Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, the past several months has been fruitful for ELLS International. After seeking the Lord’s guidance for future direction, the board of directors has refocused the ministry of ELLS International around three key ministry priorities: Exposure, Equipping, and Engagement.
ELLS International aims to expose pastors and leaders to biblical and expository preaching; equip them to not only do it, but also train others; and, finally, to engage in the ongoing development and growth of the new missionary force emerging throughout the developing world. Below is a vision statement which succinctly captures our hopes and dreams for this ministry:
We envision pastors and leaders in remote places throughout the developing world becoming faithful expositors of God’s word, growing healthy churches, and mobilizing the next generation of gospel workers to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20).
The heart of our mission remains unchanged: serving the global church by equipping pastors and leaders in remote areas of the developing world to rightly handle God’s word. However, the board felt it important to clarify exactly WHY equipping pastors with no access to formal training is so crucial. The answer? So that churches will be STRENGTHENED and the gospel ADVANCED.
In other words, the goal of all our training is churches becoming stronger/healthier so that more gospel-workers will be sent forth into God’s ripe harvest (Matt. 9:35-38). God is raising up a new missionary force in the developing world, and we believe ELLS International plays a key role by providing pastors and leaders with teaching/training they otherwise would not have access to!
To live into this vision, ELLS International will focus on three key ministries:
We are currently making plans to travel back to Kenya in late January to connect with our key leaders in order to flesh out the details for how this vision might be implemented over the next few years. Please continue to pray for God’s guidance and provision as we seek to live into our calling!