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.

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,

Connecting You to Worldwide Leaders

Written by Lee Heyward on Monday, 11 December 2017. Posted in Blog

Dear Friends,

“The dire need of the global church is for developing leaders. It’s not just preachers we need to develop. We need to develop leaders just generally for the church.” African Christian

 “We need training for the trainers. We have never done this before.” German Leader

Can you imagine what it would have been like to hear these words spoken to you? Watch this video to hear these words firsthand. https://youtu.be/vXLw5wA2RCs

Since 2009 you have been helping send BrookLink to under-served parts of the world to equip church leaders with biblical training. Your gifts have empowered pastors to preach biblical sermons and lead with integrity to build healthier communities of faith. Despite this, there remains a great unanswered need.

Here are a few examples of how your commitment to BrookLink has impacted the global church around the world.

Pakistani church leaders have been equipped with biblical tools to lead amidst unrelenting persecution.

Sudanese church planters have been prepared to plant new churches across their worn-torn, impoverished country.

European leaders have been coached to minister missionally in thoroughly secularized contexts.

Chinese men and women have been trained to lead courageously and purposefully in Mainland China.

Giving Tuesday is Here

Written by Lee Heyward on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Posted in Blog

Luke 6:38 - "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you." [NKJV]

Have you ever received a gift that changed your life in a dramatic way? Gifts, small or large, hold potential for huge impact!

Your gift to BrookLink allows pastors and church leaders to teach Scripture more accurately, preach Christ-centered sermons, and humbly lead with purpose. Consequently, churches become healthier and stronger and communities are impacted.

That’s why I’m asking you to make a gift to BrookLink on #GivingTuesday.

Watch this video where you can hear Pastor Mudidi from Democratic Republic of Congo share how BrookLink has “helped me so much in improving how to preach the word of God…since I went through BrookLink’s training it has improved my way of preaching. I have received from my church, testimonies from my people, ‘now your message is more clear and concise’. I praise God for what he has done through BrookLink’s ministry."

#GivingTuesday reflects a very simple idea that Jesus spoke of in the New Testament called, “the law of self-administered return.” Here’s how it works: God invites us to turn on the faucet of generosity so that a heavenly reservoir waiting to flow back towards us begins. A small decision results in a huge impact.

That’s why #GivingTuesday is not just a good idea—it’s a good practice! Think of a way for your family, your business, your small group, your community or your organization to come together and give more. Invite your friends to join you, and be a part of a celebration of generosity.

As you plan for #GivingTuesday, or any year-end gifts, please consider BrookLink in your giving. Your gift will further the work of equipping, empowering and releasing church leaders like Pastor Mudidi across the globe.

Make a gift to BrookLink this #GivingTuesday!

Thanks for joining the celebration!

Many blessings,

C. Lee Heyward

You Can Impact the Global Church

Written by Lee Heyward on Wednesday, 15 November 2017. Posted in Blog

Dear Friends,

I’m writing to you today to share two examples of the kind of people BrookLink serves. Some of them minister under threat of punishment or imprisonment. Some labor in the shadow of shady governments or threat of civil unrest. Some are anchors of hope in a sea of poverty. All are hungry for God’s truth, eager to learn and poised to make a difference!

You can help the needs of the global church. The seeds of the Gospel are sprouting all over the globe! The need of the global church is great—to equip, empower and encourage its leaders! And the call of the global church is loud, “Come over and help us!”  (Acts 16:9) Make a gift today to equip those eager to learn God's truth and who are longing to influence their churches and communities.

Last month we were nearing the end of a three-day conference training church leaders in one of China’s eastern provinces. The days were full—speaking through a translator—four times each day and I was dead tired. Soon the team would be returning to our guesthouse, having supper and downloading the day.

Gathering my belongings, I looked up to see a young 20-ish Chinese woman approaching me. She was clutching a small piece of paper in both hands. As she neared, our eyes met and I couldn’t help but notice hers were welling with tears. The Chinese are honorable people and as is their custom, she bowed slightly and presented me with the piece of paper she was carrying. Timidly she said, “Thank-you,” and then hurried away. I was so touched and wanted to share with you the note she gave to me.

Coming Home with Gratitude

Written by Lee Heyward on Wednesday, 01 November 2017. Posted in Blog

Dear Friends,

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” 
Psalm 107: 8-9

The plane ride home was exceptionally long. Lahore, Dubai, Shanghai, Dubai, Chicago with trains, buses, and taxis in between. I had departed Wisconsin on a lingering summer day in early October, and returned to a blustery fall day just a handful of weeks later.  The usually long transition, from a summer to a fall mentality, happened this year in a matter of moments.  As I drew in a few breaths of crisp air and admired the changing color of the leaves on the trees, my posture turned to one of gratitude. 

This time of year can be a “coming home” of sorts.  We are called indoors, drawn to family, cooking warm and heartier meals, watching football games, and trying to slow down the pace after summer.  It can also be a spiritual “coming home”.  A time of reflection and remembrance, a personal recounting of how God has moved in your life and the lives of others.  Psalm 107 reminds us of the way God is ever present through our circumstances, His steadfast love our sustenance and anchor. 

BrookLink is in an intense season of ministry. The time in Pakistan, followed by serving with China Partner in three provinces, was amazing.  Nearly 1,200 Pakistani believers attended this year’s conferences in 2 cities.  These leaders are serving in terribly difficult places and thirst for His word and encouragement in their faith.  Attendees were genuinely absorbed as we moved through leadership messages from the book of 1 Timothy and Titus. Leaders of the Full Gospel Assemblies (FGA) have asked me to consider returning next year to teach.

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