Page 1

FALL 2016



Haiti Gets Help Fighting Matthew’s Impact, Page 2. Photo Essay, Page 29. Farewell, Jeremiah Walker. The educator’s legacy lives on at Lott Carey Mission School, Page 30.


ACTION Learning From Global Leaders


Lott Carey Fighting Devastation Caused by Hurricane Matthew By Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley Executive Secretary-Treasurer Lott Carey WASHINGTON—The Lott Carey Disaster Services Network and other recovery agencies are trying to restore humane living conditions for thousands devastated by Hurricane Matthew, which killed about 45 people in the U.S. and at least 842 in Haiti. The situation is grim in the island nation and, according to the United Nations, represents Haiti’s largest humanitarian emergency since the 2010 earthquake. The UN says the storm, which eventually became a Category 5 hurricane, lasted from Sept. 28 to Oct. 10, 2016: • Affected more than two million people, including more than 800,000 children; • Will cause 112,500 children under five to face acute malnutrition; • Prompted 2,271 suspected cholera cases Oct. 4-19; • Displaced more than 175,000 residents; and, • Destroyed 36 health facilities.

CONVENTION EXECUTIVE OFFICERS President Pastor Alyn E. Waller First Vice President Pastor Gregory J. Jackson Second Vice President Pastor Gina M. Stewart Chairman, Board of Directors Pastor John M. Alexander, Jr. Chairman Emeritus Pastor Emeritus Norman W. Smith, Sr. Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley 2

UN Photo: Logan Abassi

Using a guide rope, a young man helps a woman across a flooded river in Port-au-Prince, which wasn’t hit as hard as the western cities of Les Cayes and Jeremie. “The poor conditions and lack of infrastructure—especially in rural areas—continue to impede progress to the more remote

parts of the country,” a recent UN Situation Report says. “Humanitarian needs are said to Continued on Page 3


Team Leader-Special Projects Mr. J. Joe Wilson

Copy Editor Tonga Peterson

Team Leader-Recruitment Mr. Tony Taylor

Contributing Editors Kathi L. Reid Rev. Dawn M. Sanders

First Vice President Ms. Rosette T. Graham


Second Vice President Mrs. LaKeeyna Cooper MEN ON MISSIONS LEADERSHIP TEAM Team Leader Mr. Laurence Campbell Team Leader-Short-Term Missions Mr. Gregory L. Gabriel

Publisher & Editor Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley Managing Editor Mike Tucker

Editorial Assistant Christopher Tucker Published by Lott Carey 8201 Corporate Drive, Suite 1245 Landover, MD 20785-2230 Phone: 301-429-3300 Current and back issues of the Lott Carey Herald are available online at

Design Director Dash Parham Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016


eadership is expressed in many ways and is experienced in many forms. Perhaps one of the clearest ways to recognize leadership is when we see that someone, somewhere, is moved to act. Leadership inspires action, and for Lott Carey, it inspires impact. Lott Carey’s 119th Annual Session, which recently convened in Philadelphia, informed and inspired people to invest in missions around the world. All indications are that the goal was reached. Global partners helped us understand why collaborating through prayer, giving, and short-term missions assignments makes the difference in more ways than we can count. Hundreds of children, youth, and adults served in the name of Jesus throughout Philadelphia. Attendees who had served on short-term assignments gave testimonies about how they were changed and how people were



ACTION By Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley Executive Secretary-Treasurer helped. Hundreds of homeless guests were welcomed to feast and fellowship with us. Worship arts leaders and preachers inspired us to aim higher and reach further through the power of the Holy Spirit. Finally, we set a new giving record – more than $400,000 for service to neighbors around the world. The Lott Carey network is leading for impact to the

glory of God, in the service of Jesus, and through the power of the Spirit. A new need for leadership has emerged since our gathering. Hurricane Matthew left devastation in the Caribbean and the Southeastern United States. We continue to mobilize people, donations and resources with partners to help our neighbors in the Southeast to rise from the

devastation. Lott Carey is, once again, invited to lead an ambitious response in Haiti. It sometimes feels like there is always another shoe about to drop on Haiti, but Lott Carey is there. We are building a strategy to focus on economic recovery for families in affected areas. By God’s grace, Lott Carey leadership will help make something happen. Of course, one cannot lead unless others choose to follow. The Lott Carey family is unique in its commitment to collaboration, participation, and action. All of us who have been given the privilege of Lott Carey leadership know that it is the Lott Carey family that makes things happen. We have done it before. God is calling, we are answering, and we will do it again. Learning to lead,

FIGHTING DEVASTATION Continued from Page 2

include access to a sufficient supply of quality water, education, shelter, child protection, health, and nutrition.” Lott Carey’s recovery plans in Haiti • Food, water, sanitation and hygiene: Staffers and volunteers are buying products from local sellers in areas being served. We are preparing kits and organizing a fair distribution through associations, churches, and community-based organizations. • Economic recovery: Many small farmers lost their livelihoods because the hurricane came just before the second harvest season. Also, people who make their living fishing lost their equipment, and those who sell at kiosks or from their homes lost their inventories. We are looking into securing targeted micro-finance grants to help these families recover more quickly. • Health: We are working with North Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016

