Loneliness, lack of equipping, sickness, discouragement, poor support, persecution, feeling of abandonment, lack of mentorship – these are just some of the very real issues affecting church leaders, young and old, in developing nations today.
Planting new churches in regions where the Gospel is not established is an admirable goal. However, when one in five pastors quits and walks away from the ministry because of some of the above issues, it can be like taking two steps forward and one step back. And it doesn’t need to be like this!
One of the longstanding pillar ministries in World Outreach International is the equipping, training and empowering of such leaders in developing nations. We have lost count of how many leaders have changed their mind about quitting the ministry after attending a WOI leadership seminar. Here are some testimonies:
“I work in a difficult lonely region in the remote north of Burkina Faso. I felt God breath new life into me when I attended your seminar. I now have a growing confidence we will see the Lord do a new thing among the Tuareg people group in this region.” (Pastor from Djibo)
“In my country it is very difficult, life is hard and there is a lot of intimidation and persecution in towns and villages, yet there are so many unreached people groups needing to hear about Jesus. I’m so encouraged by your teaching. Thank you.” (Pastor in Vietnam)
“Some conferences inspire you, but your life does not necessarily change. However your seminar has been different. My heart has been impacted. Praise the Lord.” (Pastor in Ethiopia)
“Your seminar teaching has been so relevant for my life and ministry. I only wished someone had taught me such things many years ago.” (Pastor in Mozambique)
WOI leadership training programmes are especially directed to leaders serving in remote regions, leaders who receive virtually no spiritual input, mentoring, or up-skill training on an annual basis. We often ask ourselves, ‘How would we survive without help or encouragement?’ WOI remains committed to helping strengthen the hearts, hands and feet of dedicated men and women who are called of God in developing nations. This can only happen when churches and individuals partner with us, enabling such lifeline ministry to happen.
Do you want to make a sound investment that in turn can help add untold numbers to the Kingdom of God? If so, your partnership in WOI leadership seminars is greatly appreciated. Every $55.00 / £30 helps ONE church leader attend a spiritually life-transforming leadership seminar.
Thank you for partnering with World Outreach International in helping make an even greater difference.
DONATIONS CAN BE MADE HERE.
By John Elliott