Surely, he took up our pain and bore our suffering…but he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities…we all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  ~ Isaiah 53:5-6

Dear Friends,

Lately, I’ve been feasting on the savory elements of the gospel in the book of Isaiah.  As the Lenten season continues and Easter is around the corner, what better book to renew my mind and refresh my appreciation for Christ!  Before my eyes and my heart, Isaiah unwraps this mysterious Messiah, and I feel undone yet completely captivated.  Isaiah’s accounts of Christ show the gamut of His paradoxical existence.  He was successful and scorned.  He was silent, suffered, and was our substitute.  I hope you’ll take time to feast on Isaiah 52-53; I think it contains some of the most important messages in the Bible.

I will have been in SE Asia for several days, praise the Lord.  Thank you so much for your support and prayers.  As I continue teaching with Keith Doyle and Ian Lawson, would you please pray:

  • God to be glorified
  • Development of SE Asian seminarians and pastors into disciple-making movement leaders
  • DMM leaders to grow into a “coalition of the willing” to collaborate with one another routinely and wisely
  • Good health, safety, and protection
  • Communication (especially across cultures)
  • Protection and care for our families at home

Praise God for the tremendous open doors that your support provides!  I am so thankful for the days Keith and I enjoy with SE Asian seminarians.

When we return, we will be in our final preparations for  BrookLink’s 15th Anniversary Gala celebration!  Our theme for the Gala is “Seeing Open Doors.”  We are so excited to share how God has guided and been faithful to BrookLink all these years.  Last month, we introduced you to two friends we got to know in Liberia, George Ebenezer and Bramuel Musya.  These godly men will participate at the upcoming Gala, and you don’t want to miss the privilege of hearing their stories.  You may recall meeting Esayas Ersabo from Windows to the World 2022.  He and his lovely wife, Tsige, will also join us in person.  We have other exciting plans for the evening and hope you’ll mark your calendar, bring a friend(s) and join us.

Christ indeed carries our sorrows, and we offer Him our plans for continued travel and training in 2024.  Lord willing, Terry and I plan to make a return trip to East Africa, as well as participate in a Leadership Roundtable for East Asian leaders in Singapore.  New training territory may be explored with disciple-making movement leaders in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos in October.  I am so grateful for these open doors and how God makes opportunities for us to partner with Him. What a joy it has been to declare “His glory among the nations” (Psalm 96:3) and to proclaim the One who “has poured out his life unto death and was numbered with the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:12)

Every blessing,

C. Lee Heyward, Founder & CEO

Do you love the Book of Isaiah?  Then please listen to Lee’s March 3rd sermon, “Jesus Alone,” which launched Elmbrook Church’s Lenten series, “The Faces of Rejection.”  Fast forward for Lee preaching at 37:00.