“…proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance!” ~ Acts 28:31
Celebrating our great God, I am amazed how He truly loves us. Unhindered, He is a God of the past, present and future. Christ repeatedly assures us that He is redeeming our past, even a past wrought with regret and circumstances beyond our control. While the details of our unfolding futures are unseen, it is our trust in the God of history that equips us to trust that the best is yet to come. Assured of all He promises to those who walk by faith, we are equipped to proclaim the kingdom of God with boldness. Let’s step into that challenge without hindrance together!
Recently, we hosted our Windows to the World event at Meadowbrook Church in Wisconsin. What a wonderful blessing it was to be together in person. It was a treat to see familiar faces and many new faces since our last gathering three years ago. We loved sharing every minute together in person, and for those of you who couldn’t join us, or live outside of Milwaukee, enjoy these glimpses of our gathering together.
Our main speaker from Uganda, Pastor Esayas Ersabo, enthusiastically shared how the service of BrookLink has outfitted their pastors to inspire and influence in their local contexts.
Board member, Tracie Broaddrick, interviewed our trainer, Pastor Jen Akin. Their conversation captured the unhindered momentum of the “It Can Be Messy” podcast. Nurtured during the pandemic season, this project discerned parenting and family needs. About 10 minutes each, these collaboratively orchestrated episodes inspired families to influence in practical ways. The podcast was developed by our family ministry trainers (Pastor Jen, Pastor Jan Ryder and Leslie Osborne) and is still available on our website.
The hospitable site of Meadowbrook Church enabled several of its members and other locals to discover our passionate, personal and practical approach. One of our long-time friends shared, “BrookLink is honestly one Milwaukee’s best kept secrets!” She continued, “Lee‘s humble stories inspire me to tell my friends about the need for pastoral biblical training in the Majority World. As 20-somethings newlyweds, BrookLink was the first charity we started giving to as a couple, and 10 years later, we still support every month.”
Through playing beautiful songs, “Christ Be Magified” and “For God So Loved the World,” Kristin Rose facilitated meaningful worship prior to Lee MC’ing a memorable Windows to the World event. The evening also included sharing from Dr. Dan and Lynne Green‘s trip to the Czech Republic and Pastor Mark Kiekhaefer‘s trip to Togo. Long-time friends, Pastor Ian Lawson, Nigerian Pastor Zamani Kafang (on behalf of his son and former board member, KB Kafang), and Ann Woelfel (pictured below with Lee), received thank you gifts for their stellar service to BrookLink.
Thank you for praying for us as we are training in Ethiopia and South Asia during these next few weeks. Pastor Ian Lawson, accompanied by Pastor Jeremy Light of their home church in Lethbridge, Alberta, is teaching in Soddo, Ethiopia. Meanwhile, I am with Pastor Keith Doyle of Calvary Bible Church in Neenah, Wisconsin, in South Asia where BrookLink taught last fall. Upon invitation from our long-time global partners in both regions, our aim is to outfit pastors in the Majority World in customized and contextualized ways so that they can inspire and influence their local contexts.
Remaining unhindered into 2023, BrookLink is invited to conduct virtual training for pastors in China in January, as well as equip church leaders and preach in 4 cities in North and South India in March. Your prayers are vital as we collaborate with young leaders as they discover and discern their callings and lead ministries in transformative ways.
And finally, we are so excited to announce our “30-Days of Giving Campaign.” A generous group of donors have seeded a $110,000 matching gift. This means your gift given during November will be matched dollar for dollar up to that amount. You are invited to engage in this very personal and practical way to influence global pastors who lack biblical training. Thank you!
With love and appreciation,