Podcast: Getting Kids Home with Brandon Stiver (Season 1, Episode 5)

Brandon Stiver has lived and worked in Tanzania, California and now in Tacoma, WA. Brandon started off his work with at-risk kids working in the child welfare sector in Moshi, Tanzania. After taking a hiatus in the states, he and his family returned to Moshi to setup a non-profit to care for kids, but with … Continue reading Podcast: Getting Kids Home with Brandon Stiver (Season 1, Episode 5)

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

Reflections from Korea

What I anticipated was going to be just another conference, has been anything but that. Ya, plenty of papers have been read in fine academic style, but what has really stood out are those that I have met and become reacquainted with from previous ministry and international gatherings. In the words of Steve Bevans - … Continue reading Reflections from Korea

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)

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)

Child Evangelism – Toward a Participatory Approach

  In a journal article entitled “Involving Children in Health and Social Research” the authors present an interesting question: Are children to be perceived as “human becomings or active beings” (Balen et al. 2006, 1)? It is argued that children should be recognized as social actors, rather than as “objects to be studied.” I would … Continue reading Child Evangelism – Toward a Participatory Approach