In Dhaka, Bangladesh DAI has offered Emerging Leader Forums for young leaders since 2010. Leaders, from various organizations and churches, come together three times a year for a three day forum. They then meet as small groups throughout the year for in-depth discussion and team activities.
Each group is challenged with the task of finding community service projects to do as a team. “Creative service projects are one of the best methods we have found to teach servant leadership,” says Jonny Abraham, DAI Coordinator. One small group, who had been meeting since March 2014, decided to clean the toilets at the nearby cricket stadium, in hopes of helping to improve the situation for all who used them.
After this faithful group acquired permission from the local politician, they got to work. Upon arrival, they received an overwhelming positive response from the stadium workers. The team decided to go back a second time as they felt a real sense of joy in serving their community.
In the process of learning servant leadership these young leaders were also great examples to the politician and the stadium workers, who are likely asking themselves what would make this group want to clean toilets. We know the answer…Jesus.