I am blessed when I think about how many of our congregation members were a part of God's mission these past few months. Our ministry was able to pray for, give to and send teams to Guinea, Morocco, Thailand, South Africa, and Japan, with still more people planning personal mission trips in the coming months as well. I hope and pray so much that being on God's mission will always be the norm for the members of our church body. Sharing the gift of Eternal Life is an eternal expression of love to our brothers and sisters ... may we do it often and may we do it well. I also pray that our congregation would be characterized with showing mercy and being generous to those who are in need ... that too is love manifest in the image of Christ in us.
As much as I love U2 for their music, it's their faith and faith-in-action that has been a wonderful challenge to my own life journey. To see them use their influence and wealth to fight for and defend the orphans and widows of the poverty and AIDS stricken nations of Africa humbles us all. Bono, U2's frontman, has created another way to help raise funds for Africa ... this movement is called "RED". It's a way for people to buy certain products with portions of those funds going to help fight AIDS and other diseases that are widespread in Africa. They have partnered with GAP, American Express, Converse and Armani to begin this new line of aid. You can visit these links for more info: Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4. Pretty cool idea.
And on another note ... in the midst of the nice break during Australia Day/Lunar New Year weekend, Hyun and I enjoyed a nice quiet picnic in the city the other day. I was eating our kebab when the picture was taken and thus the strange smile ... and in the picture below you and see our creative 'cup holders' we used =)
The 360 Degree Leader : Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization
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