Posts Tagged ‘missions’

Compass-web-300x199“Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open” – Elmer G Letterman

“Things turnout best for people who make the best out of the way things turnout” – author unknown

Motivational slogans have been part of my life for a very long time. They keep me going and just when I think I have reached the end of myself, the following slogan reminds me that things are still ok;

“Eat a live frog, every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you all day”

Isn’t it amazing, we tend to live this dream of which even we are not sure what the next sunrise may bring. Life has this way of exposing glimpses of the future that motivates us to take the next step. For some this might be strange or not true, but I strongly believe that if we keep focusing forward and are attentive to the things happening around us, we might be surprised of what we will discover.


salt_of_the_earth11One of the more discussed topics currently circulating the mission world is that of the ‘global north vs the global south’. With many referring to the global south now leading the way as to how missions are to be done, the question from those in the global north are what their responsibility heron forward should be.

Calisto Odede of Nairobi, Kenya, refers to the people of the south as the ‘people from the 11th hour’. Reading from Matthew 20, he acknowledge the great momentum people from the north gave in spreading the gospel amongst those in the south. However, although those who came early have been part of the mission movement much longer, their responsibility is not greater than those who arrived on the 11th hour. As those of the south start to take their responsibility within God’s mission movement, they are not to be seen as late comers, but us fellow workers who are to receive the same payment at the end.

Stories of great missionary legends such as David Livingstone are well known in mission circles around the world, which is great. But how many people know the names of ‘Chuma’ and ‘Susi’? The unknown heroes who carried his body for five month to the coast where it was then taken to Britain. We would not have known about the story if it wasn’t for these two men; people from the 11th hour.

The situation in the South is changing, very quickly. The question is not as much how the global north is to adapt, or what the south is about to do, but rather how we are to ensure the gospel is taken from everywhere to everywhere?


Article also available on Connect Magazine…

Everyone would agree that the way we used to do things ten years ago is massively different from the way we do things today. There is no guarantee that what worked with a previous generation will be as effective with a new one. This is especially true in a missions context.  Being involved with missions for the last fifteen years, I have seen some very interesting ways in which people are raising funds for the causes they believe in. I can still recall the first day I realised that my life was going to be different from that of a traditional missionary, and I had to walk away from the norm into the unknown. Financial security was not a given, and the possibility of entering a new month without any finances was a huge possibility.  After seeking counsel, reading numerous books and talking to many veteran missionaries, my journey started. I used my best writing skills, gathered the greatest photos available, and designed a newsletter explaining what I was about to do. I requested various forms of support from different people. Because many people knew about the importance of sending the gospel to all, and because they already had busy schedules, it was easier for them to give and to allow me to do the witnessing on their behalf.  (more…)