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Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucas@teamexpansion.org>, Louisville, KY
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- READY, “SCET,” GO!
- CARRYING ON ABOUT CARRY-ONS
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- COOL DOWN YOUR REENTRY
- CAT-LINK SEARCHING FOR SECOND LIFE
- COOPERATION AT ITS BEST
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THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — Tibetan Buddhists; street children in Mongolia; the Muslim Arabs of Saudi Arabia; the Zapotec Indians of Mexico; the Tajiks of Iran; ministering God’s love during the Kumbh Mela festival; Kingdom advance in Nepal; the Donxiang of China; Liberian refugees; witch doctors turn to Christ; the Jesus film for Western Punjabis of Pakistan
THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Bangladesh churches, school attacked; Sudan sheik arrested; Lutheran bishop of Belarus arrested; Turkmenistan Adventists arrested; persecution intensifies in Chad; US newspaper fires minister to former homosexuals; New Tribes hostages
SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Taking up arms in Pakistan; human sacrifice in Uttar Pradesh; adults convicted of murder in child abuse case; nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan
REJOICE! — Neo-Aztec priest asks for prayer; Khmer literacy program registers 727 decisions for Christ; Turkish government permits Kurdish Jesus film; 30,000 decisions for Christ in New Delhi; Chinese evangelists count 85 decisions for Christ; young woman raised from dead in Ethiopia; mobile medical clinics register 104 decisions in Nan province; Hindu Indian artist accepts Christ while illustrating Gospel of Mark; gospel literature distributed to 18.5 million homes in 1997; discovery may lead to advances in fighting cancer, AIDS, other diseases
NETWORKING — Prayer guide, video on Tibetan Buddhists; people group adoption information on CD; “Operation World Plus;” International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church; “Fax of the Apostles;” Turkey video and prayer guide; International Bible Society monthly newsletter; “TV: The World’s Greatest Mind-Bender;” Fasting & Prayer ’98
GLOBAL GLIMPSE IN KENYA
(Source: AD2000 & Beyond, “EAST AFRICA AND THE HORN OF AFRICA CHALLENGED WITH THE GREAT COMMISSION,” By Dr. Stephen Kabachia, Chairman & Rev. Don Kearby, Coordinator, Finish the Task 2000 National Consultation, May 1998, Nairobi, Kenya.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
READY, “SCET,” GO!
CARRYING ON ABOUT CARRY-ONS
DISCIPLE’S PRAYER LIFE TRAINING
COOL DOWN YOUR REENTRY
CAT-LINK SEARCHING FOR SECOND LIFE
COOPERATION AT ITS BEST
- Lesson # 12 — Allow plenty of time in advance of the trip for set-up and planning. We started a good six months in advance… and that’s minimum. Any less and your efforts will seem disorganized and haphazard.
- Lesson # 11 — Find an on-field helper to “champion” your cause and assist with set-up. Check out your denomination’s mission board or sending agencies or ask other missions committees in your area for help. In our case we were very lucky (I mean, blessed). A Wycliffe worker “adopted” us!!! She worked VERY hard helping to make sure our logistical needs were met… and we’ll be forever grateful. Three cheers for SIL!!!
- Lesson # 10 — Pay your way. The SIL worker helped us get an idea of realistic figures to spend for meals and housing. Using her figures as guides, we were able to give on-site workers a realistic picture of what we should reimburse them for food and housing. The last thing you want to do is be a drain on their finances, because then the next group that visits will find it much harder to set up a similar trip the next year! YES — shop for the best prices on air fares and hotels. But NO — don’t be afraid to rent a car or van to cover large distances when time is limited. After all, you might have spent several thousand dollars getting there… and maybe you’ll only be there one week . . . so every day counts.
- Lesson # 9 — Pray as you go. Be sure to allow time for prayer walks. Our trip is VERY scheduled . . . so we’ve only done two prayer walk so far. That’s an “oops” for me. We’re still hoping to do one in each location though.
- Lesson # 8 — Be flexible. Be flexible. Be flexible. And did I mention, be flexible. Don’t be afraid to change schedules if you get a better opportunity. One day last week, we changed our plans 3 times before we even got out the door. Make sure your team members are EXPECTING the unexpected.
- Lesson # 7 — Debrief daily. It’s the only way to draw maximum impact out of each person’s individual experiences each and every day.
- Lesson # 6 — No missionary roasts allowed. Make sure your team knows that new on-site workers should expect to work on the field for a full year before they’ll understand all the reasons behind why full-timers do the things they do. (There are usually VERY good explanations.) So why should one-weekers think they can do better!
- Lesson # 5 — Fresh insights permitted. While you don’t want your team to come across as presumptuous, someone on the team might indeed have a fresh insight that no one else has thought of yet. Make sure your gang feels the freedom to gently offer humbly-worded insights “as ashes on the ground” — but not lording over those who live and work there every day!
- Lesson # 4 — Cultivate a sense of humor. On this trip, I’m blessed with 5 guys that are absolutely wonderful people with which to travel and work. They laugh, roll with the flow, and NEVER complain. Somebody pinch me.
- Lesson # 3 — Stay on focus. Review your trip objectives (you do have them, right?) often to make sure you’re still on track. Learn everything you can. Try the language. Learn the greetings. Use them. Have fun with them. Laugh at yourself and the mistakes you make. (We must have used the word “ee- DAHN-seh” 50 times, just because we heard people greeting us with it each time we met. It wasn’t ’til after we had shaken hands and used it throughout an entire village that we learned it meant “Welcome!” We were welcoming our hosts! Laugh at your mistakes. They will. But they’ll love it that you’re at least trying!
- Lesson # 2 — Make sure there IS a focus. The last thing you want to do is get caught up in an eternal repetition of short-term trips without a real rationale. That money might be better spent on sponsoring a full-timer. However, getting some of your church’s people into short-term missions might be the best way to build a strong missions momentum in your church, which will pay for itself over and over again!
- and Lesson # 1 of Doug’s Top Ten Lessons Learned for setting up exposure/vision trips — “Walk softly and carry no sticks!” The full-time on- site workers you’re visiting will be staying on long after your dust has settled. If they invite you to participate in something, make sure you consult them in advance about their precise expectations. One worker here invited our team of 6 to accompany him into the village where he’s moving his family next month. Woah! I was nervous. What if we offended someone and the village leaders told him to hit the trail! We looked to him OFTEN for advice, prayed a lot, and stepped VERY carefully. It worked out okay, but we made sure that he had ultimate power to pull the plug on us at any time. HE was the guy in charge. This was HIS ball game. (They welcomed us warmly and we were blessed by the village’s hospitality; the on-site worker told us he was shocked at the incredibly warm reception he received. We’ll never be the same… and we’ll pray for him like wild now!
In summary, be humble, gentle, and write down everything! And Pray!
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