First, I am excited to announce the pending release of the first issue of Exchange: The Journal of Mission and Markets. It will be made available in .pdf format right here at http://www.edensbridge.org in the next week or two. Unlike many journals which restrict contributions, Exchange will be an open forum for discussing leading edge ideas including articles by business practitioners, mission agency leaders, business-as-mission and economics scholars, pastors, and lay people. The focus is obviously on economic issues in mission work, but may include some surprises along the way.
I have just accepted a full time position to help a contractor raise funds for World Vision via child sponsorships. While I admire what World Vision does around the world, with this job I am able to compound the good we can accomplish. A considerable amount of the wages I will earn are committed to helping pay for a two week mission trip in April / May.
The first leg of the trip will take me to Chiang Mai, Thailand where I will participate in the Lausanne Global Business-as-Mission (BAM) Think Tank Congress, a gathering of more than 300 BAM leaders from dozens of agencies the world, the largest gathering of its kind in history. The aims of this Congress are information sharing of data and best practices, finalize global advocacy and mobilization programs, and design collaborative work and initiative strategies between agencies.
After four days in Thailand, I will journey on to Aurangabad, India for a working four-day visit with Life Light Ministries which operates an orphanage, two Christian schools (with many Hindu and Muslim students), a church planting team (now supporting nine local churches), and a street ministry to the poor and lepers. I serve on the Executive Board of Life Light as the Director of Staff and Organizational Development. I will be conferring with the staff leadership on long range strategic planning and the staff generally on job skills development.
While I can make a significant contribution to the costs of this trip and other Eden’s Bridge ministry costs of the coming year, I still need to raise about $4,000 by the end of February. Would you please prayerfully consider how you may be able to help? Gifts to Eden’s Bridge, Inc. may be mailed directly to me at 991 Lancelot Drive, Norcross, GA 30071, or given via PayPal to the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
As always, I also covet your prayers that our efforts, yours and mine together, will glorify God. Thank you. God bless you and I pray you have a Merry Christmas and fulfilling New Year.