Almost every morning when I awake, there are approximately 30-40 WhatsApp messages on my phone. Most of these are from our DML teams who are posting about their work. The teams cross a number of time zones, so while I sleep, the work continues. It's a reminder to me that we have a God who neither slumbers nor sleeps, and because of the range of places where the DML message is being communicated, it feels like the work of DML goes 24/7 as well.
But this past week, the number of messages I was receiving every morning was higher - probably 50-60 messages, and then countless more during the day. It was picture after picture of work being done in new cities, new churches, and new denominations. Pictures were coming from Gulu, Uganda, to the Anglican Church in Kenya, to Brekum, Ghana. At one point, one of our leaders responded to the group chat saying, "The Movement is on, praise God!" To which many others responded, "A powerful movement of God!"
What a privilege and joy to see the excitement from the teams as they engage with pastors, church leaders, and business owners to share the good news about work as calling and work as worship!
To help illustrate how busy our teams were, let me share some of the numbers of those reached just in the first quarter (January-March) of this year:
- 1,081 people sat through the DML foundational workshop, learning about the God of business from the Old and New Testament
- 1,714 business owners went through a business training which will help them increase profit and household income and create more jobs.
- 2,061 businesses engaged in mentoring, helping to make their business stronger and sustainable.
When we see some of those numbers, we can believe that a "movement is on," led by God the Father, through Jesus the Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit!
Let me share some of the pictures that I received this week with you:
|The team in Gulu, Uganda. Many churches will now begin their "business month" where the pastors will preach and teach on the God of Business over the course of four Sundays.|
|The Anglican Church in Kenya which commissioned this group this past weekend as "Ambassadors for Christ in the Marketplace."|
|The attendees from the DML training in Brekum, Ghana. The DML leaders in Ghana have been intentional about calling this a "movement" since 2019 and have intentionally sought out leaders from many denominations across the country.|
God is good, all the time!
And all the time, God is good!