As I said in part 2 of this journey, for the next few blogs, I thought I’d give some insight into the key “stakeholders” of Global Action. In my last blog, I talked some about our international board. This week, I want to highlight our staff around the world. Each one has given of themselves, their families, and personal resources to make it happen for Global Action. You will not find a group more dedicated to the Lord.
Here in the US, we have a small staff of 3 full-time and 3 part-time staff. Over the past few years, we've had to trim down our staff from 12 members to the current number. As you can imagine, we stay extremely busy because the work hasn't been trimmed down. They work long hours to get the job finished. In a recent visit from one of our board members, he commented that he had never seen the staff as close and morale as high. This encourages me because many times, people see all the wonderful things that go on in ministry throughout the world but don’t realize what it takes to make everything happen. If it were not for the “behind the scenes” work done here in the US, the work couldn't happen overseas. It would be easy to overlook them or not to understand what they do. From the accounting both here in the US and around the world, state registrations, handling travel and program logistics, computers, websites, fundraising, and coordinating, to keeping everyone in multiple countries on the same page (and of course, the list is longer than this), needless to say, there is so much to do. Each one is dedicated and motivated to fulfill the vision that God has called us to do. I have to add that every person is involved in their local church and loves God with all their heart.
Currently, we have 4 regional offices outside of the US - Europe, Eastern Europe, Central America, and Central Asia. I’ll say the same about each of those individuals that they work very hard. And without this part of the Global Action “family,” there would be no reason for this organization to exist. For years, they have sacrificially endured persecution, lack of finances, and long hours. Some have survived kidnapping attempts, death threats, and work in some of the most dangerous parts of the world. They have to couple diplomacy with caution and depend on the favor of God to intervene in their daily lives. On a recent trip, I experienced this first-hand. In order to go into different places where ministry was happening, we had to get “permission” from both the police and the gang lords! Their main priorities include administration, identifying and recruitment of leaders, mentoring and support, organizing programs, and anything else that comes up.
I can’t say enough about each one of them and how much I appreciate the team that God has assembled at Global Action. I look forward to the growth in their lives and as we expand, the new people that will join us in the future!
Please remember them in your prayers. I encourage you to visit our website and see the lives, families, interests, and backgrounds of these dedicated servants of God. They are real people! Feel free to contact them, begin to develop a relationship with them and, at the very least, thank them for the great job they are doing. They would love to hear from you!