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GLS 2012 Photos and Stories

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1: Dear Friends, I hope you enjoy taking a look through the following pages on how the Global Leadership Summit unfolded around the world in 2012. We believe God-inspired leadership has the power to transform even the most hopeless of situations. You're a partner in a global movement that is a game changer for the Kingdom. We thank you for your support. Blessings, Jimmy Mellado President, Willow Creek Association

4: Uganda Sri Lanka Canada Mexico Congo Nigeria Korea New Zealand Sierra Leone South Africa United Kingdom Malaysia East Australia Brazil Bolivia Guatemala Indonesia Kosovo Namibia Nicaragua | Taiwan Ethiopia Dominican Republic Honduras Iceland Norway Romania Russia Togo Venezuela Kazakhstan Ghana South Korea Argentina Kenya Myanmar Albania Burkina Faso Chile China Croatia | Czech Republic Ecuador Estonia Hong Kong Sweden Ukraine Japan Haiti El Salvador France Latvia Lithuania Malawi Netherlands Peru Portugal Slovakia Belgium Jordan Egypt Liberia Faroe Islands Panama Colombia | Zambia India Bulgaria Denmark Finland Senegal Singapore Note that the GLS is held in additional countries that we are unable to list here for security purposes

6: August 9 & 10 The Global Leadership Summit (GLS) kicked off in South Barrington and was broadcast via satellite to over 300 host sites across the United States. | August 11 International leaders selected sessions for their cultural context and needs. Sessions were chosen from various years of GLS archives. | 2012 Year in review

7: August - September Each GLS session and related resources were translated into 42 languages. Volunteer GLS committees in each of the 90 countries promoted and spread the word about the GLS. The first few GLOBAL events started at the end of August. | October GLS was hosted in over 100 cities November GLS was hosted in over 165 cities December - April GLS is hosted in 17 cities

9: “We had an opportunity to allow our hearts to respond to the teachings we were receiving. We prayed and committed to be better leaders so we can transform our work places as well as the whole world. In this training, we had leaders from around the country from different regions. People prayed for one another and asked God to unite us and make us one people for the glory of His Kingdom.” - GLS Leader, Tanzania | Africa

10: “The Global Leadership Summit in the Democratic Republic of Congo came at the right time. It was a time of reflection and meditation after two years of political issues and fighting of rebels and militias” - GLS Attendee, Congo 2012

11: “Praise and thanks be to the God in Heaven for having given me this great opportunity to attend the GLS. It has equipped me so much. I can now boldly stand in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to take up leadership positions, and by the grace of God, lead where I am.” - GLS Attendee, Sierra Leone 2012

12: " a professional Christian woman, this [Condoleezza Rice] session has greatly inspired me to see that I too can grow to greater heights, while leading where I am, and maintaining my status as a Christian." - GLS Attendee, Kenya 2012

15: Eastern Europe

16: "The one thing that the Spirit has done in my heart more than anything else is to take all the fear, anxiety and doubt I had about my ability to lead and replace it with confidence, vision, and the hope and assurance that what He is calling me to, I can accomplish. My hunger and thirst for the things of God are deepening because I know I can't do what He is calling me to do without Him." - GLS attendee, Cambodia | Asia

17: "God used the Myanmar GLS to gather leaders from different denominations, tribes, languages, and races, including some Chinese pastors. This is the first and only leadership training event in Myanmar able to hold such a gathering. We think that God used this event to create a platform for leaders to gather in peace and pray for unity in our nation. It also helped leaders to change their perspective towards servant leadership; this is such a paradigm shift for leaders here. We had a sense of God’s favor and anointing as leaders gather; it is both historical and empowering to us." - GLS Leader, Myanmar 2012

18: Christian leaders in India are confronted with extreme poverty and daily persecution, as only 2.3% of the population calls themselves a Christian, while 80.5% are Hindu, and 13.2% are Muslim. Christian leaders in India desire to bring the Summit into their country to encourage and equip leaders with resources to continue to bring the message of Christ into their communities.

19: "Many Indian church leaders literally risk their lives and property in order to follow a Kingdom calling, so any and every encouragement they get from events like the GLS is precious to them."

23: "Riberalta, Bolivia is a small town right in the middle of the jungle of Bolivia on the border with Brazil, 95 degrees Farenheit, 95% humidity. 130-140 people attended the GLS here, experiencing the Summit for the first time. They were so engaged with every session, clapping, laughing, praying...It is an amazing thing for them to experience a world class event like the GLS coming to their small town. Which is a town that no one remembers, no one visits, has no events, no visiting preachers, nothing...but the GLS was there. I cried to see people in such poor condition receiving life from the Lord through the teaching of the GLS." - GLS Leader, Bolivia 2012 | Latin America

24: “After the first year I attended, I came back inspired and started implementing change. My leaders told me I was crazy and didn’t quite follow my train of thought on changes I made. So this year, I brought them all with me. All know that after the event to watch out, because change is about to happen.” - GLS Attendee, Brazil 2012

26: A Little Bit of History... Founded in 1992, Willow Creek Association (WCA) is a not-for-profit Christian organization that exists to maximize the transformative power of the local church. Our vision is to see every local church reach its full redemptive potential -- becoming an unbridled conduit for the transforming power of Jesus Christ. In short, we provide vision, inspiration, connection, tools, training, resources, and venues for church leaders like you to learn from and support one another. Serving Leaders Worldwide... For nearly 20 years, the WCA has developed a respected history of excellence and innovation in serving local churches and their leaders. We're privileged to serve alongside 7,000 Member Churches representing more than 90 denominations and training leaders in 90 countries. Over the course of a year 15,000 churches engage with our vision, training, and resources.

27: Together, we know we can achieve our goal: A sustainable model for Christian leadership development in circumstances where local leaders are crying out for encouragement, training and support. Through your prayer and financial support, you provide leaders in under-resourced regions access to world-class training and tools to sharpen their leadership. To connect with us on how you can be more involved, please feel free to call us at 800-570-9812, or by email at

28: "When God transforms the life of just one leader, that leader can transform a church. When one church is transformed, you can transform a community. And... eventually the entire world is affected with the positive, life-changing power of Jesus Christ and the restoring work of His people." - Bill Hybels

29: "I am passionate about what can happen when God captures the heart of a faith community and it becomes a life- transforming agent to its community and the world as He intended." - Jim Mellado

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