Global Leaders Gathering
From June 16-24, leaders from all over the globe will convene in Kenya for Tirzah's Global Leaders Gathering. We know this meeting is valuable to each one of our partners and regional leaders. Here, in their own words, is what the conference means to them!
There are two main reasons I love the Tirzah International Leaders Conference:
1. We can be united within diversity in Christ (Ephesians 2:11-22, Psalm 133).
2. We can learn from each other how the Lord is doing miraculous things to help our women, young and old, in our respective areas and nations, so that we can glorify God.
I so look forward to meeting with my global sisters every four years! We have come a long way from our first meeting in Korea in 1995 under the banner of the AD2000 movement with Lorry Lutz and many of us have become friends sharing our prayer requests and praising together for answered prayer. The older group has had more than 20 years of friendship, something that cannot easily be replaced, so meeting face to face reminds us of our first commitment to world evangelization.
As we grew older, some have stood down and were replaced with younger activists, a very encouraging group that brought new energy and interests - we continued to embrace, pray for and strengthen each other in our different callings. There are not many global women leaders connecting like this which is unique. Even though I have a very busy schedule I prioritize this time of meeting my friends, sharing our stories, and connecting at many levels.
Judy + Esther, Kenya
It is such a blessing and encouragement when the entire group of Tirzah Global leaders meets together to share what the Lord is doing in their areas of influence. In 1 Corinthians 14:26, Paul says "what is the outcome then, brothers and sisters? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification." We couldn't say it any better! But we're visual, too. Here's an image that gets at the pivotal outcome of these meetings:
Having had the opportunity to visit and see first hand the work of Tirzah in Ethiopia and Burma, I can testify it is an encouragement in our work to meet with the women in partner programs and the leaders. To look into the eyes and heart of another woman whose life has been transformed by the gift of training to start a business that brings dignity and provision to her family and community is inspiring. In Australia my role is mentoring young female leaders in faith. My heart is also to travel and encourage the teams of women working around the word with Tirzah.
Taking part in the Tirzah International meeting is very important for me, considering it will be a time of fellowship with sisters from other cultures who carry out significant work in the Lord's work. I am willing to learn and learn from my dear sisters! It will be a time of refreshment, learning, renewal of forces and experiences that, of course, will contribute to the continuity of projects in Brazil.
For us, as a leader in Francophone Africa, this World Leaders' Meeting has always been profitable and still a great blessing for several reasons:
1) The unity of the children of God in their diversity is the vision of our Lord Jesus Christ and his practice is very good and an example to imitate for the edifying of the Body of Christ.
2) The exchanges during these meetings, in my experiences, enrich and develop the mentality and the know-how for myself as leader but also for the women that I direct.
3) For the first time, African land receives the world meeting of Tirzah, and it is a great joy! Someday I hope that Francophone Africa will host this meeting so that women discover the wonderful dimension of the love of God for women.
The reason it is very important to meet as ministers and life changers. It is because when we meet we learn from one another. We pray together and encourage one another! "Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed." (Ecclesiastes 4:9)
ksenija, eastern europe
As a leader in Eastern Europe, I often feel lonely, discouraged, and tired because of the amount of work and because the results are not always as I'd like them to be. To meet with other Tirzah leaders helps me because I can learn from their experiences and brainstorm new ideas in our meetings. Also, when we pray for and listen to each other, I can open my heart and the other leaders will understand my experience and encourage me.
Fellowship is so much more than just sending emails to one another. When I hear what God is doing on the other side of the globe, I am so encouraged! Whenever I go to a Tirzah conference, it's like plugging in my batteries to charge - I come home spiritually filled up, ready for new challenges for God's glory.