Christian leaders in this region face a wide range of issues. Some suffer from isolation and persecution for their faith, making them stronger in some ways, but often hungry for needed resources to help them keep learning and growing. Others suffer from what some would describe as a “post-Christian” environment which leaves them feeling isolated for completely different reasons, and in need of encouragement and help in working effectively in that challenging environment. Many struggle with the top-down leadership approach and lack of initiative and responsibility inherited from the post-soviet mentality.
Working with younger leaders is a primary strategy for DAI throughout this region. In some parts, the leaders are young in age and their faith having only recently become believers. They are hungry for outside teaching, mentoring and support. In other places like Belgium, while work with the more established church has been consistent, it is the younger leaders who demonstrate lots of vitality and have engaged actively with DAI, inviting our mentoring and teaching. DAI has also been very active in creating curriculum and publishing leadership resources in this region, both for local and global use.
HISTORY OF DAI IN THIS REGION
DAI began training in France and Belgium as early as 1997 and then working closely with Russian leaders soon after. DAI was incorporated in Belgium and in Russia in 2001. Ministry in Russia has been done in all of the 7 regions, which embrace 11 time zones. It spread into the neighboring Countries – the former Soviet Union Republics as they inherit common language and leadership traditions.
DAI UK focuses on providing support for DAI staff and faculty globally. They coordinate the research and development of new leadership training materials for use throughout DAI’s international network, and are key to staff development. They also provide consulting and mentoring to local leaders and have recently begun some training with ethnic minorities. Learn more about DAI’s UK office here.
- CENTRAL ASIA (5 countries)
- UNITED KINGDOM*
*Indicates Ministry Center