Lausanne ISM Catalyst

To make the most of the unprecedented tidal wave of the movement of peoples, catalyzing international student ministries globally!

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Founded by the likes of Billy Graham and John Stott, since 1974 when the Lausanne Movement speaks, everyone listens. Today, the Lausanne Movement still exists to "connect influencers and ideas for global mission.” (https://ww.lausanne.org)

As a global extension of my role in Canada as ISMC President, in December 2015 the Lausanne Movement officially invited me to serve as its Catalyst (co-senior associate) with Leiton Chinn (who can be seen with me and some students in the picture above--at the 2015 Urbana student missions conference in St. Louis, USA) for International Student Ministries).

When the first Lausanne International Conference on World Evangelization was hosted by Billy Graham in 1974, there were barely 800,000 international students in the world. Today, there are over 5 million; and it is projected that by 2025 there will be 7.2 million. What does this mean?

God is on the move more than ever before in the history of the world to ensure the spreading of His fame and people getting to know His name! I’m totally excited and honoured to be called by the LORD to help catalyze the Body of Christ from both the West and the Majority World to take full advantage of this global tidal wave of God!

This additional assignment (as if there isn't enough ongoing already!) requires serious time, energy, talent and budgetary commitments, especially for four key meetings in Africa (Ghana in April), Europe (Czech Republic in May), Asia (Indonesia in August) and South America (Panama in October), DV.

From March 16 to June 16, it is my hope and prayer to raise $10,000 to be able to fulfill these crucial Great Commission assignments this year. Apart from my time, Anyele and I are investing our own finances first as a THANKS OFFERING to God for the last thirty and eight years of my life but also as a seed for the global harvest.

Celebrate this birthday (and year) with me in a way that will impact God's kingdom globally and for all eternity--something a card or cake cannot do!

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  • The long phone waves between Montreal and Bouake a couple of days ago were laden with uncontainable excitement! In a few days, Timothee Zana Outtara would be board an airplane for the first time in his life and become a six-week international student at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. He gets to study civic leadership there, meet President Obama in person as a Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI)/Mandela Washington Fellow (June 17~August 3) and thereafter join 1,000 younger leaders from over 160 countries at the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering (YLG) in Jakarta (August 3-10). 

    Who would've thought that out of the ashes of a bloody civil war, such beauty and brilliance would emerge?

    When I met Timothee and his comrades in the rebel stronghold of Bouake as a United Nations peacekeeping officer, there was no comeliness about them. The once promising "Ivory Coast" had been reduced to rubble in many parts; and the state of looted louvres, doorless wooden posts and deserted buildings at the Universite de Bouake was a poignant snapshot of the state of the nation.

    Way beyond my call of duty as a doctor to the UN, every week I would visit the decimated campus and carry out personal and leadership development sessions for a handful of faithful, available (what else was there to do anyway!), teachable and hungry young Ivorians; many of them, Muslim. A handful would even show up on Sunday afternoons for Bible study as well.

    Together we created a library full of inspirational titles, raised money for them to take computer lessons (imagine being in your twenties and not knowing how to switch on a PC!), even organized a trip for a dozen of them to visit Ghana (the first time most of them were ever leaving Cote d'Ivoire) etc.

    But Timo was a primus inter pares. He was not only my translator, he soon became my personal assistant, disciple, brother and friend. It was very clear I could confidently hand over the group to him when I was leaving Cote d'Ivoire in June 2009, after a year. And he has since more than proved me right in many ways, many times over. Not only has the group thrived in Bouake, they have multiplied to other parts of the country under his able leadership. 

    A number of the 'original' mentees have completed their Master's degrees now that normality has returned to Cote d'Ivoire and some, like Timo, are enroled in PhD programmes. Today, a handful of them are married (Timo is married to beautiful Leah), after resolving to live chaste lives following our encounter. Many of them are prominent leaders in their local churches.

    Some have found their entrepreneurial streak, buying lands and running all kinds of businesses, including raising poultry and bulk food distribution. Timo and Djibril have even had the opportunity to work with the United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) in various capacities.

    Over the past year I strongly nominated Timo for both YLG'16 and the Mandela Washington fellowship. I recall stating to the latter, among other things: 

    • "Timothee gives himself wholly to the development of Africa’s foremost resource, the teeming youth, as he mentors, counsels and imparts leadership. He is one of The HuD Group’s bonafide Certified Leadership and Life Coaches and trains scores of emerging leaders in Cote D’Ivoire in holistic and transformational leadership. Any investment in Timothee will yield infinite returns as he in turn immeasurably pours into others." 

    Timothee boards his first flight in his thirties but he gets to meet a sitting president of the United States of America, something his mentor is yet to accomplish :) He's heard his American visitors to Cote d'Ivoire talk so much about their memorable meetings in their favourite cafe and longs to discover what at all there is about that franchise that he intimated over the phone this week: "When you come to visit me in New Jersey, I would like us to meet over coffee at a Starbucks!"

    You see why I aboslutely believe in the development of emerging leaders, whether local or international students? The repercussions and returns are infinite! 

    First flight, first Starbucks, first Presidential encounter... this is only the begining of mutliplied impact of nations and generations, creation and cultures till Jesus returns. Only God can bring such beauty and brilliance out of the cinders of war! 

    Be part of the never-ending God Story. GIVE today!

  • That's the nickname I gave her while we were courting; many moons before our August 5 traditional marriage and August 12 church wedding ceremonies. More than 10 years ago--and we had known each other for 15 years prior to getting romantic--I simply knew by revelation from the LORD that she was "the BOMB": Bone of My Bones.

    Our big dream has been to travel the world together raising global emerging leaders for God's Kingdom and in the early years we literally went everywhere together to minister. Our amazing children coming into the picture changed our ministry dynamics as Anyele now mainly homeschools among other things internally to 'release me' to see to other Kingdom matters, externally. [We truly do believe that our children are our first and primary ministry, our proto disciples; that our home is an incubator for hatching godly, effectual, global servant-leaders first and foremost.]

    When I think of the upcoming Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering (YLG) in Jakarta, I remember with deep appreciation how Anyele still allowed me to honour my YLG '06 invitation to Malaysia even though it was held barely three weeks after our wedding!! That was only the beginning of her serial sacrifices and that is why my latest seminal book, Thinking Outside the Window, is wholeheartedly dedicated to her.

    We both look forward to consistently traveling and ministering together again after graduating all our children (whether four or seven! lol!) but this summer we get to have a foretaste of that, DV. I am deterined to honour my wife of 10 years by traveling with her to YLG'16 in Jakarta as I go and serve as a workshop facilitator (in my role as Lausanne Co-Catalyst for International Student Ministries) and mentor to one of the small groups of the 1,000 younger leaders.

    Not only that, on our way back home from Asia, I'm planning a significant stopover in her dream city to lavish my vacation time and accumulated travel points on her--to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary together in Paris!

    Thank you! to all who responded to my call four days ago to help me honour my dad (friends gave from $50 to $500! God bless you!). It's just TWO DAYS to go, to end this Lausanne ISM fundraising campaign, and I humbly ask the rest of you to consider helping me honour my BOMB this time by assisting us to get to Jakarta to serve the next generation of Kingdom leaders together! I'll handle the anniversary part! LOL!

    Kindly click here to GIVE!  No doubt, we're better together! Anyele's still the BOMB!

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