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Let was not always the perfect student. She didn’t accept authority naturally. If she didn’t feel loved, she didn’t obey or submit. While in school, she found herself in the dean’s office often. Through prayer and fasting in her senior year, she learned the impor- tance of obedience. Today, Let Malaluan is an exceptional leader. She serves as the program coor- dinator for The Juan Project, an evange- lism/church planting saturation project in the Philippines. Like Jesus, Let uses the MAWL method (Model, Assist, Watch, Leave/Love). Mark writes, “He settled on twelve … The plan was that they would be with him, and he would send them out” (Mark 3:14, MSG). As Jesus lived life with the apostles, he MODELED what he wanted them to be and do. They then ASSISTED him in the ministry. Later, Jesus WATCHED them and LEFT them, still LOVING them, but releasing them to do the work. MAWL is a relational process to devel- op disciple-makers and leaders. Let began using MAWL early in life. When her parents moved to Manila, she went to live with her grandmother. Her grandmother MODELED key spiritual dis- ciplines like prayer, Bible reading, church attendance, and evangelism. Let ASSIST- ED her grandmother in passing out tracts and showing the JESUS film. Then, when her mother returned to the province (her father passed away when she was seven) and taught kids in a community outreach, Let served as her assistant. At youth camp, Let gave her life to Christ. She completely surrendered to serve him in whatever way he desired. She ASSISTED the worship team at her church. In her senior year of high school, the pastor appointed her leader of the youth group. People WATCHED as she led Bible studies and other youth activities. At Faith Bible College, people contin- ued to WATCH as she led worship. In the summers, she served at vacation Bible schools in different communities. During the school year, she followed up with the children from those summer schools. She began to disciple high school students. Let moved from the WATCH stage of MAWL to the LEAVING/LOVING stage as she was released and encouraged to do ministry. Let points to two key values in her leadership development: 1. “Key people believed in me” and 2. “I was allowed to fail.” Among those key people were family members, women in her church, and OMS missionaries. Although Let’s mother lived in Singapore as an overseas foreign work- er for many years during Let’s childhood, even from a distance, she instilled excel- lence in Let and a love for reading. She required Let to keep a journal and held her accountable. Also, three women in her church faithfully gave her assignments and encouraged her as she completed them. Here she learned it was OK to fail. Jerry dela Paz, the Every Community for Christ (ECC) national coordinator (at the time) in the Philippines, represents another significant person who believed in Let. Jerry encouraged her to serve, de- spite her resistance to do so. After gradu- ation, she was assigned to an ECC team in Laoag. Within three years, she became the ECC regional coordinator for region 4, supervising 11 workers. In 2013, she be- came one of two ECC national trainers. Then, in 2017, she became the program coordinator for The Juan Project. Let uses MAWL. She MODELS train- ing. She invites laypeople to ASSIST in doing the training. As they develop, she WATCHES them train. Finally, she LEAVES them or releases them to train others while she still LOVES and encourages them. Today, ECC Philippines has more than 70 trained facilitators. Along with her co- leaders, she has developed an extensive coaching strategy and helped develop leaders who feel supported, encouraged, and accountable. 7