UN Photo: Logan Abassi

A truck and people share a flooded road near Cite Soleil in Port au Prince. American partners who already have medical mission partnerships in Haiti. We will be adding to their capacities with medical professionals and other volunteers. In the U.S., Lott Carey’s Resurrection Resource Centers in North Carolina and South Carolina are connecting residents to the full

array of local, state, and federal resources available; and offering mental health support to help evacuees deal with depression, anxiety, substance abuse and addiction. Donate online to the Lott Carey Disaster Services Network at; or send checks to Lott Carey, 8201 Corporate Drive, Suite 1245, Landover, MD 20785. 3


DO YOUR BEST ALL THE TIME Rev. Dr. Rhonda Y. Britton is the Senior Pastor of Cornwallis Street Baptist Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia, the first female cleric to lead the 184-year-old church. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North America as a computer professional in the public and private sectors. She served in Africa and South America after leaving her corporate life to enter the ministry in 1999. She was ordained in 2002. Pastor Britton earned a bachelor’s degree from Baruch College; master’s degrees from Rutgers and Princeton Theological Seminary, and a doctorate from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She has one adult son. Her views about leadership are shaped by her strong belief in education, community service and personal faith. Excerpts from a recent interview conducted in Philadelphia:


ow would you define leadership? Leadership is the ability to inspire and move people in a direction that God wants them to go. It is about building capacity in people and those people grabbing hold of the vision that you have. Would you rather be a boss or a leader? I’d rather be a leader than a boss. In my thinking, a boss is a person who shouts out orders and expects people to carry them out. As a leader, I may expect people to carry out whatever their responsibilities are, but a leader does it with them. A boss directs people in a way that is detached from what the boss is doing but a leader brings people alongside to do the work together. How do you know when to lead, follow or get out of the way? It’s appropriate to lead when 4

with the followership. Because sometimes, the best way that a leader can lead and allow people to express their gifts and do what they need to do is to just get out of the way and let them do it. In that regard, you might become the actual spectator from the sidelines—watch them do it, applaud their effort and not be involved. You sit back and you let them do it. If they ask you to take some part in it or to do some part, you follow and you do the part that you’re assigned to do. Photo: Mike Tucker

Pastor Britton brings public and private sector experience plus public service to the pulpit. At right, she takes in the scene near entrance of Pennsylvania Convention Center. there’s a decision that needs to be made immediately and decisively. People entrust you with that authority to make those decisions or to take that action. Under normal circumstances good “leadership” is “followership” in that you have delegated responsibility to others. You have

given them the authority to act, which means they are carrying it out and you are following their lead. They may say, “I need this or that from you.” but because you have given them the lead on it, you do what they ask. When it comes to getting out of the way, that’s kind of tied in

In 2007, you made history. I became the first female pastor of Cornwallis Street Baptist Church, now 184 years old. When a church has been around that long, you’re aware that everyone is watching you to see what kind of leader you will be. Of course, the first test is preaching and teaching because that is primary. And there are questions: Continued on Page 23 Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016

Photo: Mike Tucker

Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016


The Cheruiyots enjoy a break on a covered bridge that connects hotel areas and convention space. 6

Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016



Commentary by Rev. Hezron K. Cheruiyot and Florence Cheruiyot Photos by Mike Tucker


he world needs more strong and honest leadership. We see that need in every facet of society. There is no dispute that these are challenging times for the world and especially for the Christian church. But without Christ-centered leadership, the core missions of the church would go wanting. Perhaps nowhere does the need for leadership in the church play a more vital role than in fulfilling our core ministries—spreading the gospel of Christ to all the world and starting and growing churches in every corner of the globe. The work of evangelism and church planting is not a solo effort. Leadership in those areas means delegating authority to people who we trust and meet our expectations even when we are not around. We rely on a team of pastors and the youth, laymen and elders to operate programs for the many widows, orphans and single mothers we serve. Many have been rejected by society and abused and violated by others. So our duty as Christians is to come in and help them. We assist them with counseling and do our best to motivate them and empower them. We give them hope and assure them that they are valued. Unfortunately, people often mistake leadership for bossing and Continued on Page 8

Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016


Couple share a high-five on escalator; below, they have each other’s back. JUST BE AN EXAMPLE

• Demonstrate your vision: Help people recognize what is ahead of them. Go ahead and do the work and let them assist you in whatever way they can. Set a good example. Eventually, they will be able to do things on their own, whether you’re there or not. When you have already mentored some of the talented people who are coming up the ranks, you can effectively lead them as they move into bigger roles.

