Strengthening Churches Together: The WHAT

Written by Lee Heyward on Monday, 10 December 2018. Posted in Blog

Strengthening Churches Together: The WHAT

“They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned…strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith.

Acts 14:21-22a NIV

Dear Friends,

As my wife, Terry, got off the plane from West Africa in Detroit, Michigan, I was boarding a plane for East Africa in Chicago, Illinois. We spent Thanksgiving Day apart this year. But don’t feel too sorry for us. We were on Kingdom business and following His lead. Last month we talked about why we do what we do at BrookLink. Strengthening the church is WHAT BrookLink is all about. We were invited and available, so off we went.

“Thank you, Pastor Lee for coming! Will you come again?” were the words I heard over and over again from the leadership team in Soddo, Ethiopia. BrookLink facilitator and dear friend, Ian Lawson, and I spent three full days teaching eager pastors. Their receptivity was energizing and their questions were engaging. This is WHAT BrookLink loves to be a part of around the world. Leaders equipping leaders, to sustain and strengthen movements that exponentially expand the Gospel. 


Our answer to those dear friends is “YES, we will come again!" The prayers and financial gifts of so many have made this “YES” possible.

With just 20 days left this year, you can contribute towards our goal of $70,000 to continue the work of strengthening churches together in 2019 and beyond.

Equipping the church of Jesus Christ has been the WHAT for BrookLink from the beginning— ‘equipping’ pastors, church leaders and churches not just in East Africa, but in over 50 countries and 8 U.S.-based churches, classes and small groups—for the past ten years wherever we have been welcomed and invited, we go.  But we have not done it alone.

You Made This Possible

Written by BrookLink on Wednesday, 28 November 2018. Posted in Blog

Thanks to over 25 generous donors, we raised more than $13,000 and exceeded our #GivingTuesday goal!

 
 

Strengthening Churches Together

Your generosity is astounding! Our fundraising goal for #GivingTuesday was $5,000 and with your help, we were able to raise just over $13,000! And let's not forget the group of faithful donors who pledged to match up to $5,000 bringing the overall #GivingTuesday total to over $18,000. Thank you for helping strengthen churches around the world!

In just one day, your generosity has helped to provide Christ-centered training and coaching to over 90 pastors and church leaders around the world, including here at home. Thank you!

"Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done." 1 Chronicles 16:8

Thank you for your prayers and gifts through our #GivingTuesday campaign! It is amazing to see how this day is impacting the world around us, and we are grateful for the part you played yesterday, and each day, in supporting the mission of BrookLink


Truly we are strengthening churches together!

THANK YOU FRIENDS of BrookLink!
 
"Generosity is impossible apart from our love of God and of His people. But with such love, generosity not only is possible but inevitable." 
~ John MacArthur

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday

Written by BrookLink on Monday, 26 November 2018. Posted in Blog

One more day until #GivingTuesday

Buy a gift for yourself on Cyber Monday, but don't forget to share the love with others tomorrow, on #GivingTuesday!

Your gift to BrookLink has the chance to be DOUBLED thanks to a generous group of donors who has committed to match the first $5,000 raised online.

So what's all this again?

Tomorrow on #GivingTuesday, as people around the world support important causes, donate to BrookLink to help bring Christ-centered training and coaching to Christian pastors and church leaders throughout the world. Spread the word to friends and family who also want to make an impact.

 

Let’s strengthen churches together!

7 Days Until #GivingTuesday

Written by BrookLink on Tuesday, 20 November 2018. Posted in Blog

Double Your Impact

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the back-to-back days of deals, join us in kicking off the holiday giving season on #GivingTuesday!

We are just seven days away from this global day of giving. BrookLink is raising money to provide leadership training and coaching to pastors and church leaders around the world. For every $200 raised, BrookLink can bring teaching to one leader in the developing world.


#GivingTuesday Match


We’re also excited to announce that a generous group of donors has stepped up to match the first $5,000 raised online.

Now is your chance to make TWICE the impact! 

Ways to gear up for #GivingTuesday:
• Donate today to lock in your gift and make twice the impact
• Follow us on Facebook for exciting updates
• Share this message with friends and family and encourage them to join the movement

We’ve got just one week left until one historic day of giving.

Let’s strengthen churches together!

Strengthening Churches Together: The Why

Written by Lee Heyward on Wednesday, 14 November 2018. Posted in Blog

Strengthening Churches Together: The Why

Dear Friends,

Here’s some great news. When you give a financial gift to BrookLink, YOU are sending us to train pastors who then train and send off their own people. Truly in this way we are strengthening churches together!  Last year alone your financial gifts helped BrookLink and its affiliates travel to 8 countries, on 15 different teaching engagements, impacting 2,250 brothers and sisters in Christ. Together, we are having tremendous impact on the global church! And still, 85% of churches in the world are led by men and women who have no formal training in theology or ministry.[i]

In his book Gaining By Losing, author J. D. Greear uses three kinds of ships to illustrate the mission of the church. Some Christians see the church as a cruise liner, offering Christian luxuries for the whole family like sports, entertainment and funny time-conscious messages that meet felt needs. Other Christians believe the church is more like a battleship. The church is an institution that focuses on finding the targets, firing the guns and fighting the culture war. The third type of church is like an aircraft carrier, which is designed to equip and load up the planes and send them off elsewhere to carry out the work assigned.


BrookLink strengthens churches! Our mission is to help pastors and church leaders see their churches as aircraft carriers, not battleships and certainly not cruise liners. What does this mean? Church leaders must understand their role is to equip other leaders in their congregation in order to send them off. Paul understood that an essential part of any healthy ministry is long-term leadership development. He wrote to his young protégé, Timothy,

“The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will be qualified to teach others also.” (2 Tim. 2:2)

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.

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

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