Out of breath and lagging behind

Forgive me for being tardy in getting out this first quarter report. In a few hours, about 140 people from more than 40 different countries will be gathered in groups of about 30 for training in the strategy of Community Health Evangelism. One of the exciting things for me is that I am not doing the training, but have been able to turn the teaching over to team members God has raised up in the last few years to serve with me in this harvest.

Tomorrow is a bigger day. The above training events are leading into a one of a kind major missions conference that we are hosting here in Phoenix. Tomorrow, almost 600 people from across the country and around the globe will gather in pursuit of ministries that plant churches while at the same time caring for the physical and social needs of people. For a closer look, click here.

Grateful for what God is doing

In the first four months of this year, I have been blessed to have a part in the following:

  1. Building a team of people to serve alongside me in the work of the Global CHE Network. I am no longer working alone, but have 6 others working alongside me to strengthen existing CHE ministries, and to impact whole nations by facilitating collaboration between network members from more than 625 organizations in 126 countries.
  2. Facilitating a CHE Network meeting in Haiti. Network members from all over Haiti gathered in February to exchange ideas and collaborate. In the process, we mapped CHE work in Haiti and discovered that there are now CHE programs in 8 of 11 states in that country. I visited one program in one state and have attached a report from that trip. The report is an inspiring snapshot of what God is doing through our ministry in one specific location.
  3. Working with a team from the Assemblies of God based in Springfield, MO, to incorporate CHE training into curricula for their Bible colleges and universities worldwide and make the curricula available to other denominations as well.
  4. Coordinating, planning, and preparing for the International Wholistic Missions Conference.

Looking forward to what is ahead

  • On Monday, May 5, Jeannie and I will board a plane headed to South Africa where we will train key leaders with Healthcare Christian Fellowship International (HCFI). They have set a goal of 100,000 CHE programs in nine different language groups and 100 countries in 10 years.
  • On May 16, we will fly from South Africa to Zambia for a consultation visit with a nationwide CHE program in that country.
  • Then on May 20, we will fly to Cape Town in South Africa to visit a CHE program in the slums.
  • We are going to post updates from this trip on Facebook if you would like to follow along.

A simple action you can take to track with us day to day

I have been told that a good prayer letter is short and sweet and focuses on one thing that readers can do as a result. By those standards, I write lousy prayer letters – and I have for years. Please forgive me.

There is one thing, however, I would like to ask you to do today. Please click this link and follow the Global CHE Network on Facebook. Reports of CHE activity around the world are posted there every day, and it is a great way for you to track with what God is doing through your sacrifice, giving, and prayer. Click here and follow us on Facebook to get daily updates of what God is doing through our ministry.

Thank you for your part in bringing salvation and blessing to people all across the globe.

May 2014 Prayer Letter