Continued from Page 7

dictating to others. But a leader, in the Christian context, is a people-servant, someone who is humble and a good listener. Yes, a leader takes charge and must be productive and useful in the area for which he or she is responsible. But a leader should offer a vision and model the kind of attributes and character that others will want to follow. Teaching Leadership The best way to teach leadership is to be an example. Live the way a leader should live and people will follow you. Here are some guidelines. • Be honest: It is quite difficult for a person who has no credibility to lead others. When they say, “This is the way to go,” the people don’t trust them because they see the lack of integrity, their 8

character and the way they live and treat other people. A good leader has respect and compassion for other people. • Exercise authority with humility: You don’t have to boss around people. You don’t have to shout. Once people learn what you expect, they’ll give you a room to exercise your authority.

The role of leadership Examples of substandard leadership are all around us. Corruption is everywhere. We lack honest leadership in politics. We lack honest leadership in many of our institutions around the globe. We even lack honest leadership in the church. That kind of stellar leadership is missing not because we are not trained. Many people are trained

and are going to school: They are educated. But honesty is that missing link. We don’t need intellectual leadership. We need honest leadership. And as Christians, we must understand that Christ is the primary leader and we are only his servants. We must be humble. We must be truthful. And we must have patience so the fruit of the Spirit can lead. Rev. Hezron K. Cheruiyot is superintendent of Lott Carey Baptist Ministries in Kericho, Kenya. He and his wife, Florence, oversee 32 churches, a medical clinic and centers for widows, abused women and orphans. Rev. Cheruiyot earned his bachelor’s degree in theology from Washington Bible College in Lanham, Maryland, and his master’s in business from Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland.

Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016



Dr. Manohar Chandra Prasad serves as president of the Dalit Christian Federation in Karnataka, and as bishop of the Church of South India. An ordained priest, he is known for his books, advocacy and participation in Dalit human rights issues. Excerpts from a recent interview in Philadelphia:


efine leadership. Leadership requires a lot of sacrifice and commitment for those you love in your community. In India you have leaders for everything, particularly social caste leaders. But there are questions of service, commitment, and love of the community. Is there a difference between being a leader and a boss? No, I don’t think so. Leaders come from crisis and they should lead the crisis and then they should have a vision to overcome the crisis and take the people to the next level. Only then should they be called leaders. If you could sit down right now in front of any leader from the past or present, who would it be? Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. (Editor’s Note: He was an Indian jurist, economist and social reLott Carey Herald/Fall 2016

Photo: Mike Tucker

Dr. Prasad says leaders should care about serving their communities, not fame and fortune. former who campaigned against the discrimination of the caste system, while supporting the rights of women and labor.) Dr.

Ambedkar was like your Martin Luther King, Jr. He stood for his community.

He died in 1956. Even today he’s a popular, iconic leader, from the community. He Continued on Page 28



LEADER Rev. Dr. Joel Dorsinville is a liaison for Lott Carey in Haiti. He carries a fulltime teaching and preaching load as pastor of the Haut-Limbe Baptist Church in Haiti, and a theology professor at North Haiti Christian University. He also advises the Haiti Baptist Convention and the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship. Dr. Dorsinville earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Haiti State University, his master’s in theology at Central Baptist Theological Seminary and his doctorate in ministry at Drew University. He and his wife, Marlene, have four sons. Excerpts from a recent interview conducted in Philadelphia:

“It is very difficult to be a respected leader if you are not honest with yourself and with God.” — Rev. Dr. Dorsinville



efine “leader.” One who is called to inspire others, to be a role model, to assess work that is done so he or she can congratulate and encourage others to do more. What’s the difference between being a leader and being a boss? There is a huge difference between the boss and the leader. A boss is given authority and tells you what you do by describing your job and assigning you something to do. A leader inspires so you might discover

for yourself what is to be done. A leader wants you to do it because you determine the assignment is important and needs to be done the right way. Sounds like a leader is more of a teacher. It is more than that. He’s a guide, he’s a companion. He’s the one who helps others make good decisions, make good choices. But he is not the one who makes choices on behalf of other people. What challenges do you face as a leader? Dealing with people with a lack of education. I feel that people are reluctant to follow because they have difficulty catching the vision, underLott Carey Herald/Fall 2016

standing the idea. And sometimes they are so abused in their lives they don’t believe in anybody. How do you overcome those hurdles? You have to be patient. You have to talk and teach until they say, “Aha! I see where you want us to go.” Patience is a key skill for a leader. Any other attributes you find valuable? I have to be consistent. I have to be responsible. I am in charge and I have to continue to lead. It might take more than the time I scheduled but I keep walking; I keep influencing until they understand it, they see and buy into the vision and follow. Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016

Why was the late Rev. Ruben Marc, pastor of the Port-au-Prince First Baptist Church, an inspiration to you? Because of his leadership style. He took time to train leaders and to share the work, and the church grew. And he was a powerful preacher who showed aspiring leaders the importance of evangelism in urban areas. You hold him in high esteem. He was a model for me. When I had to go to the seminary, he was the one who mentored me. I was hesitant to answer God’s call for the ministry. When I went to him he listened for more than an hour than said: “Young man, you have enough light to follow, to go. You have

enough light to do the first step.” Do not hesitate. If you have light enough to do the first step, you will have enough light to do the second step and so on.

