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Monday Musings – 05/04/10

Out of extreme poverty…

Today, MJ and I find ourselves back in Nairobi.  On Wednesday we, along with Ron Hills (our humanitarian partner) will join about 90 other global workers for a five day retreat in Mombasa on the beautiful Indian Ocean.

Easter weekend brought to an end sixteen incredible days on Zambian soil.  During those days RTC experienced the fulfillment of its two main goals.  RTC seminars encouraged and equipped one hundred and seventy five pastors and church leaders to return to the simplicity of an Acts 2 church while Ron Hills empowered people toward self sustainability through the preparation of farm equipment and road repair at the Trans Africa Theological College.

As a result of discussions that took place in six different locations across the Kitwe area, struggles in Zambia and the Zambian church can be summarized in three categories:

1)      Poverty

2)      Leadership integrity

3)      Structure and Constitutional issues

Last Thursday, in our final seminar, I decided to hit the poverty issue head on.  We discussed how it was time for the church to be the head and not the tail.  In the midst of poverty, the church has an opportunity to model self-sustainability by teaching the community it serves how to develop micro-enterprise opportunities.

This is the vision that John and Ruth Kerr have at TTC (Trans Africa Theological College) in Kitwe.  They are presently teaching the students agricultural and sewing skills and hope to teach masonry, welding and wood working skills in the future.  As graduates leave the college to plant churches across Zambia, not only will they take skills with them, but in turn can use those skills to teach self-sustainability to the communities they serve.  MJ, Ron and I have discussed with John and Ruth ways that RTC can come alongside TTC to work together toward this goal.

Recently, I read the comments made by a student from the Molson School of Business who sat in the lecture of Norman Hebert, a successful business man in Montreal.  This is what the student said:

“Two key points mentioned in the presentation today caught my attention…he can write a check for a donation, but he would rather get to know the cause and meet the people along the way. I think that’s awesome. Also, the question about inheriting the shares, he said how he wanted to earn them (not just inherit them). I think that attitude is a ‘key success factor’ for this company; it seems to be in his blood, to want to be the best and work hard for it. He took nothing for granted and worked his way to his position and it definitely speaks volumes of his commitment level to want to take the business to the next step.“

 MJ and I believe that the `key success factor` for RTC is to get to know the people of Africa that we `meet along the way` and help them to be the best they can be and work hard toward self-sustainability.

The words of the apostle Paul to the church in Corinth have been in my heart all weekend.  “Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.” (2 Corinthians 8:3)

Pray with me that the same thing can happen to the church in Zambia and on the continent of Africa!

Until next time from Kenya…


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  • F. Gravel

    April 5, 2010

    Don; Very interesting to read and I think it says everything. My brother will be glad to read this. You certainly have the confirmation by now of the importance of your ministry.
    With the Lord’s blessings.

  • Lennox.s.Dwarka

    April 9, 2010

    Two things comes to mind as I read the story.
    Give a person a fish and he/she wil eat for a day
    but teach them to fish and they will eat for life.
    the other is Godliness with contentment is great gain( 1 Tim 6:6 )
    Blessings to U and MJ as we continue to pray for U.



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