NGA News

Desmond Henry

Global Network of Evangelists

Dear NGA members,

My name is Desmond Henry. I am the newly-appointed Director of the Global Network of Evangelists, a ministry of the Luis Palau Association. When the Lord called me into ministry in 1999, He clearly led me to Romans 15:20 where Paul says: “It’s always been my ambition to preach the Gospel where Christ was not known, so that I won’t be building on any else’s foundation”. This verse has been my anchor throughout my ministry and has helped me stay focused. I am a Missiologist and have a God-given calling and desire to see the Ephesians 4 model of missional ministry develop globally. My wife, Lara, is a High School teacher and serves alongside me in ministry, along with our three daughters, Gabriella (age 10); Annabella and Olivia (twins age 7). Please feel free to read more about my family, ministry, and background by clicking here.

What is GNE and how does it impact my membership with NGA?

The Palau Association has been mobilizing, encouraging, equipping, and connecting evangelists for more than 20 years through its Next Generation Alliance (NGA). NGA has grown into a fellowship of more than 800 evangelists, 80% of whom live in North America. We are so thankful for this work and will do everything we can to continue to strengthen this regional ministry as part of the ongoing focus of our Global Network of Evangelists. Yet we believe God has even more in store. And that is our prayer with the new Global Network of Evangelists that we are building. Our aim is to take what we have learned through NGA and use it as a model around the world.

What does this mean practically for current NGA members like you? I’m happy to say, it’s only good news.

In 2020, NGA will officially become the North American expression of our entire Global Network of Evangelists. We will continue to support, encourage, equip and connect you to other like-minded evangelists as we have been doing for many years. But we’ll also be working to create similar networks for other regions around the world. All regions will comprise GNE and your membership with NGA will be a regional expression of GNE. If you are an NGA member outside North America, we are excited to serve you through GNE and explore a network in your region. We will have a special message for you in the new year and provide an opportunity for you to ask questions and begin this conversation. Stay tuned for more information. We will also make some changes to our website in the first quarter of 2020 that will reflect our global focus.

What Does Membership with GNE Mean?

  1. You have a team:
    a. Regular prayer for you and with you
    b. Support and coaching where needed
    c. Collaboration with other GNE members globally
    d. Resource sharing between regions to avoid duplication
  2. Access to specialized evangelism resources:
    a. Helpful tools, documents, and resources to download for free from our website.
    b. Facebook group for community, sharing, and prayer.
    c. Research around city Gospel movements and evangelism teams
    d. Coaching with experienced staff and members when needed
  3. Relevant Podcasts and online resources for your team’s development.
  4. Regional gatherings that inspire, engage, and activate missional intent.
  5. Collaborative ministry opportunities on five continents.
  6. Global reach with over 50 years of Palau experience.

Here is a brief historical sketch of the Global Network of Evangelists, as well as our medium-term strategy to help you become familiar with this new focus.

Background

In 2017, Kevin Palau and Emmanuel Kwizera, International Missions Director for African Enterprise, met and birthed the idea of a Global Network of Evangelists. The Lausanne Movement recently wrote an article about this providential meeting. Then a group of global leaders met in 2018 to dream about the possibility of a global network and what that would look like. In May 2019, a number of global organizations met in Portland at the Luis Palau Association offices to work on a charter for this global network. The organizations represented were: Global Evangelists Forum; The Message Trust (UK); Christ for all Nations; C2C Network; Europe Shall Be Saved; African Enterprise, and the Luis Palau Association.

“This is an exciting moment for the Palau team. Together with continental leaders around the globe representing many organizations and expressions, and with our newly-appointed Director in place, we have launched the Global Network of Evangelists (GNE), a relational network of networks focused on connecting and equipping evangelists around the world to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. GNE will serve the Church by elevating evangelism through the affirmation and support of the ministry of the evangelist, equipping those with this gift of evangelism, enhancing collaboration among evangelists, sharing resources, and working together to reach more people for Jesus Christ in ways that are appropriate contextually. At LPA, we are more committed than ever to the cause of proclaiming the Gospel across the globe and championing the ministry and cause of the evangelist.” Kevin Palau, President of the Luis Palau Association

The Vision

Within the next three years, we desire to see GNE functioning on 5 continents and in 50 strategic countries. Working with City Gospel Movements, our desire is to see 100 cities around the globe—which have already been uniting around prayer and serving the community—form evangelism teams to strategically share the gospel. Alongside the Message Trust, GNE hopes to establish 500 Advance groups within these 50 countries to engage evangelists in small groups where they can further develop and support their commitment to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. The aim of these “Advance groups” is provide evangelists with a safe setting where they can receive instruction, sharpen one another through discussion, and share openly about their personal and spiritual life. We will meaningfully impact 5000 evangelists through our collaborative efforts, leading to 30 effective city-wide festivals which will be catalysts for a broader and deeper regional impact.

We are thankful you are part of the Next Generation Alliance story and look forward to seeing how we can multiply our reach through the Global Network of Evangelists. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you at one of the many upcoming events this year.

Sincerely,

Dr Desmond Henry
Global Network of Evangelists Director

“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.” (Romans 15:20)

Desmond serves as the Global Network of Evangelists Director and is happily married to Lara who is a teacher in a local Christian high school. They have three daughters; Gabriella, Annabella and Olivia.