At a missions conference earlier this year, Phil met a missionary working in Kenya, close to where the Jeske’s used to live in western Kenya in the early 1990s. At the conference, Phil passed on the manual that was written while living in Berlin in the early 2000s. Over the last 15+ years it has been used to equip leaders to develop emerging leaders through a relational process (Mentoring thru Intentional Relationships, 2003, 2013). A few weeks after the conference in Canada, Phil received the following email from this missionary who had since returned to Kenya:
Hey Dr Phil,
I am so indebted to you for blessing me with this awesome tool – Mentoring thru Intentional Relationships.
I’ve been going through it this past while- I read a bunch of it during my 48 hour trip back to Kenya …but once I got home and settled, I really dug in to see the way forward with it.
I had my first hour and a half session this morning with six of my leaders ….so powerful …so wonderful and so exactly what I needed for my ministry. Phil, you have blessed me and helped me so much through your generosity ….giving me this awesome, helpful tool.
I gave them all a summarized intro of 1-4 with 3 chapters each… today – we only managed page 1 as there was so much discussion. What I saw was a great beginning….in that, through the side questions probing into our personalities …we all got so much closer to each other and we already are a very close group of leaders.
But this helped break down things in such an open and honest, vulnerable way. We each got to see each other’s weaknesses and challenges in our own personalities which was so extremely helpful for us to develop even deeper interpersonal relationships. I could go on and on.
At the end of our session – I asked if it was helpful to anyone …they all raved about how much it already helped them and how they truly love the format of this methodology to help us in every area of our lives as believers, leaders & children of God. Everyone was so very blessed, so happy to participate. I’m so so grateful.
I can see this format is proven and works very well and am anticipating great things for the future of our leadership, mentoring program. I welcome any input you may have.
Buckets of blessings, Greg