Published December 17, 2018

This Christmas, Influence a Leader, Better a Nation


AfricaBecause of the GLS

Merry Christmas!

In the midst of the busyness of the season, I want to pause now to say thank you being a part of a group of leaders and influencers who desire to bring positive transformation to our world. Your influence has lasting impact.

Looking forward to the future of this ministry, our vision is to one day reach more than 1,000,000 people through the Summit.

Imagine what might happen when more Christian leaders commit to stewarding positive transformation in their country. We haven’t yet journeyed to the peak of the Summit yet!

As you consider your gift today, Betty Byanyima from Uganda shares a challenge:

I would like to challenge you to go that one extra mile. With every gift, you touch a leader, and every time a leader is touched, a nation gets better. We’ve seen this in Uganda, and we know it can happen in any other country. 

I would like to challenge you to go that one extra mile.

On behalf of the GLS in Uganda, and the whole movement, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your giving that has changed lives and made a difference in the way we lead our nation. Thank you for sponsoring the tool that has opened doors for us to go to leaders in places we never thought we’d reach. Thank you for supporting us in discipling our nation—one leader a time.

Sometimes, as we do this work in our country it occurs to us that on this side of heaven, you may never know what your contributions have done. But every time we hear a message or a testimony of lives changed, it is our prayer, just as the Bible says in Proverbs 11, God would water you, and bless you and your families. We pray that God would enlarge your territories as you serve him. May God richly bless your heart.

Would you prayerfully consider your year-end donation to the Global Leadership Development Fund?

As we step forward into 2019, your gift this year-end will encourage people like Betty to take courageous steps to bring change to their country.

Let’s be a formidable force for good and a beacon of light in our world.

Thank you for inspiring a vision of hope on leaders around the world. Together, we are helping Christians grow their leadership to maximize Kingdom impact. Learn more at

About the Author
Tom De Vries is the President and CEO of the Global Leadership Network.

Tom De Vries


Global Leadership Network

Tom joined the Global Leadership Network (GLN) in 2017 as President and CEO. He brings a wealth of expertise to the GLN’s year-round leadership development efforts and the leadership of producing The Global Leadership Summit (GLS), the premier leadership event of the year. Prior to joining the GLN, Tom was the General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), the oldest continuing Protestant denomination in the United States with over 200,000 members and 100 missionaries serving in 40 countries around the world. Tom has a B.A. in Sociology from Wheaton College, a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Western Seminary. He has provided leadership in both the ministry and nonprofit environments serving as a church planter, large church lead pastor and multisite pastor. He served on the central committee of the World Council of Churches and the governing board of the National Council of Churches. Additionally, Tom served on the Board of Trustees for New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Western Theological Seminary and has also taught as an adjunct professor at Western Theological Seminary. Tom played a key leadership role in the launching of a nonprofit focused on food insufficiency in young children and today Hand2Hand feeds more than 8,000 children each weekend through school-church partnerships. He has been a featured guest on NPR, the Salem Radio Network, Life Today Live, Newsmax TV, Moody Radio, the WOW Factor, and Common Good.

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