Current Newsletter: June 2010 Borthwick Update
Dear supportive & praying friends,
Happy Summer (at least to readers living north of the equator!). We're calling this start-of-Summer update Borthwick 3 - 2 - 1.
THREE HIGHLIGHTS related to ministry investment over the past few months
- THREE HIGHLIGHTS related to ministry investment over the past few months
- TWO PRAYER REQUESTS related to upcoming travels and the need for funding
- ONE THEME: humus versus hubris
TWO PRAYER REQUESTS related to upcoming travels and the need for funding:
- COLOMBIA (May 11-18). Thank you for praying. This trip helped begin what looks to be a wonderful partnership between DAI and a Colombian training ministry called CIPEP. The trip included our DAI colleague Dave Johnson [leader of all Latin America operations for DAI], long-time friend (and translator) Nick Woodbury of Latin America Mission, Paul, and CIPEP director Ubaldo Restan.
We introduced two DAI courses to 41 pastors and church leaders from across Colombia - men and women, from their mid-20's into their 70's, including pastors, youth & children leaders, denominational leaders, women's ministry leaders, prayer leaders, and even a leader from an indigenous Colombian tribe called the Wayuu.
Initiating this relationship between DAI and CIPEP enables us to serve with (and we hope, enhance) a ministry with an amazing regional impact already. Since its start in 1980, CIPEP has trained between 18 - 20,000 leaders; they have 2500 enrolled at present representing 53 denominations studying in 150 extension centers across Colombia and Venezuela. The CIPEP affiliated denomination AIEC alone has grown from 250 to 750 churches, with 30% being in the areas of conflict across northern Colombia. Our prayer is that we can serve together with CIPEP to - in the language of DAI - enhance the integrity and effectiveness of leaders towards greater Kingdom-of-God impact in some of the world's least-resourced areas.
As the Colombians would say in praise, Gloria a Dios!
- DAI International Leadership Team Meetings in Cairo, Egypt (June 13-18). Our team came from the USA, Egypt, India, and Uganda (pictured below), and we met for some intensive days of prayer, discussion, planning and decision-making.
In her report, our DAI President, Jane Overstreet, summarized these days: “In our meetings we managed to: 1) Define our purpose as a new team; 2) Plan the program for our international staff meetings in Cape Town in October; and 3) Discuss the two biggest challenges facing DAI globally (financial sustainability, and organizational structure for growth) and determine next steps toward solutions.”
- Mobilized students out in service. The last highlight is simply our rejoicing to see present and former students from Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary out serving across cultures this Summer. They are serving (or will serve) in places like the Middle East, India, Nigeria, Trinidad, China, Senegal, Papua, France, Uganda, Grenada (see below), and more. How we thank God for the opportunity to spread the Good News of Jesus through younger people we could influence in some way.
ONE THEME: humus versus hubris. Finally, brief word about a leadership meditation we're working on. Over the past few months, we've had numerous conversations where the people involved voiced their concerns about the pride they were seeing in leaders - even Christian leaders. We heard words like pride, arrogance, haughtiness, and self-centeredness enough that we decided it was a theme God wanted us to study.
- Upcoming travels: you can read over our Prayer Calendar through September (http://www.borthwicks.org/calendar.php), but two special prayer requests here.
- July 1-5: Grenada. This trip was added at the request of people from “Ministries in Action” on the “Spice Island” of Grenada. Paul's former student and recent Gordon College graduate Manny Arango will travel with Paul to speak with pastors and church leaders about the essential nature of youth ministry and developing youth as leaders. We'll be on radio, in seminars, and speaking in churches. Please pray that Manny and Paul work well as team-teachers.
- July 22-31: Dehradun, India. Paul will be teaching the “Culture, Ethnicity, and Diversity course to a DAI M.A. cohort meeting about 6 hours north of Delhi. Please pray for effectiveness in communication and in facilitating deep learning in the lives of these leaders - and as always, please pray for safe travels and good health.
- Ongoing needs for funds: our personal support is doing OK, but we (DAI) need people to rise up as “to use where needed” givers. Projects and people are always easier to fund than day-to-day operations, but both are needed. Would you consider a special gift over the Summer to DAI simply to be used “where needed most”?
So we're working on a not-yet-completed essay contrasting hubris (the highest level of arrogance according to the Greeks) versus humus (the Latin word related to soil), from which we derive humility (literally 'close to the ground'). One source takes humus a step further, explaining that peat humus is actually “decaying organic matter which, by dying, nourishes the plants it surrounds” (sounds like John 12:24).
The big idea we're looking at is summarized in I Peter 5:5, where Peter exhorts all leaders to be “clothed with humility” because “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
As you pray for us, please pray that we will daily “humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God.” Pray that we will be characterized by humus. More on this later.
As always, thanks for taking the time to read this. We deeply value your prayers and your financial support. If you'd like to join us personally or DAI in general with financial support, tax-deductible contributions (designated either "Where needed most" or "Borthwick Support") can be made online at http://www.daintl.org ("Donate") or checks can be made payable and sent to:
Development Associates International
P.O. Box 49278
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