Published April 16, 2019

GLS Update From Southeast Asia



Your support changes lives in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia and Nepal.

You’re making a difference in SE Asia and beyond!

All these countries and areas were represented as Summit team leaders from these 11 SE Asian locations gathered in Singapore last week for encouragement, equipping and training. I was grateful for the opportunity to participate in this experience personally and share our gratitude for these leaders who are expanding the GLS in key parts of Asia.

As the 2018-19 international Summit season moves toward conclusion, our global partners have produced more than 700 Global Leadership Summit events with close to 250,000 people attending. As our Asia leaders reported in, they shared story after story of transformation, growth and impact.

Part of the training is to help each country define clarity on why they engage in the Summit in their country and focus on the expected result. One of the days I sat at the table with the country leaders from Indonesia, Philippines and Myanmar. As we talked through why they do the Summit, these partners expressed their commitments, hopes and dreams:

As we talked through why they do the Summit, these partners expressed their commitments, hopes and dreams.

Indonesia: To raise value-driven leaders to influence society and fight social issues in the nation.

Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world, and the largest Muslim population on the globe. Ronny shared how his team has a passion to help pastors stay focused and value-driven in this kind of environment, where there can be an influence for Jesus Christ, and offer an invitation into understanding God as a father who is personal and intimate.

PhilippinesTo influence change towards a unified, transformed, and progressive Philippines.

The Philippines is a collection of 7,000 islands divided into 12 regions. The majority of the population resides on 3 major islands. Sohl described how the GLS is helping to bring unity to this country and also positive change – especially in light of much corruption that is part of both the culture and the society.

MyanmarTo transform the younger people into leaders to transform the country.

Myanmar is a country that has lived the last 60 years under military rule. In this context, leadership tells you what to do, and if you step out of line, it can be painful, and even fatal. Giving courage to young people to begin to step up and lead is counter-cultural, and part of the vision that Lian is bringing to many cities and communities. A church planter who catalyzed a network of 50 new churches in Myanmar, Lian finds hope and shares that hope through the content and experience of the Summit in his country.
As we prayed for each other, encouraged one another, and brought clarity to the vision God has for their country, each country leader described the growth they are trusting God for in the GLS by 2020:

  • Indonesia – 12 GLS sites
  • Philippines – 15 GLS sites
  • Myanmar – 7 GLS sites

Each of these goals requires a significant work of the Holy Spirit in each country and through each of these leaders and their teams to see it realized. They also include ongoing resourcing, support, and help that we can provide through our International GLS team, and through you – leaders of influence and faith who see this vision and are willing to be used by God to see it expanded and multiplied.

Thank you for your continued partnership that touches and transforms lives.

As I listened to their accounts of Summits that are growing and reaching more and more people and having greater and greater impact in countries that daily face oppression, economic struggle, and distress, I reflected on so many of you who generously give and pray to support this training, to offer environments of encouragement, and to provide inspiration and hope that is founded on faith. Thank you for your continued partnership that touches and transforms lives.

You’re making a difference in SE Asia and beyond! You are blessing to Ronny, Sohl, and Lian, and to thousands of influencers who are experiencing the power of God working through a Global Leadership Summit event, birthing grander visions and building courage in the hearts of emerging and established leaders around the world.

About the Author
Tom De Vries is the President and CEO of the Global Leadership Network.

Tom De Vries


Global Leadership Network

Tom joined the Global Leadership Network (GLN) in 2017 as President and CEO. He brings a wealth of expertise to the GLN’s year-round leadership development efforts and the leadership of producing The Global Leadership Summit (GLS), the premier leadership event of the year. Prior to joining the GLN, Tom was the General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), the oldest continuing Protestant denomination in the United States with over 200,000 members and 100 missionaries serving in 40 countries around the world. Tom has a B.A. in Sociology from Wheaton College, a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Western Seminary. He has provided leadership in both the ministry and nonprofit environments serving as a church planter, large church lead pastor and multisite pastor. He served on the central committee of the World Council of Churches and the governing board of the National Council of Churches. Additionally, Tom served on the Board of Trustees for New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Western Theological Seminary and has also taught as an adjunct professor at Western Theological Seminary. Tom played a key leadership role in the launching of a nonprofit focused on food insufficiency in young children and today Hand2Hand feeds more than 8,000 children each weekend through school-church partnerships. He has been a featured guest on NPR, the Salem Radio Network, Life Today Live, Newsmax TV, Moody Radio, the WOW Factor, and Common Good.