Dr. Dorsinville has fond memories of his mentor, the late Rev. Ruben Marc, whose leadership influenced his decision to enter the ministry.

How can others become solid leaders like Rev. Marc? You need to see people as people. To love people as God’s creatures, to be patient with people and truly be a human companion for them. Otherwise, they won’t have confidence in you. You need to be consistent. You need to be trustful and transparent in your life. It is very difficult to be a respected leader if you are not honest with yourself and with God. 11

Photo: Mike Tucker

Henry and Hermina Mugabe share a light moment during recent interview at Annual Session in Philadelphia.





Dr. Henry Mugabe is internationally known as a leader — among Baptists, in ecumenical circles and in interfaith relations. He has taught and trained church leaders and educators who now serve in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Angola, Malawi, Zambia and the United States. He is currently volunteering as a theological consultant to the newly formed Zimbabwe Theological Seminary. Dr. Mugabe earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Africa in Pretoria; and his master’s and doctorate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He and his wife Hermina have three adult children.

Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016


hat does it take to be a good leader? Dr. Mugabe: A good leader has a vision, is able to inspire others to see more than just what is around them, and inspires them towards a certain goal. Mrs. Mugabe: A good leader cares about people, listens, communicates and takes people’s concerns into consideration. Is there a difference between a leader and a boss? Dr. Mugabe: A boss tells you what to do and will drive you: “You do this. This is what I want.” Mrs. Mugabe: The leader will train you, communicate with you and share what you need to do. Dr. Mugabe: A leader inspires people: “This is ours together.” You work as a team. So, a good leader is also a good mentor? Dr. Mugabe: Exactly. Sometimes, the person might not even realize their potential. In the Bible, the people who became leaders were sometimes reluctant. We should be very suspicious of someone who wants to quickly jump into leadership. Tell me about leaders who inspire you. Dr. Mugabe: Julius Nyerere, founding father of Tanzania. When he retired, people were literally crying on the street. Nelson Mandela, president of South Africa. Mandela, the way he took criticism. You know, in some African countries, there are laws that say you can be imprisoned for criticizing the president. And Joshua Nkomo, founder of the Zimbabwe African People’s Union. He showed that he was a leader who had his people at heart, yes. In terms of ascending to leadLott Carey Herald/Fall 2016

Photo: Mike Tucker

Dr. Mugabe reviews Lott Carey Herald issue on “Water & Justice.” Past and current issues of the magazine are available online at ership, are things getting better for women? Mrs. Mugabe: Yes, because I’m South African and when I came to Zimbabwe I met leaders in the women’s ministry. They choose the people they want in leadership. Women are free to serve God in each and every area. What do you say to those people who still question if women

can be effective ministers and leaders? Mrs. Mugabe: Paul in Galatians says there is no Jew nor Gentile, no male nor female. In Genesis, God created us in His image, male and female. In Matthew, He says, “Go ye, therefore.” He didn’t say, “Go, man” but He said, “Go ye, therefore.”

aspiring leaders? Dr. Mugabe: You must know leadership is an opportunity. You must be one who leads for the betterment of those you are leading. Those are the people you should think of first. You should ask yourself, “What are the implications of what I am doing to the lives of the people I’ve been called to lead?”

What would you like to say to 13


VISUALIZE WHAT YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE Commentary by Tebogo and Debra Mulaudzi

L Photo: Mike Tucker

The co-pastors say planning and sharing the vision creates positive results. Opposite page, the Mulaudzis ponder leadership issues while enjoying the relaxing waters of the hotel fountain.


eadership is when you try to influence people to do good. The objective is to bring out the potential in them. When you are a leader, you’re actually working with people, you’re training people. You’re actually saying, “I want to leave a legacy.” If you are a boss, you help people and you expect them to just follow. Leaders take charge when people don’t know what to do or what to decide. Maybe we haven’t met at the table and people are confused, I believe that I need to step in as a leader. It is time for us to back off when we’ve trained them. But if there’s a problem they can’t solve then it’s time to step in and give

guidance. Lead by example. Like the saying goes, “You practice what you preach.” When people see what you’re doing, that is much more powerful. They know the vision, the mission, the objectives and you follow because they’re leading. When people reach that level you back off; you have achieved your goal. You get out of the way and let them lead so that they can lead others as well. Even leaders are tested Our challenge is when we are in a meeting and we disagree. This is a challenge because we each have our own mind, our own thinking. Debra was once asked if she thought South Africa’s apartheid system created durable leaders. She said: “It did because it made us stand strong, Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016

Photo: Mike Tucker

to know who we are as a people and to believe in ourselves; to know that we also were created in the image of God. We have minds, we have thinking, we can decide, we can say no, we can say yes.” Before leading, you’ve got to identify your role and purpose. Strategic planning with the people will identify why we are there, what we want to achieve and reveal our strengths and weaknesses. This is key. You cannot lead unless you sit down with people, plan, count the cost and visualize what you want to achieve. Then, when you say, Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016

