Community Rather than Clichés

One of the best blogs on the block at the moment is Djibouti Jones: life at the crossroads of faith and culture by Rachel Pieh Jones. Don't take my word for it; head over there and sign up the her updates. In her latest post, Rachel talks about how she has helped Amina; a young … Continue reading Community Rather than Clichés

Paradigms and Pounds

A few days ago, I wrote a piece which suggested some of the elements which need to be taken into account in developing a new paradigm for Western involvement in mission - but I didn't mention money. However, it is often suggested that the way to renew mission work is to stop sending missionaries and … Continue reading Paradigms and Pounds

Issues in Mission: Elements of A New Paradigm

We need to completely rethink our approach to mission and to supporting mission work from the UK. Tinkering at the edges and solving problems are no longer enough. I wrote these words a few days ago in a blog post which suggested that we need a completely new paradigm or set of wineskins for overseas' … Continue reading Issues in Mission: Elements of A New Paradigm

Books I have Read: We Are Not the Hero

A few evenings ago, we had dinner with a friend who has been involved with a developing mission movement in one corner of the world. Over many years, our friend and her colleagues have been patiently building relationships with local church leaders and supporting them as they get involved in reaching outside of their church … Continue reading Books I have Read: We Are Not the Hero

First World Problems

This short video (just over two minutes) has a very powerful message... but... I have to admit that I'm rather uneasy with the way this important message is got across. Firstly, I don't like the terms first world and third world; I know that they are easily understood, but they seem to imply a value … Continue reading First World Problems

Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles

At the moment, the BBC is showing the remarkable David Attenborough series "Africa"; all beautiful scenes and amazing animals. However, as is often the case, the Africa of the nature documentary seems more or less devoid of people. If you would like to know more about the human side of the continent, you could do … Continue reading Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles