|Missionary Update: Jerry & Kathy Ball
Post Date: 2012-07-02 15:10:38
ILF Prayer June 2012
The first Tuesday of every month is a day of prayer and fasting for our team members. We encourage all who pray for ILF to join us.
The third African Forum on Religion and Government (AFREG 3) is scheduled to be held in Lusaka, Zambia from 24-27 September 2013. Pray for wisdom for the Planning Committee and the Host Committee as they continue to plan and prepare for this very important event.
Pray for the men and women who are writing papers on various topics related to the theme of Empowering Leadership for Transforming Africa that they will seek God in what to prepare and how to clearly communicate those insights.
The Burundi TLS organizing team has scheduled their next TLS 1 for August 20-21. Pray for effective recruiting and planning. Directly following the TLS, an ILF Burundi Planning Meeting will be held on August 22. Please pray for wisdom for the Burundi team members and God`s leading during this important meeting.
Praise the Lord for a very positive first meeting of the ILF Cameroon board. We are grateful for the commitment that was expressed. Dela and Paul will be in Yaounde from July 18-20 and plan to meet with the board. Please pray for clear communication and growing levels of understanding as orientation and interactions continue.
Y2L Camp Limbe is scheduled for July 1-8 with the theme: ACT! RESPOND! RESCUE! ```By the time the sun is hot tomorrow, you will be delivered.` When the messengers went and reported this to the men of Jabesh, they were elated.`` (1 Samuel 11:9c) Pray for responsive hearts and minds as God`s Word is shared through teaching and a variety of activities and projects. Ask God for protection, provision and profound impact in the lives of the young people and leaders who are involved.
Praise the Lord for the smooth progress that is being made in the official registration process of ILF Cameroon and continue to pray for successful completion.
Please continue to pray for the transformation of Young Leaders according to 1 Timothy 4:12, ``Don`t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.`` Pray for deeper impact of LADS lessons in the lives of the Young Leaders.
Pray for continual growth and edification for the Cameroon ILF Team.
Thank you for praying for the ILF Chad team. The ILF National Transformation Team Seminar and TLS 1 have been scheduled for November 6-10 in Ndjamena. Pray as they move forward in their strategic planning, recruitment and preparation for this upcoming TLS. Pray for excellent participation along with wisdom and protection for the team and those who will be facilitating the TLS.
Pray for members of the ILF team who will be interacting with various leaders in Libreville from August 6-9 to discuss the possibilities of conducting TLS in this nation. This opportunity came about through the TLS 1 held in Cameroon last year.
Praise God for His goodness, protection and great provision materially and spiritually for each of the team throughout the first half of 2012. ``Give thanks to the LORD for He is good, His love endures forever.`` Psalm 136:1
We thank God for the success of the first Regional AFREG-Ghana Leadership Forum in the Central Region of Ghana that was held June 6-8. Ask God for wisdom for the committees on how to follow-up on the conference. AFREG-Ghana organized one major National Conference in Accra (July 2011) and one major Regional Conference in Cape Coast, Central Region (June 2012). Please ask God to give direction on which of the 8 out of the 10 remaining geo-political regions to focus on next.
The National AFREG-Ghana Youth committee continues to work hard towards the youth conference. Please ask for God`s direction, wisdom and resources needed for a long-lasting and impactful event. TLS is one of the strategies for mentoring. Please ask God for wisdom on how to integrate TLS into the mentoring plan.
Praise God for the new opportunity to conduct TLSs for the leadership, faculty and student leadership of the Ghana Baptist University College (GBUC) during the 2012/2013 academic year, along with the possibility of incorporating TLS in the core curriculum of the School of Business Administration, the School of Theology and Baptist Convention, as well as other churches and Christian groups in the region.
Ask God for direction and the right cause of action as we strategically plan for ILF activities. We need God`s supernatural guidance, clarity of thought and direction. Continue to pray for wisdom to raise local funds for the operational needs of ILF Ghana.
Ghana`s elections take place in 2012. Ask God to guide the process of choosing His leaders for Ghana and that the election would be free, fair and peaceful.
Please pray as the ILF Kenya team continues to work on their Strategic Plan. Pray that the Lord will guide and direct the team, good progress will be made and the Kenya team will be open to the Holy Spirit so God`s work would be accomplished His way. Plans are underway to conduct an experimental 3 day TLS in Kenya. The custom has been to hold 2 day TLS, however, 3 days would allow for additional time for the information to be discussed and absorbed as well as allow for increased interaction among the participants and with the TLS Kenya team members.
