We are excited to announce that the Discipling Marketplace Leaders team is growing. Our goal as a ministry is to stay as organizationally flat as possible, partnering with existing ministries in our partner countries. This helps keep this ministry owned by nationals who know and understand the context the best, as well as keeping organizational overhead costs low.
But as we grow, there is a need for some expansion. Dr. Walker and I have been doing most of the work for DML, and we are beginning to find the work a bit much for the two of us. We are very thankful to make a few additions to our team to help share the work. What’s even more exciting is that each of the three additions has come on their own – not that we were looking for specific people.
The first person is Paul Soper, a CPA from Grand Rapids, who has been providing healthcare consulting services to hospitals in the US for the past 22 years. Prior to becoming a healthcare consultant, Paul was an auditor for an international public accounting firm and a financial executive for two nonprofit organizations. Paul and his wife Sue have been married for 26 years and have three adult children. Due to the sale of Paul’s company in December 2017, he is now able to devote himself fulltime to working with a variety of Christian non-profit organizations. As a businessperson, Paul has been drawn to serving God through organizations that focus on Business as Mission. He especially appreciates how DML provides Business as Mission through the church and has been greatly impressed with how God is blessing the work of DML in Africa. He looks very much forward to being part of the DML team! Paul will be working with DML in both finance and marketing.
The second is Emeline B. Nde from Cameroon. In 2011, Emeline wrote her Masters thesis on the need for the Church to become involved with discipling business people. (This was before DML was born.) God had laid this on her heart and then He orchestrated us meeting in Abuja, Nigeria.
Emeline has been working as a missionary for the last eighteen years as a church-planter, cross-cultural mission’s coordinator and as a translator. For the last twelve years, she has been working with Development Associates International (DAI) as the Administrator and MA Coordinator for Nigeria, International Facilitator in Uganda, a member of the DAI International Leadership Team, a graduate lecturer for the DAI MA program, and the director for DAI’s work in Cameroon.
Emeline has a teaching ministry that has taken her to university classrooms and conference centers in different parts of the world including India, Egypt, Rwanda, Sweden, and the USA. As a lecturer and a seminar facilitator, she teaches servant leadership to Christian leaders in the Church and marketplace. She is an author, an associate pastor at Omega Gospel Mission in Washington DC, as well as a doctoral student at Regent University in Virginia. She has a passion to see Christians in different sectors of society equipped and empowered to do their work as ministry/worship unto the Lord. Emeline will be joining DML as the Deputy International Coordinator.
The third person is Steve Kennedy from the United Kingdom. Steve has been a Christian for over forty years and is active in his local church where he is licensed to minister. He received the call to missions in the latter part of 2015 when he acted on an invitation to go overseas and visit the West African country of Sierra Leone. This was the first of several visits there. Steve retired from British education in December 2017 and began to do more visits to other nations in January 2018. He has since been to Eastern Europe and the African continent to support and serve churches and other missionaries. For over thirty years Steve has been happily married to Dawn and they are the proud parents of two grown daughters, Abigail and Naomi. Steve has a special interest in intercessory prayer; he founded and ran a school of intercessory prayer for over ten years.
Steve Kennedy got to know Dr. Walker many years ago when they served together for a period of time in Israel. They recently met up again, and last year Steve felt led to start International Christian Ministries in the United Kingdom. Steve has accompanied us on a number of trips and is especially passionate about Discipling Marketplace Leaders. He has a passion for prayer and prophetic ministry and will join us as the DML Prayer Team Coordinator, helping each of our teams to be covered in prayer, and uniting us regularly to pray together.
Please welcome these three to the DML team and keep them in your prayers as they seek to serve the Lord by helping the local Church to Reclaim the Redeemed Marketplace!