Without Hesitation

Written by Lee Heyward on Tuesday, 17 July 2018. Posted in Blog

Dearest Friends,

It’s no secret that the Apostle Paul headlines much of the New Testament as a missionary, preacher and church planter. What often gets overlooked however, is a practical consideration. The success of Paul’s ministry, to a certain extent, was due in part to the spiritual and financial support of countless men and women around him.

Take for example the church at Philippi. This church, considered one of Paul’s most beloved, time and again ‘partnered’ with Paul to insure the gospel was preached and his work amongst churches could go forward. In fact, in the early days of that church’s beginning, the Philippian church was the only church that supported Paul (cf. Phil. 4:15).

Paul never hesitated to express his appreciation to the people who partnered with him. And I will not hesitate either!

In last month’s newsletter we updated you on BrookLink’s ministry and made you aware of our financial needs. Many of you responded by sending a one-time gift or an additional gift. Thank you for your gifts. God continues to supply our needs through your generosity and faithfulness. As Paul reminded his friends, so I wish to encourage you that your gifts, “are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God” (Phil 4:18). Your costly devotion and sacrifice to God’s work pleases God and inspires me every day!Paul concludes one of his shortest letters with a promise: Those who are generous toward the things of God will find that God will be generous towards them and will supply every need…in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).

Thank you for your partnership—spiritually and financially! While I derive much joy and encouragement from your kindness, my joy is intensified because the hearts of the men and women we equip across the world have been refreshed through you.

With deepest gratitude,

C. Lee Heyward

Go with the Flow

Written by Lee Heyward on Tuesday, 05 June 2018. Posted in Blog

Dear Friends,

When you do a google search for the word FLOWING, Dictionary.com says it means “proceeding smoothly or easily, circulating or proceeding from a source.” You inspire us at BrookLink to continue being a flowing stream moving ahead smoothly from our source, the Lord Jesus Christ.

In John 7:38-39, Jesus reminds his followers, Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” And John the evangelist helpfully adds, “Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive.”

This striking image brings to mind pictures of the boundless depths of power and grace, of significant progress, impact and influence, all of which are attributable to the mysterious work of the Holy Spirit! Not only this, but the Spirit’s work, like a flowing river, spills out and over into the lives of those within its sphere of influence.

Your life and my life are like a river and the Spirit in us provides the dynamic, the grace, energy and power to make an eternal difference wherever we are.

Traveling to an Ancient Land

Written by Lee Heyward on Monday, 21 May 2018. Posted in Blog

Dearest Friends,

A few weeks ago, many of you attended the 9th annual "Windows to the World" event at Meadowbrook Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. It was a special evening of sharing the stories God has been writing through BrookLink. You have played a part in writing BrookLink’s story and for that we are forever grateful.

  

Next month, for the first time, I am traveling to Yerevan, Armenia. The opportunity to train and teach Christian leaders in this part of the world is both humbling and astounding. I’d like you to meet my friends, Stephen and Rozik Kashian. I met this amazing couple in 2013 and learned of their medical outreach ministry in their home country of Armenia. Last year, Stephen and Rozik invited BrookLink to travel with them to Armenia to equip and train pastors and church leaders. On June 13, Terry and I will join the Kashians, along with Pastor Keith Doyle and his wife Kerry on a mission to Armenia. Read what Rozik has to say about her home country and learn more about the ministry partnership with BrookLink. We invite you to pray for us as we GO!

 “Situated along the ancient trade routes of the Great Silk Road, Armenia is a small, mountainous, landlocked country that boasts a storied history longer than most other European nations. It is here, at Mt. Ararat, that Bible references indicate Noah's Ark came to rest after the Great Flood. And it is also here, in A.D. 301, where Gregory the Illuminator established one of the earliest Christian civilizations.

Armenia prides itself on being the first nation to embrace Christianity as a state religion, and today the former Soviet republic remains defined by its many religious sites. The rich cultural heritage of Armenia is its treasure, and through its people, it has survived centuries of political upheaval, the tragedies of war and genocide, and a 1988 earthquake that killed 75,000 and left hundreds of thousands homeless and poor.

Near and Far

on Monday, 16 April 2018. Posted in Blog

Dear Friends,

Today I feel doubly blessed! First, I have the benefit of your partnership and support, and now I have the pleasure of thanking you! Your extreme generosity has already made a significant impact in 2018, not only across the ocean but here at home too!

You have helped to strengthen and resource men and women who provide pastoral oversight, leadership and vision to a network of churches across Nepal. Your sacrifice and kind-heartedness are helping to build relational and missional bridges in the Czech Republic that will reach a predominantly secular and post-Christian population with the gospel. Thank you so very much!

Lee with students in Nepal

Lee preaching in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Lee leading a discussion in Prague, Czech Republic

Your faithful stewardship is also serving to strengthen, influence and impact churches in good ole Milwaukee! In March, I was invited to preach at all three weekend services at Southbrook Church in Franklin, Wisconsin. This past weekend I was preaching at Meadowbrook Church’s two morning services. Listen to these two recent sermons on our website. In addition, Terry and I on separate occasions, have taught the Southeast Wisconsin Perspectives Class—an opportunity to inform and influence people from all over our city about God’s global mission to the nations. In July, Southbrook Church has invited me to teach five consecutive nights at their “Go Deeper” week.

None of these opportunities would have been possible without YOU!

Staggering Statistics

Written by Lee Heyward on Thursday, 22 March 2018. Posted in Blog

Dear Friends,

Did you know that the ratio of theologically trained pastors to people in the U.S. is 1 pastor for every 230 people? Yet the ratio of trained pastors to people abroad is one pastor for every 450,000 people! **

If you are like me, you may need to read that again – only one pastor out of nearly half a million people outside of the United States have access to any kind of theological training.

