International (MNN) ― 'Critical Mass' describes the greatest number of people needed to trigger a phenomenon by the exchange of ideas.
Global Advance's David Shibley says they've hit it with the growth of their ministry. "That which took us, literally, a decade to do, from 1990 to 2000, really began to gather steam in the year 2000. It has continued to accelerate until now, there will be over 100 conferences this year."
This month alone , Shibley says Global Advance is holding 18 conferences. They'll be in Thailand, Colombia, India, Kenya, Bolivia, Liberia, Cameroon and Congo. That's stretching his team a little thin, isn't it? Not at all, Shibley replies. He says what's really exciting about the growth is that 25-percent of those conferences are led by national church leaders.
Simplistically, Shibley says it's a 'lead and disciple'
concept. This year, they're not only working to equip pastors and
marketplace leaders, but they're also adding the final component of the
Shibley says they are the: "...wonderful pastors wives, who have been neglected, especially in the developing nations of the world. Now, we are encouraging and equipping them, turning them into a prayer force in their nations."
Please pray. He's urging believers to feel the needs of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, many of whom are struggling economically. Shibley notes that many of these national church leaders are rich in faith and can live courageously for the Gospel, but they sometimes need support. Click here if you can help.