Servant leaders love and care for their followers. They don’t throw their power around or harm the people under them. Instead, they lay down their lives humbling themselves. They think the best of their followers and try to make them better too. Each day ask yourself these questions. How can you live out this verse (1 John 3:18) in your leadership role? How can you show you care and appreciate your family, friends, and co-workers? How can you add value to them? If you ask yourself these questions, you will not only be able to make a huge impact on those around you by showing them their worth, but you will truly show the love of Christ.
So in January of 2016 we started several new things. We wanted to have the Haitians who graduated from the Leadership Academy start to give away what they learned to the other staff and students at our schools and churches. One of the things that we started was an Adult Leadership School. This current class is made up of guards, yardmen, and cooks. They meet each month on a Saturday to learn about what it means to be a Christ-Centered leader from our graduates. They have studied some great material including the International Leadership Institute workbook, the In Search of Timothy book by Tony Cooke, the 21 Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell, and will begin a new topic from the leadership consultants at Focus3 in July. This class is focused on helping them learn the head knowledge of leadership. The next step, which will be another Leadership Academy, will be focused on applying these lessons and seeing if they have a heart for what they learned about leadership. This first class of the Adult Leadership School will be completed in December and a new one will begin in January of 2018. This next class will be made up of teachers and church leaders. The great news is that these adults wanted to learn and were asking when it would be their turn to become better leaders. Praise God for wanting to equip His people for good works. We are excited to see what He continues to do as we equip more and more Christ-Centered leaders that can serve His kingdom. Thank you all for your prayers and financial support, we couldn’t do it without you. Below is a picture of our current Adult Leadership class this spring. Please follow my blog with the follow button and if you could, please prayerfully consider giving to my support too. Thanks again, God Bless!
Nothing great happens by accident; it happens by being intentional. It is no different when you are trying to equip leaders. Leaders are grown over time by individuals who are intentionally trying to produce more leaders. They build relationships with these potential leaders and walk along side them, teaching them how live a Christ-centered life with a servant leaders heart. Without a clear direction and path to follow, they are simply hoping for the best or that they accidentally stumble upon leadership. That is why it is so important to be intentional and have a clear direction. For many years at Mission Possible, we did not have a clear path to develop leaders. Don’t get me wrong, many great things were done, but we did not see leaders rising up in our schools or churches consistently. When we became intentional about leadership development, everything started to change. Our schools got better, our churches grew stronger, and we began to see more unity throughout our organization. As more people continued to join our leadership push, we continued to see positive change happen. We still have a long way to go, but we are excited about the difference intentional leadership development has made on the ministry. It has even helped us as a U.S. staff become more focused and intentional in our specific areas. With many great things going on, I would like to ask you to pray for our Adult Leaders who met on June 17th. They just completed a study on John Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and will begin something new next month. They have been soaking up everything they are learning and are looking for ways of applying what they are learning. Thanks for all the prayers and support. God Bless!
Over the past year and a half we have continued equipping thousands of Haitians, young and old, to be leaders. These Haitians are going through interactive lessons on what it looks like to be a Christ-centered leader and also participating in activities that reinforce these lessons helping them apply what they’ve learned. Overall we are pleased with the direction of our leadership in Haiti. John Maxwell has this to say about searching for and equipping leaders…
“One of the reasons God has put leaders in the Church is to help every person find his or her place. I sometimes think of it as finding and polishing hidden gems. Leaders are meant to help others become the people God created them to be. They are called to discover the hidden, encourage the uncertain, develop the untrained, and empower the powerless. They are gifted to mine the gems. Never forget that Jesus looked at an impulsive, uneducated fisherman named Simon and saw a diamond in the rough. Jesus even called him Peter the rock. Just as Jesus sees potential in you, if you are a leader, He wants you to find and develop that potential in others.” –John Maxwell
Our hope is that we are able to mine the Gems God has put before us and continue equipping more and more leaders in Haiti. Please continue to pray for them as they take on more and more responsibilities.
“A leader who goes his own way and seeks to benefit only himself cannot be an effective instrument in God’s hands. God had to break Jacob to make him useful. In the breaking process, Jacob the deceiving “heel-catcher” became Israel, a “prince of God” who purposed to serve God rather than himself. Natural leaders often need to be broken. Consider your natural ability to lead a gift from God, but your character a gift to present back to God. Remember: every time you stand up under the weight of adversity, you are being prepared, as Jacob was, to better serve God and lead people.” ~John Maxwell: The Maxwell Leadership Bible
As leaders we need to remember that hardship and adversity shape us into who God wants us to be. We shouldn’t ever run from it, but embrace it. At the same time we can’t allow that brokenness we experience to consume us to the point to where we grow hard and don’t grow from it. I’ve battled this for years, but the truth is the hardest times in life (deaths, disappointments, hurts, stress, etc) bring the most life change and help us to put our trust in God where it belongs. As leaders when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death we have two choices; move forward knowing Jesus is with us or go back around the mountain and not follow Him. When we choose to trust and obey, our faith grows stronger because we can see how our shepherd provides for us. We learn that our God will always be with us and that He never breaks His promises. Through our brokenness we our moldable and He will shape us into the leaders we were meant to be.
I’m hoping to make these posts more consistent in the future and not just once every month or two. Thanks though to everyone that has been praying for Mission Possible and helping by giving to my support. You’re helping us make a huge difference in Haiti! To give you a brief update, this past week we got our student leaders together for an extended amount of time (read first few posts for student leader definition). They stayed at our MPCA school from Sunday night to Wednesday morning where they continued to learn what it means to be a Christ-centered leader. They had classroom time, exercises, unity and teamwork activities, and continued to learn how to live out our core values. There were also several people from Ohio that helped with the teaching as guest instructors and did a great job encouraging our Haitian students and adults. Our Haitian youth that have been a part of the student leadership weekend have been responding so well to what they’ve been learning and are excited to continue growing as leaders in their schools. Our hope is that these 95 students will not only be future leaders at Mission Possible, but all throughout their country and even the world. God is doing amazing things through our leaders at Mission Possible and I would love your continued help. We are continuing to see them grow and give their leadership away to others so please continue to pray for them. Hope you enjoy the pictures below!
As most of you know, I raise my support to work at Mission Possible. Over the past 4 years, God has always blessed me with the funds I’ve needed and I know He will continue to do so with your help. Please help me continue my work here as I send out over 200 support letters to family and friends. If you would like to receive my support letter too just send me an e-mail or private message me on facebook so I can mail you the information. I am still continuing to build my support circle and increase the amount of monthly EFT givers, so if you believe God is nudging you to give, let me know! Thanks for your support and helping Mission Possible continue to equip leaders in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. God Bless!