Today, I and two of my colleagues, Michael Hirsch and Holly Moore, will fly to the Central African Republic. The government there has invited Growing Leaders to become leadership and character development specialists and provide the plan and curriculum for this issue in their schools. In fact, in the one university they have, they plan to teach a course using Habitudes—Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes.
During our time in Africa, we will hold a “Train the Trainer” event, and prepare facilitators to coach student groups in Habitudes. In addition, we will be part of a launch event, where leaders and young people will come and be ignited by the need for healthy, values-based leadership in their government, their schools, their churches and their businesses. The Habitudes series have been translated into French, and mentoring communities are being planned. Our goal will be to help catalyze a movement of young people who believe in the power to transform their nation in the future. In the end, the hope would be to see this movement spread throughout the continent and ultimately diminish poverty, corruption, slave and sex trade, AIDS and other diseases.
Why is healthy leadership so central to this kind of change?
Stop and think for a moment. While I wholeheartedly embrace the need to address economic poverty, sickness and disease and the need for housing—if we fail to develop leaders who possess both wisdom and character—we are only putting a band-aid on the problem. The need for outside money and supplies will continue. You know this already—give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.
We’ve been encouraged by interactions with government officials, educators and “Every Nation Ministries” with whom we have the privilege of partnering.
Let’s make a deal.
If you promise to remember us in your thoughts and prayers—I will give you a full report when we return. In fact, I’ll do one better. I will take you with me, via Twitter, each day of journey in Africa. Just follow @TimElmore, and I’ll give you every highlight, insight and humorous incident I experience.