A Call to Advance From the Desk of the President
Our names are important. Many times we embody the very names given to us. It's nomistake that God gave our founder, Dr. David Shibley, the name Global Advance over 30 years ago. Yes, we are global, but this year God is highlighting the word advance . Here are some of the foun- dational ways God is speaking to us regarding our call to ADVANCE: We're called to take enemy territory. Jesus was always about advancing His Father's agenda. 1 John 3:8 says that, "the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the work of the devil." The Great Commission is a charge to advance; to GO, andmake disciples of every nation (Matthew 28:18-19). At Global Advance, we use the term "frontline leaders" because they are the ones closest to enemy lines. It is vital that we equip and empower national leaders working on the front lines of the gospel's advance. We're called to move forward. The apostle Paul said this in Philippians 3:13: "But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on toward the goal..." Our world and its values are constantly changing. The fundamentals of the gospel and the Christ-honoring life will never change! At Global Advance we are firm on our mission, but will always be evaluating the best methods to accomplish the mission. As we take bold steps tomove forward in the things of God, we can expect His provision, protection, and power because God has allowed Global Advance to be a front-runner inmany ways. Thirty years ago, fewminis- tries completely focused on training and equipping indigenous leadership. In the early 2000's, we stepped into a distinct role in the pioneering of marketplace missions. Once again, God has givenGlobal Advance a very rare and unique assignment to build interna- tional collaborative coalitions: national teams comprised of top leaders, whose kingdom impact is faster-moving and further-reaching, because they're working together. Inmany ways, we're called It is by His Spirit, not by our own efforts, that His missionwill be accomplished through us. We believe and look forward to the day when Psalm 22:27 becomes a reality: "All the families of the nations will bow down before Him." Together, may we advance in every good thing He has called us to in 2020! Gratefully commissioned, Jonathan Shibley President, Global Advance to plant seeds which others will benefit from. As we ADVANCE together, let's remember this: It is always God's heart to advance His Kingdom and gospel. He's the never-changing God. We're called to lead the way.
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