“Let’s pray,” they’ll know why they are praying. The need for effective leadership Active leadership is vital today because of socio-economic situations. People are really desperate. Leadership needs to be emphasized because it’s very easy for people to look for shortcuts. It’s very easy for people to abuse what they have because they want to survive. Leadership is vital today because people really need direction and to be guided toward the good. When people are going through challenges is

when leadership needs to emerge very strongly and provide a vision so the people won’t perish. We are living in a time where leadership is critical because the world out there suffers from depression. People are looking for solutions, and righteous leadership that shapes character and life is needed. If you aspire to be a leader, learn from others. That’s leadership. Learn from older people. They’ve been there for a long time. Get a mentor. Also, write down what you want to achieve and how you will achieve it. Put it down on paper. Things don’t

just happen. You’ve got to be strategic. You have to work hard to be successful. Rev. Tebogo Joseph Mulaudzi and his wife Debra co-pastor the Rock of Salvation Community Church in Soweto, South Africa. There are 10 branches in South Africa and one each in Nigeria, Uganda and the United Kingdom. Rev. Mulaudzi is also President of the Baptist Convention of South Africa, mentoring more than 50 pastors, locally and internationally. He and wife, who studied at Soweto College of Education, have two daughters. 15


Commentary by Thomas T. Roy and Dr. Mary Thomas

Photos by Mike Tucker


he essential component of leadership is getting the maximum potential from the people working under you (without straining and annoying them) for the betterment of the organization. It’s like facilitating and empowering them. There is a difference between being a leader and a boss. A boss can be a dictator but a true leader is a person who carries the workers along so they work as one. We’d rather be leaders because they have vision. A boss just gets a job done. There are times when you feel that you cannot do everything yourself. So then, we delegate the work to others. We give them suggestions and they bring back what they have done, and then we help them out. That allows them to learn how to do things when we’re not there. Share the burden There is value in that saying — “Lead, follow or get out of the way.” Either you are to lead or follow somebody or you should not be an obstacle in the way. When you are a leader and a situation is out of your control, then it’s better to follow experts in that field, even if they’re working under you. The aim is to get the thing done. If an organization is to grow, you have to delegate. You cannot do all the work yourself.


Sharing the workload, the couple says, will help your organization and Why leadership matters Leadership is vital because when we are leading people, it’s not only in one direction. There are many things which come into play: education, spiritual growth, mental and physical growth. We need to work in many areas. In school, we

have to instill values in children so that it helps them to become better individuals when they finish and go out into the world. We have to deal with teachers who have various problems. We need to deal with them in a different way and see how all of them work together Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016

Caption xxx xxx xx xx x xx x x xx x xx x x x x x x xx xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xxxxx x xxxx x xxxx xxx xxx.

in teams. Teamwork. Otherwise, things will not work. Another leadership challenge is bickering inside the organization between staff. Personality clashes that can set back an organization. We cannot take sides because the moment you do the next problem will be much bigger. Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016

As a leader, you should have the ability to gain respect of the people who are working under you, not by fear but by natural process so that you gain their respect and love. Without that, no leader can survive for long.

Thomas T. Roy is superintendent of the Lott Carey Baptist Mission in India. He also manages schools in Vasundhara Enclave, Noida and Greater Noida. Mary Thomas is principal of Sommerville School-Greater Noida. The couple have two adult daughters.

The couple enjoys the hotel’s sculpture garden.


Rev. Sam-Peal says rigorous academics and a supportive spiritual environment create successful students. Photo: Mike Tucker


Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016




THAN WHAT YOU SAY Rev. Emile D.E. Sam-Peal is superintendent and principal of the Lott Carey Mission Schools in Brewerville, Liberia, a post he’s held since 2008. Prior to leading the school, he was special projects director in the office of the Vice President of Liberia, where he managed assignments, performed administrative duties and wrote speeches. Three decades of public and spiritual service have made Rev. Sam-Peal known in the community as an advocate, caregiver, pastor, mediator, social worker, enabler, counselor, and therapist. He earned his bachelor’s degree in theology from the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary and a master’s in divinity from the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He and his wife, Beatrice, have three children. Excerpts from a recent interview in Philadelphia.


hat does being a leader mean? For me, leadership is being a facilitator; enabling others to do what needs to be done; seeing potential in others, and developing that potential. Is there a difference between a leader and a boss? A boss bosses and sometimes doesn’t encourage, he doesn’t challenge. Most of the time he’s giving directives. He wants deadlines to be met. A leader also wants deadlines met but he goes about it a different way—guiding, encouraging, challenging instead of standing over you with a stick. A leader is behind you, pushing you, letting Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016

Photo: Mike Tucker

The veteran educator greets Lott Carey workers in Philadelphia. you know that you can do it. I’d rather be a leader because you bring out the best in others. It’s not all about you.

