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    We

    “We believe in the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, as the Word of God, and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct.” Evangelical Community Covenant Affirmations We believe is a communal declaration in a shared truth. We are stronger together than I is apart.  We, is intimate. A short word study on we describes it as being close, near, warm, sympathetic, dear and cherished with and by one another.  By introducing our affirmation with we, we declare that we are together of the same family, united by Christ. In the process of cutting an apple for my 10:00am snack the fruitation of We hit me.  I…

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    Same as it Ever Was

    The purpose of God’s mission since the fall and throughout Genesis is universal in scope and global in audience . After the fall, flood and dispersion at the Tower of Babel, God spoke all encompassing messages of salvation (Gen 3:15, 9:17, 12:1-3). Gods seeks to restore relationships.  For this purpose God chose one man and his vagabond family to travel the Fertile Crescent, so all the families of the earth may be blessed.  While on this journey Gods continual message to Abraham and his descendants is to “proclaim” His plan to bless all the nations (Gen 12:3), “participate” in His priesthood in order to be agents of His blessing (Ex.…

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    Shortfall into Surplus

    Comrade, Thank you for your insights and thoughtful question about resource abuse.  Regaining trust is one of the hardest things to do in any relationship.  When trust is damaged or lost between two parties, I feel it is most important to discuss the vision of the organization.  Re-evaluating if everyone is still on board with the same objectives and where you want to go is vital.  If common ground can still be reached on a unifying vision, some members or all  should take responsibility for the issues that led to mistrust. Developing a “list” of needs and explaining shortfalls within an organization to outside donors are important for recovering and preventing resource abuse.  Having…

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    Endurance

    Comrades, Thank you for your response and challenging questions. Pertaining to the last two years of my life, I will try to give one example of effective communication management that may apply to a lot of intercultural ministries. I will also add, that I have grown up with a family involved in missions in South Africa for 15 years. Synchronizing intercultural teams in South Africa together is difficult for numerous reasons, but some of the obstacles I see most are differences in honesty, efficiency and contentment. Focusing on communication beginning with building personal relationships and trust, before trying to fix any perceived problems or deficiencies is vital. Trust was and…

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    Diamonds in the Rough

    Comrade, thank you for sharing such a personal experience with your current situation.  Maintaining relationships with the people someone supports, while not being able to financially provide for them in a timely manner would be heartbreaking. I have worked in similar environments before, like when an organization was 1-2 months late on paying their employees.  The most difficult part outside of observing some of the families struggle financially during this time was the internal reputation degradation that took place.  The conversations were relatively negative between employees and this spread not only throughout the organization, but also the surrounding communities.  As the weeks went on, dishonest practices began to spread, like abusing…

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    Trust

    Comrade, you have an incredible calling on your heart to bridge people from different cultures together in Christ. While listening and reading through the PP provided this week, I too was encouraged by the reminder that the church/we/I do not own the missio dei, but that we are invited to participate. In regards to concerns of maintaining a consistent level of enthusiasm in the hearts of short term missionaries, the imagery of the meme on slide 15 of the Global perspective PP really spoke to me. In this imagery I saw a symbol of the Father carrying us (all missionaries) into mission and never letting go as long as we…

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    Loyal

    Ideally, the media would be a truth-telling avenue of the news with less emphasis on entertainment. This would instigate thoughtful personal analyst of facts and lead people into thinking more critically. The further the media slants itself into any opinionated direction, the less informed people become. However, I think this has started to play out in the media today, albeit not traditional sources. More people are starting to use a variety of sources instead of what’s on television, including online news and editorials from around the world. Inevitably, most news sites are going to channel their reports under an attenuated umbrella. This helps them target a specific demographic, leading to…

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    What’s Effective

    As globalization is no longer optional for organizations and offers great opportunities that may be unrecoverable if not capitalized on now, how do we best align/globalize with other organizations? I agree that being effective through expanded markets, increased resources, lower costs and greater capital leads to global success. Also, being flexible and keeping up with technological advancements are necessities to achieving capitalization on this contemporary challenge. However, I feel at the heart of any organization should be why they do what they do. It is from why, to how an organization does things (like effectiveness) that best capitalizes in a globalizing business world. In other words, why an organization does…

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    Juxtaposition

    Ethics is not just about what an organization does, it’s who an organization is. Encompassing an organization on societal, organizational and personally accepted practices focused on the needs and desires of society creates the greatest opportunity for sustainable profitable organizations. With NPO’s,  Resource Abuse is commonly an issue, but not in the obvious sense.  Not that NPO’s commonly steal, lie or cheat.  No, not at all….. but. Commonly at risk of every accounting season for many NPO’s is the financial survival of maintaining operating expenses.  This makes saying no to any donation challenging.  Donating funds for capital projects is much more attractive for donors than contributing to operating expenses or bottom-lines. This makes it difficult to…

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    Balance

    My name is Jesse Brown and I am originally from Kansas City. About two years ago I was sent out as an “involuntary” missionary to South Africa. Since then, I have been blessed to be able to work with various organizations using my agricultural background as an avenue to participate in missions. God has blessed me with several opportunities living and working throughout South Africa. God’s global perspective and engagement is as diverse as the cultures within it. God’s engagement with the world started with creation and He has been seeking a relationship with all His creation ever since. Being a people of God we are called to centripetal mission…