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Who is LEAD?

LEAD International is a dynamic and dedicated organization committed to empowering individuals, communities, and nations to create a sustainable and inclusive future.

Our Vision & Mission

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Asset-based community development that empowers communities to rise to their full potential. 

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Teaching people to develop the resources they already have and thereby create sustainable structures for the future stability of their language and culture as a people. 

Core Values

At LEAD International, our values serve as the guiding principles that drive our actions and shape our organization’s identity.

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Dignity of every People Group

We believe in upholding and embracing the dignity and diversity of every people group. The characteristics of each culture and ethnicity around the globe portray a tapestry of beauty that should be celebrated. 

Empowerment through Education

We believe that education has the power to transform lives and communities. Literacy for all should be viewed as an initial step. Education should also be more than academic. Training in medical or mechanical skills, for example, can give a community the opportunity to learn how to provide for their own needs long term. 

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Ownership of Culture and Language

We recognize that culture and language are deeply intertwined, serving as vital expressions of identity and heritage. Through our programs and initiatives, we strive to empower local communities to embrace their culture, language and identity.

Freedom from Oppression and Poverty

We believe that every individual deserves to live a life free from the chains of oppression and the burden of poverty. Our team strives to empower indigenous communities by providing them with the support they need to rise above oppression and poverty.

Our Team Members

David Miller

Gabe Byler

Joe Friesen

David Cohen

Weston Graybill

Ryan Bontrager

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If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to hear from you!

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