When church leaders are inadequately prepared to minister, churches are vulnerable to false teaching, authoritarian and abusive leadership practices and compromised ministry.

BrookLink’s mission is to help address this reality!

I am pleased to introduce you to our friend Esayas Ersabo. Esayas is a young and influential leader in the Ethiopian Kaleheywit Church. The network of Kaleheywit churches began 90 years ago and today consists of 1,310 churches scattered across nine districts.

When Esayas was a participant at Elmbrook Church’s International Center in Wisconsin in 2015, I had the privilege of introducing him to the work of BrookLink. Esayas asked BrookLink to come and “help equip their pastors on how to prepare and preach quality sermons in their churches.”

Because of your financial gifts, BrookLink was able to go to Ethiopia in November 2017 to train pastors and ministry leaders representing eight districts within the region. Through your continued support, BrookLink will be able to accept a return invitation this year. Esayas is enthusiastic about building a long-term partnership to provide training for Kaleheywit pastors, “until the church sees significant improvement in their skills of handling the Word of God.”

Ethiopia is one example of how your gifts are influencing pastors and churches across the Majority World.

Will you join us in equipping our Ethiopian brothers and sisters and others like them? Make a one-time gift or set up a recurring monthly gift today!

Windows to the World Event

Written by BrookLink on Monday, 19 March 2018. Posted in Blog

Sunday, April 29, 2018

A Legacy of Sound Preaching

Written by Lee Heyward on Tuesday, 27 February 2018. Posted in Blog

Dear Friends,

Billy Graham has passed away.

I attended my first Billy Graham Crusade in my hometown at age 10. My mother was a volunteer coordinator for the BGEA (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association) in March 1966. His tall lanky frame, his piercing penetrating gaze, his buttery-smooth southern accent—but most of all, his iconic words, “The Bible says” captivated me as a youngster. My spiritual awakening and journey began during those days sitting under the thundering preaching of the famed, but humble evangelist from North Carolina.

Graham’s legacy was a global one due to the plain language he used to present Biblical truth, but also due to his strong belief in the universal appeal of the Gospel message itself. Graham never lost sight of Christ’s mandate to go into all the world and make disciples. That’s why he traveled to 185 different countries to preach that Gospel.

But Dr. Graham also insisted that our evangelistic passion must be combined with theological reflection. Without both, Christ’s Church would weaken and compromise!

Several weeks ago I was invited to Kathmandu, Nepal to train Nepali, Indian and Korean pastors, one of which spoke of the influence of Dr. Graham’s preaching on his life and family. These 15 pastors shepherd more than 150 churches scattered across Nepal reaching 10,000 people weekly. As we gathered each day a pastor would preach a sermon; we would listen and offer feedback based upon the principles taught.

I recently received a letter from one of these pastors.

This class has greatly impacted my future ministry. Since I am involved in Church and “Leadership Training” ministry, a sizable part of my ministry includes teaching and preaching. I have been teaching God’s people preaching, but Dr. Lee has taught us in a different and clearer way. Thus I will be able to teach people to study the Word and preach the Word more effectively.

Save the Date | April 29, 2018

Written by BrookLink on Tuesday, 27 February 2018. Posted in Blog

New Year, New Opportunities

Written by Lee Heyward on Tuesday, 16 January 2018. Posted in Blog

Dear Friends,

I want to convey my heartfelt thanks to YOU for your generous gifts to BrookLink during 2017. Due to your extreme generosity at the end of the year, BrookLink finished 2017 in a strong financial position.

In Psalm 65 David eloquently praises God saying, “You crown the year with your bounty, your carts overflow with abundance” (vs. 11). Picture a richly laden cart dropping its contents in its tracks. God has crowned our year with his bounty and David reminds us to praise him for His abundance toward us.

But I would be remiss if I did not recognize that oftentimes the way in which God provides and prepares us abundantly is through the glad generosity of His people. It is your prayers, friendship and generous financial support that have positioned us to embrace and embark upon the new opportunities before us in 2018. Thank you!

During these last two weeks of January I will put on my professor hat as I travel to Katmandu, Nepal to teach students who serve and labor in the midst of growing government opposition and hostility. BrookLink has been invited to teach a master’s level course that will go toward the completion of a degree from a school we have worked with previously. Pray for sweet times of connecting and encouragement in these new relationships.

Thank you for sowing generously, for giving cheerfully and for partnering with us faithfully.

Every blessing,

Your Faithful Generosity

Written by Lee Heyward on Wednesday, 27 December 2017. Posted in Blog

Imagine living in a country where sharing your faith in Christ is outlawed. That’s exactly the situation in many places BrookLink is invited to train. The freedom of many Christians is increasingly under threat!

This January in one such country, BrookLink has been invited to teach courageous followers of Christ.

This will be the first of many influential training opportunities BrookLink will have in 2018.

  • Your faithful financial support makes it possible for BrookLink to go!
  • Your generosity equips men and women to serve Jesus in hard and desperate places!
  • Your prayers sustain us as we strengthen and encourage believers!

There are still a few days left in 2017 to make a financial gift to BrookLink. If you have already made a year-end contribution, please accept my deepest gratitude! You can still contribute before year’s end, by sending your check postmarked by 12/31/17 to:

BrookLink
N105W20939 Oak Lane
Germantown, WI 53022

You can also make a gift on our website right now.

Your gift today will enable us to do the good work in 2018 to which we have been called.

May God bless you richly in the New Year!

Grace and peace,

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