From the Field | South Africa

Written by Lee Heyward on Wednesday, 04 March 2015. Posted in Blog

From the Field | South Africa

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

It’s Wednesday afternoon in Cape Town. It’s much cooler today after yesterday’s record-setting high temperature of 104 degrees. The fires that have been burning across the peninsula since Saturday continued throughout the night. When we arrived home last night, Paul and I went out our front door and took these pictures. They were taken less than a quarter mile from the residence where we are staying. Officials promptly evacuated those houses nearest the fires. 

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We had a great start to the Pastors Seminar last night. I will continue tonight and tomorrow night, as well as all day Saturday. This morning I spoke at a Men’s Breakfast about an hour across town. Enroute we passed a region of the Cape where the burning fires were threatening to engulf massive oceanfront residences. During our pre-dawn drive, we passed countless people standing along the oceanfront looking up toward the steep mountain slopes behind their homes with helpless looks on their faces. Huge flames could be seen hovering over these homes threatening to consume them. I’ve never seen a sight quite as ominous. We prayed for rain.

Make a Final Gift in 2014

Written by Lee Heyward on Monday, 29 December 2014. Posted in Blog

Make a Final Gift in 2014

Dear Friends,

“Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Cor. 15:58

As January soon arrives, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the ways that you have been faithfully standing with BrookLink throughout 2014. We are constantly aware of the steadfast ways that you, our partners and God’s servants have said ‘yes’ to helping equip, empower, and release church leaders and pastors around the world. 

We are so encouraged by the response to our year-end effort to train committed servants of Christ—leaders who will multiply their influence through others. Thank you for all those who have responded!

If you have not had a chance to give to BrookLink, would you please prayerfully consider making a gift to BrookLink by December 31, 2014—just two days awayClick here to learn more about the different ways you can give.

Serving Abroad: South Africa

Written by BrookLink on Friday, 10 October 2014. Posted in Blog

February 2015

Serving Abroad: South Africa

Lee has been invited by John and Barbara Doyle of Cape Missions International to Cape Town, South Africa February 25-March 7, 2015. Pastor Keith Doyle and a team from Winnetka Bible Church in Winnetka, IL will join him. They will conduct training workshops for Pastors and Church leaders on “Preaching For Transformation: Proclaiming Truth With Clarity and Relevance.”

Learn more about the training workshops. 

This is BrookLink's third trip to South Africa. As Lee prepares to serve abroad, please pray that the ministry would be effective and encourage the pastors and church leaders serving in hard places.



From the Field | India

Written by BrookLink on Thursday, 07 August 2014. Posted in Blog

From the Field | India

Dear friends,

Lee is halfway through his time of ministry in Coimbatore, India. He and Dave Seemuth have been teaching Leadership Development and the book of Romans to the 40-plus Indian students at the South Asian Institute for Leadership and Cultural Studies (SAILCS).

Lee had a case of dehydration but after some medical treatment, he has recovered and is back to the work at hand. Thank you for all of your prayers for the ministry there.  Please keep praying for God's work to take root in the students' hearts.

For more updates, check our website and our Facebook page.

From the Field | China

Written by Lee Heyward on Sunday, 02 March 2014. Posted in Blog

Day 5-9

From the Field | China

March 2, 2014

It has been several days since I recorded a trip report. The reason for this has been that I’ve been in transit to two cities since I last wrote.

On Thursday, our teaching team boarded the train and took a 2.5-hour train ride from Dazhou to Chengdu. Chengdu is a city of 14 million people and serves as one of the larger cities in Sichuan Province. We arrived in the city, checked into a hotel, and that same afternoon met with the President of the Sichuan Christian Council, along with his Deputy Administrator. Pastor Jia also serves as the Pastor of one of the largest Christian churches in Chengdu.

30 Days of Prayer for the Church in China

Written by Lee Heyward on Monday, 20 January 2014. Posted in Blog

30 Days of Prayer for the Church in China

From February 20-March 8, 2014 Lee and a team of four trainers from China Partner will be ministering in Dazhou, Chengdu and Yibin in the Sichuan Province of China. Join us each day in prayer that the Lord would lead their conversations, direct their thoughts, anoint their teaching, grant them patience as well as a servant heart while they meet with and teach key Christian leaders.

