Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Joy Of Being a Bit Player

Human beings are story-driven.

Millions of short stories are unfolding right now all over the world.  Occasionally one of the stories revolve around you or me.  More often than not we are discovering the elation or sadness that erupts with one of those stories that happens with someone else.

And ... once in a while, we may be called on to be a "bit player" in someone else's dynamic story.

BIT PLAYER:   a person with a very small acting role with few lines to speak ... a person or thing with a very small part in something

Nearly five year ago, I had the privilege to be called on to be a pit player in a story that now moves me in more ways than I can express.

I'll let the principle character recount a life paragraph from her story ... here ... in her own words.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Take That One Step

Conventional wisdom can be an advantage on some occasions but, depending on the collective opinions of the majority, it may prevent radical obedience to the nudge of God to take the road less traveled.

May we suggest that you do more than dip your toes in the surface of the water?

May we recommend that you take the plunge and exercise an untamed faith that gives you the courage to pursue what others may consider too risky?

May we invite you to leave the somewhat predictable context of your life in America to travel literally half way around the world to pursue an adventure that could be life changing?

ONE STEP is a residential, intercultural, mentoring course that takes place in the African nation of Uganda.  It is a 12 week one-in-a-lifetime experience that could rock your world and take you where you never dreamed possible.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

One Person At A Time

Often circumstances are pregnant with opportunity.  Sometimes a lack of preparation results in missing those opportunities.

As a result of growing relationships with many of the staff at International Hospital Kampala, a doctor volunteered to come from Kampala to Jinja on a Saturday and conduct a FREE clinic.  He had become aware of the help Next Generation Ministries (NGM) has provided people with health needs and he wanted to contribute without any recognition or compensation.

A date was set and word got out that my compound would be a site for free consultations, diagnosis, and treatment for children and teenagers.  The day came and so did the kids!  It was exciting to partner with someone who is as gifted as this surgeon ... motivated simply by love and the health welfare of children.

I may have known a few of those who sought our help that day, but for the most part they came because they heard of the opportunity and not because of relationship.   However, out of those circumstance an opportunity presented itself and three years later we are applauding what it has yielded.

This blog is about the individual that came for medical attention but stayed for a relationship.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Making NGM Successful

TEAM NGM - March 2018
Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, famously contended, "we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with."

Although his opinion is normally applied to the business community, it may hold enough truth that it could be applied to nearly any individual in any context.

The Bible seems to indicate we are like or will become like those we spend time with.  One New Testament passage warns, "bad company corrupts good character."  Solomon, in his Book of Wisdom, stated, "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm."

I would like to pause for reflection on the people that I have been spending the most time with.