What is L.I.O.N. Outreach International?

L.I.O.N. is an acronym which stands for Leadership In Obscurity Network

L.I.O.N. networks individuals & organizations to encourage, equip, & empower existing leaders working in obscurity around the world.

A brief :30 seconds about LION Outreach!

What is a Leader In Obscurity?

In our definition, a Leader In Obscurity (LIO) is someone who has become a leader of others out of their passion to meet the needs of people around them.  Most of them lead by serving others. As a result they have built, or are building, an organization, church, business, or community that reflects their love for God and for others.

What does L.I.O.N. do?

We network (or connect) individuals and organizations on behalf of leaders in obscurity (LIOs) throughout the world.

With a primary focus on the pioneering work in India, Sudan, & other developing countries, L.I.O.N. Outreach provides LIOs (leaders in obscurity) with tools such as:

 

What does “on behalf” mean? 
What do you do for these leaders?

Four words describe how we serve leaders in obscurity (LIO’s)

Encourage – Most of these leaders are poor, bi-vocational, overwhelmed with responsibilities, struggling to care for other people, and feel insignificant.   We visit them even if they are in very remote areas.  We pray with them.  We honor them.  We invest time to listen to them and take an interest in their personal lives.

Equip – Many leaders in obscurity (LIOs) have minimal education, experience, or knowledge about basic leadership skills, responsibilities, methods, or goals.  We help teach, train, and mentor them so that they are better able to function as leaders.

Empower – Through networking we help them to become stronger, more confident, effective, and qualified to lead and build teams around them.  The network may also empower by providing seed resources for new programs or training.  The most effective empowerment is to help liberate them from a sense of obscurity and insignificance.

Engage – Leaders all over the world often try to accomplish their mission or calling by working independently or alone.  We engage them with other leaders and organizations to help develop better training, partnerships, or movements which will help transform the people and culture around them.

Where do you work?

Over the past five years we have worked in India, Nepal, South Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, and Panama.  Our PRIMARY efforts right now are with growing networks of leaders in India and Africa.

 

In India:

We have a small L.I.O.N. office and shared training facility in Chennai staffed by volunteers. From there we set up training events, individual consultation and mentoring, medical camps, community outreach, and visits to LIOs in southern India.  

L.I.O.N.–India representatives are currently based in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Punjab, Delhi, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.

Recognizing that 65% of all Indians are under the age of 35, we focus on LIOs who are under 40 years old. L.I.O.N. has published print resources in five languages and is partnering with several agencies to bring additional resources through the internet and cellular platforms.

Executive Director, Jerry Vreeman, travels to India 4-6 times each year.  He visits, teaches, trains, mentors, explores new partnerships, and encourages the volunteers and leaders who are focusing on a L.I.O.N. movement. Jerry has identified and uses these oral methods in accomplishing the mission: Story Telling, Dialogue, Drama, Music, Art, Decision making, Comparative thinking, and small group mentoring/application. 

 

In Nepal:

Our first L.I.O.N. training of 25 Nepalese LIOs was conducted in the Fall of 2014.  Since that time Jerry and Ezra have made a combined four trips on behalf of five key LIOs who are coordinating the work there. 

We have partnered with a small new Bible college in Kathmandu to train and equip 20-30 students who are preparing to lead ministry efforts in remote areas of Nepal.

We are teaching and training LIOs in some very remote areas in the Himalayas where Christians and churches have only existed for a few short years.

Since the two major earthquakes in April of 2015, L.I.O.N. donors have given about $8,000 to provide LIOs in Nepal with some relief funds.  We have personal distributed these funds to key LIOs who have already constructed 27 temporary homes, built community toilets and sanitation facilities, and provided a small amount temporary support to several pastors. 

What are your current efforts or projects?

Visit the Projects and Updates sections of the site to see what we're up to!

How can I help?

  1. Donate to a specific project.

  2. Honorary donations on behalf of a friend or loved one.

  3. Sign up for email list.

  4. Follow us on FB and Twitter.

I don’t have any money. Is there something else I can do?

  1. Volunteer: We have offices in Colorado Springs, Col., Holland, Mich., and Burbank, Calif.

  2. Get social: Tweet! Post on social media.

  3. Change your cover photos on Facebook and Twitter.

  4. Engage your church: take an offering for one of our projects!

  5. Ask for donations to LION instead of birthday, wedding, or holiday gifts.

  6. See if your employer has a matching gift program.

  7. Shop at our store for books & fair trade items

  8. Shop at Smile.Amazon.com and designate LION Outreach as your charity

  9. Sell something on eBay and donate a percentage to LION through eBay Giving Works. Search for LION Outreach and designate it as your charity to support. Email Amy@lionoutreach.org or use the Contact form if you have any questions!

  10. Pray.