Discipling Marketplace Leaders

Church-based Business as Mission


Let me share about our partner in Burkina Faso, with the Church Mission Society (CMS) denomination of about 1000 churches.   Our leader, Theo, has done an excellent job of working in and through the denomination and local churches as it relates to the COVID-19 response through DML.  They were intentional about reaching beyond their denomination though, and because they reached out to a Muslim area with food support during the first...

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Our DML team has a book club that meets monthly, and we are reading through the book, Honorable in Business:  Business Ethics from a Christian Perspective by Annetta Gibson and Daniel Augsburger (publisher is Wipf and Stock, so guess who helped us get these books!  That’s right – my husband, Michael!).  It’s been a great book to read together and we’ve enjoyed the discussions. This past chapter was about...

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Last week I reported on the “Gifts That Keep on Giving” in Cameroon. This week I received a report from Hopeline Institute in Ghana that made me smile, and so with all the bad news around, I thought I’d create “Part II: Gifts That Keep on Giving” in Ghana to perhaps put a smile on your face as well! Hopeline Institute has been involved in business development since 2007 so it didn’t take much for...

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You may remember that during March and April, Discipling Marketplace Leaders raised funds to respond to the COVID-19 crisis for Africa and many of you gave. There was a sense of urgency about it as people needed to shelter in place in a society that lives hand to mouth, and day to day. Some people questioned our approach as we are about development, not aid. But the beautiful thing is that when you work with a ministry and with people...

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Ever feel overwhelmed by the “latest” number for everything?  I know I am.  But I also want to stay informed as COVID-19 intensifies in Africa.  So here is a quick virus update on what I am following: Almost 700,000 reported cases Nearly 14,400 reported deaths Equals 3% mortality rate. The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the coronavirus pandemic on the continent is reaching “full speed.”...

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Last week I sent in the rough draft of my dissertation for my PhD in Sustainable Development. It is entitled, “Justice and Righteousness for Creation.” I’ve been thinking about the words justice and righteousness a lot in the past two years as I worked on this document. I have to admit that while I’ve heard those words most of my life, I wasn’t really able to define or understand the difference. Like many...

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This past Friday, DML completed it’s first Integrity and Finance Zoom class, with 56 students from six different African countries participating. This was our first foray into an online class and has been a positive outgrowth of our travel limitations due to COVID-19. This was a class that was supposed to be held in Nigeria but because of Zoom we could have many more participants at only the cost of internet! Because much of the...

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Unintended Consequences


Posted By on Jun 6, 2020

Unintended consequences can be good or bad. We often hear more about the bad than the good. Too often, in giving things to help people, the unintended consequence can be dependency. But this week, I saw two aspects of unintended consequences that were actually good! The first includes many of you! Over the last three months, DML was able to raise nearly $90,000 for COVID-19 relief efforts in Africa, thanks to you and your generosity!...

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A recurring theme throughout our teaching is that we each have been made ON purpose (Psalm 139) and we also have been made FOR purpose (Ephesians 2:10).  Many of us, who are not involved in a formal (institutional) church ministry, sometimes wonder whether or not we are doing something that matters or whether it matters to God when we use our gifts for making things, cooking things, building things, serving people, and so on. So we...

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The book of Numbers, chapters 13 and 14, tells the story of the leaders of the tribe of Israel who were sent to scout the Promised Land and report back to the Israelites as to what they saw. Remember that just prior to this, the Israelites had witnessed God in action many times as He brought them out of Egypt with miracles and plagues.  They had also just walked through the Red Sea on dry land. Remember that those selected to scout...

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