TAKE ONE STEP

Our steps are made firm by the Lord, when he delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the Lord holds us by the hand.      ~ Psalm 37:23-24

He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. ~ Psalm 121:3

Dear Friends,

Fifteen years ago, I took steps that I least expected.  I was pastoring Northbrook Church at the time, but I felt God nudging me to start a new ministry.  Through much prayer and a robust discernment season, I took the Lord’s hand while BrookLink launched.  Six continents, 55,000 leaders trained, and thousands of miles later, disciple-making movements are growing deep.  Thanks to you, invitations keep coming in for BrookLink to equip, empower, and release leaders.  2024 isn’t halfway over, but we’re planning 2025, and we couldn’t be more excited to step through open doors to serve, trusting God every step of the way.

One year ago, we started planning BrookLink’s 15th Anniversary Gala.  Two weeks ago, we celebrated with 190 friends and supporters!  International partners, Esayas and Tsige Ersabo and George Ebenezer , spoke about the impact of BrookLink’s training.  One of our partners, Bramuel Musya, was unable to make it but shared a recorded message of encouragement, “With BrookLink, the West Africa Gospel Movement was formed in Liberia last January.  Working in healthy partnership together, many things are being accomplished through these effective collaborations.  BrookLink listened as these 40 leaders talked about issues that make it difficult for the gospel to permeate places where it has not yet gone in Africa.”  We are so grateful and humble for your enthusiasm and support not only for our first ever gala, but for being with BrookLink every step of the way, too.

Listen to Bramuel Musya’s entire heart-felt recording.  Leaders like him are so very grateful for your abiding support for BrookLink.

As we step into spring, we launched a fundraising campaign to raise $150,000 by July 31, 2024.  So far, almost $70,000 has been raised, thank God!  BrookLink is already in the stages of planning our 2025 engagements with our disciplemaking partners and networks. Your gift made by July 31st will enable us to accept these invitations. Would you prayerfully consider making a midyear contribution to help BrookLink step into the next season where God is opening doors?

We’re always excited to share about BrookLink’s history and what drives us into the future as we trust in the Lord.

We are thankful for your support and prayers as we celebrate BrookLink’s 15 Anniversary Gala.

We hope to see you this summer before our busy season of training this fall!  Your prayers are appreciated as we plan and prepare for what God has in store.  In August, Terry and I are headed to Singapore to attend the Intentional Disciplemaking Church Conference. Following the conference Dr. Edmund Chan has invited us to attend a Leadership Roundtable Retreat for 40 select leaders.  We’ll return home for a few weeks before returning to Uganda and Rwanda to continue training a coalition of Anglican leaders.  Please pray for Bishop Nathan and Bishop Frederick as they coordinate these leaders and logistics.  In late October, I travel to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia to serve with my friend, Dr. Phu Pham of Converge Worldwide.

An important message I shared at our Gala was BrookLink’s roadmap for the next 10 years, Vision 2033.  Feel free to let me know what questions you may have or if you’d like to talk about Vision 2033.  We’re trusting God as we take these steps into the next decade!  Your support, prayers, and financial giving make all this possible, and we are incredibly grateful.

Every blessing,

C. Lee Heyward, Founder & CEO

Your prayerful consideration to make a midyear contribution is deeply appreciated.  Your generous investment helps BrookLink take one step into the next season where God is opening doors and where we continue to equip leaders with effective Biblical traning.  Thank you so much.