Chasing lions is a fascinating title to me and in this issue you will read
numerous stories about Southern Baptists and missionaries who are doing just
that! As I think about the challenges ahead of us in the 21st century to reach
North America for Christ, I have been asking the question, “What kind of
leadership will it take?” I think I have the answer. Lion chasers!
The one person in Scripture who epitomizes this kind of leadership for me is
Daniel. As a young man he was wrenched from his home and taken to a foreign
nation as a captive. The favor of God was on his life and he was an effective
leader, even in these difficult circumstances. Here are some of the leadership
qualities he displayed:
He had Character (Daniel 1:8)
He had Courage (Daniel 1:12)
He had Consecration (Daniel 6:5)
He worked in Collaboration (Daniel 1:6)
He worked Cross-cultural (Daniel 1:4)
He was a Catalyst for change (Daniel 6:26)
God used Daniel to influence two world empires and the reign of four kings.
He still uses leaders who display these qualities. Let me share with you the
story of just such a leader.
Mirimichi Valley Community Church is located just south of Doakown, New
Brunswick, Canada. Doaktown is a community of 1,200 people. When church planter
Dave Storey drove through the town before planting the church, he saw several
young people doing and selling drugs in the community. Now, many of those same
kids and their dealers have given their hearts to the Lord. Mirimichi Valley
Community Church is only a year-and-a-half old. They meet in a remodeled
grocery store and have more than 160 people in attendance. But of those 160
people, more than 100 of them are new believers! On Sunday in July, 18 people
gave their hearts to Christ and were baptized. The Monday and Tuesday after
that, eight more people gave their hearts to the Lord! WOW! What is Dave’s
strategy? Get 100 names of lost people and begin to pray diligently for them—up
to three hours in prayer every morning—and spend most of the rest of the day
Now that’s a lion chaser. The question, though, is—are you?
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prayer leading up to our national elections.
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