And we’re off… (January 2012 Update)

Dear CULTURELink Partners,

As January began, we hit the ground running. In just two weekends, we trained 115 leaders and retrained 12 CULTURELink alumni. February brings another class, and two more are scheduled in March and May. That makes a total of five this spring!

In addition to the seminars and other speaking engagements already on the calendar, January brought us another unique opportunity. In the 2012 Atlanta class, a representative from an inner-city ministry called The Atlanta Dream Center attended our CULTURELink seminar. This person is responsible for receiving over 70 teams from across the United States —1200 people each year—for short-term mission trips to Atlanta. These teams will be conducting prostitute rescue, feeding programs, children’s ministry, and many other activities.

This young man left our seminar in Atlanta saying, “While I cannot guarantee that every team will come to Atlanta prepared and discipled, I can make sure that while they are here they are trained, discipled, and equipped.”

With his desire as a catalyst, I have begun working with The Atlanta Dream Center staff on a weekly basis to prepare them to properly receive short-term missionaries. In March, we will field test a “receiving” discipleship program. During March alone, I will have the privilege to speak eight different times to 300 college students that will come to Atlanta to serve with the Dream Center. We have also planned special devotional, debriefing, and life application sessions for these short-term missionaries. Please pray for The Atlanta Dream Center staff and me as we prepare to take this ministry deeper and hope for long-term life change in each student that comes to Atlanta in March.

Thank you, as always, for being a part of CULTURELink.

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