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Published November 26, 2018

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Josh DotzlerI love seeing the kingdom of God become a reality on earth. I am passionate about being a part of it.

When I was two years old, my father quit his job and moved our family from the suburbs into the inner city. He felt like he was called to do something for God. He had a passion to see the church get engaged with challenges in our city. Growing up, we experienced the murder of our two neighbor girls, as well as the loss of our friend across the street who was only 16. I remember being at his funeral and my heart began to break. The reality was, growing up in this environment caused me to want to leave.

$75 is the average cost to send an emerging leader to the Summit.

As I look back, I see how God had been preparing me all along. He used the murders my neighbors and the crime and violence that we saw in the inner city to break my heart. He used the Global Leadership Summit, my experiences and my parents to speak into my life and give me the tools I would need to begin to lead others and transform the inner city of Omaha.

I get excited when I think about all God is doing, all that God has done, and all that He is setting us up to do. I love being a part of impacting the world for Jesus. I love to see life change. I love to see communities transformed and I love seeing the kingdom of God become a reality on earth. I am passionate about being a part of it.

– Josh Dotzler, Omaha, Nebraska, GLS attendee since the 6th grade

Read Josh’s full story.

 

The place where they located water was the very place where we had cleaned the rubbish.

Students in Zimbabwe

The Summit inspired a group of students to get their hands dirty in their community. They decided to start with one of the more obvious issues—all the garbage build up near their school. So they started a major clean-up project. We cleaned up the place and the community joined us as well! Two months later, we heard about a non-for profit organization that wanted to dig a well in that area for water. The place where they located water was the very place where we had cleaned the rubbish. Today everyone in the community is getting water from that place. Only God!

– Harold Chilowa, Zimbabwe

Read Harold’s full story.

I attended the GLS for the first time when I was only 14!

I realized that I can influence others. I can start small, but I can do so many great things. It touched my heart.  Maybe I was so naïve that I really believed it, but I thought, I’ve got to do something. I wanted to see my friends come to Jesus Christ. I wanted to see my friends transformed. And the GLS was just what I needed to be encouraged to take action. And why not start now? Why do I have to wait until I’m 24 or 25? In June after my first Summit, we organized the very first teen camp. There were about 100 youth at that first camp—the majority of them not Christian. Today the camp continues to minister to youth and introduce people to Jesus!

– Nellya Mironyuk, Kazakhstan

Read Nellya’s full story.

 

I can actually do something worth living for, even at my young age.

Nathan from Zambia

 

Attending The Global Leadership Summit made me realize that I can actually do something worth living for, even at my young age. The past three years, I experienced the best moments of my life. They left a landmark I will not soon forget.

40,000+ emerging leaders attend the GLS globally.

What excites me most is the fact that I did not only help kids academically, but also made a meaningful impact in their personal and spiritual lives. I thank God for granting me the opportunity to serve them and help them realize that they are beautifully and wonderfully created in the image of God.

– Nathan, Zambia

Read Nathan’s full story.

 

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