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What is the Global Forum?

Every two years, DNA affiliate organizations, local network leaders, trainers and practitioners from around the world gather to worship God, fellowship, network, share stories, and participate in shaping the DNA global movement for the future. Join us for this family gathering hosted by the DNA Global Secretariat Office. Be encouraged by all that God is doing to disciple the nations. 

The theme for this year’s forum is Foundational Principles for the Flourishing of Nations. We will have DNA speakers from Africa, Asia, and Latin America expound on these principles, how they have shared them with others, and stories of how they have impacted families and communities.

We also anticipate that each of you will bring understanding and experience you’ve gleaned from sharing these principles in your own context. To facilitate learning and collaboration, we’ll provide a study guide and follow-up some of the sessions with table groups where you will exchange stories and lessons learned with other participants. The program will also feature workshops where affiliates will share models they’ve developed for training and application. We pray it will be a time rich with insight and learning from one another. 

*The Forum is by invitation only. If you would like to invite a friend or co-worker to attend, please feel free to send them this link where they may request an invitation: https://forms.gle/8BCLznYHpCyWD9mZ9

Why you should come to the Forum:

  • Celebrate the work of God through the worldwide family called the Disciple Nations Alliance
  • Make new connections within the global DNA family
  • Learn about cutting-edge models of church-based wholistic transformation

Register Now

If you have received an invitation and would like to attend, you can click here to complete your registration form and make the $50 non-refundable registration payment. After registering, you will receive an email with details on how to submit payment for Lodging, Food, and Transportation. If you have not received an official invitation, but would like to request one, you may complete the request form here: https://forms.gle/8BCLznYHpCyWD9mZ9

Lodging, Food, & Local Transportation

You will be responsible for arranging your own transportation to and from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Transportation between the airport and the hotel will be provided for $35 roundtrip at designated times.

The Forum will be held at the Adulala Hotel in Debre Zeyit, where it sits on a lake approximately 48 km (30 miles) outside of Addis Ababa. Rooms feature air conditioning, patios, and kitchenettes with refrigerators and microwaves.

The Forum will begin on Monday evening, 17 October with dinner, followed by an evening program. It will end on Friday, 21 October with breakfast. Costs for lodging with meals and snacks included for four nights are:

    • single person room – $640 per person
    • two person room (limited numbers available*) – $576 per person
    • three person room (limited numbers available*) – $556 per person
    • married couple – $920 (total for both)
    • single person luxury room – $960 per person

*BOTH two and three person rooms are limited in number. We will do our best to fill your requests, but please know that may not be possible. In that case, you will be asked to pay the single room rate of $640 per person.

 

Optional Tour

Not included in the registration fees is an optional tour on Friday. For information, contact dawit@disciplenations.org
 

Arrival

The Forum program will begin with dinner followed by an opening session on Monday, 17 October. Plan to arrive at the Addis Ababa airport no later than 3 PM on Monday in order to allow time to get through the airport, get on the bus, get to the hotel, and check-in to their room in time for dinner. If you miss the 6 PM dinner at the hotel, you will be responsible for your own evening meal.

Departure

The Forum program will end the evening of Thursday, 20 October at 9 PM, but please plan to stay until Friday as breakfast will be served that morning.

Arriving early or departing late

Included in your costs are lodging on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, as well as all meals between dinner on Monday and breakfast on Friday. If you choose to arrive early or depart late, there will be additional costs, and you will need to make your own transportation arrangements.

Visas

After you have completed your registration form and payment, you will receive information from us about how to request a visa invitation letter, if one is needed. If you pay your registration fee and then your visa is denied, send us documentation of the visa denial, and we will refund your registration fee, minus any bank fees. You must send us this documentation by Thursday, September 1 in order to get a full refund. For further assistance, contact info@disciplenations.org

Weather

In Debre Zeyit this time of year, the typical daily high temperature is 74°F (23°C) and a typical daily low temperature is 62°F (17°C), with high temperature averages ranging from 71-79°F (22-26°C) and low temperature averages ranging from 52-64°F (11-18°C).

Covid-19 Information & Reminders

(a) Vaccination Report. Someone is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson or two doses of Astra Zeneca, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Moderna, or Pfizer.

(b) A negative RT PCR test completed up to 72 hours or three days before departure

(c) A negative Antigen – RDT report completed up to 24 hours before arriving to Ethiopia

(d) A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 within 90 days

  • Returning Home 
    If your nation requires a negative test for returning, be prepared to pay the cost to have a Covid test completed before traveling home. We have seen costs between $25-$50 US Dollars, but that could change. Some locations deliver test results by email within 4-6 hours.
    Our host will make appropriate arrangements for any necessary testing.
  • Be Advised 
    Neither Disciple Nations Alliance nor the hotel will be responsible for any personal expenses related to Covid-19. Please continue to carefully research the travel requirements from and to your country when you make a decision to attend. Each person is responsible for performing their own research to ensure they are informed on the most up-to-date travel guidelines. For entry requirements back into your home country, consider checking websites for your local government or national airlines. If you will be traveling through another airport while traveling to or from Ethiopia, check with your airline for any “in transit” requirements. As always, guidance may change, so please be sure to double check with the relevant authorities before traveling or confirming your plans.

Schedule

Program specifics are still being finalized, but the time schedule will tentatively look like this on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 

7:00 AMBreakfast Available
8:30 AMWorship
9:00 AMPlenary Session: Foundational Principles for Flourishing Nations (teaching, stories, models, tools, measuring impact)
10:30 AMCoffee
11:00 AMTable Group Session
12:00 PMLunch
2:00 PMPlenary Session: Foundational Principles for Flourishing Nations
3:30 PMCoffee
4:00 PMTable Group or Breakout Session
6:00 PMDinner
7:30 PMOpen / Optional Workshops

Frequently Asked Questions:

You may have heard of the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. We talked at length about this with our Ethiopian leader and were assured it is not affecting life in the rest of the country.

When possible, we highly recommend the in-person experience for the Global Forum. While it is not likely that we will be able to livestream the Global Forum, efforts will be made to record some sessions. More information will be available soon. For additional details, contact info@disciplenations.org

Every Global Forum is unique and special. Here is a link to some highlights from our 2019 Forum in Panama!

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