Discipling Marketplace Leaders

Church-based Business as Mission

Beauty in Addis Ababa

Posted By on Apr 8, 2019

Addis Ababa is a beautiful city of close to four million people, sitting at about 8000 feet above sea level. It is a city of beautiful people, lovely views, great food, and cultural richness. Ethiopian people seem to love Ethiopia (maybe that sounds obvious but there are many people who don’t like their own country). We have heard a number of Ethiopians tell us that if they were given a chance to live anywhere in the world, they...

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Heartbreaking and Backbreaking

Posted By on Apr 1, 2019

On Saturday morning, I worked with my students on their income and expenditure analysis and the budget that they formed for their family (we work on both personal as well as organizational/church budgeting). One pastor showed me his budget, which wasn’t balancing, and we looked for options of where he could reduce expenses to help his budget balance.  I noticed he had about $33 in his food budget for the month and asked him how...

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“I had to come to Africa to hear an American woman speak about ‘Work as Worship’!” This was a quote from an El Salvadorian woman who joined the ICM-USA team to do some work in Kitale, Kenya.  She has lived in the US for twenty years and joined our workshop for the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) on Friday morning.  She was amazed by this message which had eluded her in the church.  It’s amazing to see how...

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“Church begins on Monday…

Posted By on Mar 18, 2019

“Church begins on Monday…Sunday is garage time.” This is a quote from a Kenyan Marketplace Minister.  This is one of many analogies that we hear about the need to change how we define the Church. She went on to describe that Sunday is the day for the vehicle (ourselves) to be refueled, have oil changes, or minor repairs.  But being the light of Christ begins when we leave the building and become the Church scattered,...

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On Saturday, I leave for a longer trip (six weeks) to East Africa, starting in Tanzania, then to Kenya, then to Ethiopia.  It feels like I just got home…in part because in some ways I did just get home, but also there was a good amount of travel while I was home these past three weeks. As the schedule for DML continues to intensify and the requests from churches and schools grows, it can feel overwhelming at times to try to...

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Muddy Water

Posted By on Feb 25, 2019

This past Friday was the second Work as Worship Retreat, put on by RightNow Media.  While I was disappointed that my church decided not to participate, I was thankful that across the country more than 11,000 people participated in many local churches.  I’m additionally excited that RightNow Media is partnering with Discipling Marketplace Leaders to replicate the Work as Worship Retreat in the countries where we are working in...

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Frustrated Eagerness

Posted By on Feb 11, 2019

“I want to tell you how this has changed me.  You need to hear the details.”  She said this to me with an urgency, while sitting on the edge of her chair.  “The message that my work can be worship has been startling and invigorating at the same time.  I have taken it to my staff and they too are changing.  We had never even thought about the environmental bottom line before and now all of us are involved in caring...

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This Is Your Morning

Posted By on Feb 4, 2019

I have left Liberia and am now in Cameroon.  I am writing this on the road (Sunday morning) as we are traveling from Douala, the business capital, to Yaoundé, which is the official capital.  After conversations for the first couple of hours, I spent the rest of the trip going through my notes from Nigeria, Liberia, and Cameroon, and making the updates, changes, and reminders from workshops and presentations.  This is a regular must-do...

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Man Started by Resting

Posted By on Jan 27, 2019

On Saturday we left Nigeria and are now in Liberia, where we will do a DML workshop before I go to Cameroon and Dr. Walker goes to Egypt.  The Harmattan winds were thick in Nigeria as dust hung in the air, while the humidity in Liberia hangs thickly in the air.  I haven’t been in Liberia since 2012 and I forgot how useless it is to do anything with my hair while I’m here – it just goes curly in the humidity.  Dr....

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Back to West Africa

Posted By on Jan 7, 2019

This Friday, I leave for West Africa.  It feels like we just left there (end of November).  Christmas was such a busy time with family and the days just flew by! We will start this trip working with the Baptist Seminary in Lagos, where over 300 pastors and church leaders will attend our workshop.  We will then spend a day with the faculty and staff of the Baptist Seminary to explore how the Church can begin to shift from defining...

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