First discipleship weekend in Burkina Faso, West Africa

“Your teaching has opened my ears to be able to listen to God on my own”   – young Burkina Faso leader Ghana shares the northern border with the country of Burkina Faso.  Although culturally similar in ways, Burkina is French speaking.  Local dialects span country borders, however, which laid the ground for YLI CoachesContinue reading “First discipleship weekend in Burkina Faso, West Africa”

Naomi’s “Van-Bus” Project

Naomi’s love, and expertise as an educator and a discipler, was making an impact, but transportation was needed…. In Africa, it is not uncommon for subsistence farmers to pick up and move in order to find a piece of fertile land from which to feed their families. Wherever they settle, many build impromptu villages inContinue reading “Naomi’s “Van-Bus” Project”

#smallbatch Listening to God AT Course

A Listening to God Pilgrimage April 20-23, 2017, YLI #smallbatch discipleship is hosting the first intimacy with God mini-pilgrimage on the Appalachian Train in North Carolina.  Younger leaders of any hiking ability will have the opportunity to learn more about intimacy with God, hearing God’s voice, and will be coached in developing an individualized 30-day experiment to hear God’sContinue reading “#smallbatch Listening to God AT Course”

Why does disciple making not happen more among us USA church folk?

Although I love the growth and multiplication happening in YLI, I’ve also come to terms with embraced that going deep with a few in discipleship doesn’t have mass-appeal.  And as I’ve had the joy to get to know many of you, I have learned that you are OK with that.  You support YLI because you believe: Jesus meant for making disciples to be a priority for Christ-followers, and… There is much evidence thatContinue reading “Why does disciple making not happen more among us USA church folk?”

Sarah Roy Sheppard Moye February 21, 1936 – January 02, 2017

  Mrs. Sarah Roy Sheppard Moye, age 80, of Atlanta, died Tuesday, January 2, 2017. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 5th at 11:30 a.m. at Davisboro United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Davisboro City Cemetery. The Reverend Ron Dixon and Reverend John Wesley Moye will officiate. Pallbearers willContinue reading “Sarah Roy Sheppard Moye February 21, 1936 – January 02, 2017”

Unfortunately, the police did not approve.

If you read the post below about King James school last week, please read this post. Naomi needs prayer and love right now. And she needs practical help too. Here is a message from her this afternoon. “The sad news is that the police have seized my car (Toyota Corolla) because we’ve been overloading itContinue reading “Unfortunately, the police did not approve.”

When a flood wipes out your school.

Children of migrant workers celebrated in grand fashion. Perseverance, Hope, Love, Restoration. Two years ago, Naomi, my dear friend and YLI Coach, opened a small two-room school in Sunyani, Ghana with a giant vision: educate children of migrant workers.  Its called “King James Educational Complex”* Naomi poured her life (and personal income) into the school, but tragically in May a flood devastated the facility.Continue reading “When a flood wipes out your school.”

March Madness — for the love of underdogs

a 91 second video: challenging commonly-held leadership beliefs. Are you the type that is drawn to underdogs?  Did you inexplicably pick UNC-Wilmington over Duke in your bracket yesterday?  Backing an underdog is risky business, but there are few experiences more exhilarating than a David knocking off an arrogant Goliath. Servant leaders around the world, including in Ghana, are ‘Davids’ — underdogs swimmingContinue reading “March Madness — for the love of underdogs”

Jesus in the shadow of the slave market

On my last Ghana trip, I visited a town called Salaga, and saw the sign announcing “Welcome to Salaga Slave Market”.  It seemed a far too cheerful way to mark the dirt on which, for hundreds of years, slaves were brought from all over West Africa to be sold.  Salaga was an important way station for the African slaveContinue reading “Jesus in the shadow of the slave market”

What’s new with Shoot4Life and Vincent Asamoah

  Vincent has seen Shoot4Life grow over the last six years from ten young adults learning basketball on a borrowed court to a widespread program that is reaching 3000 children.  The ministry now even owns three courts.  Despite this growth, Vincent still focuses his energy on the young adult basketball coaches he is training toContinue reading “What’s new with Shoot4Life and Vincent Asamoah”