Prayers Being Answered

Written by Lee Heyward on Tuesday, 25 September 2018. Posted in Blog

Dear Friends,

Did you know that Armenia is a landlocked Christian country in the Middle East surrounded by non-Christian neighbors? This summer while in Armenia, we were thanking the Lord for the 350 pastors and church leaders from different denominational traditions that we were privileged to train and equip. One gentleman, an elderly Armenian Orthodox priest who had recently fled from Aleppo, Syria after his church had been bombed, approached me each day after our training, placed his hands on my shoulders, looked me in the eye and said, “God bless you, we are in much need of this training.”

Recent studies suggest that only about 5% of the world’s pastors are formally trained. These untrained pastors regularly minister in areas of the world where the church is growing numerically. Yet church health often does not accompany church growth.

The apostle Paul understood that weak leadership affects the health and wellbeing of the church, cripples its effectiveness and compromises its mission. Throughout the book of Acts Paul prioritized, “strengthening the souls of disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith…” (Acts 14:22; 15:32,41; 16:5; 18:23).

This is why strengthening pastors and church leaders —training and equipping them—is what invigorates global mission. It’s also why your financial gifts are so important to BrookLink. Your generosity not only provides on-site, long-term, less-expensive resourcing to pastors and church leaders; it also builds the capacity of churches to fulfill the mission mandate of Jesus.

God has graciously given us favor among several significant networks across Europe, Africa, Asia and parts of the Middle East. We are in the process of inviting new “Facilitators” to help us meet the demand for training overseas. Immediately following our Facilitators Summit last month, BrookLink received a request to partner with an organization in the Middle East to assist in the development of their child and family curriculum, as well as train those who will be teaching.  We praise and thank God for this affirming sign that BrookLink’s mission is needed. We are committed to training in these areas of the world, but we need your help to do so.

Here are ways you can help:

  • Pray that God’s plan will be fulfilled.
  • Pray for those who are asking for training, that God may uphold them and provide for all their needs.
  • Pray for discernment to best resource our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.
  • Pray for the financial needs of BrookLink, that we may be sustained and able to say ‘yes’ to the invitations before us.

Would you prayerfully consider becoming a monthly financial partner to help BrookLink “strengthen” church leaders serving in under-served areas of the world? Or would you consider a one-time gift to enable us to say ‘yes’ to the invitations before us?  As of September 2018, we have raised just under 50% of our projected annual expenses. Every single gift, no matter the amount, makes a difference. Please consider making a gift today. 

Summer Update

Written by Lee Heyward on Wednesday, 15 August 2018. Posted in Blog

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. School is already in full session in some parts of the U.S. and the fall season is around the corner. The summer has proved to be fruitful for BrookLink in several ways.

ARMENIA – JUNE 2018
BrookLink’s first opportunity to equip, teach and encourage Armenian believers happened this summer. Women’s conference meetings and leader’s training took place. Here is what Stephen and Rozik Kashian, the founders of Armenian Relief Mission, had to say about BrookLink’s ministry.

“It was a pleasure for the Armenian Relief Mission to partner with BrookLink for a pastoral leadership training.  We had two conferences in two separate cities attended by 348 church leaders and lay workers.  The participants were very pleased with the in-depth teachings they received.  Even before we all left Armenia some of the pastors had already taken material developed by Lee and used it in their home churches. Armenian Relief Mission desires to have continued partnership with BrookLink for similar conferences in the future.”

   

GO FURTHER – JULY 2018
In July, Lee was the featured speaker at Southbrook Church’s “Go Further” series. For five nights, folks from Southbrook gathered to learn about God’s grand story and their role in that story. John and JoAnn Moehr attended and commented afterwards:

“As believers, we appreciated the “Go Further” presentations by Pastor Lee. We feel we are growing closer to God after looking at God’s story of his interactions with human beings since creation!

The material Lee presented, along with the small group discussions, answered important questions for us as we looked at both our individual and corporate responsibilities as followers of Christ. Lee’s messages were thorough, drawing deeply from Scripture, causing us to desire a more active participation in God’s Greatest Story!”

  

FACILITATORS SUMMIT – AUGUST 2018
Earlier this month BrookLink gathered with 12 individuals from across the U.S. and Canada to have conversations around expanding our ability to say yes to invitations to train and develop leaders. Many of those in attendance are eager and already engaged in helping us train and equip national church leaders. 

Go with the Flow

Written by Lee Heyward on Tuesday, 05 June 2018. Posted in Blog

Dear Friends,

When you do a google search for the word FLOWING, Dictionary.com says it means “proceeding smoothly or easily, circulating or proceeding from a source.” You inspire us at BrookLink to continue being a flowing stream moving ahead smoothly from our source, the Lord Jesus Christ.

In John 7:38-39, Jesus reminds his followers, Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” And John the evangelist helpfully adds, “Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive.”

This striking image brings to mind pictures of the boundless depths of power and grace, of significant progress, impact and influence, all of which are attributable to the mysterious work of the Holy Spirit! Not only this, but the Spirit’s work, like a flowing river, spills out and over into the lives of those within its sphere of influence.

Your life and my life are like a river and the Spirit in us provides the dynamic, the grace, energy and power to make an eternal difference wherever we are.

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