A Word From Steve Jones
April 7th, 2020
Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve Jones here… My mechanic recently told me “I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.” Hmmm….
If you have travelled in South America or Africa, you’ll agree that the car horn is an essential component of the vehicle in those parts of the world — not for emergencies, but to communicate with any vehicle within a radius of 10-15 meters. You always hear the horn before the rumble of the car engine.
Today I’d like to “toot the horn” of a little-known ministry in our Fellowship International department. It is the Fellowship LeadersFor ministry. You should become aware of it! This ministry has the capacity to make a massive impact in reaching the nations.
It is the horn that sounds before the impact, the training and developing of indigenous leaders who later go and make disciples and plant churches among their own people.
Our Fellowship International department desires indigenous church leaders to gain theological and pastoral training. Our LeadersFor ministry establishes partnerships between Fellowship churches and their leaders with cohorts of indigenous church leadership in many of the fields where our missionaries serve.
Our Fellowship LeadersFor Coordinator Dr. Hanni Muhtar is looking for Fellowship churches and leaders who desire to get involved in the training and leadership development of leaders in countries in Central America, Asia, and Africa. I encourage you to contact Hanni if you’re interested. Fellowship pastors and leaders typically spend one week doing modular teaching with a group of pastors and visit each year over a few years. Look online at www.fellowship.ca/LeadersFor for more information.
LeadersFor in Africa
I recently asked Hanni to comment on two Fellowship LeadersFor initiatives in Africa — in our well-established partnership in Kenya and in a new LeadersFor initiative in Nigeria:
“Fellowship LeadersFor trainees from Kenya training pastors from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC):
Two pastors from the Kenya LeadersFor cohort have recently travelled to Goma, east DRC bordering Rwanda, to share with 96 Baptist pastors some of the material they are learning. Pastors and church leaders trained byLeadersFor are expected to apply the knowledge they receive in their own lives and their congregation and with pastors close by. We also encourage them to share wherever doors open. Praise the Lord that these two trainees are fulfilling the mandate and taking it across borders. We are praying the Lord’s guidance about a new LeadersFor cohort in the Goma region. We will need French-speaking Fellowship pastors to join us as facilitators. We also need Fellowship churches to resource this great opportunity in one of the neediest areas for church leadership development
“New Fellowship LeadersFor cohort in Nigeria:
LeadersFor has just started a new cohort in Nigeria. Training takes place three times per year in the vicinity of the southeastern town of Owerri. Thirty pastors from TETMI (The Evangelizers Team Ministries) who form this cohort come from six different states in Nigeria to be trained and equipped. They learn how to prepare their own leaders and equip their congregations to do the work of the ministry and fulfill the great commission in their own language, culture and among their own people. Pray with us as we seek to fully resource this cohort. We welcome Fellowship churches and their pastors to partner with us in providing facilitators and also funds to fully resource this cohort.”
If you have any further interest in knowing more about the Fellowship LeadersFor ministry and how you and/or your church can get involved, please contact Dr. Hanni Muhtar.
Have a blessed week,