Saturday, November 28, 2015
This will be my last post from Liberia. I will be leaving Ganta for the Monrovia airport after church services in the morning to catch my flights that will take me to Brussels, Belgium, then on to Chicago, and finally back to Lexington on Monday evening. I apologize for not posting yesterday (Friday), but once again the internet was up and down so much last evening that I was unable to do so.
It has been a great experience for me to once again be with this group of leaders here in Liberia. They have such a heart for God and a vision for reaching their communities and nation with the gospel. They also know that to accomplish what God has placed on their heart, they must raise up leaders, and not just any leaders, but leaders who will live, love, and serve like Jesus. They know that God will provide the resources to accomplish “His” vision and therefore they will do what “they” know to do, and will trust in God to do what “He” says He will do.
At our final session on Friday morning we conducted a debriefing (after-action review) with the leaders, asking them what they liked about the training, what they did “not” like, how we could do better, and we had each leader share what one or two things that they learned that will help them progress towards the goal of becoming a servant leader that leads like Jesus. Their comments were very thoughtful and helpful. The two greatest issues they raised was (1) taking off from their work for five days to come to the training, and (2) traveling a long distance and thus being away from their families for so long of a time. I think that Alex Freeman and I addressed their concerns and remineded them that if they were going to develop themselves as a leader, and equip and raise up others in their congregations to develop leaders, that some level of sacrifice will be required.
After our debriefing sesssion, I gave them a short class on Leadership Huddles and the importance of coaching and mentoring leaders. We then had a time of worship and prayer, thanking God for His blessings and His provision. Finally, we concluded by presenting certificates to each of the leaders for completing the second phase of the course.
We have set the dates for next year’s Phase 3 training. The dates are August 15-18, 2016. The leaders also decided to decentralize the Phase 1 and 2 training to at least two different locations next year, with one being in Ganta and the other one in Monrovia. They did not set any dates, but will probably schedule them for dates when the schools are on break so that they can use the classrooms.
In the morning, I will get up early, finish packing, pay my hotel bill, and go to the church at 7:30 am to attend their worship service. Then, as soon as the service is over we will head for the airport.
Well, that’s my report! Thanks so much for following this journey with me and especially thanks for all your prayers!