Weekly Prayer Emails
Every Thursday we send out a prayer email with one prayer request that we ask people to lift up. These are usually time sensitive and is a more specific way you can be praying. If you would like to be part of this important team, then please sign up below.
International Travel These Next Few Months
In late May and early June we are back in Ethiopia! We will be working with two groups of leaders. One group will tackle the subject of Ministry Planning. The second group will be going through Leading Change. Please pray for the FTL team and the FTL International Representatives as they facilitate these modules.
At the same time we are in Ethiopia, our music teams will be doing song development among local musicians in Kenya. These musicians are creativing songs to go along with the leadership development modules to encourage memorization and integration into the church.
In July we will be in India meeting with a group of young urban professionals to explore the possibilities of opening up the FTL program into the business world. We believe that in order to impact a culture, Christians also need to be able to lead well in their businesses.
Shortly after this time in Delhi and Mumbai, representatives from the Orality Institute of Leadership (of South Asia) will be coming to North Carolina for a few days of curriculum development. Partners will come from various ministries and backgrounds to help aid in the development of this curriculum. This is an exiting time for us.
August will find us in North Africa for the first time. In early August we will be doing an exploratory trip to look at the possibility of expanding FTL’s ministry into North Africa. Please pray for all who will be there for these strategic meetings and for clear direction from the Lord about whether to move forward on this initiative. Please pray for safety of all who will come from their countries.
Thank You For Praying
Thank you for praying for us as we travel and facilitate over these next few months. Please also pray for the many leaders and participants who will be traveling from difficult places as well.
Along with the travel between now and September, the summer months are also a big time of preparation for the fall. We will be back in various parts of Africa during the fall. We are in the midst of module revisions, translation work, and strategic meetings as we prepare for this. Freedom to Lead will also be celebrating ten years of ministry, with a formal celebration in early November. Please pray for this “down time” (from international travel) to be able to focus and prepare for all that’s to come.
Ongoing Prayer Requests
Orality Institute of Leadership
Please pray for our colleagues in South Asia (India and Nepal) as they launch an “Orality Institute of Leadership” (OIL) this year. This accredited degree program will be 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 2019
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.
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.