Browse Month: May 2014

Monday Musings (special Wednesday edition) 28/05/14

Past…Present…Future…

Past

Table MountainLast week, after ministering at the People’s Church mission’s conference in Cape Town, South Africa, MJ and I were privileged to visit one of the most spectacular, superb, sensational parts of God’s creation. Considered as one of the new seven natural wonders of the world, Table Mountain provided us with a view of the mountain ranges and valley’s where the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean meet.

It is as if God picked up boulders that no man or machine could ever move and placed them with His mighty right hand exactly where He wanted them to be. The three dimensional depth of natural beauty that cameras cannot fully capture, is a constant reminder of God’s incredible handy work that we call creation.

In the last month, we have stood at the most westerly and southerly parts of this Continent. MJ and I remain thankful for the privilege we have of coming alongside and working with the beautiful people that stretch across the four corners of Africa.

Present

IMG_5372Yesterday was a historic day for our ministry. RTC’s very first Center for Leadership Integrity (CLI) took place at Cornerstone Assembly in Pretoria, South Africa. We introduced the concept of raising a Biblically centered, Holy Spirit empowered, integrity driven generation of leaders on the Continent of Africa to fifteen church leaders. What an incredible day it was! An evaluation at the end of the day had people saying how much the message of integrity is needed in Africa.

Without question, I am convinced that increasing the integrity of the leader will increase the capacity of the church. Another CLI is scheduled for Durban, SA from June 18-20th. Your prayers would be appreciated.

Future

Don at Table MountainOn Saturday, I leave for a two week visit to the Congo. Myself and a colleague who lives in South Africa will minister from morning to night in three cities doing leadership training with pastors and church leaders. I just received word that in the midst of our trip, a football stadium has been secured and we are being asked to speak at a Holy Spirit conference.

Your prayers would be appreciated as we fulfill a very busy ministry schedule in the midst of what can be some difficult situations.

Post Script

MJ at Table MountainSpeaking of past, present and future, thirty-two years ago tomorrow, I married the most beautiful French Canadian woman called Marie-José Gravel. Stealing a line from my brother, I always say that when I married MJ, I turned a woman into a “Mann”.

The pastor of People’s church in Cape Town said it best when he introduced me to speak last Sunday morning. He said this morning the speaker is good, tonight when MJ speaks, she will be great! I could not say it any better. When God brought MJ into my life, He took two good individuals and made them into a great team!!!! Thirty-two years ago, I married up! If the present is any indicator, the future is going to be awesome!IMG_5197

Until next time…

Don

www.reinventingthechurch.com

Monday Musings 12/05/14

SONY DSCA tribute to Mom…

Some of us remember the days when Bell Canada telephones were jammed with people calling home to Mom on Mother’s Day. If you didn’t call early, chances were you would not get through.

Today, Facebook is flooded with tributes to Mom’s all over the world. Any other day, the tributes would seem more like a competition to see who can outdo the other, but not on Mother’s Day. It is the one day of the year that compliments outshine competitiveness. You cannot compete with heartfelt sentiments. Everyone’s Mom is unique, no two are made alike.Facebook_icon

It has been thirty-five years since I have had the opportunity to personally speak to my Mother about how much she meant to me. Every year, Mother’s Day provides the opportunity for me to reflect on the day that I stood in my Mom’s kitchen in Peterborough, ON and gave her, what I discovered would be, my final hug. Little did I know that six hours later, she and my father would leave this earth and receive the loving embrace of Jesus. I had no idea that the next One to hug my Mom, after me, would be Jesus Himself!

As wonderful as it is to pay tribute to your own Mother, something extraordinary happens when your children begin to express their heartfelt feelings to their Mom. It has been a few years since MJ could celebrate Mother’s Day in the presence of the two children she brought into this world thirty and twenty-seven years ago respectively. Yesterday, MJ received two tributes that say it all, one from her daughter and the other from her son and daughter-in-law. Let me leave you with their tribute.

MJ in Cape TownMy dearest Mother…wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day!

You truly are an amazing women! Thank you for your generosity, your dedication, your humour, your kindness, your ‘realness’ your encouragement, your love, and most of all, your Godly example!

 Thank you for always praying me through, for picking me up when I am down…pushing me when I need to be pushed!

 You are the best Mom in the world and I love you with all my heart!!!

 Miss you very much and so wish we could be together today!!!

 To Our Dear Mama Mann!!!!

We would like to wish you the happiest Mother’s Day! We so wish that we could be in Pretoria to celebrate this important day with you… we pray that you feel all of our love and beyond appreciation for you on this day!!!

You are a VERY DEAR lady, an incredible woman of God and we are VERY PROUD of you! It is not everybody who has a hard-working, world traveling, busy Mom… yet a Mom who has more LOVE for her family than one could ever wish for… not to mention that she is one HOT, French, MAMA!!!!

On this day, we honour YOU for YOU… thank you for all that you have done and will continue to do to make life so special! Thank you for your HEART and for going out of your way to make your kids HAPPY… thank you for your passion for life and most importantly for raising your family to know & love God!

Although we cannot be with you today, MOM… know that you are LOVED to infinity and beyond… and then some 🙂

With that… we wish you once again… HAPPY MAMA MANN’S DAY!

Love, your kiddies,

J&J

Until next Monday…

Don

www.reinventingthechurch.com

 

 

 

Monday Musings 05/05/14

nature___rivers_and_lakes_flowering_trees_near_the_water_041725_Blessed is the man…

The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah wrote these oft quoted words: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.”

This Wednesday May 7th the people of South Africa will cast their ballot to determine who will lead their beloved nation for the next four years. Ironically, the 2014 election marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of apartheid and the rise of democracy.

Yesterday, the pastor of the church we attended reminded everyone of their civil duty to vote on Wednesday. He also referred to the words I quoted above in the 17th chapter of Jeremiah.

We love to read of the blessing that comes from trusting in the LORD, but it is also important that we read the words preceding this verse.

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.”(ESV)

Kenya trip to Turkana 070The prophet’s analogy reminds me of the two kilometer trek I took through the Chabi desert in Kenya a few years ago. Our team went in search of a spring that we were told lies in the middle of the desert. I will never forget the intense heat of the sun beating on my head, the crunch of parched sand under my feet, the dryness of my mouth that felt like my drinking bottle was filled with salt water out of the ocean, and the endless miles of uninhabited land we experienced that day.

Elections, void of Godly trust, are a lot like a walk through the desert. The weakness of man’s flesh, the self-abasement of his heart, and his thirst for power that never seems to be quenched, leads to a long walk through a parched, uninhabited wilderness that fails to bear any good fruit.

But, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is likes a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

x_marks_the_spotSo, the next time you are asked to fulfill your civic duty by putting an X beside the name of the one you feel will best lead your country, I challenge you to vote with this accompanied prayer.

“God, give us world leaders who will learn to put their trust in You. Leaders who will not govern in their own strength but whose hearts will turn toward You, not away from You. God, give us world leaders who will bear much fruit in the midst of drought and whose leaves will remain green in spite of the intense heat caused by the pressure to conform and compromise.”

Until next Monday…

Don

www.reinventingthechurch.com

 

 


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