Current Newsletter: April 2010 Borthwick Update
Dear supportive & praying friends,
SYNOPSIS: in the paragraphs that follow, you'll find…
SCHEDULE: we sent out our most recent prayer calendar earlier in April, and this gives you a basic idea of where we are investing ourselves; you can find this at www.borthwicks.org/calendar.php. The BIG trips ahead include:
STAFF DEVELOPMENT @ DAI: one of the greatest challenges we face together in 2010 is our work on a plan to assist in the ongoing development of our DAI team around the world. We (DAI) are committed to being a LEARNING organization, but learning together - especially as a 'virtual' organization – takes work, initiative, and encouragement.
We're working on this in conjunction with our President, Jane Overstreet, and the other members of the DAI team who bring experiences from around the world as well as expertise in technology. We hope to build on our past experiences caring for missionaries, our training in counseling & spiritual direction, and our exposure to many other ministries globally to develop a plan to help our widely distributed, multi-cultural team (more than two-dozen cultures in a relatively small organization) to build up DAI team members in three areas:
Our hope is to develop a plan – including ideas, better use of technology, and agreeing together on goals – to present to the DAI staff team when we meet in October in Capetown, South Africa before the Lausanne 3 Conference.
STUDENTS: the first four months of each calendar year provides a great opportunity for investment in younger lives and in other leaders. 2010 began with the conclusion of papers and then the Final Exam of Nepali students in the DAI MA program. In March, Paul introduced the DAI Course "Culture, Ethnicity, & Diversity" in Sri Lanka (see below), and April includes preparation time to introduce the DAI "Spiritual Formation" course in Colombia in May.
In addition to these and other non-formal mentoring relationships for both of us, Winter/Spring 2010 has included teaching one course on preparing for cross-cultural service at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (10 students) as well as teaching three courses in the "Global Christianity" concentration at Gordon College (81 students). What an AMAZING privilege to get to invest in these lives!
SRI LANKA REPORT: in March – before teaching the week-long "Culture, Ethnicity, and Diversity" course – Paul joined Dr. Sam Thomas (DAI Ministry Center Director from India) to discuss with the leaders of Lanka Bible College (LBC) an official agreement which will result in DAI partnering with LBC to offer the M.A. in Organizational Leadership. A few remaining fine-point details are being worked out, but if all goes as planned, the official MA at LBC will launch in early 2011. Obviously, we are thrilled with this outcome because we have grown to care for & love many Sri Lanka leaders since our first visit in 1996 (since then, Paul has visited Sri Lanka 9 times, Christie 5), and now the partnership-in-training at LBC will become official. Here's the March 2010 class:
Other Sri Lanka highlights included:
SUPPORT: it's been quite a while since we've mentioned our financial support other than in passing, but here are a few significant updates:
SUMMARY: Thanks for taking the time to read this. We deeply value your prayers and – as noted – we consistently need your financial support. If you'd like to join us in financial partnership, tax-deductible contributions (designated "Borthwick Support") can be made online at http://www.daintl.org click "Donate" & follow the directions or checks can be made payable and sent to:
Development Associates International
Paul & Christie
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