Please allow me to use this space to do more of an update about PLI and its work than I would usually do in this space!
Last week, PLI was training in:
Ghana with our first trained trainer from Uganda on the team! That means this leader has been through a Learning Community and then trained to now train others just beginning their journey.
South Korea, where PLI’s international training first began 20 years ago, when we didn’t know what we didn’t know, nor did we know what would be on the horizon in 2022!
Des Moines, Iowa, with mostly young pastors and spouses from the upper Midwest building capacity for how to disciple the few to reach the many…together.
Cleveland, Ohio, with mostly church teams cementing rhythms of discipleship in a transformative way.
The week before, we were in Chicago, Illinois with PLI’s first bilingual learning community!
And, as we speak/read, Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains, is about to finish teaching in the new Senior Leader cohort starting this week.
As we celebrate God’s work in all these places, we’re also celebrating His work in Ethiopia!
As we shared last month, the Kale Heywet Church of Ethiopia has a vision of reaching 10 million people through each member sharing the Gospel with one or more persons, and of each of its 10,000 churches starting a new church. PLI has been invited to train the 10,000 new pastors, evangelists, and their spouses who will be needed by those new churches…all by 2028!
In addition to these things, we are excited to announce that Rika Beckly has joined the PLI team as National Director of Donor Engagement.
Rika brings an extensive development background primarily in higher education, most recently at Miami University in Ohio as Senior Director of Development! She has consulted with a variety of nonprofits in coaching advancement staff, executing capital campaigns and shaping endowment initiatives.
Rika is excited to integrate her depth of faith with her development expertise in advancing PLI’s vision of accelerating a movement of the Gospel by training 30,000 leaders to start new evangelistic communities.
A Final Word
One of the distinct aspects of PLI is that most people who’ve been blessed by the PLI family give back to the PLI family. Scan back over the updates here and find a place to be a blessing!
Invite a leader forward to a new Learning Community.
Invite to a Spanish-English Learning Community in particular.
Invite your church’s mission budget or you yourself to help fund the training of leaders to reach 10 million people for Christ in Ethiopia!
And, if nothing else? Simply receive our thanks from the PLI family for being a part of it!