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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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