Boarding a Soviet era bus, we sat down next to Polly Poole, a man we met a few days earlier. The trip from Tallinn, Estonia to Leipa, Latvia was an eight-hour bus ride. Polly was a businessman with a passion to make Christ known to the whole world. As the bus started rolling, we said to him, "Tell us the deeper things God has shown to you".
Polly began with his personal testimony of the power of Christ to transform a life. Then, he imparted wisdom into our hearts. It was a master class arranged by God. He explained the importance of equipping leaders who will equip other leaders so the spread of the Gospel can be accelerated. He shared,
“Jesus said the ‘harvest
is plentiful but the
workers are few.”
Then he challenged us to dedicate our lives to fulfilling the Great Commission. He began to mentor us, and six years later, he served as the founding board chairman of the International Leadership Institute. When Polly went to heaven, his daughter, Pam, called and said, “We believe daddy would like for you to have his personal desk.” Today, we write from this very desk this tribute about James “Polly” Poole, who paved the way for us.
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When an eight-hour bus ride leads to a challenge to dedicate your life to the Great Commission, amazing things can happen! Read how Wes and Joy Griffin, co-founders of ILI, were inspired by Mr. James Poole!
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When God restores our relationship with Him, He also heals the relationship with the most important person on earth, our spouse.