Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be made first must be your slave–just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:25-28

 

Jesus tells us a lot about what it means to be a leader, and what He teaches us is pretty counter-cultural. He tells us to make ourselves a servant, to humble ourselves, and to make ourselves last, where society tells us to do anything to get ahead. Jesus is the ultimate example of what it means to lead with love, and today we got to share about what that looks like as part of a Leadership Seminar from 9:00-4:00.

We gathered with a few hundred local leaders at Pastor Michael’s church. We had 3 “venues”–the church building (which is one room with dirt floors, stone walls, and plastic chairs), and 2 large tents outside. There were 6 sessions in all 3 venues throughout the day, and most of our group got to give a message today:

Pastor Joe spoke 3 times on how to study your Bible; Harry shared about knowing and experiencing God; Rob shared about basic money management; Linda shared about reclaiming your identity in Christ; Stephen shared about mindset change; Shelbi shared about the calling of leadership; Steve shared about how there is more to God; and I shared about comparison in leadership and ministry. Other group members will share more in the next two days!

It was such a blessing to spend the day with the local leaders, and multiple times they told us how truly blessed they were to hear from us. It was a very productive and insightful day, and we will do the same tomorrow and Thursday! Let’s be praying for a few things: that the people in attendance who aren’t Christians would come to know Jesus, that the messages we share would speak to the Kenyans, and that the Holy Spirit would move within all of us and empower us to speak powerfully and boldly!

So Jesus, we pray for the Leadership Seminar! We pray that You would be preparing the hearts of the Kenyans who will be attending, that our messages would strike a cord with them, and empower them to be a catalyst for change within their communities. We pray You would work on the hearts of those who don’t know You yet, that they would decide to enter into relationship with You. And we pray for the team, that You would prepare us tonight, fill us with more of Your Spirit, that we would be overflowing with truth and love tomorrow. We love You, Amen!

~ Alicia