Recently Brent traveled to Windhoek, Namibia, for a leadership conference with three of his national friends that he has been pouring into over the last several years. Our job title is “Catalyst to Church Planting” which means we help get churches started. A big part of our job is also training up leaders for these churches.
Andy Pettigrew, fellow missionary, writes, “We are praying for a harvest of leaders - a new generation of church. Throughout Botswana, our pastors are either dying or retiring. We have approximately 25 Baptist churches in Botswana and around 10 pastors for those churches. There was a time in which I sensed a famine of leadership. We have been praying for more churches to be planted and existing churches to be strengthened. However, where are the leaders? I have ceased calling it a famine of leaders because I believe the leaders are there. 75% of our population is below the age of 29. Thus, we must be reaching, discipling, and training a new generation of church. Pray with us that we would be diligent to harvest this new generation. Pray that the Lord of the harvest would call our laborers to disciple those leaders. False teachings abound all around us and are seeking to confuse hearts and minds. Pray that these teachings would be silenced and the message of Christ would be proclaimed boldly.”
Above: Sets, Jones, Lesh, and Brent. They each received training at the leadership conference and will conduct training here in Botswana for future potential leaders.
Below: Windhoek has a huge German influence and it is one of the cleanest African cities. This church is one of the older churches in Namibia and has some beautiful architecture.
Above: Lesh, Sets, and Jones with the Namibian flag. Pray for these young men that the Lord would use them as leaders in our Baptist churches throughout Botswana.