Monday, August 22, 2016
There are a couple new surprise additions to the countries where DML will be implemented. The first is Guatemala, ICM's first non-African country, as well as my first time going to Central
America. This came out of a relationship with a member of one of my supporting churches, working with a Partners Worldwide affiliate. We will travel there during the third week of September, and materials are being rapidly translated into Spanish as I write. Additionally, we hope to have two prospective team members from the US who hope to help us with our training join us for this trip. God is building His team!
Additionally, this week we interviewed candidates for a DML staff position in Ghana, and during the course of the conversation with Fanny, the director of our implementing partner Hopeline Institute, I learned that the two day training we are planning to do in Ghana in November will have at least fifty pastors and church leaders from neighboring countries Niger and Chad, who have heard about DML and wish to join! This is because of our good friend and partner Rev. Johnson, who I wrote about earlier, and the work he is doing in Northern Ghana as it relates to business as mission. These are all heavily Muslim areas that have had some significant struggles, so if we can equip business people to be Marketplace Ministers, we believe that the Marketplace can be reclaimed for Christ!
As for Ghana, there are eleven churches who are implementing "30 Days in the Marketplace" in which there are four weeks of preaching and teaching by the senior pastor as it relates to faith and work, which will then be followed by training of the business members. This is very exciting!
I spent time this past week training a missionary to Ethiopia to be a trainer for DML. We met him in Addis Ababa several months ago and found that he was doing business development already but needed a stronger curriculum. When we introduced the idea of doing this through the church, he immediately saw the potential for where he is in north-west Ethiopia. Ethiopia has been having some challenges however and continues to need our prayers.
This fall we will also make our first presentation in Nigeria. So that means that from September to November, I will be in Guatemala, Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana. I will be back in Egypt in January, then Kenya and Ethiopia in March, and so on.
Please continue to pray with us. We want to join God in where He is working, and we want to see His church built, with His will done on earth "as it is in Heaven." Thanks to all of you who join us in prayer, in encouragement, through volunteering your time, or through financial support! God is building His church by using His church!