As a leader, when is it appropriate to take over and when is it appropriate to back off? The context and the situa-

tion dictate that. You delegate responsibilities and watch folks carry them out. If things are not working out the way you expected, then you take charge for a while. I’ll give you a typical example, we have graduation scheduled. I’m not there. I’ve delegated responsibilities to everybody and I’m on the phone with them making sure everything is in place. I trust them because I worked with my staff before, so I know by the time I get back home everything will be in place. So when should a leader just get out of the way? Well, not totally out of the way because you always need to be Continued on Page 23 19




LEADERSHIP Molalign Semaw is program director of African AIDS Initiative International (AAII) in Ethiopia. He leads the Ethiopian team in developing and managing multifaceted HIV/AIDS and reproductive health programs in coordination with AAII’s partners and donors. He also assists with building partnerships, fundraising and mobilizing resources. Mr. Semaw’s training in agricultural science and master’s in sociology is from Ethiopian Civil Service University. Excerpts from a recent interview in Philadelphia: 20


vision of your organization. You will be an example. You will listen, you will communicate effectively. These are good qualities of leadership.

What’s the difference then between a leader and a boss? When you are a boss, you just order your staff to do something. When you become a leader, you coach your team to achieve the

Do you find yourself always leading? Do you follow, or sometimes get out of the way? If the activity is new for me, I will communicate with the staff and I will give way to the person who has better knowledge on that matter. He will be in charge

ow would you define leadership? As the act of getting someone else to do something in the right way. It’s building the vision to realize a better result.

Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016

Photo: Mike Tucker

Mr. Semaw says he appreciates the good feeling and fellowship that are part of Lott Carey’s culture. of that activity and I will let him do it. If the project, activity or objective is new for the staff I will coach them, I will show them, I will direct them. I will map out where we are going. What challenges do you encounter as a leader of the African AIDS Initiative International in Ethiopia? We work with the university students and it’s not easy to reach the different types we identify— those not sexually active; those who are sexually active, and those who have more than one partner. We provide behavioral change materials, encourage testing, and urge them to reduce the number of sex partners . . . one Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016

girlfriend rather than more. You said “girlfriends.” Don’t you have to treat gay people also? According to our national policy, it is not allowed. You’re not allowed to what? To work with homosexual activities. The same thing for bisexuals? If you know somebody is gay and you don’t report it to the police, you will be put in jail. Today? Right now? Doesn’t that limit your effectiveness? Yes.

Someone could just lie because they don’t want to be persecuted that way. In order to work in that country, we have to respect the policies and the laws and the program issues. As you mentor young people, what kind of advice do you offer about leadership? With the support of Lott Carey, we emphasize leadership as key, especially for club leaders. We organize five days of training and we invite foreign celebrities who live in Ethiopia. We offer various program and panel discussions so the celebrities can share their experiences with the students, and so they can improve com-

munication, decision-making and stress-coping skills. This is your first trip to the U.S. and first time at the Annual Session. What are you learning about leadership from Lott Carey? I observed that the leadership style is decentralized. Everybody is responsible for each activity. Not only the president or the vice president or others. What I observed is that Lott Carey works as a friend, as a brother, as a sister . . . with love. This is true leadership.





ANNUAL GATHERING PHILADELPHIA— he 119th Annual Gathering of the Lott Carey Global Christian Missional Community continues to inform and inspire investment in Christian missions around the world. The Lott Carey Network highlighted their priority of helping churches to develop new generations of leaders for the world, during its 15-19 August meeting in Philadelphia. The International Youth Development Department presided over its Wednesday morning session. Those assembled were blessed with inspiration and encouragement through worship arts ministries. They were challenged to “put away the selfie stick” and engage the world through the power of Christ by Rev. Robert James, International Youth Development Team Leader. More than 300 young missionaries, ages 6 through 24, have engaged in missions education and mobilization during the



week. Disaster preparation training has been among the emphases for the Hope Missionaries (ages 6-12). Trained volunteers have helped these children become better informed and better prepared to be advocates for disaster prevention in their homes, churches and schools. Youth (13-17) and Emerging Leaders (18-24) organized to prepare thousands of meals for vulnerable communities in the Caribbean and Africa on Thursday, 18 August. Hope Missionaries have led in receiving clothing for infants and toddlers while Youth and Emerging Leaders have coordinated receiving of toiletries to support ministries to people who are homeless and in transitional housing in Philadelphia. The highlighted closing session of the week at the Marriott Downtown Philadelphia featured a 100-voice choir from Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. Pastor Alyn E. Waller, who is also President of Lott Carey, delivered his first address.

Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016


Rev. Sam-Peal says leadership is best exhibited by the life you lead rather than the words you say.

