Podcast: Weaving together Faith, Justice and the Life of Jason Fileta of Tearfund, USA.

On this episode I interview Jason Fileta about his life and work. Jason is currently VP of Engagement at Tearfund after years leading the organization Micah Challenge. Jason opens up and shares about his journey and the work he does today, what motivates him to keep going and where he finds hope. Jason shares about … Continue reading Podcast: Weaving together Faith, Justice and the Life of Jason Fileta of Tearfund, USA.

Podcast: Learning from Word Made Flesh Rwanda with Shelbye Renfro

Thanks to a recent trip back to Portland, I was able to connect with MAGDJ alumna Shelbye Renfro in the Multnomah Studios. Shelbye works in a community in Kigali, Rwanda with the organization Word Made Flesh. In this episode of Development and Justice Shelbye talks about her work in seeking justice in her adopted community … Continue reading Podcast: Learning from Word Made Flesh Rwanda with Shelbye Renfro

Christianity in North America and the Role of Mission/Development Partnerships

Ed Stetzer on Christianity Is Christianity collapsing? There's a lot of research out there that says this very thing. My last session from the Accord conference left me doubting what I have believed to be true, especially within the North American context. Ed Stetzer laid out a very strong argument for the strength of the evangelical … Continue reading Christianity in North America and the Role of Mission/Development Partnerships

Small-Scale (Member/soul care) and Large-Scale (think earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.) Disasters

Member care and disasters, both man-made and natural, are areas that need our attention. Most of my day has been consumed looking at these issues. I am part of the Trends and Issues summit here at the Accord Conference. Our issues today dealt with both large-scale (think earthquakes, hurricanes and wars) and small-scale disasters (think … Continue reading Small-Scale (Member/soul care) and Large-Scale (think earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.) Disasters

ACCORD Network and Integral Mission

This week I am blogging just outside of Asheville, N.C. at the Accord Network conference for Christian Development and Relief organizations. Excited to be here representing Multnomah and MA Global Development and Justice program. After a red eye flight and a quick stroll up Chimney Rock here close to the conference, I headed for the … Continue reading ACCORD Network and Integral Mission

Toward Transformation: Bringing Together Mission, Justice & Development (Part 4)

  Mission+Justice+Development Missiologist Andrew Kirk implores us to listen to two voices when reading Scripture, the voice of God (Scripture) and the voice (the cry) of the people. This process helps us to combine the central message of Scripture with the, “Reality of every situation into which the message and life of Christ comes” (2000, … Continue reading Toward Transformation: Bringing Together Mission, Justice & Development (Part 4)

A Tribute to Khen Tuang (aka TuaTuang)

This past week the Multnomah community lost a friend and fellow servant. Khen Tuang was killed in an automobile accident along with his friend Peter who was a refugee from Myanmar (who tragically lost his wife in a refugee camp in Thailand in 2008, now leaving their three children orphaned). Khen’s wife and daughter were … Continue reading A Tribute to Khen Tuang (aka TuaTuang)

Toward Transformation: Bringing Together Mission, Justice & Development (Part 3)

Mission+Justice It is clear in Scripture that God desires to use his followers in His mission. Joining God’s mission also includes developing a proper response to injustices faced by those we care deeply about. This often includes righting the wrongs that are committed against those whom God deeply loves. In his important study on urban … Continue reading Toward Transformation: Bringing Together Mission, Justice & Development (Part 3)

Toward Transformation: Bringing Together Mission, Justice & Development (Part 2)

The Mission of God Anyone who has lived and worked alongside those who are materially poor and oppressed, understands the immense complexities in seeing transformation realized. Having worked with children living on the street, I recognize that changed lives often take long-term commitment and the presence of God working in and through both the recipient … Continue reading Toward Transformation: Bringing Together Mission, Justice & Development (Part 2)