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Published October 17, 2018

The Value of the Summit Reaches the Government of Uruguay

My passion for leadership was sparked.

John Maxwell quoteI attended The Global Leadership Summit in 2016 when it came to Uruguay for the first time. It was really exciting because I didn’t even know there was this type of event in the Christian world.

I heard John Maxwell speak about adding value to people, and I said, what is this man talking about?! I want to know more!

What he shared was very simple. Many times, we complicate ourselves and think we have to do great things to change the world, but really it’s just being intentional and adding value to whomever you come into contact with each day. John told a story about a woman in Paraguay named Gabby and what she was able to accomplish in her country by adding value to people. And I thought, this can be done in Uruguay!

In 2017, something miraculous happened. Two senators attended the Summit! It was the first time a politician stepped into our church!

Since then, I’ve been on a path of personal development. I engaged in John Maxwell’s leadership program, and became a certified coach, speaker and trainer. God has been equipping me to lead, and I’m living in the greatest time of my life! Today I serve as the regional marketing director for the Summit in all of South America. I found my place. I found where I want to serve and I have the skills to do it.

Why Uruguay needs the Summit.

My country is ahead in the region as far as progress in advances and regulations and women voting. But Uruguay is a very atheist country and the government is very against anything that has to do with Christianity. I believe we need to have strong leadership of Christians working in the government, and we have to get government people involved in the Summit.

In 2017, something miraculous happened. Two senators attended the Summit! It was the first time a politician stepped into our church!

How the wrong procedure turned into a blessing.

My team said we have to get support from the government for the Summit to go forward. So we looked into applying for the National Interest Certification. I didn’t really know how the process worked, so I wrote a letter directly to the president, and I asked a friend of mine who works near the presidential house to give him the letter. It turns out that this is the wrong procedure! But you know what?

The only way we are going to be used by God is if we open our hearts and leave our comfort zone and risk doing something different.

I got a call from the president’s office, and they said the Summit was named for national interest! The only way this could have happened was if the President himself got the letter! Because I followed the wrong procedure, I believe the GLS is going to change the leadership in our country, starting with the government.

God got my letter into the President’s hands, so He can do anything.  He is the God of the impossible!

We don’t have to be afraid. God is in control and we have to let God use us. The only way we are going to be used by God is if we open our hearts and leave our comfort zone and risk doing something different. People who dream big are the people others follow, so don’t limit God because God can do greater, unexpected things through your life.

My invitation to leaders in Uruguay and South America.

You can’t imagine the difference you’re making in so many countries.

Come to the GLS. Learn, be inspired, breathe in and then exhale all the new ideas and things that come into your mind, and then change the world.  We are agents of change. Each one of you is an agent of change. You can change the atmosphere around you. If you are a person who cares about growing and the people around you, you have influence. It doesn’t matter if it’s only one, two, three or four people, just be a positive influence. Be the example. The best way to improve that influence is by hearing from people who will improve you and make you grow as a person. We cannot give what we don’t have. The Summit is like nutrition.

Dear donors, thank you for bringing the Summit to Uruguay!

Thank you for your heart to give. Thank you for thinking about countries far away from where you are. You can’t imagine the difference you’re making in so many countries. This is a global movement, and thanks to you, many people are able to sit and listen to this incredible content. So once again, thank you for reaching out to underdeveloped countries like Uruguay.

About the Author
Carolina Milburn

Carolina Milburn

Marketing Director

Carolina Milburn works in marketing for a corporation serving Latin America and Brazil. When she was introduced to the Summit in 2016, she heard John Maxwell speak for the first time. Her interest in learning more about leadership development led her to become a certified coach, speaker and trainer through Maxwell’s program. With her marketing expertise in the corporate world, she serves as the regional marketing director for The Global Leadership Summit in South America, and also helps to market the Summit in her own country, Uruguay, where they’ve been hosting the Summit since 2016.

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