Posts Tagged ‘Transformation’

For the last few weeks I have been in many conversations around ‘Aid vs Trade’. Fully understanding the negative implications around the providing of Aid in a world of desperateness, the opposite also exist that Aid in combination of discipline, guidance, and empowerment, could serve as a catalyst for change.

Below are two great ‘Ted’ conversations worth discussing. The first challenging the thought about ‘Aid vs Trade’, and the second giving great inside as to the growing economy and future of our beloved continent.

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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?
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When I first heard the term ‘Global Leadership’ my thoughts were about people who have ‘really made’ it in leadership; those who are recognized around the world as a good leader. The people who came to mind were those writing books about leadership, presidents of countries, major businessmen and women who have developed global businesses, and people working for global organisations such as the United Nations (UN).

As time progressed and my interest in leadership grew, I realised that many of these men and women were all normal people; some with influence and some without. Some have the ability to lead well when change was needed, and some were merely in a position due to democratic processes.

Today as we find so many different understandings as to what leadership really is, the added subjective of ‘Global’ adds to the complexity of defining a basic explanation. Northouse, in his book ‘Leadership; Theory and Practice’, states that, amongst other things four primary aspects of leadership exist; leadership is a process, leadership involves influence, leadership occurs in groups, and leadership includes attention to common goals (Northouse, 2010, p3). (more…)

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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…)