advance.
Paula Togni carries a personality you can't easily forget, but her energetic demeanor and warm Brazilian embrace are just friendly introductions to the deeply compassionate servant leadership she brings to her church and community. She's a wife, a mom, and an entrepreneur, who also happens to be pursuing her doctorate in Transformational Leadership and Cultural Transformation.
Paula is a woman of God on a mission for God.
Her passion? To propel leaders forward to help them accomplish their God-given dreams.
Several years ago Paula began training local marketplace leaders as a marketing and business consultant, but it didn’t take long for God to deposit a more intentional gospel-focused dream in her heart. It was at that time that Paula was introduced to Global Advance. God used this new Kingdom partnership to solidify her Marketplace Missions vision not only for her business but her entire nation. A Kingdom Business Network was launched in her church, and Paula began coordinating the first of many Global Advance Marketplace Missions Conferences. As a result, Christian business leaders across Brazil have been empowered to impact their churches and communities, and many in their influence have received Jesus as their Savior.
God is now expanding Paula’s vision to reach her community for Christ by incorporating multiple Global Advance initiatives into her ministry outreach in a local favela (slum) just outside of Porto Alegre. In a place where extreme poverty, drug rings, and violence compromise the physical and spiritual health of its people, local church, and marketplace leaders are coming together in unity to offer hope, healing, and community transformation through job skills training and the message of Jesus Christ. After hosting a second Esther Initiative Conference last year and launching hundreds of women leaders into mentoring relationships through our Esther Mentoring Track, Paula now dreams of an expanded training center in the favela where her team can continue to empower women and children to fully realize their identity, worth, and purpose in Christ.
We return to Porto Alegre in June 2018 where an expected 1,200 women from all over Brazil will gather for our third Esther Initiative conference. This multi-faceted event includes the strategic training of high capacity regional leaders; then the focus turns to putting this leadership training into action through a three-day social engagement ministry in the favela. Two additional conferences - national NextGen Engagement and Marketplace training - will follow this year under Paula's leadership. That brings the total number of frontline leaders trained in Brazil to over 2,500 in this year alone. Global Advance is providing the practical and spiritual support to stand-out leaders like Paula, empowering them to build relationships, identify local assets, and own the dreams God has given them to transform their communities for Christ.
When Paula was nine years old, God gave her a dream to become a missionary. Today, Paula is indeed going into all the world and advancing the Gospel as she represents Global Advance on the front lines of Brazil.
As mentioned, we have three training events in Brazil in 2018. Would you consider partnering with Global Advance on one of these events? Your support will have a far-reaching impact as we lock arms with Paula and her team to bring the transforming power of God to her nation.
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Jake has a masters in Intercultural Studies from Fuller, a masters in Governance and Sustainable Development from Staffordshire and degree in Philosophy from the University of California...oh and he started a "church" in a coffee shop.
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