Continued from Page 4

How you handle and work with those in leadership positions? How do you handle the challenges of filling leadership positions? What kind of assessment do you do to make sure that you have the right leaders in the right positions? Your experience is both corporate and ecumenical. Does leadership style change from one locale to the other? I was always active in church even when I was in the corporate world and I held leadership positions in church. But there is a difference in what you do in the corporate world and what you do in church. In the corporate world, if you have a leader accustomed to just giving out the orders, you follow them because that’s the chain of command; you can’t really complain too much. That’s the way that they lead and that’s the way you have to follow. In the church, because we, especially as Baptists, have a congregational form of governance, if people are not happy with that kind of leadership then they can speak out. Often, people working with you are volunteers so you handle them differently because they are giving up their time and energy for no pay. So you handle the leadership of those people differently than those on a payroll. What puts a smile on your face and a feeling in your heart that you’re a good leader? When I see people who execute their responsibilities with minimal input from me. I am there to lead and to guide, to give advice. I give a helpful tip here and there but when they take the ball and they run with it, a wonderful, beautiful thing happens and it brings joy to my heart. What advice can you offer to aspiring leaders of all ages? If you don’t know where your talents and skills lie, then you may have to try more than one thing to find out what you’re really good at. I like to think that I’m a leader that gives people the space to do that. So when you find that gift, give it all you have. Do your very best all the time. As you do that, people grow and respect the work you do. The pastor and other leaders will develop a sense of security knowing that we can rely on you, that you’re going to do what you say you’re going to do and you’re going to do it well.

Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016

Photo: Mike Tucker

SPEAK LOUDER Continued from Page 19

on the sidelines. A good leader is like a coach, you’re on the sidelines watching. You have a vantage point that the players don’t, so you can tell them how to reposition themselves, when to make a play, when to stop a play. You’re never really totally out of the picture . . . except when you leave an organization. Once you leave, you’re gone. Don’t stay and be a pest? Right. You’ll be tempted to come back but you have to say to yourself, “It’s no longer my fight. Those who are in charge, let them find their way.” That means biting your tongue even when you think something’s terribly wrong. Yes. They have to learn by their mistakes. Yes. Why? It’s very important and we sometimes fail to learn that as administrators. Pastors may unfortunately fail to realize that when you’ve pastored a church for a long time and you retire, you still want to be recognized, you still want to be in charge. You just need to let go and let the new person find their way. In the global environment we live in with problems that extend beyond the spiritual, what role does your leadership play in healing of the world and helping people see Christ? I try to be an enabler and through that process of enabling others bring out all the

best in them. And by being an example for Christ. Preach your gospel but use fewer words? Preach your gospel with your life. Let what you do speak louder than what you say. Sometimes this is what we need to let happen with wherever we find ourselves in leadership, whether it’s the church or in the world or in the community. Once you have certain principles you stand for, let those principles be seen by your actions. Why are you optimistic about your students? What do you see in them that gives you hope? We’re not just providing an academic education. We try to instill values and morals that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Right now, we have three former graduates who went to college and they’re now back on staff serving. I’ve been doing a lot of mentoring, stepping back and letting them take more leadership responsibilities. We’re hoping that in the future, they might be the same ones to take over the leadership of the institution. Or become the next president of Liberia. The chaos we’ve emerged from after the civil war means we have a responsibility to prepare young people for leadership that will be more responsible than our generation. We have to make sure that they’re better prepared to lead and manage and develop the country. It’s about preparing a generation to go anywhere and succeed. My students can go anywhere in the world because of the foundation that we provide.




Photo: Mike Tucker

Sisters from Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va., take time to enjoy a break before getting back to business.

Photo: Pamela Goatley Photo: Mike Tucker

Shirley Carpenter of Providence Baptist Church, Leesburg, Va., shows off great-granddaughter, Ava. 24

Henry and Hermina Mugabe share the lens with Pastor Kenneth Simon of New Bethel Baptist Church, Youngstown, Ohio. In the background, Pastor Gina M. Stewart, Christ Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn.

Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016

Photo: Mike Tucker

Vet’s Unique Pins Honor Public and Military Service Youngsters gather around Rev. Mark “Pinman” Perez to view the scores of pins in his collection and on his clothes. The semi-retired Navy and Army vet says the pins honor the military and public service to organizations he has served, including the USO and the American Red Cross.

Photo: Mike Tucker

Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016


Photo: Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley

Dr. Mary Thomas and Mrs. Pamela Goatley. Photo: Pamela Goatley

Winners of the Lott Carey International Golf Tournament, from left: Collin Mushupi, Pastor Terrance Griffith, Pastor Brian Jenkins, Thomas Parham. 26

Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016

A cohort works in the Doctor of Ministry in Global Leadership program, a partnership between Lott Carey and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University; it was designed by Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley, Executive SecretaryTreasurer of Lott Carey.

