CAN LEADERSHIP TEAM TRAINING REPORT - SEPTEMBER 2019
Young Life Liberia/Change Agent Network First Leadership Training Report
On August 30th – September 1st, 2019 Young Life Liberia led the first Leadership training for Change Agent Network staff. The training brought together 122 staff from Montserrado, Bong, Nimba and Lofa counties. The training was about helping the staff to be good Christian leaders. We began the training with a joyous, fun and exciting welcome. We did some fun games, worship and pray before breaking the participants into five small groups. We believe one of the effective ways of learning is to learn in a small group. For some, the training was a bite strange to them. They thought it was the usual teacher’s workshop they have been attending but it was all about Christ’s leadership style. As the training continued they fully understood and began to enjoy every aspect of it. They interacted with one another in a friendly way and sharing experiences of the classroom and their lives. One of the highlights of the training time was the bible study. Every morning, we did Discovery Bible Study (DBS) with our small group. The Lord revealed new things about leadership. They learned to have patience, a heart to forgive and let go, sacrifice, persevere and standing firm with God no matter what. Young Life Liberia uses the DBS for discipleship and bible study across Liberia and Africa. DBS has questions that lead us to be obedience/action to do something. We believe that effective Bible study highly values action. Transformation happens by what we do ….not our Bible knowledge.
Emmanuel W. Vaewolo a teacher from Wyatt Leadership Academy in Nimba said “my expectations about the training were all based on some classroom rules and procedures to follow as a teacher. But going to Gbarnga at the training, I saw a training that is based on Christian Leadership which also changed my life.” According to Emmanuel, the topics that really impacted him were Jesus' styles of leadership, servant leadership, volunteerism, Integrity and building relationship with others. “I was very overwhelmed with the training and I am willing to volunteer with Younglife in Nimba,” Emmanuel concluded.
One of the teachers said his marriage was at the point collapse and he also had a broken relationship with his wife family. The Lord touched his heart from the DBS story concerning Abraham and Lot in Genesis 13:1-8 where the worker’s quarry but Abraham let go his right for the sake of peace. The teacher promised to reconcile and make peace with his wife and her family upon his returned.
Shemaiah Dolo, a teacher at the Triple A school in Gbarnga says "the training was very different from the other teachers training I have had. We are all guilty of the different topics being discussed here, especially the issue of integrity. So, I'm really challenged to go back and put it to practice from my household to the institution I am working with."
We proclaimed Jesus at the training and the Lord converted people. Three teachers accepted Jesus for the first time and they committed to follow Him. Andrew Gbarndala vice principal for Students Affairs at the Triple A School said he has never experienced such training. Andrew who has been teaching since 1976 revealed “The training was so different because it was about service, humility and transformational leadership. I wish I was young to be an active leader of Young Life.”
Beth Bondeh a janitor who recently lost her home, husband and son in a fire disaster left the training filled with so much joy. The teachings really restored and revived her hope. She was deeply broken and hurt but the Lord put smile on her face. At the end of the training, we raised offering in the amount of $143 to assist her. She was amazed and couldn’t hold back the joy. Beth kept praising the Lord and thanking everyone for being so kind and generous to her.
The participants said they were greatly impacted by the training and they are looking forward for more of such training in the future. “Hope this training will not be the last and we want it extended to other schools as well,” the participants said.
Time was our major challenged; we could not fully cover all the topics. Next time we should allow more time for the training or cut down the number of topics. The facility was good and ideal but we observed some participants coming late to session either they slept out or they went to attend to something else. We had 29 percent women and we would love to see an increase in the future.
Young Life Liberia trainers are Zinnah Yallah, Yancy Dixon, Ethel Dixon Andrews, James Fred and Joan Gbemie Marshall. We also learned new things because it was the first time for us to train teachers.
Thanks to Change Agent Network for giving us such an opportunity to serve your staff. We are honored and grateful to partner with you in lifting Jesus in Liberia. To our friends and donors in the US, this couldn’t have happened without your prayers and support.
Zinnah Yallah Regional Director Young Life Liberia Phone# +231886558083/ 770185645