|HISTORY OF GTN|
The story of GTN began long before its actual inauguration. There occurred a very special and rather dramatic meeting some ten years ago on a cold January morning. I sensed a special presence of the Spirit of God. Although I had founded and was president of a very successful ministry, I had grown increasingly restless to see great things attempted for God and equally frustrated with the timidity and mediocrity of Christian activity around me. I felt strongly that God was moving me to do something but I did not know what.
As I sought the Lord that January morning, God was revealing a new work; a new ministry that would honor His holy name and challenge me right down to the roots of my being. Several verses from Jeremiah became very real as I prayed, verses I knew but now took on special meaning (Jeremiah 32:17,27 and 33:3). This new ministry would be global in nature and would involve the younger generation. It would be a ministry that would demonstrate God’s great power and miracles.
I was nonplussed since I was the head of a successful ministry that was involved in a number of ministry activities, especially in biblical counseling and rapid response activities. The ministry has been involved in every man-made or natural disaster since the Murrah federal building bombing in Oklahoma City. It was unclear to me if I was to attempt to develop this new ministry within the confines of the existing one or begin something entirely new.
Several years passed with no clear understanding of what God had revealed to me. Then on March 9, 2003, in Warwick, Rhode Island where I was ministering to those who had been impacted by a terrible fire at a local nightclub; God brought me a passage that was like a burning coal. The intensity of this verse left an indelible and continuing mark upon my mind. It says this:
“Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.”
Not only was this verse apropos as to my age, but it came with such intensity that I carefully and prayerfully read and studied it. I knew that I was to proclaim or reveal God’s power and miracles to a new generation. Interestingly enough, the word “proclaim or reveal” has the connotation of doing it very conspicuously. Obviously, this was a God-thing and if I were to be involved I would need a fresh anointing of the Spirit of God – in fact, I asked for a double portion.
As I talked with the Lord the name Global Training Network kept coming to mind. I laughed as I thought, “I have a name, but what am I to do with it?” I knew without a doubt that it was to be global in nature, it was to involve training and that I was to connect various faith-based ministries together. The focus of GTN would be on the coming generation. This was most clear.
My desire to launch this new ministry within the organization I had founded and now head was not to be. God had called me to a new ministry with a new vision. As Jesus admonished, you cannot put new wine in old wineskins. This meant that I was to step out of the safety and security of a ministry that had been in existence for over thirty years and launch an entirely new ministry from scratch. It was to be a quantum leap of faith.
Thus, on October 1, 2006, Global Training Network was launched, with little fanfare, but great hopes and great expectations. Great efforts have been put into building the infrastructure of the ministry, so we could get on with what God was calling this ministry to do.
This I know, we are to leave a legacy to this new generation that demonstrates God’s power and miracles. God will open the doors to young people of all shapes and sizes to show what God will do in the coming months and years. John Wesley said, “Give me a hundred men, who love God and hate sin and I will shake the world!”
I want to shake the world!
I can safely say that I would rather be alive at this moment in history than at another time. There are greater challenges, greater opportunities than ever before for those who are willing to step out in faith. God is at work. My challenge to you is come and join us and see what God can do.