business as missions

4) Anyone Have Experience with Global Vision 2020? (New Eyeglass Deal)

We’ve previously shared about orgs who foster donation of *used* eyeglasses. (In fact, several people were against it because of implications of dependency.) But THIS company is different. They have devised a system whereby locals can become eyeglass vendors using a simple approach that actually creates jobs and $3 eyeglass sets. Anyone have any experience with them?

 

gv2020.org/

 

Looks really cool and interesting. One advocate wrote, “They are working with multiplication movements for pastors to be bivocational and set up vision care shops to support their ministry and use vision care as a bridge building tool. People can be trained in a few hours and they are ready to roll at a reasonable start up cost. The glasses are about $3 a pair.” Sounds awesome. And now, by relying on the strength of the greater Brigada family, we can ask for broad feedback on new ideas like this and learn the latest and the best. (Thanks for the recommendation, Earl!)

 

7) Business as Mission Resources Online

Want to know more about Business as Mission? Interested and want to take the next step? There are lots of articles, stories and lists of resources available at the Business as Mission Resource website…

http://www.businessasmission.com

Each year they also host several training courses and events for those exploring this rapidly growing mission strategy and those who want to be practically equipped. Training includes: a 3 week Introduction to Business as Mission course every February and a 5 month Business-focused Discipleship Training School beginning in January. Coming up soon in Dallas, USA, there is still time to register for the 3 day IBAM Impact Conference, September 20-22 (including registration for those joining after the Missio Nexus Conference). Contact Mark at infoatbusinessasmissiondotcom or visit…

http://www.businessasmission.com/ibamimpact.html

5) Australia Tentmaking Course

Here’s a tentmaking course in Australia, Feb 20-24, hosted by Canberra International Church. AZTEM, Global Opportunities and TENT are working together to bring this training down under. It’s a two week curriculum on the realities of using your profession or business skills in closed countries to bring the Gospel to those yet to hear. The GO Equipped Course will not teach you how to do your work or how to run your business, but it will help you to integrate your faith with your profession and business. The focus is on ministry development and preparing well before you go. There will also be training for trainers on the last day of the course.

http://www.globalopps.org/news.htm

or email

goemailatglobaloppsdotorg

8) Historic Global Congress on Business as Mission in April

The Global Congress on Business as Mission, BAM, will be a unique gathering of leaders and practitioners from all continents. It is the culmination of a yearlong think tank process engaging hundreds people from all over the world, addressing key strategic issues related to Business as Mission. Over 30 national, regional and international working groups will present cutting edge BAM practices and models and bring strategic recommendations during the Congress. The Global Congress will provide a unique ‘one-stop shop’ to meet and interact with BAM leaders from all over the world, on an unprecedented scale. It will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand – April 25-28, 2013.  For more information, visit:

http://bamthinktank.org/congress

Spaces are filling up fast, so if you’re interested, better register soon to ensure your place.

6) Florida Awaits Tentmakers Business As Mission People —

Global Opportunities & TENT informed us this past week that the next 4.5 day tentmaking course, Oct 17-21, is filling up quickly. The focus of these intense days is on ministry development, cultural adaptation and getting ready to go. Space is limited so please register early. If Florida does not fit your schedule there is one more course in 2012 in GERMANY Nov 1-4. Check here for all upcoming courses through 2013.

http://www.globalopps.org/news.htm or email goemail(at)globalopps.org

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