Summer Newsletter 2015

final-draft-gep-newsletter-summer-201511-2Over the past few months GEP has been working with a respected webmaster to design a new website in order to better serve you, our supporters. While it is still a work in progress, we’re happy about the potential it holds for communicating with all of you. Hopefully, you will find this website easy to navigate and will feel comfortable in giving us your feedback. Our goal for the website is July.

April Board Retreat

In April we met as a board for an all-day retreat with Joel & Alice Wright as our facilitators. We put the “road out there” so to speak, reviewing the past, addressing our vision and brainstorming about the future. Our goals are many but first and foremost is to strengthen an already strong organization by implementing the great ideas that the group came up with.

New Board Members

We are happy to announce the addition of two new board members. Jay Ketterling, MBA, will join the board to help develop the Financial Infrastructure. This will create more transparency and accountability. Corey Kenney, J.D., will review our by-laws and tracking methodologies. Of course, their expertise and experience will be a great asset to the Board, too.

Meeting with Dr. Phil Basset

Recently Malcolm and Bob were privileged to meet for a few hours with Dr. Phil Bassett, a top official for Leadership Development International (LDi). It was an excellent time to discuss the work of LDi in the creative access areas and continue to partner with this fine organization to promote education and training.

Trip to Thailand

Jeanie and her husband Ken spent the month of March in Thailand. They visited with Kyle and Lara. In June of last year, they accepted the call to another assignment in Chiang Mai, Thailand after serving 17 years in northern Asia. They have three children and are home schooling the oldest ones. They are also learning the Thai language, too.

Kyle and Lara assist in the logistics and planning of training seminars for their teammates, as well as orientation programs for potential members. The orientation includes sessions on team, cross cultural ministry, marriage, core values of the organization, fund raising, leadership and stress management. Additionally, the potential members are carefully selected according to their history, vision and commitment to reach others for Christ. They come from Mongolia and surrounding “creative access” locations and raise funds for their transportation to the training center. Many of them lack financial assistance to continue their work for reaching the lost. The Lord is opening doors for another office in Asia to be created for these new members. Kyle, Lara and approximately 3,000 other international members commit to the cause of proclaiming Christ among the nations.

Jeanie and Ken experienced firsthand the work of Kyle and Lara’s ministry as well as experiencing Chiang Mai. They enjoyed exciting elephant rides, beautiful flowers, scenic parks, relaxing $5 one-hour massages, crazy driving on the right side of the car and the left side of the road, Thai food, coconut juice and exotic fruit and vegetables.

In the Works

1. July: The new GEP website will come online.

2. September: Many of the Global Education Plus Board members will be making a trip to visit the headquarters of ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There
will be a tour of the facility and a meeting with the leadership about our partnership.

3. November: Several board members are tentatively scheduled to travel to Guatemala and also possibly Honduras to visit our ACSI partners there. Also, they will be meeting with ACSI staff and visiting
our student scholarship recipients Demi, Abdias and Zoar while also reviewing the expansion of the Student Scholarship Program for 2016. They will also visit schools that GEP helped to build in Guatemala through previous construction projects and donations of textbooks and other supplies.

4. Late Fall or Spring 2016: Several board members will be traveling to a “creative access” nation to meet with representatives of organizations we are considering networking with.

Your Investment in GEP

Please prayerfully consider how you may partner with us in expanding a Christian Worldview through education worldwide, empowering teachers and giving children a “hope and a future”.

Your tax deductible gift may be sent to:

Global Education Plus
P.O. Box 2122
Olathe, KS 66051

Once our website is up, you will be able to donate online.
Thank you!