There is an urgent need for funding the ILF Global Leadership Team expenses for providing leadership, oversight, accounting and reporting. The budget is $255,000; $83,000 has been given; $172,000 is needed by August 31. Please pray that these funds will be given.
There are three ILU projects that are in need of immediate funding. Please pray that needed funds will be given for:
1. The launch of E-Learning at ILU Kenya/NIST. Much has been done to prepare the platform and design courses; $105,000 is now needed to actually offer courses online. This project promises a significant increase in the number of people throughout Africa who will be trained to lead and shepherd followers of Christ.
2. Expansion of ILU Burundi to be able to increase, over time, from 170 students to 1,000 students each trimester. Funds will be used to rent and equip additional classrooms and provide library resources. The total project is $235,000; $69,000 has been donated; $166,000 is still needed.
3. Phase 1 of a permanent campus for ILU Burundi on the Kabezi property given to the school by the Government of Burundi, $156,000 is needed for this project.
There will be a very important ILF Global Planning Meeting to be held in early August in Chicago. Please pray many partners will be able to attend that meeting, and that God will be honored and glorified by the discussions and decisions made during the meeting.
Please pray for the Resource Development training that is scheduled to take place in Nairobi, Kenya, September 10-12. Participants will include ILF and ILU leaders. Please pray that those who are trained will successfully implement what they learn and raise funds in Africa to enlarge God?s Kingdom in Africa and beyond.
Join us as we continue to lift up our sister, Sue Roise. Specifically pray that Sue Roise`s ``numbers`` will go in the right direction and she will not have to resume chemotherapy. Join them in praying this scripture: ``Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God`s will for you in Christ Jesus.`` I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Preparations are underway for the first TLS 1 and 2 to be held in the Seychelles from August 11-14. Pray for wisdom and guidance for the planning team and that there will be excellent attendance and participation. Please pray for protection for Dela, Dr. Victor Koh, and Professor Paul Buatsi who will be leading the TLS.
A TLS 1 has been scheduled for September 19-20 in Juba. Please pray for God`s intervention, protection and peace for the people of South Sudan and wisdom for those on the TLS planning team. Ask God to keep the way open for the TLS to take place and that many individuals from this struggling country would attend. Pray that the Lord would remove any obstacles which would keep the TLS from taking place or prevent many from attending.
Please pray for effective organization, creativity and God`s provision for all the country teams that are in the process of planning for upcoming TLSs. Ask God to bless their efforts to increase the reach and depth of the various aspects of TLSs to meet the needs of different audiences.
As indicated in a few of the country prayer requests above, we are in the process of registering ILF in several countries. Please pray for the Lord`s leading for our teams in these nations as they pursue this process, as well as guide them as they contemplate how to strategize and organize for future TLSs in their nations.
Kindly pray for our ILF Director of Training, Tim Mwangi, as he defends his doctoral dissertation proposal on Friday, July 13, 10am EST (5pm Kenyan time). Approval of the proposal will clear the way for Tim to collect research data with the goal to finish writing the dissertation by September 2012.
Thank you for praying for TLS 3 which took place in Harare from June 18-20. The training went very well. Please pray for the follow-up which will include Life Story Events (LSEs). Life Story Events give these leaders an opportunity to speak with their professional friends, community leaders and/or family members about their commitment to transformation and to share how their faith is a crucial part of this change.
We are pleased to announce that the Zimbabwe TLS leadership team, fondly known as ``the G4 team,`` has now become ``the G5 team`` as Dwight Mutonono, who was leading the team prior and assisting the G4 team to transition, will continue to stay on as part of the team. Please continue to pray for these leaders as they seek to bring transformation to Zimbabwe.
Key to Acronyms
ALMA = Africa Leadership and Management Academy (ILU Zimbabwe)
AU = African Union
CCCI = Campus Crusade for Christ International
CEO = Chief Executive Officer
ELI = Emerging Leaders Initiative
FTL= Fondation Tchadienne pour le Leadership (the name of ILF in Chad)
ILF = International Leadership Foundation
ILU = International Leadership University
KNUST = Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
LSE = Life Story Event
MDC = Movement for Democratic Change (Zimbabwe)
MP = Member of Parliament
MOU = Memorandum of Understanding
NIST = Nairobi International School of Theology (ILU Kenya)
NGO = Non-Governmental Organization
NTL = National Team Leader
TLS = Transforming Leadership Seminar
BTLS = Biblical Transforming Leadership Seminar
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