Global Advance recently held our first NextGen Conference in the capital city of Thimphu, Bhutan. A total of 103 leaders were trained…
“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)
God is at work in a powerful way all across the nations. I have just arrived back from India, where our team is preparing for our upcoming NextGen Engagement training in Mumbai. I particularly see and sense the sovereign move of God across this nation among the next generation. During this trip I was able to visit and speak in ten different cities: eight in North India, and two in the south. It is really incredible to witness these authentic pockets of revival. They are not man-made. Young people are coming to the altar and just laying their burdens down. Hour after hour, day after day, individual reports of God's supernatural working in these young hearts have brought tears to my eyes. I lift my heart to praise and give thanks to God for this dramatic demonstration of His supernatural harvest throughout the entire nation of India, and the continent of Asia at large.
Thousands of young people are praying and fasting throughout the world for a new Jesus Movement. If we study the significant movements of the Great Awakenings, there are common threads of increased prayer and people repenting to God and each other. God is moving in these ways, and what I have personally seen and heard is beyond my comprehension. I humbly bow in reverence, awe, worship, and praise to God. This is His doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Will you stand with us for this generation and help us win and empower them into the next wave of His army? The Lord will use what the enemy intended for evil to bring about a generation of young people radically committed to loving Jesus and changing their world. You can count on it. We are headed to Mumbai to train NextGen leaders soon - don’t miss out on this opportunity to partner with us!
Global Advance was honored to engage pastors and leaders in Bhutan through our NextGen initiative last month. Our national team drove hours through the twists and turns of mountain roads to the Indo-Bhutan border, where over 700 rising leaders received two days of NextGen training. Representing a new era of ministry, most were first generation Christians between the ages of 18 and 30.
Bhutan is a small nation nestled in between China and India in the eastern Himalayan mountains, and is categorized among the least reached people groups with less than 2% of the population identified as Christ followers. These scattered believers often face persecution or social ostracism, and are often severely limited in their gatherings. It is considered illegal to build a church, so many of these believers meet underground in homes. Pastor K strongly believes in empowering the next generation to fulfill the Great Commission. With the help of our partners, Global Advance is coming alongside our brothers and sisters in Bhutan to equip and deploy these young leaders to the unreached areas of their nation.
At the final session of the NextGen Conference, Pastor K gave a closing “call to action,” where 500 young people committed to boldly declare and clearly demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ in their spheres of influence.
Dr. James Chacko, Global Advance Field Director to South Asia, reiterated the urgency to train leaders in Bhutan following his recent visit to train pastors and strategize with the Global Advance Bhutan National Team:
“THIS WAS THE FIRST EVENT FOR THIS REGION OF BHUTAN. THERE WAS GREAT RESPONSE AND HUNGER IN LEADERS TO LEARN. MANY TRAVELLED ALL DAY TO REACH THE VENUE. THESE ARE FIRST GENERATION CHRISTIANS THAT HAVE COME TO FAITH FROM BUDDHISM. THEY HAVE A REAL BURDEN AND PASSION AND VISION TO REACH BHUTAN FOR JESUS, AMIDST GREAT OPPOSITION TO THE GOSPEL.” - Dr. James Chacko
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OUR FOCUS IS JESUS ⎮ OUR MESSAGE IS THE GOSPEL ⎮ OUR TASK IS THE GREAT COMMISSION
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.