This three-year project has been a partnership among CBM and four Baptist denominations—from Kenya, South Sudan, DR Congo, and Rwanda. A cohort of 16-17 leaders of these denominations (including at least one woman from each denomination) has gathered for an “exchange” of leadership challenges and formation. I have been privileged to lead a daily one-hour Bible study at the gatherings and also give 1-3 hours of continuing formation and theological integration. We have learned to read the OT as a spiritual guide; we have read the Psalms as the way God’s people keep in touch with God’s reality in the midst of trauma and tragedy; we have explored the wisdom teaching of the OT and NT for leaders in tough places; and we have contemplated the call to “abide and go” as the rhythm that sustains life on mission with God.

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