Please Pray for the Ongoing Ministries of FTL’s People
Freedom to Lead (FTL) serves leaders from indigenous ministries around the world with resources they need to lead well. These indigenous ministries are involved in evangelism, church planting, compassion work, theological training, and “catalytic” movements among unreached peoples. For many of these communities the cost of discipleship is high. Christ-centered leadership is essential. One East African leader said recently,
Please pray for us. We know to pray to the Lord of the harvest [to make disciples]. But please also pray that there will be raised up more quality leaders. Not just in quantity, but we need quality Christ-centered leaders. Because without leaders there would be no movement.
COVID-19 has affected many of these Christian ministries in a big way. But they continue pressing on. Freedom to Lead gets ongoing reports of how these leaders continue to find creative ways to lead and do ministry. They continue counting the cost.
For some, the cost has been a loss of income because they are giving what little they have to what they consider the truly needy among them. For others, the cost has been separation from their families for months at a time because of borders closing while they are out on assignment. For a few, the cost has included their own arrest by regional “governments” that are hostile to the gospel.
Please pray for the ongoing ministries of the people that FTL works with, especially during these turbulent times. Please pray that the Lord will reveal to the FTL International Team how best to support them during this time.
Thank you for being part of this global prayer movement!
Ongoing Prayer Requests
Orality Institute of Leadership
Please pray for our colleagues in South Asia (India and Nepal) as they develop the “Orality Institute of Leadership” (OIL) this year. This accredited degree program is the first of its kind to offer the entire curriculum using storycentric methods. The Garden Project – FTL’s leadership development program – will serve as the core content. One key leader of this initiative described the goal for their prospective program participants when he wrote, “The participants will be equipped with both knowledge and experience to lead effectively. They will work in mentoring relationships alongside church planters, pastors, missionaries, and leaders of storycentric communities. They will gain unique understanding into sharing their faith, making disciples, planting churches, and developing other leaders.”
Other Initiatives for 2020
Please pray for the FTL team as we discuss and plan for the growing number of requests for FTL’s ministry. We need discernment and faith to expand the ministry’s infrastructure so that FTL can provide The Garden Project to thousands of under-resourced storycentric communicators. Please pray as we discern the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and how that affects FTL ministry around the world. (Currently, most international events for 2020 have been suspended).
Funding and Support Raising
FTL Staff are required to raise their own personal financial support, which includes salary and ministry expenses. Please pray for each member of our team as we continue to make relationships with potential people who want to financially partner with us in this ministry. We also are working hard to raise the funds needed to carry out our ministry operations as well as for our projects throughout Asia and Africa. Please pray for favor with individuals, major donors, and foundations.