30 Days of Prayer for the Church in China

Sponsored by BrookLink
  1. Jan 20: Give thanks for the staggering growth of the Chinese Church from 2.7 million evangelicals in 1975 to over 75 million in 2010.
  2. Jan 21: Praise God for the emergence of many urban churches reaching educated professionals.
  3. Jan 22: Human tragedies like the SARS epidemic (2002), corruption within the government; ideological disillusionment and crass materialism have created spiritual hunger amongst the Chinese people. Pray that many would continue to seek hope and salvation through Christ.
  4. Jan 23: Praise God for the changing attitude and approach toward the Church on the part of the government. The State is recognizing the potential of faith-based organizations to address social ills.
  5. Jan 24: Offer thanksgiving for the increased unity in the Church, There is a growing cooperation and partnership between registered and unregistered churches across China.
  6. Jan 25: Pray that believers might be “sanctified by the truth” (Jn. 17:17), as many Christians and churches succumb to influence from cults and heretical teachings.
  7. Jan 26: Massive urbanization and soaring social problems such as internal migration, family breakdown, suicide, divorce and unbalanced male-female ratios all contribute to higher incidences of human rights abuse. Pray for the church to lead the way in restoring justice.
  8. Jan 27: Repression of minorities and dissidents, systematic violations of the rights to privacy and expression, and a harsh penal code continue to plague China’s political scene. Ask God to give wisdom and boldness to the Church in the face of these realities.
  9. Jan 28: The social ills facing China are great. The church is leading the way in addressing many of these social needs and issues. Pray that the Lord will give favor to the church and the love of Christ will be paramount through these deeds.
  10. Jan 29: Pray for the easing of persecution on religious groups and religious expression.  
  11. Jan 30: Praise God for the growth of Christian media as a means of spreading the Gospel. Pray that many will hear the Gospel through the various media outlets.
  12. Jan 31: The vision to reach unreached minority groups across China is growing. Pray for a missions vision to flourish in the Chinese Church.
  13. Feb 01: With a growing economy comes growing materialism, which affects people’s receptivity to the Gospel. Pray that the Refiner’s fire might keep burning and that the Church’s spiritual edge might not become blunted.
  14. Feb 02: Pray for Lee and a team of four other trainers from China Partner as we minister in Dazhou, Chengdu and Yibin. Pray that the Lord would lead our conversations, direct our thoughts, anoint our teaching, grant us patience and a servant attitude while meeting with key Christian leaders.
  15. Feb 03: Pray that Christ followers working within state structures will walk blamelessly and be a redemptive influence in government and society.
  16. Feb 04: Pray that forms of wickedness might be opposed, that kindness will be shown to the oppressed and that justice will be served to all members of Chinese society.
  17. Feb 05: China performs over 13 million abortions each year. Many infants, if not aborted are horribly abused, abandoned, kidnapped or trafficked. Pray as the Church seeks to reach out to children.
  18. Feb 06: With fewer children available to care for an aging population, and with changes in pensions by the state, the need for elder care in China is staggering. Pray that the Church will play a creative and Christ-honoring role in addressing this need.
  19. Feb 07: Pray for Christians working in the healthcare field as they care for the suffering. Ask God to grant them courage and sensitivity as they speak about the love of Christ. 
  20. Feb 08: Pray for Christian lawyers as they advocate for justice on the part of the ill, infirmed, disabled, vulnerable and helpless populations.
  21. Feb 09: Pray for increased printing and distribution of Bibles and Bible materials.
  22. Feb 10: Lee will be preaching and training in the Three-Self Patriotic Movement and Chinese Council Churches (together they form the only state-recognized Protestant Church within China. Pray for revival and renewal to purify these churches. 
  23. Feb 11: Pray for the future growth of the church, wise and godly leadership and for the sharing of the Gospel with an increasingly interested Chinese population.
  24. Feb 12: Pray for the lost generation in China. These were those exploited by warped ideology during the Cultural Revolution. Today as parents they often spoil or coddle their children to insure opportunities they were denied. Pray they might find hope and peace through Christ.
  25. Feb 13: Children under 15 number almost 300 million in China. Modernization has brought with it juvenile crime, sexual promiscuity, and other struggles for this age group. Pray the Church would intentionally disciple and train up children and youth.
  26. Feb 14: Pray for Christians studying at Chinese Universities. Pray they would be built up in their faith and be fervent witnesses for Christ.
  27. Feb 15: Pray for outreach efforts near university campuses through cafes where students can find Bibles and mingle with Christians.
  28. Feb 16: Pray that the atheistic system promoted throughout the country for so long might continue to be revealed as hollow and deceptive lies.
  29. Feb 17: Pray that a doorway for the evangelization of many unreached peoples might be opened or re-opened in those places where it has been closed for so long.
  30. Feb 18: Pray for Lee and the team as they prepare to make the long journey to China. Pray for strength, health, spiritual and physical vitality, humility and openness to the Spirit’s guidance while they minister.
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