Global Worker Spotlight
Gary Glahn is the Associate Regional Director for East Africa with East-West Ministries International. Twelve years ago, he left his career in legal office management to become a project manager with East-West, continuing several ministries of a previous missionary in Kenya. The main work was a child sponsorship program in Kitale, Kenya, providing loving Christian homes for orphans and schooling for children in poverty, including those of poor pastors. Since then, though continuing that program, he has focused his efforts on directing church-planting movements among many unreached rural and remote people groups in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.
Gary’s overall objective is equipping and assisting national partners to share Jesus Christ with others, guiding and nurturing new followers of Christ, and forming healthy self-reproducing house churches. East-West partners with national pastors to provide vision; strategy; training and coaching in tools, practical theology, and methods; and assistance with expenses to build a network of house churches led and directed by nationals. Gary works to expand these partners’ reach and depth in ministering to those around them, shifting from addition to multiplication of active followers of Christ.
Believing in a holistic approach to the gospel, Gary also strives to ease suffering due to drought, poverty, illness, and trauma. By partnering with other organizations, he is auguring affordable shallow water wells within remote communities of the Turkana people group in a drought-ridden region of northern Kenya. He provides water filters to Turkana extended family groups to reduce water-borne sickness and death. This year his focus on Mount Elgon in Kenya and Uganda has been to provide Bible-based trauma healing and training on leading healing groups. These are critical provisions that help the national church share Christ with those in their communities and deeper in the bush.
Gary, his wife Sandra, and their daughter Alex live in the Dallas area, from which Gary directs all ministries in East Africa. He is in contact with many national partners daily using various PC- and phone-based apps. He travels to the field three to four times a year for two weeks at a time for relationship-building, training, accountability, assessment of progress, vision casting, setting goals, and provision of physical needs. COVID-19 has greatly restricted his travel in the past two years, but he was able to go to Kenya in August for relationship strengthening, assessment, and training among the Samburu people group.
-- that evangelism and discipleship trainings will effectively penetrate into the generations of the church movements on each field—that gifted trainers will be identified among the churches who will train and develop others;
-- for God’s guidance, strength, protection, provision, and blessing his East Africa national partners in their daily ministry efforts;
-- for development of a self-sustaining trauma healing ministry as part of the over-arching church-planting movement around Mount Elgon; and
-- for wisdom regarding when to travel to Africa, considering health issues and risks.
“I am grateful to God for Lake Ridge Bible Church and the individuals in the church who uphold us in prayer and provide financial support so I can fully engage in this ministry. You are reaching out your arms of compassion to make an incredible difference in the lives of the physically and spiritually poor in East Africa! People are coming to Christ and sharing with others because of you.”
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