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Free Book: Raising Resilient MKs

One of the scariest parts of being a missionary is wondering if my children will grow up to thrive as adults. It’s already hard enough to be a kid these days, so throw living in another culture into the mix and one would think the difficulties arise. is offering a few free ebooks to help missionaries. I just downloaded “Raising Resilient MKs” from their site for free. I’m looking forward to reading through this incredible volume of knowledge about how to raise children overseas.

Since you’re still reading this, will you please take some time to pray for our three kids as we try to raise them up to be adults who follow Jesus with all their hearts, souls, minds, and strength? Thanks.

Darkness and Light

Just before I went to bed last night I had a thought that I posted both on twitter and facebook.

It was my gut reaction after having read this article about of six young people being shot in Tepito, a neighborhood in Mexico City. There have been more than 7,000 people killed this year alone in Mexico as a result of the violence.

We have friends who are moving soon to Ciudad Juarez, where another five women were killed earlier yesterday in a shooting.

All of this causes conflict in my heart and soul. There is no doubt that violence is spreading all over the world. It is certain that Mexico has its dangers. There are many things happening. And it is exactly why the church of Jesus Christ must be present there.

tweet on darkness

When I write that “It is in the darkest of hours that the light must shine the brightest” I mean that in the deepest of darkness is where the light is most needed. The gospel must shine in the darkness, and the Bible teaches that the light in the dark world is us. That’s why I posted the other link to Matthew 5:16.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Please join me in praying for Mexico. Pray that the true Light will shine in the midst of the darkness, because as Psalm 139:10 says, “Even the darkness is not dark to you (God); the night is bright as the day.” Let us walk close to the light and shine it in the darkness.

(Photo by Ezioman on flickr)

Lausanne Wrap-up

I saw this list on Brigada the other day and thought it would be great to include for those who want to experience more of the Lausanne conference on World Evangelization that just ended in Capetown.

It’s one thing to read an article about it; it’s quite another thing to *experience* it. Now you can! Maybe you can’t literally sit at a Lausanne discussion table, as all 4000 delegates did but you can certainly soak up the content in other ways. Check out the schedule, complete with links for the events that are already documented online with audio or video recordings:

Look at the virtual congress online…

… and the picture galleries…

Watch the videos…

Read the media…

… or the blogs…

for the “official” blog and …

for tons of unofficial opinions.

And perhaps most importantly of all, *pray* along with delegates at…

Day 2 of the CIU class on Lausanne

Today was a little more intense than the first day here at CIU, where I am taking a course based on the Lausanne conference on World Evangelization going on in Capetown, South Africa right now.

The day was intense mostly because of a few of the issues that we were talking about and the videos we watched.

We started the day listening to Vaughan Roberts (View part 1 and part 2) do an exposition of Ephesians 4. Some of the important things I remember him saying were:

  • With all of the things that are supposed to bring us together, we are as divided as ever (in the world).
  • In a world of division, our world should look to the diverse group represented in church and say, “Wow, how those Christians love each other.”
  • Christian unity requires a proclamation of the gospel.
  • Unity doesn’t mean uniformity.
  • The truth is not a weapon to be used on those who disagree with me.
  • Love demands truth telling/

We then watched Dr. Paul Eshlemen speak on Unreached and Unengaged People Groups (see video).

We then celebrated the life of Billy Graham and the legacy he has left for world evangelization by watching this incredible video with highlights of his life.

John Piper did the exposition on Ephesians 3 (watch part 1 and part 2), which was enough to make my head spin. It was pretty heavy stuff. I’ll have to watch the video again to try to see if I can understand all that he said. He certainly challenged us on a number of points.

We finished the day talking about globalization and how that is a challenge to world evangelization. One of the phrases that the Dr. King said, “The flip side of love is suffering.” It really made me think. I’m sure I’ll write something on that soon, but I’m chewing on the concept and asking God to help me love more.

Lausanne III – Capetown 2010

I’m at CIU in South Carolina again. This time I’m taking a class called “Major Issues in 21st Century Missions.” It is a class that revolves around the Lausanne conference in Capetown, South Africa.

The pre-course reading for this class was the best I have ever had to do. It was tough (900 pages), but the issues and conversations that result from reading the various papers that speak to different issues have helped me think through some things in missiology.

We have been watching videos of the conference in South Africa and have had the chance to speak with some of the representatives from CIU who are attending the conference.

Here are the links to some of the videos we watched today:

Lausanne is probably the largest gathering of Christian evangelical leaders in the history of the world, bringing together 4,000 leaders from more than 200 countries to confront the critical issues of our time as they relate to the future of the Church and world evangelization. It’s fun to be a part of it.

God’s Mission is both Small and Big

The director of Urbana ’09 talks about God’s Mission in the world and our part in it.

Check out the video on Vimeo.

What about the Incarnation?

The theme of Urbana ’09 is that God Dwelled Among Us. It’s all about how God “moved into our neighborhood” with the incarnation.

In tonight’s general session, we explored this concept a little.

Here are my notes from General Session #1 at Urbana:

When God wanted to show us His love, He chose to have His Son here with us. The incarntation is:

The MEANS by which God reaches out to us.

  • To honor someone in the middle east, you go to them where they are comfortable just like Jesus did with us.
  • When God showed us His love, He came to us.

It is the MESSAGE that God has for us.

  • We have seen His glory.
  • We can experience His grace.
  • We are challenged by His truth.

We should not be surprised if people reject the truth today…they rejected Jesus.

It is the MODEL for how we minister.
As the Father sent me, I am sending you.

Another thing that struck me hard was this phrase: Even the darkness was not dark to you.

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