Faculty Commons at work

The main CCCI web site has a great story up right now about Walter “Dub” Lane and his work in Mexico City as a Christian economics professor.  Ingrid and I had the pleasure of meeting Dub when we were last in Mexico and I can tell you that he is a great guy.  (Our time there happened to coincide with him and a few other professors that were there as well – we all met at an event put on by Enfoque Mexico)  I’m thrilled that I can point you to this well written story (a lot better than I could do) that will give you a small window into one of the many Crusade ministries.  Many incredible stories like this are being written in people’s lives all over the globe every day.

Changes

I have no idea how I missed posting the entire month of August. I don’t do this a ton, but that really seems odd.

We did a week of family vacation – squeaked it in just before the kids started school. It was a nice time and we felt really blessed to be able to take the time and go relax. We spent it in the Tampa Bay area. Lots and lots of swimming- at the beach and in the pool. The little ones just never get tired of that.

Tropical storm fay blew by. Mostly to the east of us and it wasn’t too bad here. Some parts of Florida saw bad flooding, but where we live it wasn’t much in the way of wind or rain. We did have a few days where it was raining pretty much non-stop but I think the total rainfall at the airport was 7 inches or so – and we are just a few miles from there.

Probably one of the bigger things to happen in the month was our finalizing plans to move to a new department within Campus Crusade for Christ. This has been in the works for a while. By that I mean, God first started working on us when we were in Mexico in April. That was just by giving us some ideas and letting us see some needs. Then as we sought out guidance and information, things became more clear.

We are not leaving Orlando. We will still work at the world headquarters. But now we will work for the Global Technology Office. We will be providing tech support directly to our staff over seas. What we did in ITG helped those staff too, but this will be a bit more hands on in a way. As we move further into it we’ll post updates. I’ll try to make sure they aren’t over a month apart.

Myanmar and China

As a way to help with the situation in Myanmar, the relief arm of Campus Crusade, GAiN USA, is partnering with local churches to distribute relief goods. If you would like to contribute to that effort, you can do so at this page. The situation there is still extremely dire. The prayer requests that we have been asked to keep in mind are these:

  • For the plans just developed by the Southeast Asia leadership to distribute food and simple supplies to 20,000 affected families in Myanmar through partnerships with local churches.
  • For the training of 8,000 believers from 200 churches to distribute these goods and to be bearers of the gospel and Christ’s love. You can imagine all the funding and logistics needed to accomplish this.
  • For God to open doors and to give supernatural strength and wisdom.

The situation in China is also critical. With the aftershocks, threats of flooding and dams breaking, things are far from getting settled. Much like Myanmar, China is a closed nation to Crusade staff. But through our partners there, we are able to pass on aid and relief. If you would like to help with that effort, you can give here.

The GAinUSA page is a great place to get the best information on what Campus Crusade is doing to help in both countries.

As the page for earthquake relief in China says, my intent is not to make anyone feel pressured to give. My purpose is that I know many of you are very generous and caring people. I am sure that as you have watched all this on the news, you’ve wondered, like I have, what you can do. I just pass this on so that you have a way to provide meaningful aid to the people in these devestated countries. So if you feel lead by God to help financially with these situations, here are two ways you can do so.

Connections – Part 2

This is part 2 of a series, where I am sharing some of my thoughts about missions and technology. If you missed it, you can start with Connections – Part 1. To summarize what I said there, it is basically a summary of how recently I feel that God has led me into various conversations and situations that have brought me to an understanding of how we could be better leveraging technology to reach the world for Christ. In this post I would like to start talking about just what that may look like. I’m going to be talking about technology but this should not be too technical. I want to do that, but it will come later. Right now I’d like to discuss in broad terms just how I think this could work. How can technology be useful in spreading the gospel?
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Awesome Story from Mexico

In our newsletter we just sent out, we told the story of Pablo and how God connected him with Emily, one of our staff in Mexico City. We tried to do a good job of telling the story, though now you can read it as a professional would write it.

On Crusade’s front page is a great picture of Pablo, Emily, Juan and another classmate of theirs (the young gal in the black) that we did not meet. Right now it is the second picture that comes up – that could change. The story title is “I Want My Life to Count”.

It’s funny because Emily just got in to Orlando, she’s here for some training and goes back to Mexico on Tuesday. She came by my desk today and I said, “Your famous!”. We had a great laugh. Tomorrow I’m introducing her to other staff at a coffee/fellowship/training time and Monday morning Ingrid, some of our fellow staff from the Mexico trip and myself are all getting together for breakfast. It is a great privilege to work along-side and get to know such awesome people like Emily.

Emily tells me that since we were there, Pablo and his friends have written up a plan with objectives on reaching their campus for Christ. The school has refused to acknowledge them as an official student group but that hasn’t deterred them a bit. They’ve been doing prayer meetings and evangelism training. They are motivated and driving this effort on their own with Emily providing materials and coaching. It is totally great.

Enfoque Mexico

The ministry we were working with while in Mexico was Enfoque Mexico

The vision: Transform Mexico City into a place where every person has the opportunity and ability to live out their purpose in life.
The mission: Develop a network of influential leaders across ten key domains of the city committed to facilitating citywide transformation.

Hop on over and read up about an exciting ministry that is changing lives in one of the largest cities in the world.

Connections – Part 1

When I was in high school, our local PBS station re-ran a series called Connections. I can remember coming home from church on Sunday nights and watching it with my dad. It was a pretty cool show that would detail the history of some present day technology, tracing it back to various discoveries in the past. Sometimes the links between the discoveries were not immediately apparent, and the host of the show would draw the connections. Pretty fascinating stuff.
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