Current Newsletter: September 2009
Greetings praying friends,
With departure on a ministry trip to Ghana only 48 hours away, we thought we'd better get a quick update to friends and family so that :
SUMMER 2009: Four Summary Lessons
- You know where and in what ways we've been involved in ministry.
- You see how your prayers for us are being answered.
- You understand how your financial partnership with us and in Development Associates International (DAI) is being invested.
- Don't be afraid to slow down: God is not in a rush (Psalm 46.10)
- It's much easier to be a servant of others if you have no expectations (Luke 17.10)
- The Master knows the plan. We follow God through our desires and leadings from Him without knowing the outcome (Job 23.10)).
- When you follow Jesus into the world, get ready to be amazed at what He's doing (a quick study of the book of Acts shows that as the Holy Spirit's actions are described, Luke uses the word "amazed" six times and the word "suddenly" ten times!).
SUMMER 2009 HIGHLIGHTS
In spite of a rather wet and cold summer here in New England, we've had a wonderful few months bookended by the DAI Staff Conference in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire in June and DAI Masters Program teaching in Mirik, India in August. We enter into this fall refreshed by time with the DAI team and by times with family and friends.
Courtesy of frequent flyer points, Paul and brother Scott joined in May on a family pilgrimage to Borthwick castle outside of Edinburgh, Scotland (sister Sue had already been there). With a few more points, we combined ministry at Elmslie Church in the Cayman Islands (one of our supporting partner churches) with a special birthday celebration for Christie's sister, Felicia. Lobster (lobstah in the local dialect), visiting with friends in Cape Cod, Maine, and the Caribbean, time to read books like N.T. Wright's Surprised By Hope, and stimulating interactions with Christian leaders from around the world have made this Summer a great gift from God to us.
From a ministry perspective, the summer has been full and enriching, including the DAI Ministry in Cote D'Ivoire and India (see above and below) as well as extended DAI preparation for the upcoming trip to Ghana. There have been preaching opportunities on Cape Cod, at home at Grace Chapel, and in the Cayman Islands. The summer included involvement in strategic thinking with the Grace Chapel Global Outreach Team and the Urbana 2009 leadership team, In addition, Paul officiated and we attended a beautiful wedding and reception in Boston on "Tall Ships" weekend, and we spent a little time developing our new favorite ‘hobby' – kayaking!
ANSWERS TO PRAYER,
Perhaps the best way to summarize answers to prayer (and gratitude for your partnership) is to point to certain milestones in our lives and ministry:
The only downside of an otherwise wonderful summer is financial support. We realize that many people are struggling their way through this recession, so first, we say THANK YOU to those who generously stay with us. But like many other ministries, our overall support with Development Associates International at this writing is down over 20% from budget. If you'd like to join our financial support team, we'd welcome it.
- In May and throughout the summer, we celebrated together 30 wonderful years of marriage. How we thank God for giving us the gift of our marriage!
- After completing the SELAH Spiritual Direction training in May, Christie began the official development of her ministry as a spiritual director, while continuing in her counseling practice.
- In June, at the DAI Staff Conference, Paul rejoiced to see former DAI MA students, Sam Thomas and Shamira Philip Manwar (and her husband, Ashish). They are now partners on our official DAI-India team. From students to co-workers – what a joy!
- In July, Paul completed his work for the DAI Masters course Culture, Ethnicity, & Diversity for the Northeast India cohort and then in early August, he introduced the same course to the Nepali Cohort and began the 4+ month process of email interactions with these dozen leaders serving in both India and Nepal.
- And in September, we celebrated (?) 15 years of living with insulin-dependent diabetes. Thousands of shots and blood tests combined with more than a million miles traveled has been challenging to say the least, but God has given us grace to rise (together!) to manage and live with this chronic disease to the best of our ability.
- Prayer calendar (with travels September through December, as well as website links to the groups with whom we're working/teaching is now posted at http://www.borthwicks.org/calendar.php
- Interested in seeing some of Paul's sermons on-line? Courtesy of our web manager, Andrew Sharp, you can now see some of these at: http://www.vimeo.com/paulborthwick (please ignore the Hawaiian shirt!)
- Investment in our ministry (much appreciated and needed!) is possible by going to http://www.daintl.org, hit "Donate" and then under "Staff Support", choose "Borthwick Support"
GHANA ahead. A first-ever ministry trip to Ghana commences Friday, September 25th. This will include:
- Preaching twice on Sunday, September 27th
- Teaching and representing Development Associates International at Trinity Theological Seminary: September 28, 29, & 30.
- Representing Development Associates International and interacting with faculty at the Pentecostal University College, Christian Service University College, the Baptist Seminary in Kumasi, and the Akrofi Christaller Institute of Mission and Culture in Akropong.
- Meeting staff leaders from Scripture Union (old friend from the Singapore 87 conference Jude Hama will be Paul's host) and Ghana Fellowship of Evangelical Students.
- Interacting with denominational church leaders from the Methodist Church, the Pentecostal Church, the Presbyterian Church, and the Ghana Christian Council.
- Visiting the historic Elmina Slave Castle and the Cape Coast Castle
- And dinner together with International Fellowship of Evangelical Students friends Femi & Affy Adeleye.
Your prayers for this trip are welcome – especially given the fact that all of these meetings and events in Ghana are scheduled to take place September 27 – October 2.
Thank you always for your partnership and prayers.
Paul & Christie Borthwick
If you'd like to join us in financial partnership, tax-deductible contributions, designated "Borthwick Support", can be made payable and sent to:
Development Associates International
P.O. Box 49278
Colorado Springs, CO 80949
you can donate online by going to https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/DevelopmentAssociatesInterna/OnlineDonation.html and designating "Borthwick support" on the line "Use my gift to support staff and projects"