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Looking to Younger Leaders for Future Growth and Impact
Letter from the President
As DAI is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the average age of it’s staff is declining! How can this be happening? Because more and more young leaders are joining DAi’s staff. At the Egypt conference three of these leaders from Asia, the Middle East and Latin America shared their strategies for training and mentoring their peers, and ideas of how DAI should look in the future.
Daneli Urena, one of our younger leaders working in Latin America, pictured with me in the upper right, attended the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in August and came back with this great story: “I was sitting between two African women on our way to church when I asked, Where are you from and what to you do? One of them replied, ‘I’m a Kenyan, and I’ve worked as a Project Manager with World Vision for 8 years.’ She then asked me the same question. As I was sharing that I worked with DAI, she quickly interrupted me, ‘I graduated from that program! Such a transformational program.’ She added, ‘It’s something the leaders of our country desperately need.’ She was the fourth person in the span of four days I had run into who is participating, or had participated, in DAI’s Master’s program.”
It is thanks to your support that stories like this are possible. We believe younger leaders will help lead the charge for positive change in the developing world. An investment in a young leader goes far beyond the individual. They will use their experiences to influence their peers, communities and future generations.
Join us to ensure they have the biblical leadership principles and practices to extend the kingdom of God. Please consider a financial gift to support DAI’s work with young leaders around the globe.
The Privilege of Investing
by Paul Borthwick, DAI Senior Consultant
Three specific events over the past year have made Christie and me excited about DAI’s decision to deeply invest in next generation leaders.
At the DAI-related South Asia Leadership conference in Nepal in September 2015, my wife, Christie, and I had the opportunity to hear from, and encourage the vision of, young leaders from South Asia looking to influence cultures and nations dominated by Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism. Their energy and creativity is focused on bringing Kingdom-of-God values into government, business, technology and the church.
At the DAI 20th Anniversary gathering in Egypt in June 2016, we listened to younger leaders articulate their vision for the future of DAI and their open invitation to older leaders to walk their journey with them.
And finally, at the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Jakarta in August 2016, I met young men and women serving as Christian leaders under oppression in places like Iran and Syria; serving to transform cultures in places like Sri Lanka and Western Europe; and looking to shape the marketplace with Christian values and integrity in places like Brazil and the Middle East.
At this stage in our lives, and in the ministry of DAI, it is our great privilege to help encourage and shape younger men and women who will take the Christian movement into places we will never be able to go.
How Younger Leaders are Leading the Way Forward
Fredrick Matakidi shares about the difficulties young leaders face in a nation torn apart by war and poverty, and how the MAOL program has impacted him.
In the past eight years, DAI has trained close to 600 young Nepali leaders in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
After ten years of providing leadership training for adults, Nicholas Wafula, DAI Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, feels led to do the same for youth in Uganda.
DAI’s commitment to partnerships comes with the benefit that we get to be part of the work of groups like International Care Ministries (ICM).
- $20 Provides a Children’s Leadership Camp
- Help children ages 9-14 learn about biblical servant leadership, in contrast to what they see modeled in their countries, in hopes of impacting the future leadership of their nations.
- $50 Provides a Young Leader with a Life-Transforming Workshop
- Help a young Christian leader reach their full leadership potential with the gift of a multi-session workshop.
- $125 Provides One Month of DAI’s Master’s Program
- Give a young Christian leader one month of DAI’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program to see servant leadership transforming governments, businesses and ministries.
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