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Jul212011

In Memory: Leland Shores III

 

In Memory
Leland Shores III

July 1962 - June 2011

“I believe that discipleship is God’s plan for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I believe that Uganda is positioned to cause great revival throughout the world. Charis Bible College of Uganda is going to effect a change in this nation that will flow like rivers of living water into the surrounding nations of East Africa.” — Leland Shores

In February of 2005, Leland heard the Lord say, “I am preparing you to go to Africa.” Nine months later, he was living in Uganda, following a specific call and direction from the Lord to make disciples. The Lord had taken this successful businessman from the fast-paced, glamorous life of Dallas, Texas, to the obscure, remote villages of Uganda.

Charis Bible College - Uganda

Leland’s journey began four years earlier when he nearly choked to death on a roast beef sandwich. As he lay dying, alone on the floor of a hotel convention center in Dallas, it all became so clear. He realized that his life of rampant materialism amounted to nothing. Miraculously, he recovered, but in that moment, he made the decision to change his life. He would dispose of his possessions and dedicate the rest of his life in service to God.

CBC-Colorado graduation 2004
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Leland’s mother had been watching the Gospel Truth on television. When she heard of his plans, she suggested that he check out Charis Bible College. And that’s how he came to us as a student in 2002. For two years, he listened as Andrew and other teachers spoke about the unconditional love and grace of God. He was gradually being prepared by the Lord for the call that would soon come.

All second-year students are required to take part in a missions trip somewhere in the world. Leland’s mission trip took him to Uganda, where the seeds for a future call of God were planted in his heart. Perhaps it was on this trip that he first understood what Andrew was talking about when he said God has called believers to make disciples, not converts.

After graduation, Leland worked in the AWM Television Department for a year before receiving the all-consuming call to return to Uganda. From that day forward, he never looked back. By the winter of 2005, he was living in Uganda and ministering to the people he would come to know as his brothers and sisters in Christ. He later said, “Uganda is my home. I intend to live out my life serving the wonderful people of this country.”

Andrew and Leland in the hills of Uganda. (Click to enlarge)Leland began his work by teaching the discipleship program developed by Andrew Wommack and Don Krow. Every week, he would travel over pothole-ridden roads, sometimes by leaky boats, and often on foot to distant towns and villages, teaching pastors lessons from the Discipleship Evangelism course. They, in turn, would return to their villages and teach that message to their small congregations.

By the end of the second year, he was teaching hundreds of pastors on a weekly basis who were reaching tens of thousands throughout the nation. Today the third and fourth generations of disciples are reaching hundreds of thousands in Uganda. Discipleship was the method that the Lord directed the disciples to use in teaching the Gospel to the known world at that time, and Leland was applying that same method in Uganda.

Leland making disciples. (Click to enlarge)In time, Leland knew he would have to centralize the ministry and chose to do so in Kampala. There he opened the doors of the AWM bookstore on the busiest street corner of the city in 2009. People were free to browse and read, but they were always greeted by a friendly face, a person prepared to lead them to Jesus or tell them more about the good news. Leland launched Charis Bible College of Uganda in February 2010 with over 80 students, and in 2011, over 130 were in attendance.

In the midst of all these responsibilities, Leland coordinated Gospel Truth Seminars, pastors events, introductions to national officials, andtrips to the outlying villages with Andrew and his team from America.

Leland’s heart was linked to the people of Uganda in an even deeper way when he married Carole, the daughter of a prominent family from Entebbe. Together they planned to forge a great work in East Africa. But who could have foreseen that he would finish his course on June 23, 2011?

It was on Sunday, June 19, when he was having trouble breathing, that he was taken to a doctor. The doctor said his lungs were perfectly clear, so they assumed it was malaria. On June 20, he got worse, checked into a hospital, and was diagnosed with pneumonia. The doctors suspected he also had tuberculosis and malaria, but they needed to run more tests. While in the hospital, his condition continued to worsen until he went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, June 23.

Carole and Leland Shores III
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He leaves behind his lovely wife, Carole; and her family; his mother, Drena; his father, Leland Shores, Jr.; his younger brother, Buddy John; his sister, Gaytha; the student body of Charis Bible College; a host of African pastors tutored in the Discipleship Evangelism course…and countless changed lives.

Leland accomplished more for the kingdom of God in that short time than most ever do in a lifetime. His wife, Carole, and many others are determined to carry on with the work he began just six short years ago. The deposit of his life in the hearts and minds of the Ugandan people will yield a harvest for years to come.

This story is just beginning…


 

Dear friends,

Jamie and I are saddened by the loss of our friend and co-laborer in the Gospel, Leland Shores. But what the Enemy meant for evil, God will use for good. We are more determined than ever to reach the people of Uganda and East Africa. The good work that Leland began will not fade, but continue to grow and become a tribute to his sacrifice and selflessness.

