Friday, March 21, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
In my recent work project I was meeting new people and my heart grew tender at seeing their struggles without Jesus. This is good and intentional in God's leadership; people usually seem to find me unusual in a good way as I don't don't fit in the mold of what they expect for a white middle-aged American with 4 children. To demonstrate peace in the midst of the rush and pull of life is worth more than gold, and to embrace integrity and love when it costs you something rather than demanding your just gain brings shock... even to the Christians I've worked with. I see that I was able to be a blessing. I don't have this fully worked out by any means, but I want to be like Jesus. Cross and all. I want to know the light of His face as He smiles upon my life.
I'm rambling a bit because I'm not sure about when and if I'll be on the intraweb when I'm down south for the next 6 days. But pray for us as we engage in ministry down south. We definitely need it. And pray for my family while I'm away. Thanks
Violence Against Christians Increases - National Christian Evangelical Association of Sri Lanka
On March 4, the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka reported increased threats and attacks against Christians in Sri Lanka.
February 17 - A mob of 50 people armed with rods attacked members of the King's Revival Church while they were returning from a Sunday worship service in the district of Mathugama, Kaluthata. Four members were assaulted, including a child. The assailants also threatened believers who belonged to the Tamil ethnic group, saying they would be imprisoned if they returned to the church. On February 24, a group of individuals armed with gardening tools gathered on the road near the church building and threatened believers with violence. They prevented them from attending a scheduled service.
March 2 - Ten students walking from Lunuwila Railway to Believers' Church Bible College in Putlam District were beaten by a group of masked men on motorcycles. Another group of attackers joined in and dragged a student into their van, and severely beat him. When one of the students ran to the college for help, he was followed by a motorcyclist, who attacked the security guard and fled. Pray for believers in Sri Lanka as they recover from their injuries. Ask God to protect and encourage them. Also pray Christians will forgive their persecutors and for their testimonies to draw nonbelievers into fellowship with Christ. Isaiah 40:31
UPDATE - Archbishop Still Held by Kidnappers - Compass Direct News
Archbishop Paulo Faraj Rahho remains in the custody of kidnappers who have demanded a ransom of $2.5 million in return for his release. According to Compass Direct News, Kirkuk Archbishop Luis Sako said the kidnappers added new conditions for Archbishop Rahho's release. Compass added, "He declined to give further details in the interest of Rahho's safety. A church source close to the negotiations described the new conditions as 'impossible to fulfill.'" Pray for Archbishop Rahho's safe return. Ask God to protect Christians in Iraq who live under dangerous conditions in Baghdad. Pray they remain faithful and strong despite harsh conditions. Psalm 91
Hindu Extremists Assault New Christian Leader - Compass Direct News
On February 27, the newly-elected president of the Balaghat Christian Association was beaten for providing legal help to victims of an earlier Hindu extremist attack on February 22. According to Compass Direct News, "Members of the Hindu extremist group, Bajrang Dal allegedly targeted Dr. Robin Singh, a medical doctor and Christian leader, because he had provided legal and administrative help to Tom George, Sunil Lal and others who had been dragged from a Lent meeting and beaten with bamboo poles, sticks, rods and other weapons. They struck him with their fists and wooden sticks, as well as kicked him, to deftly give him internal injuries." Pray for believers injured in both attacks. Pray God gives Christians in India courage to stand for Him despite persecution. Also pray believers will forgive their persecutors. Psalm 103:1-5
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
1. Promote a clash of ideas. Allow subordinates to argue and clash with you. Once you've heard enough, make your decision, and then count on your team to execute it with full passion,
2. Encourage a noisy system. Put people at ease by listening to them; genuinely desire to want what people know.
3. Remember that only people get things done. A leader must give followers an environment to get things done. Take a third of the time to plan, and give two-thirds of the time for people to execute.
4. Maintain an open-door policy. Let people see you when you're there, and be sure to give special access to those closest to you.
5. Probe the organization. Walk the "grounds" everyday, allowing people access to you. If you uncover something affecting your organization or team that requires attention, close the loop and let those involved know the outcome.
6. Reward your best performers and get rid of your non-performers. You must constantly prune. Otherwise, the leader who doesn't prune out the bad risks watching the good turn bad.
7. Be prepared to anger and/or disappoint some people.
8. Check your ego at the door. Don't tie ego to title.
9. Have fun in your role. Maintain hobbies outside of work that can settle your mind.
10. Fit no stereotypes.
11. Remember that perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. Always assure those around you that the team will make it, that the problem will be solved. At the same time, don't do so with false statements.
12. Things always look better in the morning. Be optimistic of the day ahead.
13. Avoid war if at all possible. But when battles erupt, use your same processes to make decisions, then accept the fact your decisions will have to come faster.
14. Trust the element of instinct.15. Prepare to be lonely.
Found this here.
Monday, March 17, 2008
The internship left dock on Saturday. I really like this group, it should be an interesting season for everyone involved as we have a pretty wide range of ages in the class. But they all want to find God and pray so with Him leading the way I'm sure we are in for good things. This is the 3rd internship we've led at ZHOP; when I look back all I can really say is that I'm amazed at what God has done with the people who have gone this route. Some are at ZHOP, some have left for other places (such as Iceland or Concord, NC!).
I leave for Bolivia on Wednesday. It turns out that the orphanage leader we'll be spending time with has actually started 8 orphanages! Amazing! So pray for the team going down, for protection and responsiveness to what God is doing and saying.