by Kelly Kumbu, Regional Director for the Francophone World
Recently, I was approached by a Christian leader at a DAI workshop. With a beaming face, he shook my hand and said something about a personal epiphany he gained about his life and leadership. Then he asked a rhetorical question that betrayed his frustration with the Church in his country: “Why is the Church culture not characterized by the values of excellence and efficiency?”
This seasoned leader’s words echo the sentiments of many in the Francophone region.
DAI’s active presence in the region has played a critical role in creating a new leadership paradigm rooted in the biblical worldview. In a day and age when French-speaking leaders still remain among the least-engaged leaders in the Christian world due to English being a more dominate economic language, DAI stepped in with training materials in French. They provide an excellent way for thousands of leaders from various backgrounds, denominations, occupations and even ages to grow.
In Cameroon for instance, DAI recognizes the value of training youth to use their giftings to change their circumstances and culture. While in Senegal, DAI encourages men and women to work together in leadership as God's image-bearers and co-stewards of His creation.
In other countries, like Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, and Togo, the Church is growing in leaps and bounds while facing some unique challenges, like persecution of Muslim background believers. Thus, DAI prioritizes teaching Christian leaders to strategically plan for future growth and the resulting pushback.
Finally, DAI teaches servant leadership in Burundi, the Republic of Congo, and Haiti, where the Church has also grown exponentially and has faced discipleship challenges. It risks becoming a mile wide and an inch deep.
"DAI is expanding our services in French to enable us to
annually train 10,000 leaders by 2020. We dream to raise up
a corps of Francophone leaders who will live out Christ-like
leadership and promote the values of excellence, integrity
and efficiency in their milieu." - Kelly