Discipling Marketplace Leaders

Church-based Business as Mission


Africa is 20-30 days behind North America as it relates to COVID-19 cases.  This virus started in Asia, moved to Europe, then to North America, and now Africa.  The WHO predicts 3 million cases in Africa with 300,000 deaths. I spent two full days this past week, with Zoom call after Zoom call, listening to our partners in Africa and how the COVID-19 virus was affecting them personally, as well as their community, city, and nation. To...

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“The government is recommending…” “The government has announced…” “The government is not…” These words fill our world these days, as we watch what governments are doing to address COVID-19 around the world.  Some of these reports make us happy, some make us angry, some make us concerned. While the voice of government and the health community, it is also important for the Global...

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I know that the past few weeks have been a hardship for many of us, as we have been confined to our home.  It’s been difficult to change the routine of our lives in the light of the threat of COVID-19. But as I watch what has been unfolding in Europe and the US, I can’t help but imagine what the same unfolding will look like in Africa.  For most of us in North America, our “shelter in place” is really a luxury,...

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United Church of Zambia


Posted By on Mar 23, 2020

It seems strange to write about anything other than Covid-19, but my guess is that we are all seeing enough news about that to satisfy our need for information.  So let me go back to what we were doing before this turned most of us into home-bound people. Our last stop on this past visit was in Zambia.  We were invited by the United Church of Zambia, after meeting them through a visit in Malawi last year with World Renew.  The United...

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It was my first time in Burundi.  We had been invited by ICM Burundi a number of times over the years but had resisted due to political instability and the high level of poverty.  The combination of those two scenarios make it very difficult for a business to succeed.  But the invitations continued to come and with several years of more political stability, we agreed to go. I found out quickly why Burundi is called the Switzerland of...

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On the plane to Cameroon this weekend, I read a book called Visions of Vocation by Steven Garber. It is one of about twenty books that I have stacked on my desk, mostly gifts from my thoughtful husband who picks up any and every book he can find for me on the subject matter. As I read so many books like this, I honestly didn’t expect many more new things to be revealed.  But I was pleasantly surprised. He asks this key question...

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Despite the growth and busyness of Discipling Marketplace Leaders, I continue to try to find time to plug away at my dissertation.  Thankfully the subject matter is very much tied to my work, passion, and ministry, so as I read…and read…and read…and read…I continue to find ways to insert what I’m learning into the ministry. The terms “environmental racism” and “environmental...

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Over history, there are times when solitary locusts undergo what the BBC calls a “Jekyll and Hyde” transformation and become very sociable, forming huge flying swarms.  Of course, we remember the plague that God sent to Egypt when Moses was seeking to convince Pharaoh to let the Israelites go.  But the chart below from the FAO shows that this type of plague is not uncommon. These plagues can have up to 10 million...

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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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