On 16th March 2017, I turned 39. I give thanks and praise to God! Yet barely 24 hours prior, I was a little discouraged. No, not a midlife crisis :) My disappointment came from discovering a CAD 4,839.01 hole in my ministry account. I’ll tell you why.
As I enter my 40th year of life this week I’m thinking LEGACY—how you and I will be remembered after we’re long gone. How will our lives continue on, even though we are dead? Martin Luther King Jnr. died at 39, at my age, shot in the jaw while readying himself to lead one of his characteristic civil rights marches. What if Luther King had said, “life begins at 40?” His legacy is still celebrated every year the world over.
For a 40th year legacy project, my aim is to raise CAD 40,000 ($4,000 for every decade of my life) over the next 24 months, from 17th March 2017 to 15th March 2019 for what I believe is the greatest legacy you and I can ever leave: godly, effectual servant leaders transformed to transform nations and generations. This means raising only CAD 1,667 each month for the next 2 years. WHAT will you contribute to the President’s Scholarship for Global Leadership?
One of my favourite leaders, Peter Scazzero, puts this task bluntly: “We must train the next generation for leadership. The world population is now 7.2 billion people. It will be 8.5 billion in 2030 and 9.7 billion people by 2050. Think about that: We will add 2.5 BILLION people in the next 33 years! Who will be the apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists to equip these additional 2.5 billion people?” And to think that even today there are 3.5 billion people in our world still to be transformed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Each of us will need to reevaluate our lives and adjust our “wineskins and priorities to meet this acute need.” WHO will you contribute to this task?
STARTING WITH ME
I am offering the 'second half' of my life as a living sacrifice to God and you for this task. Half of this CAD 40,000 will be an investment in Yaw Perbi towards academic rigour, deeper spiritual formation and reflective praxis for the task unfinished.
So, a few months ago I took the plunge and was accepted into the prestigious Fuller Seminary’s Master of Arts in Global Leadership (MAGL). It has been a rich soul-searching experience for one who is more of a doer than a reflector. My transformation is affecting everything about me including slowing down for loving union with Jesus and leading out of the strength of my marriage. The organisations I lead are on the path of deeper discipleship and emotionally healthy leadership as a result.
A course at Fuller costs USD 1,200. The MAGL consists of 9 core courses taken in sequence with the rest of my cohort from around the world and 9 electives, resulting in a total of USD 15,120 or CAD 19,656 after a special 30% discount I negotiated for ISMC staff (not counting books and travel and lodging expenses over the two years).
So far, I have invested nearly CAD 5,000 having taken three courses, including one on-campus session. That explains the largely explains the gaping CAD4,839.01 in my ministry account from which I serve the cause of international students globally and from which I’m paid!
THE ASK—A GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING
The other half of this legacy project is to provide SEED to invest in other staff and international students towards their leadership development including setting up a Global Leadership Incubator and a Leadership Institute.
I invite you to give to the President’s Scholarship for Leadership. If 17 people sign up to give CAD 100 monthly we’ll meet the full target in 24 months. You may also decide to sponsor a whole course (CAD 1,200). If you have access to a foundation or other scholarship scheme that can make a grant of multiple thousands of dollars that will be awesome too.
Whatever you do, please make some contribution to my birthday and the birth of many multiple global leaders as a result--a gift that keeps giving.
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