Photo: Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley

Second Place winners of the Lott Carey International Golf Tournament, from left: Isaiah Williams, Pastor Vernon Williams, Pastor Gregory Davis, Amber DavisÂ

Photo: Pamela Goatley

Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016


THIS IS LEADERSHIP Continued from Page 9

was not worried about becoming anything in India, in a political or another field. He was a leader who sacrificed everything for his people. Since Lott Carey is a Baptist organization, do you find inspiration in Martin Luther King? Of course, our civil rights movement, Dalit movements, human rights movements were inspired by the Black liberation movement. As I understand it, the Dalits are members of the lowest caste and shunned as “untouchables”—people given low

status and confined to menial jobs. You seem passionate about this situation. Caste is inequality and it should be eliminated, eradicated. We have to annihilate caste. Annihilate? That is our goal. It creates poverty, it creates inequality and it creates social shame for the victims. Only the rich, the upper class people can use them and dispose of them without any justice. There’s a crisis as long as caste exists. There’s a crisis in India. How about leadership in other areas, outside the caste system? In Indian society, everything works within, is operational within the caste. Social, eco-

nomic, cultural, educational. Everything. What’s your leadership challenge as you try to bring about change? I implore people through education, calling them for organization and for agitation. Agitation, organization and education. This is leadership and the leader has to qualify to lead people in these three points. Is this advice you’d offer would-be leaders? As a pastor and theological educator, I feel this process will be there in the church also. You have to educate your congregation. In any action, any mission, any vision, you have to educate people on these things. You

must make them come to an understanding that unity must be formed. How do you handle the fear? There will be setback for leaders while educating and organizing people. But the leaders will grow, whether they are pastors, social workers or activists. They will be in power to take the next step. The fear will vanish once we practice action-reflection. Eliminating fear in your own life depends on how you seriously involve in struggle. That’s where the sacrifice comes. We are afraid for our future, we are afraid not getting power and things; but once we remove those things from our life agenda, then things will be clear.





Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016



Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016



Pioneering LCMS Administrator Dies at 82 Jeremiah Winslow Walker Embodied Education and Service CAREYSBURG, Liberia— he Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Winslow Walker, Superintendent Emeritus of the Lott Carey Mission Schools here, had a unique lifelong relationship with the missions organization. As a child, he attended the school in Brewerville and was later awarded scholarships to earn various degrees. He served on the faculty and was the longest tenured superintendent of the school. The long-time educator and administrator, who died 11 September 2016, has been laid to rest here after services in U.S. and Liberia. “We walked together for more than 70 years,” said Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley, executive treasurer-secretary of Lott Carey. “We remember his family as we honor life and legacy.” Dr. Walker earned his bachelor’s degree at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., and his divinity degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Besides his services at LCMS, he was president of the Liberia Council of Churches, was the first black man to head the Baptist World Alliance and received The Desmond Tutu Peace Prize for helping bring peace to Liberia.



Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016

Kenyan Scholars Express Gratitude for Support NEW DELHI—The Lott Carey Baptist Mission headquartered here operates three public schools, two charitable schools, five churches, a home for children, seven prayer groups, five leprosy clinics and various health programs. Still, it continues to reach across borders to help financially-strapped Kenyan students obtain a college education in India. Here’s what a few recent graduates had to say:

Makatiani Brian Milimu Studied law at New Law College, Kolhapur, India “Without you, I would not have a university education. God bless you. I hope to help fund other projects run by the mission so that more people like me who are disadvantaged can get help.”

Cecil Segero Studied computer science and applications at Periyar University, Salem, India “I am currently a lecturer in the IT Department at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, and pursuing a Ph.D. at the same institution.”

Billy Lubembe Muhati Studied microbiology at AVS College/Periyar University, Salem, India “I am currently in pursuit of my master’s degree. It’s my desire to help someone in need in the future. Through the mission, I’ve learned what it means to have a kind heart.”

Khatenje Goldah “I am doing well in Kenya and utilizing every opportunity that comes my way . . . I hope to begin my Ph.D. next year.”

Godwin Segero “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support you gave. I don’t take it for granted. One day I will help other people realize their dreams and achieve their goals.”

Wedding Bells for Lott Carey Couple (Editor’s note: This is an edited reproduction of a communique from Joel Dorsinville, partner and leader to the Lott Carey Foreign Mission in Haiti, to Lott Carey Program Manager Kathi Reid.)


his is a true story and proof of a fruitful result of Lott Carey’s support of the Haiti Baptist Youth Ministry. Fredline Jean Francois, a university student studying in Port-au-Prince, lost a leg when the earthquake of 2010 struck. While recovering at home in northern Haiti she heard about a youth gathering sponsored by Lott Carey at North Haiti Christian University. The goal was to relieve the physical and psychological traumas of the earthquake, and bring some normalcy to residents. Fredline met Fedson Dieulifete Estiverne, they became friends and were married in July. Thanks to God and Lott Carey.

Lott Carey Herald/Fall 2016


8201 Corporate Drive Suite 1245 Landover, MD 20785-2230








Hope Missionary Day is a dynamic program of learning and service activities for youth, ages 6 to 12. It will be held 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June17, 2017, at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 6600 Old Centreville Road, Centreville, Va. Rev. Dr. Eugene Johnson is the Host Pastor. Cost is $20 per person. For more details, contact Sis. Nadine Frost at the church—703-830-8769; or Tonga Peterson at Lott Carey—301-429-3300.

Fall 2016 Lott Carey Herald  
Fall 2016 Lott Carey Herald  

Leadership through Action: Learning from Global Leaders