STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
“…for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.”
As we’ve shared with you recently, BrookLink’s facilitator team had a summer of extensive travel. You helped send six members of our training team and affiliates from Europe to Africa to South Asia. The stories they shared upon their return were inspirational, and we want to share them with you!
Dan Green and his wife, Lynne recently returned from their 20th annual trip to Prague, Czech Republic, where a recent article states that 66% of the Czech people do not believe in God. Their time included academic teaching, preaching, consulting with church leaders, teaching in local churches, and connecting with good friends. Two events stood out to Dan. ADKP, a professional organization for Christians integrating faith and psychological practice, planned a conference around his visit, so he could teach and lead in case consultations. In 2000, within the Czech Republic there were zero psychologists who actively integrated faith and practice. Today, there are more than 60 who seek to intentionally and actively integrate their faith in the clinical and academic work. Second, a celebration recognizing their 20 years of service included a reunion with former faculty and students. Former students are now in faculty and service provider roles while present and former faculty continue to minister in many roles. Dan says, “This was so encouraging to see. The work of BrookLink is impacting this and future generations.”
Additionally, Paul and Lisa Sinclair just returned from five weeks in India. They traveled to the northern Indian States of West Bengal and Nagaland, teaching two courses for 32 Doctor of Ministry and PhD candidates. West Bengal is primarily Hindu and 1.2% Christian while Nagaland has the highest percentage of Christians of any Indian state. Lisa and Paul preached at local Christian colleges as well as teaching the doctoral courses.
Lisa commented, “We feel that God has allowed us here ‘for such a time.’ These leaders are facing many challenges as the world around them changes. BrookLink’s partner organization in India sees itself as God’s mission tool to the world. Such a privilege to be here! Our students represent many different ministries—women, children, orphanages, hostels, pastors, school and Bible college principals, teachers, etc. It is a wonderful place for BrookLink to work to equip, empower and release!”
Please join me in thanksgiving for God’s work in the world, and for His provision to allow BrookLink to participate in the story He is writing among the nations! Your help in building out BrookLink’s training team has and will continue to make an exponential difference as we join our partners in making future kingdom impact! You can give today at www.brooklink.org. Every gift matters!
I’d also like to ask for your prayers as we prepare for a busy fall season. This includes a planned trip back to Ethiopia in November (learn more in a future update). BrookLink’s Board of Directors continues to focus on our growing future, as well as the best way to support our domestic efforts. We will be holding a “town hall” style meeting for donors in November in the Milwaukee area, and look forward to sharing more ministry details during that gathering.
Your ongoing and faithful partnership through your prayers and financial gifts is enlarging the spiritual capacity of pastors and leaders around the world. Thank you for your investment in the global church!