While teaching on the faculty of an ILI National Conference, I got a call from the organization I had served with for 17 years. They informed me they were scaling back and my position was being cut. The room went silent... all I could hear was, “You’re fired.”
I returned to the conference at a loss for words, but God immediately gave me affirmation, “This is not the end.” Suddenly, I had peace about losing my job, and God laid Romans 5:5 on my heart.
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His
love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.
As I sat in the back of the conference, the word "hope" continued to stir in my heart, and I believed God was calling me to start a ministry focused on hope.
After three months of praying and planning, Hope Ministries was finally born. We have a vision to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to people of Africa where the need for leaders is great. With fresh fire, we started equipping men and women in the ILI Eight Core Values to accelerate the spread to the Gospel.
Later that year, we held a National Conference and encouraged participants to complete the 90-day challenge of multiplying their training. By God's grace, in the last two years, 1,201 men and women have been equipped.
ILI is more than a training event.
It is a way of life.
In 2012, Jabulani attended an ILI National Conference in Kenya under the leadership of ILI Director for English-Speaking Africa, David Thagana. Today, Jabulani is a pastor and the National Director of Hope Ministries in Zimbabwe. His dynamic Bible teaching continues to be a great encouragement to his fellow pastors and hundreds of men and women equipped through Hope Ministries' seminars and conferences.
Staring out at the poor remnants of a terrorist attack, John and his team set to work to provide relief. They never could have imagined how God would use their efforts to change the lives of four men.
After the end of a severely unhealthy relationship, Olga began to wonder why God even allowed that season in her life. When she was introduced to couple who kept God at the center of their marriage, it all became clear...
My heart sunk when ILI leaders came to my high school to talk to us about the consequences of pornography consumption. There was a silence and seriousness I had never felt with my classmates, and in a strange way, it was unifying. Now my life is on a different path. I'm not going back.
When God restores our relationship with Him, He also heals the relationship with the most important person on earth, our spouse.
Lying amidst a splattering of corn, beans, and rotting cabbage, wrapped in a smudged blue towel, was a baby boy. That’s when Andrew told me to call Anne.
After a short-term mission trip to India, Peter questioned who would tell those who haven't heard the Gospel in India. God's answer to him was simple... "You will."