Amidst Great Strife | Fighting Against Poor Leadership
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“There is bloodshed in every corner. There is anger, frustration and rage. Someone is stabbed here, another is stabbed there. People are shot for no reason. In the middle of all of this, where is the believing community? Where are those who are willing to say no to the boundary lines, no to hate and enmity, no to death and destruction?” These are the questions that Jack, an educational leader, and GLS leader is asking as he witnesses the pain and agony in his region.
Against this backdrop, the GLS took place last weekend (October 30-31) in Bethlehem with a focus on raising up and investing in the believing community of leaders. Leaders like Jack know what poor leadership looks like and how destructive it is to society. He leads the charge for the GLS because he believes it is time for great leadership to fill the gap. “We’re trying to work as a church and ministry to build a civil society,” says Jack. “We work with leaders from all communities, men and women, politicians, and marketplace and business leaders to see a way that we really can help know more about leadership—especially moral and ethical leadership.”
Last weekend, more than 125 leaders from Ramallah and other cities outside of Bethlehem traveled to the GLS for encouragement, inspiration and training. Many of these attendees had to go through several check points, and what should take 45 minutes, took hours. But the hunger for great leadership is evident, and the time doesn’t matter. “Directly working with growing leaders, and establishing the church and impacting the community requires experience and a lot of heart to reach out to our nation,” says Jack. “We are set in a place where there are few Christians, sadly, even though it was the place where Christianity was born, and Jesus was born. Yet, Christianity has decreased a lot due to political conflict, and bad economy. We need to impact a nation that is starting new.”
Thank you to all of you who prayed for the GLS in Bethlehem. Please continue to pray for the community of believers in this region. Pray that they would be encouraged in their ministries, and equipped for their grander vision.
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