Discipling Marketplace Leaders

Church-based Business as Mission


For years, many people have used the Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.  Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” The first sentence is clear and true.  If you give a man a fish, his hunger will be alleviated for that day.  The next day he will be hungry again. For years, I’ve been hedging on the second sentence.  To help me hedge, I’ve added a third sentence:  For a man...

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It was a week of intensive learning about livestock – from feed to health, to genetics, to farm management.  It was great! Narok County is unlike any other part of Kenya, according to people we met with this week.  It is made up of the Masai Tribe, who have a rich tradition and culture with deep roots in raising beef cattle.  Many own 50+ acres of land and could have up to 400 cows.  We had some very good meetings and are being...

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I’m in Kenya this week with Paul Soper, CFO of DML, and an old friend, Malcolm DeKryger from DeMotte IN.  Malcolm is the President and CEO of Belstra Milling and Fair Oaks Pig Adventure, as well as a number of other agribusinesses.  We will be taking a look at the challenges relating to livestock feed around several parts of Kenya.  The conversation around a trip like this started during a phone call in September of 2019 and was...

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God is Good!


Posted By on Dec 5, 2019

We believed that 2019 would be a breakthrough year for DML with denominations and we have seen that happen. In 2019, we were able to join with six denominations representing nearly 30,000 churches and are in conversations with others. You can see from our metrics below, how God has been blessing our teams across Africa to reach churches and businesspeople with this forgotten truth! This is just the first three quarters of 2019.  We...

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DML: A Message and a Method


Posted By on Dec 5, 2019

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It is what you know for sure that just ain’t so (Mark Twain). DML is about a message and a method. The method is training built on a solid Biblical foundation of God’s message.   As we travel and teach, we find recurring “truths” in many churches that “just ain’t so.” Here are a few of our favorite: the church is a place to go, not a people equipped to go, some things are sacred...

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Every quarter, our implementing partners send us reports of the work that has gone on relating to Discipling Marketplace Leaders in their specific region or country.  Some of those numbers tell us that in the first half of 2019, more than 1100 pastors in eight countries were taken through the DML workshop and more than 500 businesses were trained to do their work as an act of worship, as well as other basic business skills. Included...

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August 9 would have been the 65th birthday of my late husband, Bob Reed.  It’s been almost ten years since his death, and it’s difficult to not wonder what life would have been like for me, for Hannah, for Noah, and for many others, had he not left so soon.  But lately, I’ve been thinking about his death in light of the life of Jesus and the death of his own earthly father. Mark 6:3 says, “He’s just a...

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In Discipling Marketplace Leaders, we teach that every Christian should have a quadruple bottom line:  social, economic, environmental, and missional. All four are important.  But the one that is often the most difficult for people to understand is the environmental bottom line. Thomas Aquinas said, “Any error about creation also leads to an error about God.” We forget how intimate the relationship between God and the...

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Extreme Poverty in Nigeria


Posted By on Jul 8, 2019

We are currently in Nigeria, where we have finished workshops in both Ilorian and in Igbaja. In one part of our workshops, we ask the participants to answer the following questions:  Which institution do we look to primarily for alleviating poverty?  What about for promoting peace? In most places, the two most common answers we hear are government and church.  Usually in that order. Except, sadly, in Nigeria.  Government doesn’t...

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Work as Worship Retreats


Posted By on Jun 11, 2019

I am back home after what felt like a very long month in East and West Africa.  I am thankful for safe travel and for the many events that took place.  One such event is the one I describe here: Discipling Marketplace Leaders has partnered with RightNow Media, who produces the Work as Worship Retreat, in order to bring this opportunity to Africa.  These are hosted like the Global Leadership Summit (GLS), if you are familiar with...

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