Discipling Marketplace Leaders

Church-based Business as Mission


One might say that we live in a time of fear:  Fear of the pandemic and its health (physical and mental), social, or economic effects.  Fear of civil war (depending on your country). Fear of Fascism/Marxism (depending on which political side you stand in the US). Fear for our children and their education, and for poor choices that they may make in light of some of the lock-downs (increased drug usage and teenage pregnancy)....

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Oscar Romero, in The Violence of Love, says this, “How beautiful will be the day when all the baptized understand their work, their job, is a priestly work…[that] each metal worker, each professional, each doctor with the scalpel, the market woman at her stand, is performing a priestly office!”Last week we had a great time as a DML team on Zoom, from the US to West Africa to Central Africa to East Africa. ...

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Work as Worship


Posted By on Nov 2, 2020

This week DML will be holding it’s annual team conference.  We were all supposed to be together in Ethiopia (and the team was so excited!) but alas, we now have to do our retreat virtually.   Each of our teams is going to a retreat place with their team, and we will be together on Zoom for 4.5 hours per day.  The rest of their time is to do team building, strategic planning, as well as resting and...

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The Theology of Sleep


Posted By on Oct 26, 2020

I’m reading a book called Redeeming the Routines by Robert Banks (another book given to me by my book-generous husband) and he talks about a Theology of Sleep.   I love this!  We have been talking about this in DML – that the role of the church is to equip the saints for the work outside the church building.  Most of our time is in the workplace, and the second highest lump of time is spent...

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Last week, we were reminded of this great African proverb by our partner in Cameroon, which has been suffering with conflict for more than four years now:  When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.  Another way to put it is that the powerless suffer the most when the powerful struggle. Of late, in Discipling Marketplace Leaders, some of our partners and the communities they live in have been the grass,...

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The Economist Magazine put out a recent report about the “peril and the promise” relating to how COVID-19 will impact the global economy.  While the COVID-19 pandemic has some similarities to the Spanish Flu of 1918, the death toll is much lower in comparison but the economic hit has been much higher.  The “great recession” of 2009 shrank the world economy by just 0.1%.  COVID-19 will have caused...

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 In a book called The Church and Work by Sweeden and Cartwright, I found the following quote: “How can you love your neighbor if you don’t know how to build or mend a fence, how to keep your filth out of his water supply and your poison out of his air; or if you do not produce anything and so have nothing to offer, or do not take care of yourself and so become a burden?  How can you be a neighbor without applying...

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My daughter introduced me to the Broadway musical, Hamilton, a few months ago and I have grown to love it.  I grew up with two musicals:  Fiddler on the Roof and Sound of Music.  I think those were the only two movies I saw until the age of 14 or so.  So it doesn’t take much for me love musicals. But this one has taken the country by storm in a way that musicals seldom do.  Many have said it has made...

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DML Prayer Requests


Posted By on Sep 14, 2020

This week, I’m writing to ask for prayers regarding three important issues:  two for our partners in Nigeria and Cameroon, and one for an opportunity before us this week. First, Nigeria: Kidnappings in Nigeria are not a new issue.  But there has been a significant increase in those kidnappings, especially in Kaduna State, which is home to most of our DML team.  This past week, the DML leaders there was informed...

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God has given each of us three resources:  time, treasure and talent. Of these three resources, two are renewable:  treasure and talent.  Time is not.  Once it is used up it is gone. So we must be careful with how we use our time, but we also must use our treasure and talent as they are renewable and can actually grow and increase with good use. To that end, DML has been looking at how to be stewardly with the...

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