There are many other graduates of Charis Bible College serving around the world with the same kind of commitment, determination, and sacrifice that Leland so obviously demonstrated in Uganda. They are the true heroes of our day. They lay their lives on the line every day so that others might know the goodness of God. How can we do any less! If you would like to help us continue the work in Uganda and other parts of the world, then I encourage you to become a World Outreach Partner.

We love you,

 Andrew and Jamie

Reader Comments (11)

Leland's testimony is amazing. Is there some way I can get a copy so that I can share it with family and friends?

October 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDennis Murray

Dennis, Thank you for your interest in sharing Leland's story. The easiest way to share this post with others is by clicking the "Share Article" link below the post. This provides a link for use through facebook, Twitter and other social media. You can also copy the link information from your web browser and paste it into an email to your family and friends. Leland's testimony may also be found on the ministy's main site through the following links:

Destiny Stories Article
http://www.awmi.net/extra/destiny/shores

Destiny Stories Volume I - DVD
http://www.awmi.net/store/usa/videos/3006_d

October 25, 2011 | Registered CommenterKevin Bree

I am just finding out about Leland's passing. Leland was loved by many people but his love and devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ was his all consuming passion in this world. He followed Him to the ends of the earth and changed the lives of countless people. We will not know until the end of time how many lives he did touch with the Love of Jesus and His Word. I pray for his wife and family and know that God will meet their needs each and every day. What a glorious homecoming it will be in Heaven!

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlettia Sharp

I'm just finding out about Leland's death, and I'm really saddened by it. I came to appreciate him very much when I watched the 2010 Summer Family Bible Conference where he shared on Living in the moment. That message really ministered to me and I try each day to put it into practice.

I logged on to AWM website today so that I could listen to the message again and refresh my mind. I couldn't find it, and so decided to search for Uganda, hoping that I would find it there. Alas! I get this news.

It's really sad that you have gone too soon, Leland, but know that you did touch my life and I will never be the same.

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSepiso

I was thinking about Leland this week since June 2012 is the one-year anniversay of his passing. Cindy was putting together a photo album this past week, and she just happened to have several pictures of Leland when he came over from Uganda in 2006 to visit us and minister at Grace Bible College in Kisumu, Kenya. Although sad, we were also blessed by the memories and time we shared with Leland while at Charis Bible Colege in Colorado as well as ministry time and fellowship both in Uganda and Kenya. Leland was a great example of someone "who no longer lived for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised." 2 Corinthians 5:15

Tim & Cindy Myers
Directors, Grace Bible College - Kisumu, Kenya

June 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTim Myers

It is a year after our friend Leland went to be with the Lord.

I still remain overwhelmed ,blessed, and touched by the real Jesus Leland re-introduced me to. We the 'sparks" and first CBC class in Uganda have all moved on in various places, to minister, to shine, to share our new found Love.

We miss Leland , but one thing for sure is that , because of one mans beautiful seed of obedience, Jesus lives through us and many more.

Natasha - Kampala Uganda

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

I would love to watch the 2010 Summer Family Bible Conference where he shared on Living in the moment. Is that possible, as I never had the chance to listen to him. I love listening the Andrew and I do at leat 4-5 hours per day Ias I have been winning my fight with Cancer). Andrew has been a true blessing to me and has jumped started me several times. He is super, I am going to start the corr. class for one year then move to Colorado City for the second year as Jesus guides me.

Thank you. You all already feel like family to me.

Dawn
Dallas

August 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDawn Purcell

I am a missionary in Uganda and i knew of the AWM bookshop at Cham Towers in downtown Kampala. I did not know of Leland's passing until seeing a program about him today on Daystar talking about his teachings in Uganda, then at the end it said "1962-2011". I was surprised and shocked. We thank God for Leland's dynamic, faithful and comprehensive Gospel contribution to the church in Uganda. May the seeds he has sown continue to multiply.

April 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNigel Harding

Was a good man, full of the love of Jesus. I believe he was dear to all who encountered or dealt with him in Uganda.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Mugume

I used to go to grade school with leland. It is really interesting how his life turned out i wish i could have met him again before he passed. I almost died on11/910from a large brain tumour!. I realized I wasn't ready ! I turned my life around and started reading my bible to understand what I needed to do to get my life where it should be. Thank God that his Son jesus died for our sins. We never know how long we are going to be on this earth. So we need to be ready.
Leland was a good kid and turned into a really good man.

September 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve lowe

I have just read about Leland passing now,and im deeply saddened by the news.I first met Leland back in 2009 in Uganda after I attended pastor Andrew wommack conference in Kampala.After the conference, I became a partner with the Andrew wommack ministry of Uganda,and I was regularly at their bookstore in Cham Towers,where Leland was always there ready to teach people about the kingdom of the Lord. Rest in peace Leland,and we will never forget you.To God be all the glory.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Mbakata

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