Much has changed in the world, and in our lives, in a very short time. But some important things have not changed, and we celebrated that this past weekend. Certainly, it was a very unusual Good Friday and Easter Sunday as many observed “safer at home” orders and were unable to gather with their church families. I was thinking about how that first Easter must have been similar to our experience this year.
I pray this message finds you well as we live through these peculiar times. The entire world is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Church of Christ has an extraordinary and urgent opportunity to minister hope and share “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding.”
Jesus predicted it 2000 years ago, and he’s doing it. In our generation and in many parts of the world, the Church of Christ is growing at unprecedented rates. And at BrookLink we get to be part of that story. What a privilege! Next month Jan Ryder and Leslie Osborne will be training 40+ children’s workers for the Kale Heywet Church in Ethiopia. We are currently halfway through a three-year commitment to equip leaders in the Ethiopian church.
As the new year (and a new decade) dawns, it thrills me to dream of what God may want to do through the ministry of BrookLink. I believe we are entering a new frontier in God’s global missionary enterprise. Training leaders is the next natural focus in those places where the national church is exploding with growth.
Recently we’ve been sharing stories of reaching the nations, why we do it and where we go. The how we do it is because of you. The only way to reach the nations is together, side by side with our supporters. You are the reason we can travel two by two, one invitation and one place at a time. Thank you so much for this privilege you entrust to us year after year for the past ten years!
Have you ever wondered what it is like to serve in a faraway land? Or been curious about the things BrookLink Facilitators encounter when overseas? For a firsthand look read below what Lisa Sinclair, a BrookLink Facilitator, wrote while traveling between teaching engagements in India with her husband Paul this past summer...
Do you ever doubt the power of small actions? We hear catch phrases like “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” or “the snowball effect,” but when you’re laying the first brick or just starting to make the snowball, it can be easy to lose sight of the impact you’re creating. At BrookLink we see the power of your small actions each and every day. When you give a financial gift to BrookLink, YOU are sending us to train in areas where there is a great need; YOU are helping us reach the nations! And we are doing this one by one, two by two and step by step.
We are one month away from the biggest giving day of the year, #GivingTuesday, where people around the world come together to make an impact. Save the Date!
“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
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!